The Learning Center provides two types of advisory support to science educators.
1. Learning Center Online Advisors
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 and (b) via one-on-one
chat by clicking the yellow button labeled: "Online Advisors."
a. Online Advisors
Educators may tap the expertise of the Online Advisors by clicking the yellow button
labeled: "Online Advisors." This action gives the user access to a one-on-one live
chat communication tool. Online Advisors help identify appropriate resources to
improve teachers content and pedagogical knowledge. Online Advisors provide tips
for searching resources in the Learning Center, share information regarding upcoming
opportunities, and assemble collections that all teachers can use.
Online Advisors Schedule
Online Advisors work
in two-hour shifts. The current schedule of 38 hours per week is described in the
table below (All times Eastern).
11 am-9 pm
11 am-1 pm
Leave a message
If no Online Advisors are available, users may click Online Advisors to leave a
message. Messages are answered by the Learning Center Help Desk team within 48 hours.
b. Community Forums
The Learning Center Community Forums (12
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.