Resources to Help Struggling Students

Key1.jpgHow can instructors help struggling students who need tutoring and more assistance than the course time allows? For students willing to put in the extra time and energy to genuinely grasp difficult concepts, there are many new websites that can effectively serve in a self-guided tutoring role. These sites provide students with visual and interactive aids that may drive their understanding better than traditional textual explanations.  They also provide instructors with easy access to a history of the students’ activities and progress.

Most people think of the Khan Academy as just a collection of videos on various educational topics. However, it and similar tutorial sites like instaGrok have expanded into much larger interactive platforms that provide students with active learning and assessment tools and instructors with evaluation and tracking tools. These sites span areas of interest from elementary to college levels and cover the majority of academic topics, including the sciences. Plus, they are free!
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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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On the Road with Online Science

By: Brianna Horvat, Hands-on Labs Inc.

Hands-On Labs (HOL) invited California and Ohio educators out of their offices to talk online science over lunch or evening cocktails. CEO and Co-founder, Linda Jeschofnig, teamed up with HOL’s National Accounts Manager, Naomi Buckta, and Colorado Community College-Online’s Microbiology Professor, Cynthia Alonzo. These events provided opportunities to meet educators and answer their questions in a small group setting.
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