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Instructional Design and Technology in Education

Online Science Labs

After reading this Inside Higher Ed article on home lab kits for distance learning, another obstacle for offering beginning level Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses to non-majors should be eliminated. Lowering the barrier for those in degrees that aren’t specifically science-related will go a long way towards getting students who aren’t on a campus finished up with their educational goals. There is a cost associated with this – looks like most kits are around $200. Does that price compare to not having to attend on-site? Is this a fee that could be shared between students? Most labs offered in the classroom group students together so this might be an option.

The article sites two resources for these kits: and At first glance the esciencelabs looks more interesting and the prices seem a bit lower. The Kits come with a lab manual.

Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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