Riham Mahfouz (Thomas Nelson Community College, USA)
In a recent Sloan Consortium report, it was reported that 31.3% of higher education students in the US, or 6.14 million students, took at least one online course in 2010. The number of students taking at least one online class is rising, with a compound annual growth rate of 18.3% from 2002 to 2010. Online classes offer many advantages. However courses involving a laboratory component, like Chemistry, remain a challenge to offer fully online. Challenges include the need for expensive equipment, difficulty in submitting non-numerical results and safety concerns. These challenges have been addressed in an online chemistry class that uses primarily wet labs at home in conjunction with some virtual online experiments. This presentation discusses lessons learned from this novel method of teaching chemistry lab fully online. The use of video lectures, synchronous web conferencing, web homework, and applying the Quality Matters rubric to the course will also be discussed.