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CSULA Virtual Lab Project. CSU eAcademy Workshop for Proven Course Redesign Online Courses and Virtual Labs in Biology II 15-16 January 2014. What courses are being redesigned? BIOL 155 ─ Animal Biology (4) 10 week course with 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week

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csula virtual lab project

CSULA Virtual Lab Project

CSU eAcademy Workshop for Proven Course Redesign

Online Courses and Virtual Labs in Biology II

15-16 January 2014

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What courses are being redesigned?

  • BIOL 155 ─ Animal Biology (4)
  • 10 week course with 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week
  • Satisfies GE Block B2
  • Usually 192 students with 8 lab sections of 24 students each
  • Facility and labor intensive
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What does the course redesign involve?

  • Overview
    • Redesigning a GE biology laboratory course
    • Replace traditional labs with engaging inquiry-based exercises
    • Experiment with different modes of delivery
    • Two new modes of lab instruction vs. traditional (1) ALL labs online and (2) TWO tracks online & wet labs alternating every week
    • Use GAs for “drop-in help center” and grading
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Assessment (formative and summative)

    • Hired an assessment evaluator (Dr. Ji Son)
    • Pre- and post-course student surveys
    • Assess student attitudes (BioCLASS: Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey)
    • Knowledge: Natural Selection Concept Inventory (Anderson, Fisher, & Norman, 2002)
    • Performance individual activities and course grades
    • Comparison of different virtual lab products (Biology labs OnLine vs. Smart Science Labs)
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Online Labs

    • Ten weekly labs in each lab section will be offered online
    • Drop-In Help Center staffed by GAs
  • Hybrid Labs
    • Five weekly labs in each lab section will be offered online; the other five will be wet labs.
    • Eight of the 16 lab sections will start with wet labs and alternate with online labs.
    • The remaining eight sections will begin with online labs and alternate with wet labs.
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Virtual Lab Assignments (distributed via Moodle)

    • Two types of lab assignment: (1) lab exercises & (2) lab reports
    • All lab topics have a lab exercise, two lab topics also require reports
    • Lab exercises require the student to conduct experiments and interpret the results by answering multiple choice questions in Moodle
    • Lab reports require that students address a specific scientific question by designing and carrying out an experiments and reporting the results and conclusions using a template for producing a brief scientific report
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Who is involved in each project?

  • Bob Desharnais, FT faculty, Project Director
  • Paul Narguizian, FT faculty, Project Co-Director
  • Dwight Beltz, PT faculty, BIOL 155 Instructor
  • Barbara Veno, PT faculty, BIOL 155 Instructor
  • Ji Son, FT faculty in Psychology, Evaluator
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When will the courses be offered?

  • Fall 2013 (two large lecture sections and 16 all online lab sections = 24 students in each lab with 6 GAs @ 10 hrs/week)
  • Winter 2014 (two large lecture sections and 8 all online lab sections = 24 students in each lab with 3 GAs @ 10 hrs/week; 8 all wet lab sections = 24 students in each)
  • Spring 2014 (two large lecture sections and 16 hybrid lab sections = 24 students/lab)
what software products will be used
What software/products will be used?
  • TWO web-based products:
  • Biology Labs Online (BiologyLabsOnline.com) which uses simulations.
  • Smart Science Labs (SmartScience.net) which uses videos of real lab experiments.
how many students will be served
How many students will be served?
  • A total of 2-4 sections of BIOL 155 has traditionally been offered per year. This is approximately 400-800 students.
  • We anticipate being able to offer 6-8 sections per year serving approximately1200-1600 students.
how does the project address bottleneck issues
How does the project address “bottleneck” issues?
  • Online labs would allow enrollments to be increased to the capacity of the lecture hall.
  • Reduce the need for lab facilities, and reduce staffing costs.
  • Example, @ CSULA (quarter system) we offer BIOL 155 with 8 lab sections of 24 students each (38.4 FTES).
  • Personnel needs are 22 units for instruction (6 units for large lecture and lab coordination, 16 units for labs) and 5 hours of graduate assistance (GA).
  • Using a rate of $1105/unit instruction and $14.80/hr/GA, the total cost is $25,050. A course of the same size with virtual labs, assuming 30 hours of GA help for drop-in assistance and grading, costs $11,070.
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Using a rate of $1105/unit instruction and $14.80/hr/GA, the total cost is $25,050. A course of the same size with virtual labs, assuming 30 hours of GA help for drop-in assistance and grading, costs $11,070.

  • Thus a course taught with all virtual labs could be offered at 44% of the current cost with no impact on physical lab facilities. A similar calculation for half online and half wet labs would be 71% of the traditional cost and would double the throughput capacity of the physical lab facilities.
student learning natural selection
Student Learning: Natural Selection

Natural Selection Concept Inventory (Anderson, Fisher, & Norman, 2002)

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