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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Interactive Lab Notebooks: Creating Interactivity in Online Science Courses

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This session will address the use of an online lab notebook developed for GEOSC 30, a general education course on volcanology and the geosciences. Using Drupal, an open-source content management system, we worked with a company to develop a module to extend the functionality of Drupal.

This module allows the course instructor and learning designers to easily integrate different types of instructional content into a single, notebook-like learning environment, including texts, diagrams, tables, images, videos, downloadable resources, and diverse forms of assessment. The notebook can provide online students with a more interactive and individualized online learning experience by engaging them in activities such as uploading files or images, filling in tables or fields, submitting answers to questions, and downloading the notebook as a learning portfolio.

Finally, this session will discuss how the initial prototype has been implemented in the hybrid version of GEOSC 30 in the 2014 fall semester. Based on the initial evaluative feedback from both the instructor and students, we will identify the design problems and challenges from the prototype, and future plans to refine the interactive notebook to extend its functionality to include sketching or doodling, annotation, and other features. In addition, we will discuss plans to share the module with other users of Drupal, both at Penn State and beyond.


Maureen Feineman

Assistant Professor

Erin Long

Learning Designer
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Stevie Rocco

Assistant Director, Dutton Institute, Penn State

Saturday March 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Room 107

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