Challenge(s) Plant diagnosis is the primary challenge in this online course, historically taught in a classroom with traditional laboratory equipment available for hands-on instruction of these processes. The steps of the scientific method when applied to plant diagnosis include macro observation of signs and symptoms in a sample plant, followed by a series of tests, development
Challenge(s) The primary challenge of this course involves the hands-on nature of it and being offered as a fully online course. A primary task involves students learning how to mix and apply paint through numerous assignments, and participate in group critiques to analyze the success of their efforts on projects. This means students need to be able to
Challenge(s) Students of an online organic chemistry course were struggling to quickly look at a molecular structure or combination of structures and identify the element or compound, as well as what the next compound(s) would be in a series of presented structures. Students taking this course are required to build a proficiency with this skill
Challenge(s) This is perhaps the project that turned the most heads in a double-take... "What?! You're going to teach sculpture online?!" The challenges in teaching any hands-on course online consistently involve the instruction around the hand work and the ability to review and correct the work of the students, and provide timely feedback toward improvement.
Challenge(s) Biochemistry of Gene Expression is a 400 and 500 level course offered at NC State University to undergraduate and graduate students. Among a wide range of topics in the course, students study the physical properties of DNA and RNA, the processes of replication, transcription and translation and how they interact in terms of protein
Challenge(s) Digital Imaging is a critique-based digital design course. Students learn several of the Adobe design applications while employing design principles and theories taught in the course. The course was traditionally taught in a computer lab, which limited enrollments to the number of computers in the lab to about 18. To meet a growing demand
Challenge(s) Animal reproduction is a course that focuses on the science and modern practices in the reproduction of farm animals, in particular those of horses and pigs. Historically, students would make many visits to the farm in order to observe and learn about these practices face-to-face. The challenge here was that the instructor wanted to
Challenge(s) A series of four animations were needed to convey complex digestion and metabolization processes in animals, predominantly on a microscopic level. Students needed to understand how both lipids and proteins are broken down into usable materials in animals’ bodies, and then how those materials are later used. Solution(s) A set of unique characters were