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Envisioning opportunities and overcoming barriers for designing online labs

Natasha Holmes

Natasha Holmes

Kira Treibergs

Kira Treibergs

Remote science labs (practicals)

Learning goals

  • Identify learning goals to actively engage students in lab experimentation.
  • Describe pedagogical techniques to best achieve those goals.
  • Discuss opportunities and barriers to implementing labs virtually.
  • Describe strategies to support long-term collaborative projects online.

Time participants will need to invest before the workshop
10-15 minutes (pre-workshop form)

Target audience
Instructors from all fields that have lab requirements in their curricula, e.g., science instructors (physics, biology, chemistry, etc.)

March 31, 2021 03:00 PM - 06:30 PM (online)
This workshop is held in English.

Dr. Natasha G. Holmes is the Ann S. Bowers assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Cornell University, with the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics. Dr. Holmes received her BSc.(Hons) in physics from the University of Guelph and her MSc, PhD in physics at the University of British Columbia, and completed postdoctoral work at Stanford University. Her research group studies student learning, attitudes, and skill development from hands-on laboratory experiences, with a focus on critical thinking and experimentation. She also explores issues of equity and diversity in physics and methodological issues and techniques in physics education research.

Dr. Kira Treibergs is a marine invertebrate biologist and discipline-based education researcher who studies the roles individuals play within different types of collaborative systems. Her research seeks to better understand the mechanisms behind division of labor in colonial marine animals and cooperative learning among students in natural science courses. She is intrigued by the transformative learning that can occur within field experiences and cares deeply about making field-oriented courses more inclusive to all students. Kira has a PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University, a MS in Biology from the University of Oregon, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow funded under the Active Learning Initiative at Cornell University in the Department of Natural Resources.

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