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Redesigning Science Courses with Lab Simulation Technology

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Presenter(s)
Dr. Danielle Buckley (Late Nite Labs, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 3:45pm
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Vendor Showcase
Location: 
Europe 7
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 4
Abstract

Faculty across the country are rethinking their general education science courses and labs. Course redesigns with technology as the centerpiece are the most cost-effective and outcome-driven approach.

Extended Abstract

We believe that there are three major bottlenecks to student success in general education science courses. These bottlenecks are frustrating to faculty and administrators and ultimately halt student progression towards their final degrees:

1) enrollment in these courses have increased in recent years resulting in large sections and/or capped sections that fill quickly, 2) schools are challenged with limited laboratory space, equipment, and funds; and 3) a lack of synergy between the lecture and laboratory portions of service science courses.

Such major challenges are encouraging faculty to rethink their general education science courses and labs. Course redesigns with technology as the centerpiece are the most cost-effective and outcome-driven approach.

Computer based technology and education are deeply intertwined. Lab simulation technology is currently being used to meet general education competencies in science courses such as:

  • Information Technology Competency
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Problem solving

This session will provide you with an overview of the Late Nite Labs lab science simulation platform and how it is currently being used to achieve a myriad of oft competing goals: 1) increased student learning outcomes, 2) teaching efficiencies; and 3) budget & staffing goals. How general education competencies are met and assessed will be described.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Buckley completed her doctoral work in chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013. While there, she taught general chemistry labs and recitations, and -- as part of her STEM outreach efforts -- worked directly with middle school students to design simple experiments. Dr. Buckley continued teaching after graduation before moving to Austin, Texas in the summer of 2014. She took on the role of Labs Specialist and TechTA at Sapling Learning, working with educators from all over the country to build online, custom pre-lab and post-lab content and assignments for their courses. Most recently, she took on the role of Labs Marketing Lead for Sapling Learning and Late Nite Labs, both Macmillan Learning companies.

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Explore Late Nite Labs: http://latenitelabs.com/
Contact Late Nite Labs: sales@latenitelabs.com