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Berkley Conference to Advance Teaching of Critical Thinking Skills


Berkeley, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/01/2011 -- The 31st International Conference on Critical Thinking will be held July 25-28, 2011 at the Claremont Resort Hotel & Spa near the University of California Berkley campus. The event is sponsored by the Center and Foundation for Critical Thinking.

The conference features some 40 sessions designed to converge on basic critical thinking principles and to enrich a core concept of critical thinking with practical teaching and learning strategies.

Among those attending will be Linda Jeschofnig, a former college professor and expert in online science education from Denver-based Hands-On Labs, Inc. (HOL). Through its flagship product, LabPaq HOL has pioneered the development of academically-aligned science experiences for online and distance learners at the university, college and high-school levels.

Linda Jeschofnig is also co-author with husband Dr. Peter Jeschofnig of Teaching Lab Science Courses Online: Resources for Best Practices, Tools and Technology (ISBN 978-0-470-60704-6, 2011, Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers, 176 pages, $28 paperback, $14.78 on Kindle, currently #9 Top Rated in Amazon Kindle Store, Experiments & Projects category.)

HOL’s LabPaqs are giving students in the United States and foreign countries the ability to fulfill their lab requirements anywhere, anytime in all science disciplines: geology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, botany, nutrition, environmental science, microbiology, allied health and biology. For administrators at more than 200 educational institutions, LabPaqs are providing the solution to increasing student enrollment without increasing lab space or costs.

“Distance education will be relied upon increasingly in the future as America works to raise the quality of education to make our nation more competitive,” says Casey Pelton, Managing Director of Sales & Marketing for Hands-On Labs, Inc. “LabPaqs serve a major role in this movement because they allow learning institutions to add capacity without adding capital costs in the form of new lab buildings.”

A vast number of adult learners today are working learners – students who pursue higher education while working part- or full-time. Because flexible educational models are needed to educate these adult learners, administrators are turning to LabPaqs.

Linda Jeschofnig and husband Dr. Peter Jeschofnig, co-founders of Hands-On-Labs, are leading experts in distance and online science education and are major contributors in the effort to equip today’s students to complete their education online.

About Hands-On-Labs, Inc.
Hands-On-Labs, Inc. (HOL) is an industry leader in distance and online science education. Through its flagship product, LabPaq (, HOL designs and produces academically-aligned science experiences for distance and online learners at the college, university and high school levels. LabPaqs are used by more than 200 universities and colleges in the United States and foreign countries.

The company was founded by Linda and Dr. Peter Jeschofnig, pioneers in online science education. Both are retired educators and co-founders of the Institute for Excellence in Distance Science Education, a nonprofit dedicated to professional development for distance and online science instructors. Toll Free 866.206.0773, E-Mail: /