Archives for January 2017

The History of DELTA

DELTA – HISTORY

Missouri S&T strives to be a leader in how instructional labs for science and engineering courses are designed and delivered in a blended or online format. Towards that end, DELTA labs started as an instructional laboratory pilot project aimed ad developing a set of eLearning models, processes, and strategies for the redesign of the traditional laboratory course for blended/online delivery. The instructional laboratory pilot project started with instructors interested in transforming their labs to reach the blended/online audience who may not be able to access the traditional, on-campus laboratory venue. Educational Technology also wanted to create a handbook for other instructors and institutions who would like to apply these same models to their own courses/programs. This overall effort became known as DELTA – Delivering Experiential Labs TAll.

In order to create the S&T model of laboratory course redesign, S&T conducted extensive research into the whole laboratory experience. The following were considered during the process:

  • Case Studies – several institutions are also trying to transform undergraduate science and engineering programs into a blended/online format.
  • Laboratory Kit Information – S&T found two manufacturers of at-home lab kits suitable for the courses in the pilot project.
  • Laboratory Kit Evaluations – S&T evaluated each of the two manufacturers of at-home lab kits. Each has its pros and cons.

About DELTA – Delivering Experiental Labs To All

The goal of DELTA labs is Delivering Experiential Labs TAll. The project began with the development of a set of eLearning models, processes, and strategies for the redesign of traditional laboratory courses for blended and online delivery. Several courses have been redesigned and piloted in both blended and online formats.

Missouri S&T strives to be a leader in how instructional labs for science and engineering courses are designed and delivered. Other institutions are attempting to transform undergraduate science and engineering programs to a blended or online delivery and are attaining mixed results and one-off solutions. DELTA labs provide the relevant information and research to build and share a handbook which includes a comprehensive set of models for redesigning instructional laboratories in any engineering and science discipline that other institutions could adopt. For inquiries, contact edtech@mst.edu


Delivering Experiental Labs To All (DELTA) has been noted in a number of news articles from around the country since its inception. Missouri S&T has been recognized as an innovative leader in the field of tranforming the laboratory experience in several disciplines into an online or at-home experience to help distance students receive the same quality laboratory experience as their on-campus counterparts.

DELTA – Lab Design Process

Redesigning a lab experience for a distance or blended audience is a challenging task. However, this process shares many of the same basic principles that can be applied to ANY course redesign! There are, of course, a few fundamental differences as well. For instance, you must be able to ensure that all students in the course will have access to the same equipment and materials—or at least reasonable approximations—to allow students to grasp the same breadth and depth of the application of concepts covered in the lecture sections.

To recap the basic course design/redesign process:

  1. What are your course goals?
  2. What are the learning objectives necessary to meet those course goals?
  3. What assessments will be used to measure student performance of the learning objectives?

To these, we can add the following

  1. Why to you teach the lab assignments that you teach?
  2. Do the labs fulfill the required learning objectives for the course?

For more information on how to begin redesigning your labs, contact the EdTech Instructional Design Team. We’ll be glad to help!

 

Canvas login issues with Shibboleth

We are currently experiencing issues with logins to Canvas. This is caused by an issue with Shibboleth, which is our login portal into Canvas. Other Missouri S&T applications that use Shibboleth are also affected by this outage. As soon as we have more information, we will pass it along.

Update: Shibboleth has been fixed. You should be able to log into Canvas now. If you experience further issues, please contact the Help Desk at 341-4357.