Teaching Lab Science Courses Online: It CAN Be Done!

Concurrent Session 1

Brief Abstract

This session will include participants actively taking part in hands-on lab investigations developed for online science courses. These investigations have been designed for the off-campus setting while maintaining the college-level rigor.

Presenters

Shannon is the Director of Distance Learning for Carolina Biological Supply Company. She is responsible for all facets of development, product selection and product marketing for all college level science online courses and products. With Master’s degrees in both Biology and Education, Shannon joined Carolina in 2015 with more than 15 years of higher education experience, 10 of which were spent in the online learning community as both an administrator and instructor. Her experience includes curriculum development, instructional design, and compliance and accreditation. She and her team have helped hundreds of colleges and universities adapt their science courses to the online learning environment.

Extended Abstract

Science education has been challenged by the demands and rapid growth of online education. Many schools and professors are reluctant to teach science courses in the online modality, because they fear that the loss of time spent in the science laboratory will greatly impact the learning outcomes of these courses. There is a way to ensure the hands on component of an online science course is not lost. The incorporation of well-designed labs using kits for the hands-on, inquiry component to online science courses will accomplish the essential learning outcomes. This session will conclude with participants actively taking part in hands-on lab investigations developed for online science courses. These investigations have been designed for the off-campus setting while maintaining the college-level rigor.