c-Edit: Input-Interface for e-Learning in Chemistry

Yoshimichi OIKAWAa*, Tomizo OKUDAb and Jiro TAKANOc

aLaboratory of General Education for Science and Technology, Tokai University
1117 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan
bHigher Education Research Institute, Tokai University
1117 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan
cDepartment of Chemistry, School of Science, Tokai University
1117 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan

(Received: April 10, 2006; Accepted for publication: May 10, 2006; Published on Web: August 21, 2006)

An educational race is in the works to develop e-learning systems that can be considered 'stand alone', 'off the shelf', and easy to implement by both educators and students within the chemistry educational environment. Even the best systems available have several drawbacks as they have can be troublesome to utilize, limited in interactivity, and are time consuming, and in a few cases requiring as much time to get to learn how to operate as the educational operations they should be performing. Our team has been working on eradicating such drawbacks, having developed 'c-Edit' offering a multi-operational, simplistic input-interface program for educational chemical formula and chemical equation use. The 'c-Edit' e-Learning environment has taken the dynamic advantages of Macromedia Flash MX 2004 using action script. This web-based technology design, advances student users to input chemical formula answers (to instructor designed questions) and equations with a minimum of technical fuss. User input is systematically translated into TEX-like data, which is then sent and interpreted to interact with the learning management system or e-learning content provision side. Resulting, is a powerful, versatile student-interface, and as well for the instructor, a dynamic-learning environment, allowing easy in instructor modification to meet class environment needs.

Keywords: e-Learning input-interface program, Flash Animation, Chemical formula, Chemical equation

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