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ERIC Number: EJ923972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0513
Hands-on and Online: Scientific Explorations through Distance Learning
Mawn, Mary V.; Carrico, Pauline; Charuk, Ken; Stote, Kim S.; Lawrence, Betty
Open Learning, v26 n2 p135-146 2011
Laboratory experiments are often considered the defining characteristic of science courses. Such activities provide students with real-world contexts for applying scientific concepts, while also allowing them to develop scientific ways of thinking and promoting an interest in science. In recent years, an increasing number of campuses have moved their instruction to the online learning environment. Consequently, in the sciences there is a growing need to develop best practices related to the integration of laboratory-based activities with online science coursework. This research study explored how online students engaged in scientific processes as they conducted relevant and real-world experiments from their own locations. An analysis of three online science courses revealed that laboratory experiments can be performed successfully by distance learning students. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York