Accessible Elements

Accessible Elements informs science educators about current practices in online and distance education: distance-delivered methods for laboratory coursework, the requisite administrative and institutional aspects of online and distance teaching, and the relevant educational theory.Delivery of university-level courses through online and distance education is a method of providing equal access to students seeking post-secondary education. Distance delivery offers practical alternatives to traditional on-campus education for students limited by barriers such as classroom scheduling, physical location, finances, or job and family commitments. The growing recognition and acceptance of distance education, coupled with the rapidly increasing demand for accessibility and flexible delivery of courses, has made distance education a viable and popular option for many people to meet their science educational goals.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover Page 1
Contents 8
Foreword 10
Introduction 16
Learning 28
CHAPTER ONE: Interactions Affording Distance Science Education 30
CHAPTER TWO: Learning Science at a Distance: Instructional Dialogues and Resources 48
CHAPTER THREE: Leadership Strategies for Coordinating Distance Education Instructional Development Teams 66
CHAPTER FOUR: Toward New Models of Flexible Education to Enhance Quality in Australian Higher Education 90
Laboratories 110
CHAPTER FIVE: Taking the Chemistry Experience Home — Home Experiments or “Kitchen Chemistry” 112
CHAPTER SIX: Acquisition of Laboratory Skills by On-Campus and Distance Education Students 138
CHAPTER SEVEN: Low-Cost Physics Home Laboratory 160
CHAPTER EIGHT: Laboratories in the Earth Sciences 176
CHAPTER NINE: Remote Control Teaching Laboratories and Practicals 196
Logistics 218
CHAPTER TEN: Needs, Costs, and Accessibility of DE Science Lab Programs 220
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Challenges and Opportunities for Teaching Laboratory Sciences at a Distance in a Developing Country 242
CHAPTER TWELVE: Distance and Flexible Learning at University of the South Pacific 264
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Institutional Considerations: A Vision for Distance Education 276
Author Biographies 296
A 304
B 304
C 304
Index 304
D 305
E 305
G 306
H 306
F 306
L 307
K 307
I 307
O 308
N 308
M 308
P 309
Q 309
R 309
T 310
S 310
U 311
V 311
W 311
X 311