Welcome to ConceptualScience.com
Your instructor support site for Conceptual Academy
Dear Instructor: Conceptual Academy is a platform for a new kind of textbook we call the “video-textbook”. The v-textbook is where students can watch and listen to a comprehensive library of videos collated to the very same content of the printed textbook. Students embrace video, especially in that video provides the context they need to understand the densely written paragraphs of the printed textbook.
As synergistic companions, the v-textbook and the printed textbook provide the ultimate support for instructors looking to develop interactive classroom experiences. Together, these two formats also support more traditional approaches to teaching. Your lectures have more impact and students are quicker to think of questions when they come to class having already studied. Having already studied? How can that be? Conceptual Academy’s point system provides students credit for studying the videos AND the paragraphs in a timely manner.
Importantly, our videos and many other student resources are collated to each instructor’s class schedule. Conceptual Academy also features an innovative “encouragement-based” homework system that students appreciate and enjoy.
We built ConceptualScience.com as a guide for instructors interested in learning more about Conceptual Academy. We also post many valuable teaching resources here at this support site. Thank you for sharing these resources with other faculty. For any questions, write to Support@ConceptualAcademy.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
From our FAQ page. . .
How do I sign up? Review and select one of our course templates. This template will be uploaded to your instructor’s account where you’ll then be able to modify the course to your specific needs within the Conceptual Academy platform. But first we need to set up your instructors account. For this, send us your anticipated class schedule showing the chapter sections you aim to cover on what dates. The calendar dates of your major exams are also helpful. With this information we can give you a head start on having your course already customized to your needs. We would then look forward to working with you closely so that your course runs smoothly with awesome results. Please consider setting up a phone date with us so that we can personally walk you through the resources and answer your questions in real time. Write to: Support@ConceptualAcademy.com.
Select a Course Template. . .
Conceptual Academy offers the ultimate support for science instructors using any of our popular “conceptual” line of science textbooks, such as Conceptual Physics or Conceptual Chemistry. Conceptual Academy can also be customized to other textbooks or to courses where reading assignments are provided through alternate means. Through Conceptual Academy, you and your students have access to our author-created library of 600+ engaging video lessons, study advice from the authors, plus worksheets, chapter summaries, interactive PhET simulations, hands-on lab activities, automated quizzes, a grade book, our new “Homework Practice Sessions” (HPS), as well as practice exams all organized around your class schedule from one semester to the next.
Learn More. . .
Conceptual Academy is best described as the platform for our video-textbooks. A video-textbook? That’s right, a v-textbook, which is where the primary mode of content delivery is video, not paragraphs. You’ll find our numerous video lessons have the same depth and content as our paragraphs. They are just as comprehensive but can be customized to your class schedule from one semester to the next.
It should come as no surprise that students generally prefer the video format over textbook paragraphs. Importantly, the video provides a context that helps the student to understand the dense paragraphs. So the v-textbook and the printed textbook complement each other quite well helping to reach a very broad range of learning styles. The v-textbook is the perfect resource for instructors looking to incorporate active learning in the classroom or for instructors looking for online material complementing their own lectures. Conceptual Academy also comes in very handy for sick days and bad-weather days, allowing you and all students to remain on schedule.
Unlike other platforms, Conceptual Academy places a student’s reading and video assignments front and center, which we see as the first step to effective learning. As a semester project, students earn points for staying on task with these resources. Never are students penalized with point deductions. Students appreciate this simple, focused, and encouragement-based approach. Instructors appreciate that they need only upload Conceptual Academy scores once per term.
Briefly, it works like this:
• Select any one of our template courses described here at ConceptualScience.com.
This template will be the starting point in creating your customized course. We’re here to help you on this.
Your customized course can be tweaked on the fly and easily cloned for subsequent years.
• Send us your request for an instructor’s account
Please include some details about your course, such as seated/online.
Also include your projected schedule of classes with approximate dates of major exams.
Within a week, your customized course will be published and ready for your review.
• Select a payment model to support the maintenance and further development of Conceptual Academy.
Site license—students have free access for a site license paid for by your institution. Day-One-Access!
Student license—each student pays a single fee for access to your customized course.
License fees are negotiable. Grants for individual students in financial need are also available.
Conceptual Academy is fully ADA compliant and particularly useful for students with reading disabilities. If you like the quality of our textbooks, you will love the quality of our videos, which are short, engaging, and to the point. Please visit our video gallery to watch select samples. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
– The Conceptual Team
Speed of Light
Here is one of our astronomy video lessons. For more see our gallery. Enjoy!
Music video montage of clips from our library of video lessons
Click on the above flow chart to review the resources available within each of our courses.