Top-Five Challenges for Putting Science Labs Online for Distance Education

Wednesday, February 06 | 10:45AM–11:30AM | Governor's Square 16
Session Type: Professional Development
Do you want to teach a science course online, with a lab component? How do you dissect a fetal pig, or look at pine pollen in a microscope, or trace the path of sperm development in a boar, or observe the effect of filters on fiber identification through a virtual microscopic viewer? We've answered those questions and more at North Carolina State University (Raleigh), where we have identified the top-five challenges to putting a lab online. We will use case-based examples from various disciplines to demonstrate multiple solutions using free, vendor-purchased, and reusable tools that we have developed.

Learning Objectives:
* Identify some of the challenges unique to an online lab course
* Describe various problem-solving strategies for use in an online science lab
* Examine various case studies and recognize where and how problem-solving strategies were applied


  • Lee Ann Gillen

    Senior Instructional Designer, DELTA, North Carolina State University
  • Cleo Magnuson

    Instructional Designer, Professional Education, Georgia Institute of Technology

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