Center for Teaching Excellence offers free chemistry iBook, saving students $30
Austin McCroskie, The Oklahoma Daily
Students in organic chemistry labs may be getting their assignments in a way they never have before thanks to an initiative by The Center for Teaching Excellence.
The center’s main goal is to save students money while still adequately teaching them, according to their website.
Originally students would have had to pay $30 for the organic chemistry lab manual, but the iBook is free to OU students and available through iTunes.
The iBook version of the book is different from the print version because it includes videos as well as feedback quizzes, said Mark Morvant, executive director of The Center for Teaching Excellence.
There also will be a PDF available for students on D2L, he said.
Some of the examples of experiments that are available in the iBook for students to observe include recrystallization, extraction of low-density organics, extraction of high-density organics, acid-base separation and thin-layer chromatography, according to the center's website.
Morvant said students involved in certain sociology lecture classes already have open access to online textbooks, and it is one of many on which the center is working.
“We are working with several other members of the OU faculty to create interactive iBooks for classes like biochemistry and human physiology,” Morvant said.