The Learning Center provides two types of advisory support to science educators.
1. Learning Center Online Advisors
Learning Center Online Advisors are experienced educators
who help Learning Center users identify resources and tools in support of their
professional learning. Users of the Learning Center may interact with Online Advisors
in the (a) asynchronous Community Forums.
The Learning Center Community Forums (14
public forums including Science Disciplines and Pedagogy and Research)
are open to ALL Learning Center users. The forums are the venue where like-minded
individuals share information, ideas, resources, and ask questions of other Learning
Center users. Online Advisors monitor and respond to Learning Center users' questions
when appropriate. Online Advisors also seed questions and share information regarding
Learning Center updates.
2. SciPack Content Mentors
SciPack Content Mentors
are content experts assigned to specific SciPacks. These content mentors are tasked
with responding to teachers’ questions submitted via e-mail within the SciPacks.
The SciPack Content Mentors respond to all questions within 48 hours and are available
to respond to an unlimited number of questions.
SciPacks are 10 hour online learning experiences
that you can use to help you better understand the content you teach. Each SciPack
- Up to five self-directed interactive online learning experiences called Science
Objects that use an inquiry-based approach with engaging simulations and embedded
- An email content Mentor to address your individual questions; these knowledgeable
content experts respond via email within 48 hours.
- A pedagogical implications component to assist you in translating the content for
- The opportunity to pass a final assessment and print a certificate from NSTA demonstrating
your understanding of the content addressed within the SciPack. The certificate
can be found in the "My PD Record and
Certificates" tool page.