Teaching Science Online
Practical Guidance for Effective Instruction and Lab Work

Foreword by Michael G. Moore
Paper: 978 1 62036 188 7 / $35.00
Published: August 2016  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 187 0 / $95.00
Published: August 2016  

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Published: August 2016  

E-Book: 978 1 62036 190 0 / $27.99
Published: August 2016  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
276 pp., 7" x 10"
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Series: Online Learning and Distance Education
With the increasing focus on science education, growing attention is being paid to how science is taught. Educators in science and science-related disciplines are recognizing that distance delivery opens up new opportunities for delivering information, providing interactivity, collaborative opportunities and feedback, as well as for increasing access for students.

This book presents the guidance of expert science educators from the US and from around the globe. They describe key concepts, delivery modes and emerging technologies, and offer models of practice. The book places particular emphasis on experimentation, lab and field work as they are fundamentally part of the education in most scientific disciplines.

Chapters include:
* Discipline methodology and teaching strategies in the specific areas of physics, biology, chemistry and earth sciences.
* An overview of the important and appropriate learning technologies (ICTs) for each major science.
* Best practices for establishing and maintaining a successful course online.
* Insights and tips for handling practical components like laboratories and field work.
* Coverage of breaking topics, including MOOCs, learning analytics, open educational resources and m-learning.
* Strategies for engaging your students online.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Michael G. Moore


Introduction: Setting the Stage—Dietmar K. Kennepohl

Part One: The Basics of Getting Science Courses Online
1) The Basics of Getting Biology Courses Online—Wendy Wright, Jennifer Mosse, Barbara C. Panther
2) Teaching Undergraduate Chemistry by Distance and Online: Lessons from the Front Line—Peter Lye, Erica Smith
3) Developing Online Earth Science Courses—Kevin F. Downing
4) Physics Teaching in Distance Education—Robert Lambourne and Nicholas Braithwaite

Part Two: Applications
Case Studies and Special Topics
5) Science Online: Bringing the Laboratory Home—Mary V. Mawn
6) Practical Biology at a Distance: How Far Can We Go With Online Distance Learning?— Mark C. Hirst and Hilary A. MacQueen
7) Assessment in Physics Distance Education: Practical Lessons at Athabasca University— Farook Al-Shamali and Martin Connors
8) Computer-Based Laboratory Simulations for the New Digital Learning Environments—Jessie Webb, Richard Swan, and Brian F. Woodfield
9) Remote Access Laboratory Equipment for Undergraduate Science Education—Daniel M. Branan, Paul Bennett, and Nick Braithwaite
10) Situated Science Learning for Higher Level Learning With Mobile Devices—Brett McCollum
11) Online Delivery of Field- and Laboratory-Based Environmental and Earth Sciences Curriculum—Ron Reuter
12) Enabling Remote Activity: Widening Participation in Field Study Courses—Trevor Collins, Sarah Davies, and Mark Gaved
13) Collaborative e-learning in Pharmacy: Design, Evaluation, and Outcomes of a European Cross-Border Project—Marion Bruhn-Suhr, Dorothee Dartsch, and Jasmin Hamadeh
14) Online Professional Development for Australian Science Teachers: Developing and Deploying a Curriculum Evaluation Model—Karen Spence, Jennifer Donovan, and P. A. Danaher

Part Three: Summary and Future Trends
The Future Starts Today—Dietmar K. Kennepohl

Appendix A: Online Versus Face-to-Face Approaches for Various Learning Activities
Appendix B: Selected Online Resources

Editor and Contributors


Reviews & Endorsements:
"Kennepohl and the other authors of this text expertly dispel the myth that science, a highly skills-based practice, cannot be taught online. Chapter authors offer teaching strategies to enrich online science experiences and provide numerous examples of collaborative endeavors, innovative implementation of current technologies, and case studies featuring successful online science courses with experiential requirements. In many cases, chapter authors created the programs and courses they write about. Novice and veteran faculty, higher education administrators, and education specialists in online learning would all benefit from reading this book."
- Teachers College Record
"Dietmar Kennepohl has drawn upon an international network of innovative educators in various science disciplines in college and university settings. Each are bringing in their unique experiences and a review of research literature for developing and delivering “hands-on” activities in an online environment, which is equivalent to that we would see in conventional face to face classroom settings. Laying out a foundational base of knowledge in four general science areas, this collection also branches into first hand descriptions from educators, including the use of online tools to provide experiences not possible in traditional face to face classroom settings and unique ways in which online tools open doors for those with different abilities (disabilities). This book is a nice resource for anyone new to online science education, as well as for someone looking for a compiled summary of latest research findings in this area or just wanting some new ideas to try in their own online science courses."
- Dr. Deana Namuth-Covert, Professor, Director of Online Education and Outreach at The Ohio State University College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences