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ERIC Number: ED625406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2022
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
At-Home STEM Lab Kits in Higher Education: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Recommendations for Future Success
Swindell, Andrew; McGurk, Shannon; McGuire, Abby
Online Learning Consortium
This brief presents original research that explored the value and future use of online tools for science teaching, like at-home lab kits. Data collection took place in May 2022 during which time five virtual focus groups on various STEM subjects (Biology, Physics and Engineering, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, and Chemistry) were conducted with a total of 45 participants. Participants were selected to include a range of institutional types (i.e., 4-year public and private universities, community colleges, and technical colleges) and institutional roles (i.e., science deans, chairs, program coordinators, and faculty). Findings were centered on the quality, access, and institutional support for science education with recommendations for institutions to: (1) Provide HyFlex options to increase access; (2) absorb costs like in-person labs; (3) consider the difference between emergency online vs. planned online; and (4) a call for more flexible state boards for accreditation. [This brief was created in partnership with Carolina Distance Learning.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A