Missouri S&T Science Labs Webinars
Missouri S&T is well-recognized as a research university. Founded in 1870 as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, we have a long history of innovation. Our mission is to integrate education, research and application to create and convey knowledge that serves our state and helps solve the world’s greatest challenges.
An ever-present challenge in today’s educational market is the ability to incorporate hands-on, experiential learning into online science and engineering programs. With the development of DELTA labs, Delivering Experiential Labs to All, we have done just that.
This webinar will guide participants through the Laboratory Redesign Handbook created at Missouri S&T. Participants will learn the DELTA lab creation process and a few tips and tricks for laboratory design. Finally, our vision for the future sustainability and continued integration of DELTA labs into the standard curriculum will be shared.
Laboratory redesign gained attention at Missouri S&T in late 2012, when a handful of campus laboratory instructors were asked, “Why do you teach the labs which you teach?” This question served as the springboard for focused efforts regarding laboratory redesign.
As new course goals and learning objectives were created, many of the labs were completely overhauled in order to better meet today’s global market. The result was the birth of DELTA, Delivering Experiential Labs to All. The first blended and online DELTA labs, which all include hands-on, experiential components, were piloted in the Fall Semester of 2014. Though many instructors have chosen to use various sorts of experimental kits for these courses, one of the biggest lessons learned is that a kit is not a course. At Missouri S&T, we customize the experience to the needs of our learners, no matter where they may be.
In this webinar, participants will look closely at one of the first DELTA labs to be piloted, the general biology lab for non-biology majors. The instructor who created the course, along with the instructional designer who assisted, will describe best practices and pitfalls. They will also share one strategy used to overcome the biggest challenge they discovered with creating an “online” wet lab for biology students.