The creators of BestChoice have always paid attention to the privacy of our student and teacher users. Any personal information and usage data is stored securely in a SQL Server database on a server hosted by The University of Auckland. BestChoice is a https site subject to security monitoring by The University of Auckland.
Our privacy practices are consistent with the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993. New Zealand has been given Adequacy status by the European union, and the New Zealand government has been told that the Adequacy status will continue after 25 May 2018. Additionally a Privacy Law reform bill is currently before the New Zealand Parliament (as of May 2018).
What is an adequacy decision? An adequacy decision is a decision taken by the Commission establishing that a third country provides a comparable level of protection of personal data to that in the European Union, through its domestic law or its international commitments. As a result, personal data can flow from the 28 Member States and the three European Economic Area (EEA) member countries (Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) to that third country, without being subject to any further safeguards or authorisations. From European Commission press release (10 January 2017)
Personal information collected when an account is created on this Website (www.bestchoice.net.nz)
This is limited to what is needed for the convenient operation of this Website for our users. Users are informed on the SIGN UP page why data is being collected,
BestChoice is phone and tablet-friendly. The topics in a course come up on these devices through the typical three bar menu and links that are at the left of the screen. Page progress can be viewed by clicking on the inverted triangle next to the total mark for the page. Most activities have been optimised for the phone and the pages work just like those on a personal computer.
This course has been designed to help prospective first year university Chemistry students who have had some years away from formal study or who do not have a strong background in chemistry. The content is particularly geared toward preparation for CHEM 110 at The University of Auckland, but this course could be used to prepare for any first year chemistry paper. There are over 1000 screen pages of information and questions available with over 3000 possibilities to answer questions and receive instructive feedback.
The cost is $NZ85.00. No credit is given toward any university course.
To access the course
Customised courses available with one free activity per heading in menu.
A Level (AQA, Edexcel, OCR, CIE, Salters) and IB
GCSE (AQA iGCSE, Edexcel IGCSE, Cambridge IGCSE, MYP)
US High Schools:
IB and MYP
General Chemistry (also suitable for AP)
Australian High Schools:
NZ High Schools:
NCEA (Y11 Science, Chemistry, Year 12, Year 13 Chemistry)
Cambridge (AS, A2 and CIE)
To see the subscription courses and to buy a licence, you must complete the SIGN UP page.
After completing the page and saving your details, you will go to BestChoice.
Clicking on a subscription course in the left panel menu brings up the BUY LICENCE dialog.
To use the free activity, CANCEL on the dialog.
To see licence prices for your academic group, click on BUY LICENCE.
Payment is made using by credit card using PayPal's secure system.
Subscriptions are for 365 days.
One user subscription covers all of the courses under each of the italicised headings (UK schools/colleges subscribers have access to all A Level, IB and GCSE courses).
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a teacher and would like to monitor the usage of your students using BestChoice Reports, contact Sheila Woodgate (email@example.com).
Both AS and A2 courses are available for the Cambridge International exam. For New Zealand users these are under NZ High School and then the Cambridge course group. For UK users, these are under UK Schools and Colleges iGCSE
BestChoice was featured in an article about the BCCE chemical education conference in the US. Hundreds of presentations were given; four featured in the article written by Mitch Jacoby. Read the article on line at http://pubs.acs.org/cen/education/86/8638education.html
UK exam boards AQA, Edexcel, OCR, Salters, IB and Scottish Higher are now supported, thanks to sponsorship by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK.
Be aware that BestChoice is a work in progress, with new modules being added regularly as we refine the customization to match the requirements of this group of users. If you would like to monitor your students' usage of BestChoice get in touch with Mike Thompson from the RSC (firstname.lastname@example.org), he will set you up with BestChoice Reports. This is offered at no cost for UK high school teachers.
We are particularly delighted that this group, like all of our other users, have had no hesitation about giving us feedback through the survey at the end of each module. Such feedback is very helpful because through this we find out what users like and don't like about BestChoice.
For chemistry teachers wishing to monitor their students' activity in BestChoice Reports, we can set up a BestChoice class for you. For New Zealand high school teachers email Sheila Woodgate at email@example.com. For A levels teachers email Mike Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. These two groups have free access to BestChoice Reports through funding from The Ministry of Education in New Zealand and the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK. For any teachers who are not one of the above, contact Sheila Woodgate.
You can now access BestChoice on your mobile phone if you have internet access (m.bestchoice.net.nz/m).
There are 600 questions on a variety of Chemistry topics. These are mostly multichoice questions.
Questions are marked on BestChoice for the mobile, but your answers do not generate feedback. Marks are stored if you log in. There is a Comments link. Please use it and tell us what you think.
Use BestChoice to revise chemistry while you're on the bus, train, or waiting around!
In the resources dropdown in the left hand menu bar is a calculator, as many of you have requested. The calculator can be used either with the mouse or a keyboard.
Caution: When you click on the BestChoice screen to enter your number, the calculator will disappear behind. On a PC it can be brought to the front again by pressing Alt and then TAB.
We thank Eni Generalic for letting us use this calculator. There is a link at the bottom of the Periodic Table 2 resource to his very cool interactive periodic table. Check it out!
At the end of two CHEM 110 modules (Acids and Bases) and Substitution, we have added a Question-Answer Link. This allows you to submit questions on the content, and other students, provided that they have scored high enough on the module can submit/correct answers. Have fun!
A new feature has been added so that the default course list for any user is adjusted to their registration.
Thus students registered as NZ High School will now only see NZ High School courses.
Most other courses are available under The University of Auckland.
To see these, go to Options (left hand menu) then Subject/Institution.
For University of Auckland students logging into BestChoice for the first time.
Type your UPI (use lower case letters) into the User Name box.
Type the default password for your course into the Password box.
The default password is given on the coloured course information sheet that is at the front of your folder.
This will work for most people as their UPI will have been on the class lists that were uploaded at the beginning of the term.
If this is not successful,
REGISTER NEW USER choosing University of Auckland as your institution and entering your UPI as your User Name.
Enter a password of your choice.
Be sure to use your university email UPI@ec.auckland.ac.nz as your email address.