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Resources to Help Struggling Students

How can instructors help struggling students who need tutoring and more assistance than the course time allows? For students willing to put in the extra time and energy to genuinely grasp difficult concepts, there are many new websites that can effectively serve in a self-guided tutoring role. These sites provide students with visual and interactive […]

Science Has Been a Top US Priority since Civil War

By Laura Yaun, Hands-on Labs, Inc. Wishing HOL’s Scientist, Dr. Eric Punkay, a very rewarding future in teaching. You will be missed, but students need great teachers like you and we applaud your change of career decision. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln created the National Academy of Sciences by signing into law the Act of […]

7 Ways to Create an Engaging Online Science Course

Based on a presentation from the 2012 CoDLA conference by IEDSE, the Institute for Excellence in Distance Science Education, a non-profit organization focused on providing professional development opportunities for online science educators. This article provides 7 helpful tips for creating an effective online science course. 1.Introduce yourself and your course │ A creative and engaging way for […]

On the Road with Online Science

By: Brianna Horvat, Hands-on Labs Inc. Hands-On Labs (HOL) invited California and Ohio educators out of their offices to talk online science over lunch or evening cocktails. CEO and Co-founder, Linda Jeschofnig, teamed up with HOL’s National Accounts Manager, Naomi Buckta, andColorado Community College-Online’s Microbiology Professor, Cynthia Alonzo. These events provided opportunities to meet educators […]

What’s on your mind about Earth Science?

During last month’s webinar about our new Earth Science LabPaq, we received important questions from participants.  We thought it would be helpful to run some of them in case they are also on your mind.

Using Skype as a Tool to Teach Online Science (LabPaq) Laboratories

By Dr. James W. Brown, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Science, Ocean County College During the Fall Semester of 2011 I began usingSkype as a teaching tool with students having difficulties with their online laboratories. For several years, I have been teaching Principles of Biological Science, General Biology I and II and Microbiology totally online. The […]

Providing a Capstone “Field Trip” Experience in your Online Science Course

An undergraduate capstone experience is usually designed to bring reflection and focus to the whole of the college experience. I teach a variety of online biology and microbiology courses at the undergraduate level and provide a “mini” capstone experience at the end of each course. This provides an opportunity for the student to integrate the […]

Tips to Curb Online Cheating

As the popularity of distance learning grows, there is a perception that cheating is more difficult to monitor than ever before. In the 2008 study, Cheating in the Digital Age: Do Students Cheat More in Online Courses?, students admitted they were nearly four-times more likely to cheat in online courses than live classes. While academic […]