Community College: Academic Rigor in Online Earth Science Courses vs Traditional Classroom Formats

Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online
Poster Session Part of Posters


Dr. Marico Bryant-Howe, University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
Katina White, Forest Heights Middle school
CONSTANCE MEADORS, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Maintaining rigor across modalities is important at the University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College (UA-PTC) because our goal is to deliver a high-quality educational experience regardless of the method of delivery. In 2019, The Aspen Institute named UA-PTC in Top 150 U.S. Community Colleges. We have seen double digit enrollment growth in our science courses over the past academic year. The science curriculum is designed such that students can demonstrate critical and independent thinking through scientific investigation, demonstrate professionalism in communication and collaboration, and analyze the influence of scientific thought. Additionally, students should be able to demonstrate proper use of scientific instrumentation and laboratory techniques. Course level assessment are performed annually; and, a major assessment goal is to ensure that all assessments are rigorous and identifies the areas or contents the students are having difficulty. Additionally, all instructors cover the content as agreed upon by the department. Student centered teaching resources are an integral component in earth sciences as we seek to promote student learning that enables individuals to develop to their fullest potential.