Dr. Iske Larkin and Heather Maness
Evaluation of distance learning technology in Aquatic Animal Health courses
In keeping with the worldwide trend of offering more university courses through online platforms, the Aquatic Animal Health Program has expanded into distance education. We have developed 3 online courses in aquatic animal health however, preserving the academic integrity of our courses is a major concern. Many faculty members struggle with a sense that information is not effectively communicated to students outside of a traditional classroom setting. Fortunately, many technological resources have been developed to improve pedagogy in the virtual classroom. Our program has investigated these various technologies and has implemented a variety of formats and tools in the three courses that have been offered thus far. The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of these new delivery formats.