Online Science: Contemporary Approaches to Practical Work

Online Science: Contemporary Approaches to Practical Work

Kevin F. Downing (DePaul University, USA) and Jennifer K. Holtz (DePaul University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 38
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-986-1.ch007
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Distance learning modalities in the natural sciences range from simple notes and discussion online (e.g., PowerPoint and asynchronous discussion threads), to remarkably sophisticated multimedia applications that enable students to explore complex systems such as the human body (e.g. The Visible Human Project, National Library of Medicine). In medical and engineering fields, the vanguard for testing the feasibility of learning technologies in online science, students both with time constraints or those far from educational institutions all benefit from sharing resources such as remote laboratories and virtual fieldtrips, resources that are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

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