With labs still closed, science professors find creative ways to teach

Tuesday, Apr 6, 2021

Princeton faculty have found a number of innovative ways to teach remotely, from mailing archival materials to virtually choreographing dances. But how can you teach science when the labs themselves are shuttered?

Professors in engineering and the natural sciences have found a multitude of creative solutions, from setting up remotely controllable lab equipment to shipping kits of supplies to students’ homes to restructuring lab assignments to be done one at a time in the few still-operating lab spaces.

“The faculty have been extraordinary, rising to meet every challenge,” said Katherine Stanton, an associate dean and the director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. Since the advent of online instruction a year ago, the McGraw Center team has devised a wealth of resources for faculty and instructors, remotely teaching the teachers about what resources are available and helping them adapt their curricula and labs to online learning.

“Faculty have gotten quite creative to teach labs,” said Stanton.

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