How do you transition online when your course requires a lab component?
At Science Interactive, this is the question we set out to answer over 20 years ago. By combining state-of-the art lab kits with peer-reviewed content that’s delivered through our intuitive learning platform, Science Interactive not only replicates the laboratory experience for at-home students, but also provides instructors with a trusted, comprehensive solution for taking campus courses into the digital world.
Online Lab Science Curriculum
Online Lab Science Curriculum
An Extensive Library of Sophisticated Course Content
We know what you’re thinking. You’ve worked tirelessly to develop rigorous curriculum for your campus course, and the last thing you want to do is sacrifice those standards when transitioning to an online classroom. That’s why we’ve assembled of higher education experts and on-staff PhD scientists who develop our content; they ensure that our experiments and lessons meet or exceed the rigor of a face-to-face course.
After being developed by our team of scientist and instructional designers, each lesson undergoes a preliminary internal review to verify that it meets our pedagogical best practices and strong standards. Then the lesson goes through several comprehensive peer-reviews from our Board of Advisors, which consists of external PhDs in that field who are currently teaching at the college and university level. By the time our content reaches your students, it has passed through the critical filters of multiple experts in your field.
And it doesn’t stop there: in order to ensure our content reflects the latest research and pedagogical best practices, we review our published courses regularly and make real-time updates through our cloud-based learning platform. We’re constantly working to both expand and enhance our offerings.
The Flexibility to Build your Desired Course
By continually updating our course library with new lessons and enriching our offerings with new media, we provide instructors like you with the flexibility you need to create your desired course. Experiments that were previously thought to be impossible to complete at a distance (e.g., human autopsies, forensic ballistics tests) are now available through an interactive virtual laboratory. Designed specifically to allow students to explore and make mistakes, these virtual experiments transcend the “read-and-click” simulated labs of the past and mirror the freedom provided by a physical lab kit.
By branching into new scientific disciplines such as GOB (general-organic-bio) chemistry and updating our previous curricula with new lessons and experiments, Science Interactive broadened the fields of study available for online students to explore.
Even if our extensive curriculum doesn’t facilitate your desired learning experience on its own, we give you the customization tools you need to bridge that gap. From editing our lessons to authoring your own, our state-of-the-art learning platform puts you in charge of your course content.
The Engaging Quality of a Face-to-Face Learning Environment
It’s Science Interactive’s mission to empower the scientists of tomorrow, and that’s only possible with course content that’s both challenging and engaging. That’s why we build our courses from the ground up, starting with experiments and learning objectives, then developing carefully structured curricula to fulfill them.
That said, we understand that interactive learning is effective learning, and we’re not here to simply disseminate information to your students’ computer screens. A remote learner’s worst nightmare is a mountain of uninterrupted text they have to sift through before clicking on to the next page. That’s why our creative course designs construct a more immersive learning experience, engaging students through lively, interactive content. Each of our more than 400 lessons is designed to not only increase your students’ understanding, but to engage their critical thinking and spark their curiosity.
With our wide array of innovative biology labs, for instance, your students will investigate life itself by observing biological phenomena, generating testable hypotheses, and collecting and analyzing data.
With our hands-on forensics lessons, they’ll gain core competencies in cutting-edge skills such as crime-scene sketching, latent print detection, and spot-testing for explosive residues.
With our environmental science curriculum, they’ll tackle complex environmental problems like climate change and deforestation through practical activities such as calculating a carbon footprint and measuring water quality.
And that’s just a taste: our wide variety of distance-learning lessons across 10 different science disciplines ensures there’s no limit to what you can offer your students.
As Sophisticated as a Campus Lab Facility
Far from basic kitchen-science procedures, each of our advanced lab kits reflects the rigor of a traditional campus lab facility, without sacrificing any safety measures. They contain everything your students need to conduct scientific procedures from the comfort of their own home, from state-of-the-art lab equipment and microscale quantities of chemicals to proper protective equipment and detailed instructions.
We know that many professors who have spent their career in a face-to-face learning environment still struggle to believe that distance science labs could be as good as the real thing. These traditional educators often express their apprehension that students outside a physical laboratory lack the structure needed to properly engage with the material.
As many of our instructors have discovered, however, the flexibility and independence offered by our at-home lab kits actually tend to increase student engagement. Instead of taking instruction from a professor leading the experiment, students in these online courses are required to take ownership over their own learning. They begin engaging deeply with the labs, forming connections between the activity and their course material, and independently discovering the joy of scientific exploration and discovery.
Without an instructor constantly watching over their shoulder, ready to answer any question at the raise of a hand, students have to regularly solve problems on their own. That ability to think critically is a key component of a science student’s education.
Keeping Your Students Safe
When assembling Science Interactive lab kits, safety is our number-one priority. We choose materials that students can handle from their own homes, and our lab kits include all the personal protective equipment they need to conduct their experiments safely. We limit toxicity in our biological experiments by utilizing formalin-free materials and non-virulent microbes. Safety data sheets (SDS) are available upon request for every chemical used in our lab kits, and every student must complete a lab-safety module before unlocking the main course content.
Science Interactive’s experiments follow the principles of Green Chemistry, designed to reduce waste, avoid the creation of hazardous substances, and limit demand on diminishing resources. They also adhere to the principles of microscale chemistry; widely used across college campuses today, microscale methods emphasize safety and minimal environmental impact without compromising the integrity of the procedure. When designing experiments, we only provide our students with small, diluted quantities of the chemicals they’ll need, all of which are pre-packaged in order to minimize handling.
Take a look through our course catalog and you’ll see that you can choose from hundreds of pre-designed lessons and lab experiments across ten different science disciplines. But don’t be discouraged if you don’t see what you need: as with our curriculum, there’s no limit to what you can create for your students.
Providing sophistication, flexibility, and most importantly, safety, our state-of-the-art lab kits will forever change your perception of what’s possible outside of the campus lab facility.
The Award-Winning SI Cloud
The Award-Winning SI Cloud
A Sophisticated, Self-Contained Learning Platform
The SI Cloud is a self-contained e-learning platform that lets you customize and teach lab science courses that you and your students can access anytime, anywhere. With an arsenal of built-in features such as a student dashboard, automatic grading, immediate assessment feedback, gradebook analytics, live data tables, and experiment videos, the ADA-compliant platform aims to reduce your time spent on non-teaching activities so that you can better facilitate your online classroom.
The SI Cloud is the only platform built by lab science instructors, for lab science instructors. Our in-house team of subject matter experts develops Science Interactive’s robust curricula, which our engineers use as a reference when optimizing the platform for courses. Nowhere else will you find a course management platform specially tailored to the lessons it’s delivering.
An Intuitive Course Delivery Method
With all the preparation and work that goes into teaching a college-level course, you already have enough on your professorial plate. That’s why we designed the SI Cloud with the goal of making your life easier.
With an accessible user dashboard and straightforward lesson breakdown, the platform is simple to navigate for both you and your students. And because it integrates seamlessly with your current LMS, you can focus all your attention on what you do best: teaching.
Even if you do run into issues, you’ll be in good hands. Our instructor help center is packed with helpful how-to-guides and troubleshooting tips, and our customer support team will be available to help make your experience as easy and efficient as possible. From helping students with orders to supporting instructors as they deliver their courses, our team is committed to making your experience seamless.
An Interactive and Engaging Platform
An engaged student is a successful student. That’s why we aim to make the SI Cloud and the content it supports as interactive as possible. Working with instructional designers, user experience experts, and world-class developers, our team integrated best practices for science pedagogy into every corner of the platform, ensuring that the unique needs of both learners and instructors are supported from start to finish.
The platform is built on core educational principles and bolstered with an array of advanced helpful features. This powerful delivery method, coupled with our rigorous instructional design standards, ensures that your students can make clear and lasting connections between the learning material, the labs they perform, and how it all fits into the big picture.
Customization Tools To Make Our Courses Yours
An extensive library of digital content. Countless advanced features built into a cloud-based learning platform. Custom lesson authoring. When you use Science Interactive, these are just some of the resources we add to your teaching toolkit. How you use them is completely up to you. If you want to follow the lessons exactly as we’ve designed them, you absolutely can, but if you’d prefer to tailor the curriculum to meet your own teaching needs, we give you all the customization tools you need to do so.
Every teacher is different, and we know that you might want to add more of yourself, your knowledge, and your style to what we’ve provided. With the Instructor Notes tool, you can do just that. Add text, photos, or video at any point within our pre-designed lessons. If you want to take even more ownership over your content, you can use our custom lesson authoring tool to add your own lesson or experiment into our platform. This is academic flexibility at its finest.
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