Teaching Lab Science Courses Online: Resources for Best Practices, Tools, and Technology
Teaching Lab Science Courses Online is a practical resource for educators developing and teaching fully online lab science courses. First, it provides guidance for using learning management systems and other web 2.0 technologies such as video presentations, discussion boards, Google apps, Skype, video/web conferencing, and social media networking. Moreover, it offers advice for giving students the hands-on “wet laboratory” experience they need to learn science effectively, including the implications of implementing various lab experiences such as computer simulations, kitchen labs, and commercially assembled at-home lab kits. Finally, the book reveals how to get administrative and faculty buy-in for teaching science online and shows how to negotiate internal politics and assess the budget implications of online science instruction.
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In Teaching Lab Science Courses Online, the Jeschofnigs have compiled a very worthwhile book that can be used in a number of ways. In addition to being a frequently consulted reference for institutions, departments and instructors seeking to make the jump from traditional academic lab-oriented courses to online versions, this book can also be one used to bring about a change in institutional mindsets where fear or resistance to moving lab science courses from the current hands-on in a building mode exists.
Because the authors have an extensive index and references list as well as chapters devoted to aspects like “Online teaching advice from the pros,” It could also well serve as a ‘cookbook’ and panic-defuser for those who are about to embark or who have recently embarked upon this new road.
I hope the authors give serious consideration to writing a follow-up volume that addresses the same content as it might apply to middle and secondary schools. All in all, this looks like a definite must-add for college and technical school libraries as well s for any academician seriously interested in the future of lab science-related education.