Online STEM Education: The Time Is Now
Concurrent Session 8
In 1989, William Wulf described the concept of a “collaboratory” as a “center without walls in which the nation’s researchers can perform their research without regard to physical location, interacting with colleagues, assessing instrumentation and sharing data and computational resources.” While multiple examples demonstrate the validity of this vision -from remote science on Mars to underwater observatories on earth, institutions of higher learning have been slow at adopting proven strategies for teaching science online. Virtual simulations have opened the door to new ways of teaching laboratory science, online instrumentation provides unprecedented access to instrumentation and advanced science kits allow students to conduct sophisticated experiments. These, and other approaches, can meet all five of the OLC quality pillars (access, effectiveness, scale, students and faculty). With ample evidence of its effectiveness, why has online science not scaled and been universally adopted. Join this panel of experts for an OLC lead discussion on STEM education and strategies to scale online science.