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An Introduction to Teaching Science Online

An Introduction to Teaching Science Online

Monday, April 7, 2014

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by the Science Alliance


Online teaching and virtual learning are transforming higher education. Ranging from hybrid courses that offer a combination of in-person and online instruction, to fully online experiences, higher education professors will be required to use some form of virtual learning in the future.

While options for teaching online have rapidly expanded, the training of educators to use these platforms has not kept pace. This workshop is designed to provide science educators with an introduction to the plethora of online teaching platforms and tools that they can use to enhance student learning.

In this interactive workshop you will learn about:

  • Different models of online learning
  • The variety of platforms that can be used to teach science virtually
  • Best practices in teaching a science course online

You will also learn how to create an interactive discussion forum in an online class that you intend to teach.

Please join us as we help prepare science educators for the future of higher education.

*Coffee and cookie reception to follow.

Registration Pricing

Student/Postdoc Member$5
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$10

Webinar Pricing

Student/Postdoc Member$3
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$5


Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Vincent Racaniello has been studying viruses since 1975, when he entered the doctoral program in biomedical sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York. After postdoctoral work with David Baltimore, he established his laboratory at Columbia where he has studied a variety of viruses including poliovirus, echovirus, enterovirus 70, rhinovirus and hepatitis C virus. He is the co-author of a leading virology textbook, "Principles of Virology"; writes virology blog; and produces three podcasts: "This Week in Virology," "This Week in Parasitism" and "This Week in Microbiology." Racaniello's virology courses on iTunes University have engaged 120,000 students in the past two years, while nearly 50,000 students have taken his two Coursera offerings.

David Randle, PhD

American Museum of Natural History

David Randle joined the American Museum of Natural History’s Education Department after a 15-year career as a science teacher in the New York City public schools. He is currently the Senior Manager of Professional Development and works on programs for teachers through Seminars on Science, the Museum’s online graduate level professional development program, and the Museum’s Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

Dave has been a member of the Seminars on Science team since 2000 and has worked full-time at AMNH since 2004. During this time he has worked with teams of educators and scientists to design and teach online courses in a variety of formats. These include fully online asynchronous (no set schedule for log-in) courses, blended (hybrid) courses that incorporate face-to-face sessions with online asynchronous work, blended offerings that include face-to-face sessions with real time (synchronous) online sessions, and free MOOCs (massively open online courses) offered to thousands of learners simultaneously.

His research interests relate to how teachers learn science online.

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