Best Practices For Moving Lab-Based Science Courses Online Safely & Effectively
This session highlights best practices for moving lab-based science courses online using “wet” labs. Attendees will also learn why an institution of higher education believes that online can be as effective as
on-campus in meeting the course objectives, based on statistics and results from a grant.
Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic rise in the online delivery of higher education instruction. As online instruction has increasingly become a popular delivery tool for schools, many have noted the scarcity of laboratory science courses in the online mix of course offerings.
The reasons laboratory science courses are thus far infrequently offered online are many, but most revolve around doubts that instruction in laboratory sciences can be effectively delivered online. More specifically, many are unsure about how to provide online students with appropriate experimentation activities.
To be effective, science education must actively engage students. It must stimulate and foster curiosity and the inquiry skills that drive hypothesis formulation. Its activities must hone observation, recording, reporting and analytical skills. These life skills and science learning experiences can be effectively taught online. But to learn science one must do science!
This session will discuss best practices for moving lab-based science courses online. The webinar will be particularly relevant to the academic deans and curriculum developers, as well as science department chairs and professors who are often tasked with the challenge of growing online learning in order to increase enrollment, meet student demands and achieve fiscal goals in a challenging climate.
- Examine the driving forces behind the current push for online science courses, including “wet” labs
- Identify the steps that you can use to move forward with online science courses
- Discover that you are not the only person who is willing to try something new in the educational arena
- Share best practices for moving science courses online safely and effectively
- Discuss the next action steps to move forward at your institution
Who should attend?
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Vice President Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Dean of Instruction
- Dean of Student Services/Affairs
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Retention Specialist
- Online Learning