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MCC to offer chemistry prep as online course

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 1:12 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – To learn the skills needed for understanding chemistry, McHenry County College is offering a free, online class that is open to anyone living anywhere in the world.

“Exploring Chemistry” begins Aug. 19 and is geared for college students or for anyone who is interested in preparing to take a college-level chemistry class.

The four-week noncredit class is delivered as a Massive Open Online Course, which is becoming a popular way of providing free courses across a variety of subject matter.

McHenry County College was the first community college in Illinois and one of the few throughout the country to offer a Massive Open Online Course when it offered the “Online Reputation for Career Success” class last spring.

Li Li Zyzak, MCC adjunct chemistry instructor and creator of this online course, said “Exploring Chemistry” is ideal for returning adult students, especially those who are pursuing a career in health care and haven’t taken a math or chemistry class in several years. 

Students log into the course at their convenience, work at their own pace to view lectures and online lessons, participate in discussion forums and take auto-graded quizzes. Optional lab activities can be done at home, and the students may post their results online for the class to discuss. 

Students will learn concepts, terminologies, and basic mathematics skills, required for conversions in chemistry, including conversions between the metric system and the U.S. measurement system. 

Those interested in the class may register online at https://www.canvas.net/courses/exploring-chemistry. For information, call 815-479-7796.

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