Press Release

Access Alliance for Education

releases a new ebook:

General, Organic and Biochemistry

Targeting faculty and students in need of a General, Organic and Biochemistry (GOB) textbook for their entry level courses.

February 15, 2020 – In partnership with author Norbert J. Pienta, Access Alliance for Education, a coursework accelerator, is proud to release the ebook that can be used in GOB courses.

General, Organic and Biochemistry is an introductory textbook designed for a two-semester sequence. The book presents the three areas in a concise but comprehensive manner, providing the content at an appropriate level, using a conversational style. Several themes represent the contexts in which the chemistry is introduced and explained; the main ones are health, an introduction to chemical aspects of medicine, and chemistry in everyday life. Those applications are an integral part of the content and not simply “asides” or “text boxes” that interrupt the flow of discussions. Some of the contextual components might be considered complex for an introductory college course. Indeed, virtually all chemistry in such a course can be learned and understood at a much higher level. Thus, the book ascribes to the principle of “need to know”, in which sufficient background is presented to explain the ideas and information to the reader. Problem-based learning (i.e., use of case studies) has been used successfully in several types of professional schools and in undergraduate and graduate programs focused within the health industry.

Besides the descriptive writing, such a project includes tables of information and graphic elements—photos, figures and illustrations. The latter are intended to supplement the visual learning aspects of multimodal cognitive learning. Each chapter contains a summary of concepts and skills, the content with embedded questions, end-of-chapter questions and occasionally an appendix. The book takes its design ideas from evidence-based pedagogies and practices. Self-assessment and assessment questions appear in three categories: practice questions (that resemble solved problems), concept questions (that promote understanding core ideas), and extension questions (that require searching for more information outside the book). The questions appear: embedded throughout the text, as solved or worked problems, as end-of-section questions, and as end-of-chapter questions

The author Norb Pienta states, “The role of the modern textbook is to provide the framework for the basic ideas and applications of those chemical concepts to an explanation of the molecular basis of materials and phenomena that the reader is exposed to. To this end, the reader is provided with context from health and everyday life, giving them a better appreciation of why they are studying the subject to begin with.”

“The goal is to make the topics understandable and lucid to the learner and to aid the instructor in their tasks but to do so succinctly, accurately and in an interesting manner. ” adds Dan Linville, Partner and Executive Vice President of Access Alliance for Education.

“Our partnership with Norb Pienta continues our focus as a coursework accelerator”, adds John Hillsman, Partner and CEO, Access Alliance for Education. “ We look forward to bringing quality materials to market by independent authors who are looking for a platform.”

The value focused suggested retail pricing for the eBook only is $39.95 per student.

For more information or to request access to a sample of the eBook or course visit:

General, Organic and Biochemistry(GOB)


About Access Alliance for Education:

Access Alliance for Education (AA4E) is an independent, value-focused coursework accelerator. AA4E works with instructors, departments, and institutions to bring independently authored, value-focused course related texts, materials, videos, resources and solutions to improve the learning process for students and institutions globally.

All of our independent authors and content, coursework, assessments, and solutions providers (instructors, departments and institutions) retain all their own copyrights/ownership to their content and solutions.

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About Norbert Pienta:

Norb Pienta recently retired after a 40+ year career in academia, having served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the University of Iowa; and the University of Georgia. For the first 15 years, his research activity focused on physical organic chemistry, after which he turned his research and scholarship to chemistry education. His interests involved… means to promote student success, student problem solving, the use of technology in teaching and learning and other topics related to his career-long interest in teaching and learning. His work has appeared in publications (i.e., journal articles, book chapters, monographs, books, and software) and as part of presentations. He has served as the editor of a journal on the topic.

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John Hillsman

Access Alliance for Education


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