Strategies for teaching an online forensic science course during the pandemic
Keywords:forensic science, online learning, synchronous, asynchronous, learning management system
A significant consequence of the pandemic in higher education has been the switch to an online mode of teaching. This work highlights the various strategies adopted to teach an online introductory forensic science course at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati during the pandemic. In addition, it also provides information on student’s perspectives on the effectiveness of these methodologies adopted to teach forensic science as a subject. A combination of methods including live synchronous classes, asynchronous pre-recorded videos followed by active discussion in class, usage of canvas as a learning management system, continuous assessment with individual and group activities were adopted as strategies to teach this online course. Survey results indicate that our students felt that the learning resources (such as live recording of classes and pre-recorded videos), interactive polls, chats, discussion forums, group projects and presentations helped them as they navigated through the online course. Furthermore, students also felt that online quizzes on canvas and remotely proctored exams were effective in testing their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Overall, students enjoyed the forensic case study discussions, the interactive style of teaching and the various pedagogical strategies employed in the course. This report on our experience will hopefully guide educators in designing strategies to enhance student learning experience in forensic science.
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