COIL is proud to have supported the Teaching Science Labs Online: Development and Validation of an Instructional Model Enabled by Google Glass project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.
Being able to teach science labs online is a tantalizing idea because it enables students at a distance to develop practical skills of science and empowers faculty to transfer their face-to-face courses to the online learning environment without sacrificing the essential lab training component. Unfortunately, the concept of online lab courses is theoretical rather than practical at present due to the absence of innovative and affordable technologies that support such teaching paradigm.
In 2012, Google released the prototype of Google Glass, an eye-glasses-shaped wearable computer, and we believe Google Glass could provide a technological solution for delivering lab training online. To verify such belief with empirical evidence, we propose to collaborate with science education faculty in this study to explore the systematic use of Google Glass in the design of college-level lab courses for the online setting. Employing design-based research methodology, this study seeks to develop and validate a feasible model for teaching science labs online that integrates the unique affordances of Google Glass technology with well established instructional theories.
The study results are expected to extend our understanding of online instruction in the domain of science lab training and inform interested educators to design and implement online lab courses of similar formats for their own contexts.
Heng ‘Patrick’ Luo
2217 Earth & Engineering Sciences
University Park, PA 16802