Common Chemistry makes a Curious Crowd.

Chemistry brings forth the most fundamental science, a subject dealing with intricate and most complex states of matter. All states of matter extend to the natural world including ourselves, making chemistry a science of personal interest. The extent of our knowledge depends on man's relationship and function towards its chaotic criteria.  Relationships in theory, method and practice negotiate how all scientific concerns will be addressed

Much like particles relying heavily on physics to exist, our natural world selves rely upon human connections to ensure our own existence. Our natural curiosity compels us to understand the world and the people in it.

Back in October 2013, I attended ConfluenceCon for its first year in Oklahoma. Confluence is basically a curation of actual people whose digital content and influence play a contributing role to the online community as well as offline.

It was my goal to add science communication to that list.

Meeting twitter people in the flesh is weird but it was worth meeting Marissa Mohi and David Cameron. Also, it is the first place I learned of OU Janux because Adam Croom presented a talk titled How To Become An Authority On Anything. 

This is how I learned about Janux and Croom's vision for digital learning that did not include the traditional student. The ironic thing is I heard about Janux's Chemistry of Beer through twitter and the hashtag #ChemBeerOU a few months later. 

It was a chemistry class unlike any other. Mostly because it was on a platform unlike any other. It was built for digital content, but content that can be pieced apart, edited, corrected, analyzed, discussed, shared as well as elaborated and expanded upon. I think the interaction was so intense and diverse among the 9,000 students enrolled--was traditional classmates transformed into commercial brew-masters, home-brewers, undergrad chemists, graduate degree chemists, PhD chemists and any intermediate learner with regard to beer artistry. Let me show you.





I look forward to engaging online through chemistry content in the future. Hopefully science communication can be shared through online learning platforms. Honestly, if you give me any reliable hashtag, I will tweet it. My twitter habit along with endless content is what accidentally landed me in the OUdaily

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