Perhaps the greatest challenge in putting a science course online is how to provide a laboratory experience comparable to that enjoyed by on-campus students. Videos and simulations can be useful, but kits enable online students to undertake hands-on, rigorous, engaging, and safe investigations at home. Attendees will have the opportunity to carry out a distance-learning lab kit activity. Lab kits for distance learning can be safe and affordable. A lab kit can be unique to a particular course: instructor choice is vital. Lab activities carried out at home can be engaging and rigorous.
Stephanie Songer has been developing lab investigations and helping faculty design lab kits for their distance learning courses for the past four years in the Distance Learning Department at Carolina Biological Supply Company. She previously taught biology courses at the University of North Georgia and Concord University. She earned a PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University and an MEd. in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern University.