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What are other institutions doing about undergraduate laboratory offerings?

Question asked by Vincent Catalano on Apr 3, 2020
Latest reply on Jun 4, 2020 by Lynn Hartshorn

We were told to move everything online about 2/3 of the way through the semester.  Our faculty pulled together and were able to develop online offerings for the remainder of the semester.  There have certainly been some hiccups along the way, particularly with respect to assignments, grading, cheating, and moving our labs online.  For our lab classes we took a number of approaches including dry labs, video demonstrations, and extended out of the lab exercises.  These activities were designed to fill the gap until the end of the semester and were never intended to replace in-person learning.  It was just announced that summer school will be online, and I am struggling to find complete general chemistry and "pre-nursing" organic laboratory replacements.  I've expressed to the administration that chemistry labs are skill building exercises, but there is considerable pressure to continue labs online.  I am curious what other institutions are doing.

I appreciate any information you can offer.

Vince Catalano

University of Nevada, Reno

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