Description: How do we actively engage all learners including those with recognized disabilities in successful completion of on-line laboratory based science classes? Seventeen years ago, the concept of teaching online laboratory courses to non-science majors was discussed at Mt. San Jacinto College. Initial issues addressed were: Faculty Attitudes, Course Rigor (credit transferability) and Presentation formats, particularly of the laboratory requirements of the courses. The first section of fully on-line non-majors general biology, Biology 115, was offered in 2004. Since that time there has been a tremendous student response. MSJC now serves approximately 600 students a year in this format. More recently the issues of accessibility have become forefront in the course development and design.
In this Virtual Demonstration format the audience will participate in a simulated hands-on demonstration, of an accessible, authentic, non-virtual, “wet” on-line biology laboratory assignment. The session will: Highlight pedagogy and technological tools for accessible on-line/in-person “wet” laboratory processes; Demonstrate the application the concepts and tools by having participants experiencing an accessible on-line laboratory (short version); Allow participants to Evaluate and Draw Conclusions about the experience by viewing laboratory findings, reflect on, and ask questions about the practical applications including specifically the accessibility of the laboratory in their own instructional context.