As more students than ever before face taking science courses to supplement their chosen major in higher education, many are still struggling through laboratory-based coursework due to a simple lack of accessibility and personalization options to meet their individual needs. From forensics and graphic design to even prosthetic makeup for film majors, modern programs of study are increasingly including science course requirements, making STEM an integral component of a future-founding curriculum.
A student-centered educational approach incorporating supportive tools and digital solutions that address learner access can create comfortable experiences with tricky topics and promote positive outcomes for all.
The laboratory has come to be an auspicious space, imbued with the success of the most significant innovations and discoveries in human history, including DNA’s structure, photosynthesis, the germ theory of disease, and the unfolding story of our galaxy’s birth. Whether creating a better polymer for Hollywood monster makeup or developing vaccines for the global COVID-19 pandemic with unprecedented speed, the number of career tracks that benefit from scientific and laboratory expertise has expanded rapidly.
Creating access to such valuable training places huge additional stress on already-stretched departments and highlights the need for increased support for diverse learners. How do we expand the opportunities for student success in STEM-related courses to meet modern demands?