Science Has Been a Top US Priority since Civil War

By Laura Yaun, Hands-on Labs, Inc.

Wishing HOL’s Scientist, Dr. Eric Punkay, a very rewarding future in teaching. You will be missed, but students need great teachers like you and we applaud your change of career decision.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln created the National Academy of Sciences by signing into law the Act of Incorporation. The Civil War proved a great need for innovations, bringing citizens and government together. Weapon-testing departments were established as the president saw the importance of science and technology, making it law to “investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art.”
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7 Ways to Create an Engaging Online Science Course

Based on a presentation from the 2012 CoDLA conference by IEDSE, the Institute for Excellence in Distance Science Education, a non-profit organization focused on providing professional development opportunities for online science educators. This article provides 7 helpful tips for creating an effective online science course.

1.Introduce yourself and your course │ A creative and engaging way for your students to get to know you better is through an introduction video. Include background information about your experiences and interests along with a review of the syllabus. Syllabi are students’ first impression of a course and the instructor. In face-to-face classes instructors often add to the syllabus as they go along; this is not possible in online classes where it is considered the students’ bible. Important elements to include in a syllabus are: learning objectives and activities, course contents (texts, labs, discussion board), expectations of students and instructor, a detailed assignment calendar, FAQs and forms of assessment. Including a syllabus quiz is a good way to ensure students read all contents.
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Have a Clear View of Distance Education

Guest post by Melissa Spears

Online education is one of today’s most controversial topics and whenever it is discussed you get to hear uncountable “ifs” and “buts.” This is due to the lack of knowledge that people possess about distance learning. Some people say that it makes students go off the track of life and some of them say it teaches a student how to work hard on their own. Well, let us have a discussion here to clear up the wrong conception that some people have with the basic truth of distance education. Continue reading

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