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Saturday, March 19 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Taking the Lab out of the Lab Room

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If you are a student in the arts, you use your tools outside of the classroom to practice and explore at your own pace. Many STEM classes also have hands-on components, but we usually restrict students' exploration to time and place limited environments. Driven by the needs of online educators, innovative tools have emerged that allow students to do hands-on activities outside of the lab room.

In this session, the presenter will discuss with the audience the goals of introductory science labs and determine what can be moved out of the lab room. Attendees will brainstorm on topics including the pedagogical benefits, scalability, safety, liability, cost, and technology.

To frame the discussion, the presenter will describe recent efforts in physics with a new multipurpose instrument (IOLab). This versatile device is an analog of a set of paintbrushes. It is portable and relatively inexpensive, and it facilitates an integration of hands-on activities with the lectures.

The use of the IOLab in PHYS 211/212 for physics majors is currently being piloted. Preliminary results will be presented of their study that uses interviews, in-class recordings, and attitudinal and conceptual surveys.

This session will be of interest for online or face-to-face instructors. By taking the lab out of the lab room, we enable curiosity, imagination, real-world applications, and just plain fun!

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Louis Leblond

Lecturer, Online Education specialist, Penn state, University Park, Physics department
Physics lecturer interested in education research and online education. I teach large enrollment intro physics courses regularly and work to improve them. I am interested in creating innovative online courses and online tool to enrich face to face classes. Currently working on developing hands-on lab for future physics online courses.

Saturday March 19, 2016 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Room 204

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