Developing an Online Learning Environment for Community College Students Enrolled in Human Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology Courses Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Stacy Vasquez


This paper details methods that were adopted during the transition to an online learning environment for students enrolled in Human Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology courses at a community college designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) in light of shelter in place orders established to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Stragtegies for teaching online inquiry based activities traditionally carried out in a physical setting using virtual software will be described. The use of home laboratory science kits for the purposes of engaging students, aligning with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and maintaining a hands-on approach will also be described. Challenges of transitioning to online instruction with and how they were addressed will be further discussed.

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