Online Science Labs Mastery Series
Transform your online science laboratory courses into a creative, engaging, and highly motivated learning community that will attract new online learners. The Sloan-C Online Science Labs Mastery Series is specifically designed for science educators and administrators who want to teach their science and laboratory components online. Our program provides an extensive overview of the current status of online laboratory science courses and where they are headed in this rapidly changing environment.
Next Class Dates
Spring Series Classes
June 20 - August 22, 2014
Fall Series Classes
September 26 - November 28, 2014
Price - $599 (includes all 3 workshops)
The Online Science Laboratory Mastery Series is a series of three workshops that integrate learning and using your newly acquired skills. In this series you will:
- Learn the basics about teaching science labs completely online.
- Explore key lab techniques and how to use peer coaching, virtual lab partners, student photography and videography, online field trips, gaming for effective student engagement.
- Learn how to use social media for building community attracting and engaging “lurkers” through interactive multimedia and instructional technology.
- Learn how to construct an assessment system designed to promote mastery learning and reduce cheating in the online science laboratory.
- Explore methods to create bridges between classroom instruction, laboratories and the distance learner.
- Learn how to expand online laboratory enrollment, meet accreditation requirements and improve degree completion rates.
- Create an online science laboratory exercise using simple components that can be found in a kitchen, hardware store, or hobby shop or to design a lab that could be presented virtually through the use of video or graphics.
- Explore the pros and cons of virtual labs vs. “wet labs” and how both approaches provide distance learners, even deployed military members, with the opportunity to further their education through the laboratory sciences.
At the conclusion of the Mastery Series, you will be able to integrate your knowledge and skills to transform your current or future online science lab courses.
Mastery Series Pre-requisite: Online Teaching Experience or New to Online: The Essentials Workshop (1 Week)
Successful completion of the series results in a Recognition of Mastery in Online Science Labs.
Each workshop is one week long with a three-week break in between for time to complete some self-guided, assigned activities and to reflect on your learning.
Online Science Labs I: Research & Design
The basics. You will learn how the 5Es instructional model of science (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend or Elaborate, and Evaluate) can be employed in teaching and learning in online science labs to foster faculty-student engagement. It begins with piquing the student’s interest by personal involvement in the lesson. In the exploration stage, students have the opportunity to get directly involved with scientific phenomena and materials. Next, learners begin to communicate and explain what they’ve learned and expand on the concepts learned. Finally, both students and teachers evaluate and assess the learning using project and problem-based learning products, models, performance tasks, journals or/or lab reports. Also, we will explore the different modes of delivering online science laboratories and the strategies involved in face-to-face, hybrid, virtual or remote “wet labs” directed by the online instructor. Numerous examples of different styles of learning will be demonstrated such as the strategic use of short videos to illustrate key laboratory techniques, use of peer coaching, virtual lab partners, students photography and videography, online field trips, gaming, use of social media for building community, and attracting and engaging “lurkers” using interactive multimedia and instructional technology. Participants will learn how to construct an assessment system designed to promote mastery learning and reduce cheating in the online science laboratory.
- Describe and discuss the 5E instructional model of science teaching.
- Synthesize and discuss the science education literature regarding teaching science labs online, including online learning theories and best practices, and the benefits of using educational technology to reach virtual students.
- Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of virtual versus hands-on "wet-labs" for teaching and learning in distance education.
Online Science Labs II: Teaching and Assessment Techniques
This session will focus on creating a highly interactive teaching and learning environment in the online science lab. Participants will explore methods to create bridges between classroom instruction and laboratories and the distance learner, how to expand online laboratory enrollment, meet accreditation requirements, and improve degree completion rates. They will hear from experts who will present their approach to providing cutting edge methodologies and best practices in teaching a wide variety of laboratory science disciplines such as Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy and Space Studies. In addition, participants will explore ways to create an online learning community. Useful tools for designing or modifying a science course will be discussed as ways to provide rigorous, interactive online science laboratory experience that will stand muster with students, faculty and accreditors alike. The assessment process, both formative and summative, will be stressed as important components of the overall evaluation of the online laboratory experience.
- Summarize various approaches used by different scientific disciplines to create a rigorous online laboratory course component.
- Create a course plan that incorporates student-student, student-content, and student-faculty interactions to enhance the online laboratory learning space.
- Create a formative and summative assessment plan for an online science laboratory.
Online Science Labs III: Capstone Project
Capstone Experience. In this session you will create an online science lab exercise using simple components that can be found in a kitchen, hardware store, or hobby shop or to design a lab that could be presented virtually through the use of video or graphics. You will not have to buy the equipment or set up a working model of a virtual lab but rather provide a presentation or video describing the idea and the procedure that could be performed by an online science student. Formative assessment and summative assessment should be included in this project. Throughout the two previous workshops, literature relative to teaching laboratory science courses totally online and practiced using various educational technologies to enhance engagement and learning was discussed. In this workshop, participants have the opportunity to put the pieces together. Your work will be reviewed by your peers, who will provide constructive suggestions designed to improve your approach.
- Synthesize theory, knowledge, and skills relative to teaching a science laboratory online.
- Create and present a capstone project that culminates in the creation of a highly interactive online science lab exercise that incorporates student-student, student-content, and student-faculty learning.
Dr Jim Brown
Dr. Jim Brown has been designated as One of the Top 40 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education. He is the former Dean of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences and Associate Professor at Ocean County College. He helped develop the One Day per Week Nursing Program at OCC and placed 14 science courses fully online. After adopting 3 children he stepped down as dean and is now teaching microbiology, the biological sciences, health care and public health totally online at a number of colleges and universities including Kean University, the City University of New York, Colorado Christian University, Mercer County Community College, Ocean County College, Averett University, Unitek College, and American Military University, and conducts distance education consulting through James W. Brown Associates LLC. He has won a number of awards for his work in public health, science and online course development including citations from both houses of the US Congress as well as both houses of the New Jersey Legislature.
Dr. Brown has an extensive background in laboratory science. He was the director of microbiology for Roche directing one of the largest private clinical laboratories in the world. He was the assistant commissioner of health for the State of New Jersey overseeing the Division of Public Health and Environmental Laboratories. Dr. Brown was a pioneer in developing science laboratories totally online. He has been referred to as “the Godfather of Online Science” by his colleagues and students as well an “Innovator in Online Learning” by SoftChalk Inc. He will be facilitating three workshops as part of the Sloan Consortium Online Science Laboratory Mastery Series.