Online Science Labs Mastery Series

Track : Online Design
Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Beginner,Intermediate,Advanced
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

The Online Science Labs Mastery Series provides an extensive overview of the current state of online laboratory science courses and where they are headed in this rapidly changing environment. Through a series of workshops, you will be introduced to best practices in the design and implementation of virtual science labs in the online classroom, by exploring evidence-based research revealing how the integration of online science labs can improve your students’ experience. You will engage in rich discussions with other participants about methods for designing, preparing, and integrating labs, as well as assessment methods for measuring student performance. Based on the knowledge you gain in this workshop, you will transform your online science lab course into a creative, engaging, and highly motivated learning community that will attract new online learners.


Learning Objectives

  • Describe and discuss the 5E instructional model of science teaching.
  • Synthesize and discuss the science education literature regarding teaching science labs online, including online learning theories and best practices, and the benefits of using educational technology to reach virtual students.
  • Summarize various approaches used by different scientific disciplines to create a rigorous online laboratory course component.
  • Create a course plan that incorporates student-student, student-content, and student-faculty interactions to enhance the online laboratory learning space.
  • Create a formative and summative assessment plan for an online science laboratory.
  • Synthesize theory, knowledge, and skills relative to teaching a science laboratory online.
  • Create and present a capstone project that culminates in the creation of a highly interactive online science lab exercise that incorporates student-student, student-content, and student-faculty learning.


Successful participants will receive a PDF certificate of completion and a digital badge of completion via Credly. Please note that badges will not be issued for programs prior to 2018.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE SERIES RESULTS IN RECOGNITION OF MASTERY IN ONLINE SCIENCE LABS.

GROUP RATES ARE AVAILABLE AT SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS FOR 5 OR MORE PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE CONTACT SALES@ONLINELEARNING-C.ORG FOR DETAILS.

One year online teaching experience or New to Online: The Essentials Workshop (1 Week)

Workshop Descriptions

Note: Each workshop is one week long. Between each workshop, there will be a three-week break to give you time to complete some self-guided research and reflect on your learning. 

 

Online Science Labs I: Research & Design

Explore how science labs can be conducted in an online course using the 5E instructional model of science (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend or Elaborate, and Evaluate) to foster engagement and improve student achievement. In this workshop, you'll evaluate and research different modes of delivering online science laboratories and the strategies involved in virtual, "wet labs," home experiments, and remote labs as they relate to your teaching area, your online teaching and design skills, and the resources available to you.

Objectives

  • Describe and discuss the 5E instructional model of science teaching.
  • Synthesize and discuss the science education literature regarding teaching science labs online, including online learning theories and best practices, and the benefits of using educational technology to reach virtual students

 

Online Science Labs II: Teaching and Assessment Techniques

This session will focus on creating a highly interactive teaching and learning environment in the online science lab. Together with other online science faculty, you'll explore practical strategies for teaching online labs such as short videos to illustrate key laboratory techniques, use of peer coaching, virtual lab partners, students photography and videography, online field trips, gaming, and use of social media for building community and attracting and engaging “lurkers.” Useful tools for designing or modifying a science course will be explored as ways to provide rigorous, interactive online science laboratory experience that are satisfactory to students, faculty and accreditors alike. In this workshop, you'll develop a course plan for supporting lab science and design your own online science laboratory using simple components that can be found in a kitchen, hardware store, or hobby shop that could be presented virtually through the use interactive multimedia and instructional technology.

Objectives

  • Summarize various approaches used by different scientific disciplines to create a rigorous online laboratory course component.  
  • Create a course plan that incorporates student-student, student-content, and student-faculty interactions to enhance the online laboratory learning space.
  • Create a formative and summative assessment plan for an online science laboratory.

 

Online Science Labs III: Capstone Project

In this workshop, you will synthesize all you have generated and create a presentation or video to demonstrate your own mastery of online science lab design and delivery, including your course plan and online science lab exercise. Your work will be reviewed by your facilitator and peers, who will provide constructive suggestions designed to improve your approach.

Objectives

  • Synthesize theory, knowledge, and skills relative to teaching a science laboratory online.
  • Create and present a capstone project that culminates in the creation of a highly interactive online science lab exercise that incorporates student-student, student-content, and student-faculty learning.

 

Who should take this series?

  • Online science instructors
  • K-12 science teachers
  • Instructional designers

What are the key takeaways from this series?

  • Reflect on your online course and develop a plan for improvement
  • Design an online science lab
  • Present your research-based ideas for the incorporation of science labs

 

May 2019 Cohort Dates (May 8 - July 3, 2019)

  • Workshop 1: May 8 - 15, 2019
  • Reflect and Apply 1: May 16 - June 4, 2019
  • Workshop 2: June 5 - 12, 2019
  • Reflect and Apply 2: June 13 - 25, 2019
  • Workshop 3: June 26 - July 3, 2019

$600 for members, $750 for non-members (includes all 3 workshops; Workshop Pass coupons may not be used on any Mastery Series programs)