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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 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Adaptive Learning and Online Science Labs

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Online learning has become a widely used way for students to access educational opportunities for over a decade now and has become widely accepted as a means of engaging students at a distance, in many different disciplines. The simultaneous development of adaptive learning technologies provides a way to enhance student learning in the classroom. This pedagogical approach has been widely reviewed as an effective method to increase student engagement and learning of course content.

With the development of distance learning, online education, and degree offerings at many institutions, including Penn State via the World Campus, many students and faculty see the value of participating in rigorous degree programs. In the biological sciences, one of the factors reducing the widespread offering of online degrees has been the notion that science laboratory experiences cannot be effectively done online. The convergence of adaptive learning technology and computer simulations has begun to challenge that assertion.

This session will demonstrate the use of commercially available lab simulations that incorporate adaptive learning technology to prepare students for participation in virtual lab activities. A history of the development of two courses in Introductory Microbiology will be presented. Included will be a discussion of the materials available with an explanation of how decisions were made in the selection of the best products available. A demo of the technology used in the course will be followed by a discussion of ways this technology can be used in other types of academic settings.

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Michael Troyan

Instructor, Penn State

Saturday March 21, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 107

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