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Sapling Learning is committed to updating and improving content in all disciplines we offer. Since we often get questions on 'what's new?' this post will answer that question in Chemistry.  Any system is only as good as its content, and at Sapling Every Problem Counts. Every homework problem features a hint, specific wrong-answer feedback, and detailed solutions.


How do I see this new content in detail?

  • Existing user? Ask your CSS (formerly known as Tech TA) for review assignments
  • New user? Schedule a demo!


Recent Changes in Chemistry:


  • Introductory Chemistry: 268 new questions based on instructor feedback.
    • For example, 13 questions to the introductory chemistry library on batteries, which are written as introductions to batteries, including diagrams of battery organization.
    • Labeling question of battery components


  • GOB - General Organic and Biochem: 266 new questions based on instructor feedback.
    • For example, 20 questions were added to organic chemistry topics, 20 questions on carbohydrates, and 25 questions on metabolism.
    • GOB Metabolism



  • General Chemistry: 459 new questions 
    • OpenStax partnership: Course templates are ready and available for both the OpenStax Chemistry texts--the traditional (reactions first) and atoms-first versions.
      • The Client Success Specialist can customize the template for individual instructors.
      • The CSS can also customize the questions to fit the text.
    • Atkins 7e now available
      • Fundamentals Chapter quizzes added
      • 122 of the EOC (end-of-chapter) questions from Atkins, Jones, and Laverman Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight 7e have been converted into Sapling Learning. These are currently exclusive to Atkins users.
      • General Chemistry Atkins Question



  • Inorganic Chemistry: 104 new questions based on instructor feedback.
    • For example, 14 questions to Latimer diagrams were added, 20 questions on kinetics of coordination chemistry, and 50 questions on descriptive chemistry topics.



  • Analytical Chemistry: 280 new questions based on instructor feedback.
    • For example, 76 questions on electrochemistry and 81 questions on chromatography were added.
    • Analytical Electrochemistry



  • Biochemistry: 237 new questions 
    • Sapling Plus for Lehninger 7e now available, featuring many resources from the textbook and converted EOC questions
    • General library features over 150 new questions and some converted Lehninger EOC questions


    • Organic Chemistry: 823 new questions 
      • In response to professor requests, hundreds of new mechanism, multi-step synthesis, and spectroscopy questions have been added to the library.
      • Vollhardt 7e enhanced - Over 300 converted EOC questions from Organic Chemistry, Structure and Function 7th ed. by Peter Vollhardt and Neil Schore. These questions are available to all Sapling Learning chemistry users.
        • Several questions for every chapter have been authored, with an emphasis on reactions and topics not typically covered by other books. For example, Several questions from Ch 25 cover heterocycles and electrophilic aromatic substitution of heterocycles.
        • Many of the “Pre-professional” questions at the end of the book are available as a practice review exam and similar in scope to that expected for a GRE or ACS Organic exam.
        • Several questions that utilize real spectral data have been added, including questions where students have to analyze real IR, MS or NMR spectra.


    How do I see this new content in detail?

    • Existing user? Ask your CSS (formerly known as Tech TA) for review assignments
    • New user? Schedule a demo!


    I used the Sapling online genetics homework system in my class in the fall of 2016. I was greatly impressed with the system—it provides excellent problems, superior feedback to students, great analytics for the instructor, and outstanding customer service.


    Here are the top eight things I love about Sapling.

    1. Great questions, each carefully reviewed and vetted.
    2. Excellent functionality. Questions include multiple choice answers, fill in the blank, and drag and drop labeling.
    3. Superior feedback to students, with feedback specific to the wrong answer they provide.
    4. A complete, worked-out solution for each question available after students have submitted their final answer.
    5. Super analytics for the instructor. Easy to see which questions students are getting wrong and why.
    6. The system is intuitive and easy to navigate for both the student and instructor.
    7. Great flexibility for the instructor, with ability to set due dates, points awarded for each question, penalties for multiple incorrect attempts, points deducted for late submissions, etc.
    8. Absolutely fabulous support. A Tech TA (Client Success Specialist) is provided for each course, who works closely with the instructor before and throughout the semester, essentially an additional TA for the course devoted entirely to the digital resources.


    Specific Comments:

    Sapling provides great functionality for genetics practice problems. The Sapling system includes multiple choice questions, drop and drag labeling, and answers that can be typed in. The questions are well formatted and easy for students to understand. My students appreciated the graphics and simulations that accompany some of the questions, making them interesting and fun. All the questions have been carefully vetted and reviewed; I found no errors in any of the questions or solutions.


    Sapling provides superior feedback for students. When a student gives an incorrect solution, the feedback is specific to the wrong answer provided, helping the student to understand their error without giving away the answer. Also, if students are unsure of how to go about answering a question, they can ask for a hint that gets them going in the right direction. Sometimes students arrive at the correct answer without fully understanding the question or the solution. After students have submitted their final answer or given up, the system provides a complete worked-out solution to the problem, which is especially helpful for students first learning how to solve genetics problems. Instructors can adjust the percentage of points awarded for multiple attempts at answering a question. For example, I started off reducing by 5% the points available for each incorrect attempt at answering the question, but found that that was not enough of a penalty to discourage students from guessing before carefully working out the solution. I then raised the penalty for each attempt to 15% and this worked well for my students.  


    As the instructor, I found the system easy to manage and navigate. Settings, such as due dates, question selections, points awarded, etc. were intuitive and easy to carry out. The system provides superior analytics to the instructor, enabling me to quickly assess how my students were doing. I especially appreciated the heat maps, which give a quick visual representation of student success with each question. It is also possible to view the incorrect solutions that individual students provided. I found this really helpful when students came in to see me during office hours—I was able to quickly determine where they went wrong and provide feedback.


    One of the best features of Sapling is the support. The TechTA that Sapling provides each instructor is literally like having another teaching assistant devoted entirely to managing the digital resources. My Tech TA took my syllabus and textbook, selected appropriate questions, and assigned due dates that that fit my syllabus. He was always available whenever I had a question.

    Becky Anderson

    Upcoming Maintenance

    Posted by Becky Anderson Employee Jan 12, 2017

    On Saturday, January 14th, from 6 AM until 8 AM Central, Sapling Learning will be down for maintenance. During this time, neither you nor your students will be able to access Sapling Learning. Please alert your students to this maintenance and be sure to adjust your assignments in Sapling accordingly.