Can we meet all of the learning outcomes in an online laboratory class

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Aug 4th at 9:45 AM until 10:30 AM


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Online teaching has become an important modality in higher education, in general, and at DePaul University, specifically. In the spring of 2018 our University began to consider if it was possible for an online-only class to meet the learning outcomes for the science laboratory course designation in the Undergraduate Liberal Studies Program. A pilot, online-only version of an existing Environmental Science laboratory class was designed and implemented in the fall of 2018. Lab Kits designed by the instructor were purchased by the students from a third party vendor. These activities were true laboratory experiments and not merely computer simulations. An assessment instrument was sent to the online pilot class and one face-to-face class (both ENV 102, Introduction to Environmental Science with Laboratory) at the end of the fall quarter. In the spring of 2019, the survey was sent to all scientific inquiry laboratory classes. The survey was based on an existing, published instrument: the Test of Scientific Literacy Skills (TOSLS) by Gormally, Brickman, and Lutz. The test measures skills related to major aspects of scientific literacy: recognizing and analyzing the use of methods of inquiry that lead to scientific knowledge and the ability to organize, analyze, and interpret quantitative data and scientific information. The survey results show that there was no significant difference between online and face-to-face scores. VIEW THIS SESSION [Mediasite player]