One of the main challenges faced by instructors of online biology classes is the lack of student engagement. Since they do not get to perform hands-on experiments or science related activities, many get easily bored or overwhelmed with scientific terminology.
One of Dr. Arias main teaching goals is to increase student engagement in face to face and online classes. For the past two years, Dr. Arias has tried to improve the design and content of her online classes to make them more appealing to students without success until the implementation of Junction Education. She was awarded a 2016 OLC Digital Learning Faculty-led Innovation Award for her work.