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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools and universities are moving their instruction temporarily online. One of the approaches taken by teachers is to move their face-to-face instruction to live online sessions, and facing challenges to maintain the same level of interaction as in physical classrooms. One of the most challenging aspects of teaching remotely is transforming in-person laboratory experiences, redesigning them to be done by students from home or substituting them with more limited learning experiences. During this webinar, you'll hear from experienced teachers and leading experts about effective strategies for dealing with this challenge, as well as how to implement them.

Our speakers explore examples related to physics, biology, and mechanical engineering. They examine a wide range of strategies, such as using simulations and videos to create a virtual laboratory experience, using remotely controlled laboratories to collect data and perform experiments, and creating project-based activities with or without pre-assembled kits. The context is applicable to a wide range of STEM-related courses at the high school and university levels. 

Audience: STEM teachers at the high school and university level.

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John Liu's slides
Jeannie Talbot's slides

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Resources from J-WEL and MIT

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Topics: Blended/Hybrid Learning COVID-19 Response & Resources

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