Labs are Going Online
Miri Shonfeld, Ilana Ronen, Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper presents an on-going research on fostering online labs among k-2 pre-service teachers. Through the use of an online
Science Education workshop course, a teaching unit is constructed based on specific science concept learning, lab skills fostering and practicing in school. The study examines the impact of an online course regarding effectiveness of learning, lab performance, self-directed learning, time management and communication. As data indicated, although both students and instructors spent more time on the online course, they derived some benefit from time management. The main issue arising from the research pointed out the difficulties regarding online labs, using complicated notions and professional equipment. Based on the success of other online labs, it is suggested that further research is needed to improve students` online lab learning, focusing on authentic tasks based on everyday experiences, using home accessories and implementing problem solving methods.
Shonfeld, M. & Ronen, I. (2004). Labs are Going Online. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 5090-5093). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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