Chem Connections


Title: A Message from Brad Moore
Posted on 10/18/98

Dear friends and members of the MC2 family,

MC2, ChemLinks and Wiley--ChemConnections for short, are in high gear. Our first batch of modules has been released by Wiley for beta testing and a second installment will be off to the printer in a few weeks. By next summer there should be enough modules for a full-year course. Last summer our faculty workshops were a great success and there are many sites where mdoules are in use around the country. Our mid-year report will be out in a few days.

In May 1998 NSF support for MC2 and ChemLinks decreased to half of its former level and simultaneously Wiley's investment is growing rapidly. In May of 2000, Wiley will carry the whole ball. Therefore, in concert with ChemLinks and Wiley we have begun to combine operations and move toward the ultimate steady state in which ChemConnections will be entirely operated by John Wiley, Inc. Since this leads to a number of changes in duties and personnel, the following bullets are intended as a roadmap to the person you need.

Eileen Lewis has taken on the responsibility of working with MC2 authors to complete modules. She works with Brock Spencer (ChemLinks) and Nedah Rose(Wiley) in planning workshop programs. She is also teaching Chem 1A with Angy Stacy this fall. She is an experienced module tester and workshop leader.

Truman Schwartz has taken on the Consortial Editor role for both consortia (Susan Kegley formerly handled this for MC2).

Wiley has added staff for ChemConnections and is handling all print and multimedia production, doing much of the evaluation data collection (always working closely with Joshua Gutwill and Elaine Seymour), distributing beta version modules for testing and providing customer support.

Marjorie Faltens handles the MC2 office, responds to and redirects inquiries, and keeps things generally organized. She is available part time.

Joshua Gutwill is squeezing all his evaluation work into half time and has joined the Exploratorium in San Francisco to work on their programs the rest of his time.

The MultiChem multimedia facility pioneered the design and development of multimedia for effective use with our modules. After producing and delivering two CDROMS to Wiley along with the charter for future production work, Marco Molinaro closed Multichem. He now spends 20% time consulting with module authors from MC2 and ChemLinks on multimedia design and 20% with Joshua Gutwill on evaluation issues. Marco has moved 60% time to the Lawrence Hall of Science where he is developing multimedia for secondary school science.

Nedah Rose is handling many of the overall management issues in consultation with Brock Spencer and me.

Heather Erskine assists me on budget analysis so that we do not go broke during the transition years.

Susan Kegley has moved to a new position in environmental advocacy. She continues to produce modules but is no longer involved as project director.

MC2 and especially its PI sorely miss Susan Kegley's attentive direction of all aspects of our project. With everyone involved being part time, we have selected Thursday as an MC2 day for everyone. Correspondence by e-mail should give the best turn around. We plan to stick with this scheme until May 1999. By the end of the 5th grant year, May 2000, we need to make the final transition to full management by Wiley. We will all need to stay involved as a community for several years to come so that the market share makes it a fully self-sustaining commercial venture. Wiley will need module authors and workshop leaders for the forseeable future. So please do not think about retirement. Remember, Wiley's Harvard Math project passed the 50% mark. Since we are benefitting from the math experience, naturally we should expect to do better.

Many thanks and best regards to all.

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