TIP: Teaching Science Remotely
Resources for science teaching - lots of interactive activities like virtual labs, simulations, and field trips, plus OER text-based case studies, lessons & quizzes.
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In a prior newsletter, I shared some ideas for teaching math remotely, including different whiteboard tools and online graphs/simulations. I have collected here some resources for science teaching - lots of interactive activities like virtual labs, simulations, and field trips, in addition to more static OER text-based activities.
Spreadsheet of online science resources collected by the POD network members - includes annotated links to 200+ labs, simulations, data sets, case studies, OER resources, and image/video media. The spreadsheet is sortable by type of resource and subject area.
Harvard’s LabXchange online labs includes various lesson modules with pre- and post-quizzes, videos, and interactive activities
MERLOT’s OER resources include free labs, lesson modules, and individual activities
Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE) collection of videos
National Science Foundation offers classroom resources organized by subject area
PBS’s NOVA labs are complete modules on different subjects
Concord Consortium collection of STEM resources - you can filter by discipline and age (higher education)
How to Rethink Science Lab Classes offers five objectives for online labs
Here’s an article discussing various virtual dissection options
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) article about shifting biology classes online - addressing both different science tools and broader pedagogy concerns
University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center has a student-facing site, Learn Genetics, and a teaching-facing site, Teach Genetics, that offer complementary online lessons and teacher materials for teaching genetics and health
Chemistry Labs YouTube channel created by NC State
Chemistry & chemical engineering webinars sponsored by the Chemical Institute of Candada (CIC)
Really neat interactive periodic table that works on mobile devices as well as computers
Earth Sciences (Ecology, Environmental Science, Geology…)
Massanutten Synclinorium Virtual Field Trip via GigaPan
Geology: 2-D and 3-D fossils University of Michigan Online Repository of Fossils (UMORF) is a project of the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology to increase the accessibility of fossil specimens through online 3D and 2D representations.
Arizona State University's Virtual Field Trips: Exploring biomes online
UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences has virtual tours of a wide variety of ecological sites, along with supporting materials
Tyto Online's Ecology ModuleVideo game with ecology storylines & simulation ecosystem builder
Virginia Tech’s dendrology resource site has tree identification facts sheets & videos
Xplorelabs modules offers videos, interactive activities, simulations - designed for a middle & high school audience, but very engaging
You might find it useful to start with this article - Teaching Psychology: Where Can I Find Help? is a practical Q&A list with links to more resources
Online Psychology Laboratory has a collection of demonstrations, experiments, and data sets available for students/instructors
APA’s Society for the Teaching of Psychology has curated teaching resources and provides annotations for each - resources collected include classroom activities, annotated bibliographies, film guides, lab manuals, OER textbooks, syllabi, and more
Free webinar from the NSF to help grant seekers with proposals for the Improving Undergraduate Education program: “The program supports proposals interested in improving undergraduate education, developing faculty expertise, preparing K-12 teachers, and providing all undergraduate students with STEM competencies and a basic understanding of STEM concepts and principles.”
An older article, but with some helpful thoughts about the practical/logistical concerns with teaching science online
Online Teaching Strategies to Promote Career Management Skills in STEM Disciplines describes some online instructional strategies to help students in thinking about STEM careers (behind a paywall, but most likely available through your institution’s library)
Thanks for reading & I hope you have found this list of resources helpful! Please let me know if there’s another resource you’d recommend.