Chemistry Videos – 3 years later

It has been three years since my first chemistry video tutorials went live on our video repository – VIUtube. I figure it’s time that I summarize the success we have seen with these resources:

Monthly Video Blog Completion – Reflections on the Project

Well I am wrapping up the monthly video blog project after completing its goal: 1 year of monthly videos aimed at increasing chemical and scientific literacy. All videos provided citations to the literature sources of the material, and creative commons attribution to any images used within. The videos were targeted at a high school audience, and I tried to represent the broadness of chemistry with various topics :


1. The Chemical World (an introduction to Chemistry as a Science) (

2. The Chemistry of Fireworks (

3. The Chemistry of Smell (

4. The Chemistry of Antioxidants (

5. The Chemistry of Bioluminescence (

6. The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (

7. 10 Moustached Chemists Who Changed the World (

8. The Chemistry of Lava Lamps (

9. The Chemistry of Vaccines (

10. The Chemistry Towards the Origin of Life (

11. Chemistry on Human Skin (

12. The Chemistry of Ocean Acidification (


As with all material I post on my blog, the videos are licensed under a creative commons licence, and anyone interested in using the videos may contact me for additional resources like the source embed codes. The videos are hosted on Vancouver Island University’s media repository ‘VIUtube’ and have been publicly available under my own channel “Key to Chemistry” and on this blog. Despite being located in a relatively low-traffic area of the internet (unlike YouTube), the videos have received approximately 2700 total views as of one day after posting the final video. I may decide to post them on YouTube, however, I initially did not want to post them there in part to avoid the commercialization of these videos (even if I am not making money off them, YouTube would) and also to avoid some of the nasty comments which were sure to be posted by some individuals.

Overall, I think the project was a great success. However, making these videos takes a great deal of time and effort! Any possible future videos will be posted as my schedule permits.


– Jessie Key, 12 June 2015


Open Education Resources for Chemistry

There are a lot of open education resources out there, but sometimes it is difficult to find decent quality ones at the post-secondary level for chemistry.  Here I will post links to some of the better places I have found for these resources, feel free to add some more that I may have missed in the comments.


UC Irvine Open Courseware (entire courses lecture videos available):

Merlot Chemistry Portal:

BC Campus Open Textbooks for Chemistry:

General chemistry virtual textbook (Stephen Lower, SFU):

Compound Interest (a blog which features creative commons licensed chemistry infographics etc.):

PhET online simulations: 

Itunes U has a wide variety of open education resources, including some for General and Organic Chemistry: