Centre for eLearning Innovations and
Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE)

The molecular structure simulation is part of the University of Colorado PhET project which provides open-source interactive, research-based simulations to help students engage in science and mathematics through inquiry.

At UQ, it formed part of a project, Online, virtual and adaptive learning environments: improving the journey through large first year chemistry courses, designed to introduce new learning activities that both improved student access to resources and achieved improved curricular progressions through courses.  This component of the project involved the delivery of interactive, self-contained, online learning modules which would complement or substitute for existing lecture activities.


Project team/Contacts
Title First Name Last Name Affiliation Role
in ​the project
A/Professor Gwen Lawrie Faculty of Science/
School of Chemistry & Molecula Biosciences
Lead CI g.lawrie@uq.edu.au ​
​+61 7 3346 7848
Project Status

The project is complete.


The simulation can be accessed from http://chem-vis.uqcloud.net/

Technologies Used

JavaScript, OpenGL


The project was awarded funding as an Innovation Project under under the UQ Technology-Enhanced Learning Grant Scheme for 2015.

  • Lawrie, Gwendolyn A., Gahan, Lawrence R., Matthews, Kelly E., Weaver, Gabriela C., Bailey, Chantel,Adams, Peter, Kavanagh, Lydia, Long, Phillip D. and Taylor, Matthew (2014) Technology supported facilitation and assessment of small group collaborative inquiry learning in large first-year classes. Journal of Learning Design, 7 2: 120-135. doi:10.5204/jld.v7i2.204