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Facebook: It’s Not Just For Cat Videos Anymore

By Geralyn M. Caplan, Associate Professor of Biology, Owensboro Community & Technical College I was sitting at a Biology meeting recently and started to talk about the success I have had using Facebook in my Anatomy & Physiology (AP) course. The group I was talking to acted like I just betrayed the teaching profession. The first comment was […]

5 Essential Elements of an Online Science Lab Syllabus

Based on a white paper By Linda and Dr. Peter Jeschofnig, Co-Founders of Hands-On Labs & IEDSE (The Institute for Excellence in Distance Science Education) Online science instructors who are willing to invest initial time and energy into creating a thorough syllabus will save themselves innumerable headaches throughout the semester. An online course syllabus, regardless of the type of […]

Meet the Women Scientists of Hands-On Labs

March is Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” Four out of the five scientists at Hands-On Labs (HOL) are women, so we thought this month was the perfect opportunity to celebrate women at HOL and introduce the hard-working scientists behind our content.

Flip My Science Classroom

By Kristy Kemp, Science Instructor, Kirtland Community College Kirtland Community College’s district is the largest in Michigan, totaling 2,500 square miles and consisting of all or part of nine counties. Our main campus is located close to the geographic center of the college’s district in rural Northern Michigan, but we have two extension campuses in our northwest […]

Teaching Science Totally Online: Hands-On Lab’s LabPaqs and SoftChalk’s Cloud – Perfect Together

By Dr. James W. Brown When I was the Dean of Science, Engineering, Health Science, and Human Performance at Ocean County College I learned about the wonders of using Hands-On Labs’ LabPaqs to allow us to teach laboratory-based science courses totally online using “wet labs” that could be shipped almost anywhere in the world. Additionally,SoftChalk […]

Improve Student Engagement and Learning in Online Science Courses Through “Citizen Science” Projects

By Peter Jeschofnig, Ph.D., Institute for Excellence in Distance Science Education When teaching on-campus classes, I involved my environmental science and environmental chemistry students in semester-long environmental monitoring projects like water chemistry, stream discharge, and aquatic invertebrate monitoring. I was not surprised to find that they were much more enthused about these hands-on, experiential projects […]

Citizen Science in Distance Learning

By Jill Nugent, PhD student, Texas Tech University “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge”  ~Carl Sagan In the landscape of online higher education, faculty seek to engage students in learning science content and process skills and also aim to foster science literacy for all students.Citizen science can […]

Using Videos to Enrich Your Teaching of Online Science Courses

By Peter Jeschofnig, PhD, Founder of IEDSE: Institute for Excellence in Distance Science Education and Co-Author of “Teaching Lab Science Courses Online” No matter how carefully we design the content of a new online science course, once we start teaching and getting student feedback, we learn that students often need extra help and additional clarification with certain course […]