TLSS - Teaching and Learning Support Service

An online interactive tool to support learning of organic chemistry

Description/Context:

Knowing how to name and design molecules is a basic component essential to understanding and studying chemistry. However, there is not a wide variety of resources to practice, improve and acquire good proficiency in nomenclature, especially in the French language.

Screenshot of the course home page.

The tool is based on four learning objectives:

  • Name a structure according to established nomenclature rules
  • Draw a structure according to its systematic name based on these same rules
  • Identify the key parts of the compounds
  • Identify the connection between these molecules and their applicationsin the everyday world

In phase one, a prototype was developed as a proof of concept. The tool contains a directory of one hundred organic compounds and targets first and second year undergraduate students.

Choice / Challenge:

The quiz incorporates MarvinSketch (academic license) a product of ChemAxon to provide feedback on the user’s submission based on established nomenclature rules.

Approach:

The tool is organised into four sections based on the learning objectives: Name, Draw, Identify, and Benzene derivatives. The quiz provides immediate feedback. Supplemental material includes a memory-aid for naming and drawing molecules and downloadable question/answer sheets.

Screenshot of a page of content from the course.

Budget (low/medium/high):

  • High

Utilization of Multimedia (low/medium/high):

  • High

Materials and Media Selected:

  • Self-assessment with formative feedback
  • Survey