Getting Out of the Lab: Creating Inquiry Biology Labs for Use in Online or Blended Classes
Monday, November 14 11:55 AM-12:15 PM Location: Bell
Abstract: In recent years, science laboratory courses have shifted to a focus on scientific inquiry, challenging students to ask questions and design their own experiments. At the same time, demand for online courses has increased. Many science departments have struggled to marry these two priorities, as instructors wonder how to create online labs with opportunities for students to engage in experimental inquiry. This best practices session will describe the use of Adobe Captivate and recorded videos to create interactive online labs that allow students to consider experimental design, choose variables, make predictions, and analyze relevant data. The process of building the labs, demonstration of their functionality, and student responses to the labs will be highlighted. Labs created for college level biology will be shown, and their use in both online and blended courses will be discussed.