Accessible Elements: Teaching Science Online and at a Distance

Written by: Edited by Dietmar Kennepohl (Athabasca) and Lawton Shaw (Athabasca)

This textbook is designed for educators to learn more about teaching science courses in non-traditional ways; particularly online and distance courses. It also seems that it would be a great resource for parents, who are homeschooling their children. Distance learners and parents face some of the same difficulties – how to conduct laboratory classwork when students do not have access to science labs.

Accessible Elements strives to aid educators in teaching science where students can still have the laboratory experience with items more commonly found in kitchens and local shops. Contributions to the text have primarily come from Australia but they were also from Monash University, a number of other North American universities, Isreal, Bangladesh, the University of South Pacific and the UK. Materials and ideas were submitted by biologists, chemists, physicists, an astronomer, a microbiologist, a geographer and others. All of the scientists have teaching experience and have or are working with educational scientists who study how people learn.

Traditionally, science professors have not had training in educating or learning. This text is part of a decades-long effort to find ways for science educators to present material to students in the manner most likely to lead to understanding and experience the excitement of learning.

Work was edited by Dietmar Kennepohl and Lawton Shaw, both on the faculty of Athabasca University.

Front Matter
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Interactions Affording Distance Science Education (Terry Anderson)
Chapter 2: Learning Science at a Distance: Instructional Dialogues and Resources (Paul Gorsky and Avner Caspi)
Chapter 3: Leadership Strategies for Coordinating Distance Education Instructional Development Teams (Gale Parchoma)
Chapter 4: Toward New Models of Flexible Education to Enhance Quality in Australian Higher Education (Stuart Palmer, Dale Holt, and Alan Farley)
Chapter 5: Taking the Chemistry Experience Home — Home Experiments or “Kitchen Chemistry” (Robert Lyall and Antonio (Tony) F. Patti)
Chapter 6: Acquisition of Laboratory Skills by On-Campus and Distance Education Students (Jenny Mosse and Wendy Wright)
Chapter 7: Low-Cost Physics Home Laboratory (Farook Al-Shamali and Martin Connors)
Chapter 8: Laboratories in the Earth Sciences (Edward Cloutis)
Chapter 9: Remote Control Teaching Laboratories and Practicals (Dietmar Kennepohl)
Chapter 10: Needs, Costs, and Accessibility of de Science Lab Programs (Lawton Shaw and Robert Carmichael)
Chapter 11: Challenges and Opportunities for Teaching Laboratory Sciences at a Distance in a Developing Country (Md. Tofazzal Islam)
Chapter 12: Distance and Flexible Learning at University of the South Pacific (Anjeela Jokhan and Bibhya N. Sharma)
Chapter 13: Institutional Considerations: A Vision for Distance Education (Erwin Boschmann)
Author Biographies

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