Teaching Science Online: Learn from the Experts

Dietmar Kennepohl and Mary Mawn, editor and contributing author of Teaching Science Online, join Shannon McGurk of Carolina Distance Learning to discuss strategies for teaching science online in this one hour webcast. Learn about best practices for bringing science to life in an online format and ask questions of experts in the field.
This webinar is generously supported by Carolina Distance Learning.
Speaker Bio


Mary Mawn

Dr. Mary Mawn is the Interim Associate Dean for the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Technology and Associate Professor of Biology at SUNY Empire State College. Dr. Mawn has been actively involved in the field of distance education since 2003. Her research interests include studying the online professional development of science teachers and identifying ways to teach laboratories and scientific process skills through distance learning. She has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a M.Ed. in Educational Technology, both from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Dietmar Kennepohl B.Sc.(Hons)

Dietmar Kennepohl B.Sc.(Hons), Ph.D., FCIC is Professor of Chemistry and former Associate Vice President Academic at Athabasca University—Canada’s Open University. Most of his teaching experience has been in a distributed and online setting and he holds both university and national teaching awards. Dietmar is a well-published and sought-after presenter at local, national and international conferences, on topics including learning design, learning outcomes, assessment, PLAR, transfer credit, distance and online education, and emerging educational technologies. In 2010 his book “Accessible Elements: Teaching Science Online and at a Distance” was winner of the 2011 Charles A. Wedemeyer Award. His current book “Teaching Science Online: Practical Guidance for Effective Instruction and Lab Work” (2016) is part of the Stylus distance education series edited by Michael G. Moore.

Shannon McGurk

Shannon McGurk

Director – Distance Learning, Carolina Biological Supply

Shannon joined Carolina Biological Supply Company in 2015 with more than 15 years of higher education experience. She has been active in the online learning community for more than 10 years. Her experience includes curriculum development, instructional design, and compliance and accreditation.



Alanna M. Tynes

Alanna M. Tynes is a professor of Biology at Lone Star College-Tomball. She holds a master’s degree in Zoology with a minor in Science Education from Texas A&M University (1992) and is a Texas registered Emergency Medical Technician. Alanna is committed to student success inside of the classroom and online. She began her teaching career as an adjunct science instructor at Blinn College in Bryan where she taught Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Majors Biology and Zoology. She served as the head advisor for the Blinn College Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She turned around the failing chapter her first year, taking the chapter all the way to the national conference in California where the chapter was awarded the Mosal Yearbook Award and 5 Star Chapter Award. She joined the Tomball College faculty in 1994, now Lone Star College-Tomball. For the past 24 years she has been teaching Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Majors Biology, Non-Majors Biology, Honors Biology and Nutrition. She developed her first online course in Nutrition in 2001. To date she has created five fully online science courses. Alanna served as the Honors Program Director for LSC-Tomball from 2001-2009. She was responsible for providing leadership, supervision and coordination of the Honors Program and the Honors Student Organization and served as the liaison between the faculty, students, administration, and community. She served as the President of the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Honors Council (GCIHC) from 2007-2009. Her two-year term responsibilities included coordinating the activities of the GCIHC Fall Conference, GCIHC Spring Retreat, GCIHC yearly budget, GCIHC listserv, and students’ submissions to the Honors Student Journal E Pluribus Unum. Alanna was awarded the Lone Star College Faculty Excellence Award in 2005 and in again in 2012. Her most recent presentations have been on topics of online learning and the use of lab kits. Alanna partnered with Carolina Biological to present at the League for Innovation in the Community College Innovations 2018 Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Alanna is a member of TCCTA, HAPs, HealthKeepers Alliance, and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services). She serves as a Faculty Mentor to faculty teaching online using the LMS’s WebCT, Vista, ANGEL, and D2L. In addition, she is a HAM radio operator (KG5PFH), a member of the Tomball Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and an American Heart Institute BLS CPR Instructor for Health Care Providers.


Jennifer Rafferty – Moderator

Director, Institute for Professional Development, Online Learning Consortium