Two discipline panels (Allied Health/Biology and Allied Health/Chemistry), consisting of faculty representatives from the eight institutions involved in the CHEO initiative, were formed for the CHEO initiative. Although there was an indiciation initially that there would also be a need for an Allied Health/Physics discipline panel, no NANSLO lab activities were identified in this area so this panel was not established.
At the June 2013 faculty professional development workshop, faculty identified a number of NANSLO web-based lab activities they would like to have developed for use in their allied health and pre-health classes required for allied health certificates and degrees. Faculty contributed ideas and best practices for teaching these remote web-based lab experiments.
At the May 2014 faculty professional development workshop, faculty were provided a handbook containing all of the NANSLO lab ativities developed to date based on their June 2013 recommendations and suggestions were made for additional NANSLO lab ativities.
As a result of this feedback and other communication through listservs and teleconferences with faculty, a total of 24 NANSLO lab activities have been developed for the CHEO initiative. The curriculum is openly licensed and available to anyone for replication and customization.
You can also access links to video tutorials on how to use the remote web-based science lab (RWSL) control panels. Using various buttons and other functions on these control panels, robotics attached to the scientific equipment and cameras carry out the commands sent to them by students.
Flathead Valley Community College and Kodiak College have already used NANSLO lab activities for biology and chemistry classes. Through CCCOnline, a large number of students will use NANSLO lab activities touched by CHEO dollars in the Spring 2014.
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