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[book cover] Accessible Elements

edited by Dietmar Kennepohl and Lawton Shaw

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January 2010

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Issues in Distance Education

Education / Education: Distance Education / Science



About the Book

Accessible Elements informs science educators about current practices in online and distance education: distance-delivered methods for laboratory coursework, the requisite administrative and institutional aspects of online and distance teaching, and the relevant educational theory.

Delivery of university-level courses through online and distance education is a method of providing equal access to students seeking post-secondary education. Distance delivery offers practical alternatives to traditional on-campus education for students limited by barriers such as classroom scheduling, physical location, finances, or job and family commitments. The growing recognition and acceptance of distance education, coupled with the rapidly increasing demand for accessibility and flexible delivery of courses, has made distance education a viable and popular option for many people to meet their science educational goals.

About the Editors

Dietmar Kennepohl, FCIC, is Associate Vice President Academic and Professor of Chemistry at Athabasca University.

Lawton Shaw is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Athabasca University.

Advanced Praise

“Kennepohl and Shaw are to be congratulated on bringing together accounts of new approaches to how we teach science at a distance. The possibilities that ICT provide have revolutionised the field, and this volume brings us up to date with what can be done.”—Alan Tait, Professor of Distance Education and Development and Pro Vice Chancellor (Curriculum and Awards), The Open University, UK; President, European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN)

Accessible Elements is excellent reading for those serious about science education. The authors share perspectives on the challenges of educating at a distance for all the sciences, including the often neglected Earth Sciences.”—Godfrey Nowlan, Geological Survey of Canada, President, Canadian Geoscience Education Network

From the work and experience of many people across the globe, Accessible Elements has built a remarkably coherent guidebook to distance education in the computer age. It is both eminently practical and visionary.”—Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, educator, and writer



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DownloadChapter 1
Interactions Affording Distance Science Education
Terry Anderson

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Learning Science at a Distance: Instructional Dialogues and Resources
Paul Gorsky and Avner Caspi

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Leadership Strategies for Coordinating Distance Education Instructional Development Teams
Gale Parchoma

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Toward New Models of Flexible Education to Enhance Quality in Australian Higher Education
Stuart Palmer, Dale Holt, and Alan Farley


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Taking the Chemistry Experience Home — Home Experiments or "Kitchen Chemistry"
Robert Lyall and Antonio (Tony) F. Patti

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Acquisition of Laboratory Skills by On-Campus and Distance Education Students
Jenny Mosse and Wendy Wright

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Low-Cost Physics Home Laboratory
Farook Al-Shamali and Martin Connors

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Laboratories in the Earth Sciences
Edward Cloutis

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Remote Control Teaching Laboratories and Practicals
Dietmar Kennepohl


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Needs, Costs, and Accessibility of de Science Lab Programs
Lawton Shaw and Robert Carmichael

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Challenges and Opportunities for Teaching Laboratory Sciences at a Distance in a Developing Country
Md. Tofazzal Islam

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Distance and Flexible Learning at University of the South Pacific
Anjeela Jokhan and Bibhya N. Sharma

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Institutional Considerations: A Vision for Distance Education
Erwin Boschmann

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“It is thought provoking and challenging, and fills a gap for science teachers who wish to deepen their understanding and add to their repertoire of strategies.” [read full review]

—Stephen J. Swithenby, The Open University, UK
Open Learning, vol. 26, #2, June 2011, pp. 181-5