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Accessible Elements

Teaching Online and at a Distance

Delivery of university-level courses through online and distance education can overcome barriers such as geographical location, lecture and lab scheduling, or their job and family commitments, distance delivery offers practical alternatives to traditional on-campus education. The aim of this collection is to inform 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, as well as the relevant educational theory.

Table of Contents




Chapter One: Interactions Affording Distance Science Education / Terry Anderson

Chapter Two: Learning Science at a Distance: Instructional Dialogues and Resources / Paul Gorsky and Avner Caspi

Chapter Three: Leadership Strategies for Coordinating Distance Education Instructional Development Teams / Gale Parchoma

Chapter Four: Toward New Models of Flexible Education to Enhance Quality in Australian Higher Education / Stuart Palmer, Dale Holt, and Alan Farley


Chapter Five: Taking the Chemistry Experience Home — Home Experiments or “Kitchen Chemistry” / Robert Lyall and Antonio (Tony) F. Patti

Chapter Six: Acquisition of Laboratory Skills by On-Campus and Distance Education Students / Jenny Mosse and Wendy Wright

Chapter Seven: Low-Cost Physics Home Laboratory / Farook Al-Shamali and Martin Connors

Chapter Eight: Laboratories in the Earth Sciences / Edward Cloutis

Chapter Nine: Remote Control Teaching Laboratories and Practicals / Dietmar Kennepohl


Chapter Ten: Needs, Costs, and Accessibility of de Science Lab Programs / Lawton Shaw and Robert Carmichael

Chapter Eleven: Challenges and Opportunities for Teaching Laboratory Sciences at a Distance in a Developing Country / Md. Tofazzal Islam

Chapter Twelve: Distance and Flexible Learning at University of the South Pacific / Anjeela Jokhan and Bibhya N. Sharma

Chapter Thirteen: Institutional Considerat

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