Conquering the Final Frontier: Taking Your STEM Courses Online

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

In this session you’ll learn more about the benefits and obstacles that come with shifting to online education, and about the challenges particular to STEM. You’ll experience first-hand how modern courseware technologies make this transition easier and more effective, and how emerging technologies are meeting the needs of STEM education.

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Extended Abstract

Despite a growing trend towards online education, to date, very few STEM courses have been brought online, largely owing to a lack of pedagogically effective tools capable of meeting the specialized needs of math-based education. As more learning happens online, schools must provide online education options if they want to stay relevant and competitive. However, many institutions encounter challenges in making a seamless transition to online education, and this is especially true when it comes to STEM courses. Fortunately, new technologies mean that schools can finally tackle the final frontier of online education: it’s time to bring STEM online.

In this education session, presented jointly by DigitalEd and the University of Waterloo, you will learn more about the benefits and obstacles that come with shifting to an online delivery method for courses and educational materials, and about the challenges particular to STEM. You will experience first-hand, through video and interactive demonstrations, how modern courseware technologies are making this transition easier and more effective for institutions around the globe, and how emerging technologies are finally meeting the needs of STEM education.

The University of Waterloo is at the forefront of the online education revolution, using DigitalEd’s online courseware environment Möbius to create and deliver innovative STEM courses to students all over the world. The Faculty of Mathematics at Waterloo currently delivers over 60 mathematics, statistics and computer science courses online. In this session, you will have the opportunity to see some of the first detailed results coming out of the University of Waterloo from their online STEM courseware initiative.