ERIC Number: ED474947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Teaching Science On-Line: A Reflection on a Year's Experience.
Bentley, Michael L.
This paper describes how one university professor came to recognize that a computer-mediated learning environment can effectively facilitate student knowledge construction. During the 2001-02 academic year, he taught several online, undergraduate science courses at two different institutions. Delivery, which was entirely online, used e-mail, drop boxes, and Web-based lessons and resources. Threaded discussion was possible through a message board. The professor maintained online office hours via AOL Instant Messenger each week. He also developed online seminars via chat-room technology; an e-mail listserv to deliver professor notes and images; Web-posted PowerPoint presentations, video clips, and sound files; and online quizzes and exams. He discovered that student personalities and learning strengths and weaknesses could be perceived through their writing and drawings. Student feedback in all of the courses was positive, and students complimented his teaching. Based on his experiences with these courses, he redesigned one of his regular courses into a technology-enhanced science education course that includes both on-line elements and face-to-face components. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Educational Studies (8th, Chapel Hill, NC, March 1, 2003).