In this video I interviewed a physics educator regarding his experiences with virtual labs in science education. This was my first interview with teachers. I started the interview by asking him to describe his education background and how he became an educator. In addition, I asked him to describe his educational philosophy and how that philosophy fit in with the his use of virtual labs in science. Furthermore, I asked him to describe a professional development he received to help him use virtual labs effectively with his students. I concluded the interview by asking him to describe what he saw as the benefits and the barriers of using virtual labs in science education and what adaptations he employs to ensure all students in his class benefited from virtual labs.
2 thoughts on “Part I: Conversations with Educators Regarding Virtual Lab Usage in Science Education”
I think you make a lot of interesting points. Nothing can replace the actual hands on learning that occurs in a classroom. I agree that virtual labs can be an effective supplement at times. Academic dishonesty is a huge issue when students are working on computers.
Thanks for your comments. I agree with you that “nothing can replace the actual hands on learning.” However, the reality is that many school systems across the country are currently moving toward virtual labs learning and hands on labs are becoming the thing of the past. There are many reasons for the move including cost, politics of education, and lobbying. I will keep posting educators voices on this issue in my next three posting. Come back so that you can hear more from these educators.