Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Labs not in a lab: A case study of instructor and student perceptions of an online biology lab class
by Doiron, Jessica Boyce, Ph.D., Capella University, 2009, 109; 3344919
Abstract (Summary)

Distance learning is not a new phenomenon but with the advancement in technology, the different ways of delivering an education have increased. Today, many universities and colleges offer their students the option of taking courses online instead of sitting in a classroom on campus. In general students like online classes because they allow for flexibility, the comfort of sitting at home, and the potential to save money. Even though there are advantages to taking online classes, many students and instructors still debate the effectiveness and quality of education in a distant learning environment. Many universities and colleges are receiving pressure from students to offer more and more classes online. Research argues for both the advantages and disadvantages of online classes and stresses the importance of colleges and universities weighing both sides before deciding to adopt an online class. Certain classes may not be suitable for online instruction and not all instructors are suitable to teach online classes. The literature also reveals that there is a need for more research on online biology lab classes. With the lack of information on online biology labs needed by science educators who face the increasing demand for online biology labs, this case study hopes to provide insight into the use of online biology lab classes and the how students and an instructor at a community college in Virginia perceive their online biology lab experience as well as the effectiveness of the online labs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bullock, Cheryl
Commitee: Doran, Cheryl, Hughes, Gail
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 70/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational technology, Science education
Keywords: Biology, Biology lab, Case, Lab, Online, Perceptions, Study
Publication Number: 3344919
ISBN: 9781109049633
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