An interesting challenge that passes by my desk more and more frequently these days is, “How do we present our books Math and Chemistry equations in a digital workflow?”. On the surface it’s about presentation but behind the scenes it’s a little more complicated than this. We need to think data-storage, robustness, and access for all.
It has been a wonderful experience working with accessible techniques this year. We developed a far more efficient and consistent workflow and learned a tremendous amount about accessible development as a result. Open Web accessibility continues to advance, as such it is a moving target we all strive to hit. In the spirit of better accessibility, we would like to share some insights into our thought processes; where we identified areas to carefully monitor, as well as some areas that require improvement.
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1. Designing for learning multiple molecular representations
Molecular representations embed conceptual knowledge that make them useful for problem solving and communication. The use of multiple molecular representations (Figure 1) is common practice in chemistry. For example, planning a chemical synthesis begins by building a 3D model of the target to study its reactivity, and the synthesis is documented with sequential 2D drawings known as Lewis structures. Chemistry learners need to understand the conventions of the different representations to translate between them and integrate the complementary information they provide. In turn, educational designers need to support the learners’ development of representational competence.
One of the most exciting and creative opportunities we encounter at Imagineering is creating original art for first–edition textbooks. Rather than just renovating, repairing, or redecorating, we are building something new from the ground up! But just like needing a well-designed set of blueprints constructing a dream home, we need to have a carefully planned and well-developed sketch before we can begin rendering a beautifully detailed illustration. This early stage of creating studious and refined sketches is what we call Art Development.