Designing Online Resources in Preparation for Authentic Laboratory Experiences

By Rachel Boulay, Alex Parisky and Peter Leong.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Professional development for science teachers can be benefited through active learning in science laboratories. However, how online training materials can be used to complement traditional laboratory training is less understood. This paper explores the design of online training modules to teach molecular biology and user perception of those modules that were part of an intensive molecular biology “boot camp” targeting high school biology teachers in the State of Hawaii. The John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii had an opportunity to design and develop professional development that prepares science teachers with an introduction of skills, techniques, and applications for their students to conduct medical research in a laboratory setting. A group of 29 experienced teachers shared their opinions of the online materials and reported on how they used the online materials in their learning process or teaching.

Keywords: Molecular Biology, Blended Learning, Instructional Design, Online Education

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.57-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 984.638KB).

Dr. Rachel Boulay

Director of Education, Assistant Professor, Center for Cardiovascular Research, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA

Dr. Boulay has been developing new educational programs aimed at increasing interest in medical research and improving the preparedness of individuals to contribute to medically relevant research. She has focused on developing outreach partnerships with stakeholders connected to science and medical education from the community and educational institutions in the state.

Alex Parisky

Instructional Designer-Science Education, Center for Cardiovascular Research,, John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA

I am currently a doctoral student in Educational Technology. I am an Instructional Designer for the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the John A. Burns, University of Hawaii. I am doing my dissertation research on how medical schools use distance learning systems to supplement traditional medical education.

Dr. Peter Leong

Assistant Professor, Instructional Faculty, Department of Educational Technology, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA

Dr. Leong has over 5 years experience in the development and delivery of online courses and distance education. Dr. Leong's research areas include the role of social presence and cognitive absorption in student satisfaction with online learning environments and faculty development. Dr. Leong has been instrumental in the development and implementation of Second Life as an educational platform at the College of Education.