Animal Behavior- A Living Science Experiment in a Lab Kit!

Concurrent Session 1

Brief Abstract

Join Carolina Distance Learning to complete one of our remote hands-on labs for students that uses living organisms. We will observe and identify isopod behavior based on movement and analyze the effects of humidity on isopod orientation.


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

Why use a hands-on approach with a lab kit? Research shows that students who only view experiments (rather than engaging in them) perform worse on conceptual knowledge exams than those who participate in physical or virtual labs (Zacharia and Olympiou, 2011). An online or hybrid course with hands-on experiments, created following carefully designed learning outcomes with safety and rigor in mind, make a very engaging learning experience for online lab science students.