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Science experiments for communities of distance learners

Robinson, David J. and Swithenby, Stephen J. (2009). Science experiments for communities of distance learners. In: Bilsel, Ayhan and Garip, Mehmet U. eds. Frontiers in Science Education Research: Proceeedings of the Frontiers in Science Education Research Conference, 22-24 March 2009, Famagusta, North Cyprus. Cyprus: Eastern Mediterranean University Press, pp. 487–492.

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Abstract

A longstanding challenge for distance educators has been to provide a meaningful experience of science experiments. The difficulty is not only a matter of accessing equipment but also of framing the valuable social and collaborative experience that students enjoy in conventional laboratory settings. In this paper we describe the development of a module that allows individual students working at a distance to collaborate in groups, carry out simple but significant scientific experiments and acquire transferrable and professional experimental skills. Developing suitable experiments appropriate in a global distance learning environment is very different from devising a laboratory-based experiment. We report the results of a pilot with a small group of students, tested against the criteria for successful on-line collaborative experiments we have set for the new module.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: Eastern Mediterranean University Press
ISBN: 975-8401-67-X, 978-975-8401-67-3
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Science > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
eSTEeM
Biomedical Research Network (BRN)
Item ID: 27704
Depositing User: David Robinson
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2011 10:34
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2014 09:30
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/27704
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