SUNY Empire State and Carolina Distance Learning Explore Online Science: Challenges And Solutions
Concurrent Session 3
In this session, Dr. Sujatha Kadaba, Assistant Professor of Science, Mathematics, and Technology at SUNY Empire State University, in Saratoga Springs, NY, will share her experience building and offering online labs in partnership with Carolina Distance Learning. The investigations have been designed for distance learning using in house laboratory components and state of the art technology tools.
The best way to learn science is by doing science, but how can distance learning students do science in their homes? A lack of quality, safe, and affordable lab materials can prevent students from doing the kinds of rigorous, hands-on lab investigations they would on campus. There are alternatives to traditional lab materials, such as videos and simulations. However, such alternatives do not fully capture the essence of a physical experimental setup. Videos are experienced passively, which makes them poor substitutes for interactive involvement. Most simulations are very low-stakes endeavors. Students can’t run out of materials, mistakes are easily reversed, and the number of possible outcomes is very limited. No preparation or cleanup is necessary; events typically do not unfold in real time. Lab kits can provide quality instructional materials to support active, engaged learning. Online Institutions are interested in tools and services that make them more effective and efficient in providing and growing their programs. Vendors that understand the challenges of client institutions and can create products and services to relieve that need can serve institutions well. A vendor may sell you a product, but those you want to partner with are experts at what they do, so they can provide successful implementation. Come and learn how this process is being lived out through the strategic relationship between SUNY Empire State and Carolina Distance Learning Lab Kits.