When Marc LaBella teamed up with Dr. Jim Brown at Ocean County College (OCC) to help move the school’s science courses online, it was hardly his first experience with distance learning. At his previous institution, a small Catholic school in northern New Jersey called Felician University, LaBella had been teaching classes virtually since 1999. Back then, the school’s e-learning program consisted of physical video tapes and communication over email. “It was like a primitive caveman type of online learning,” LaBella said.
But then he met Dr. Jim Brown, who introduced him to Peter and Linda Jeschofnig and their company, Science Interactive (originally called Hands-On Labs).
We recently sat down with LaBella to learn more about his experience with Science Interactive and the process of moving lab science courses online.