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North American Network of Science Labs Online


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North American Network of Science Labs Online

  1. 1. NANSLO: WORKING TOGETHER INTERNATIONALLY Moderator: Patricia Shea, WICHE (CO) Presenter: Paul Stacey, BCcampus (British Columbia)Presenter: Dan Branan, Colorado Community College System (CO) October 27, 2011
  2. 2. Next Generation Learning Challenges The North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) was selected from more than 600 Wave I pre-proposals and 50 finalists 15-month, $750,000 grant One of two international projects funded  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helped design Next Generation Learning Challenges and fund the initiative  Multiyear, collaborative initiative focused on identifying and accelerating the growth of effective education technology that can help improve college readiness and completion in the United States, especially among low-income individuals  NGLC is focused on early-stage innovations that look promising but require significant technology investments  EDUCAUSE, dedicated to advancing higher education through the use of technology, leads the NGLC initiative
  3. 3. The Numbers: Online Learning 21% growth rate for online enrollment far exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population  2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning* interviewed 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide  Approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2009  Nearly 30% of all students take at least one online course Over 75% of surveyed academic leaders in public institutions report that online instructions is as good as or better than Allen, Elaine, and Jeff Seaman. Class Difference$. face-to-face instruction Rep. BABSON Survey Research Group, Nov. 2010. Web. 26 Aug. 2011. < /class_differences>.
  4. 4. Remote Access to ScientificInstrumentation Remote access to scientific instrumentation has been in practice for many years NASA Mars Rover and Space Station Remote Sensing in Oceanographic Study
  5. 5. Remote Access to Scientific Laboratories Remote access to science lab equipment started in the mid- 1990s in higher education Wide-spread adoption is slow  Perception that “remote” is not “real”  Initial cost of equipment and maintenance  Technical complexity Strong student outcomes challenge perceptions Remote lab pedagogy is evolving
  6. 6. Benefits of Remote Laboratories Remote access benefits underserved students  Rural, disabled, and working students with difficult schedules can access scientific experiments 24x7 Networked laboratories promote efficiency  Expensive scientific resources are shared by multiple institutions and scheduled for maximum efficiency Students enjoy benefits of remote access  Extended opportunity for repeated experimentation  Preferred over use of simulations Equipment and materials are controlled  Access to expensive or dangerous materials
  7. 7. NANSLO Mission Statement NANSLO provides a consortium approach to the development and deployment of high-quality, modular, openly licensed courseware integrating learner-centered and immersive web-based labs using software, video and robotics for the study of science courses
  8. 8. North American Network of Science Labs Online - NANSLO British Wyoming Columbia Montana Colorado 8
  9. 9. NANSLO Project Objectives Developing high-quality first-semester core curriculum for Biology, Chemistry, & Physics Designing comprehensive laboratory learning experiences which meet learning outcomes while accommodating flexible delivery options Integrating innovative technologies for mediating science learning  Remote Web-based Science Laboratories  Lab kits
  10. 10. NANSLO11
  11. 11. NANSLO Deliverables Three open courses including course curriculum and laboratory experiments for first-semester biology, chemistry & physics NANSLO Network & Expansion Resources  establishes a federated network of US and Canadian post- secondary institutions collectively collaborating on and using open core science courses and remote web-based science labs.  Environmental Scan of remote science education labs in the US and Canada  How-to adoption manual of case studies, policies and procedures that others can use to guide their own adoption of RWSL  Scale network template that provides guidance on scaling use of remote labs across all institutions collaborating in NANSLO as well as a sustainability model. Evaluator Report
  12. 12. Remote Web-Based Science Laboratories• Allows participation in laboratory experiments for students who may otherwise be unable to attend a traditional classroom/laboratory setting• Students interact with and manipulate remote scientific laboratory equipment• Class works in small groups or individually to collect authentic real-world scientific data in real time• Ideally, students feel like they are “in the lab”, or at least, “in the next room”
  13. 13. Lab Kits for Remote Student Use Students are provided with all laboratory equipment necessary for remote experimentation Physics lab kit example
  14. 14. Equipment for Remote Access Lab Server (required)  Desktop computer, Video archive storage  National Instruments’ LabVIEWwith virtual instruments Video/Audio (required)  Cameras, Capture Card, Video Multiplexer, Streaming Audio/Video Server Various Hardware  Frame, Robotic Slides and Tables Robotic Positioning Slides and Rotary Tables, Robotic Arm, Spectrometer, Digital Microscope, Air Track
  15. 15. RWSL Overview Observation Video/Audio PhysicalStudents Observation Manipulation Manipulation LabInternet RWSL Equipment Data Communications Data Acquisition 16 Text Chat Skype Elluminate 16
  16. 16. Observation Pan Tilt Zoom Camera Video Streamer Video Mixer 17
  17. 17. Physical Manipulation Robotic Arm Linear Slides Rotary Tables Slide Loader 18
  18. 18. Data Acquisition Chemistry/PhysicsSpectrometer – properties of light such as intensity, polarization, wavelength LabVIEW Software 19
  19. 19. NANSLO Considerations for the Future Further partners & funding are being sought for expansion of North American Network, ideas include:  Continuation and expansion of discipline panels of faculty collaborating on development of open courses  A development “sand box” environment for faculty to explore RWSL hands on and devise new experiments  Developing or adopting an open textbook for the open biology, chemistry and physics courses  Expanding development of online science courses using the RWSL from first year to second, third, and fourth years toward a complete credential  Partnering with other existing science lab online initiatives to broaden the areas of science beyond physics, biology, and chemistry to other scientific domains  Instructionally designing a pedagogy that optimally blends lab kits, simulations, and RWSL  Sustaining and expanding the RWSL as a shared service to rural students/tribal councils, other institutions or states/provinces
  20. 20. CONTACT INFORMATION Pat Shea, NANSLO PI, 303.541.0302Catherine Weldon, NANSLO Project Coordinator, 303.541.0220 Project Overview NANSLO Wiki