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Options for Virtual Labs and Simulations for Laboratory-Based Courses

How to Quickly (and Safely) Move a Lab Course Online (pdf)

Simulation and Virtual Lab collection – Colorado School of Mines.
There is some duplication between this resource and the information below, but the site contains a wealth of additional links for all disciplines.

Free of Charge (or included in current contracts)

TechnologyTypeDescription
PanoptoVideo based – Non-interactiveUpload a video of the lab demonstration to Blackboard/Canvas course space for students to observe.
ZoomVideo based – interactiveLive, synchronous descriptions and demonstrations of the content.
LabXchangeDigital lab simulations, interactive experiences onlineSimulations for physical sciences and health. Interactives for Biological Sciences and Scientific Process. Additional interactive animations available in numerous scientific disciplines.
MIT Open Lab ResourcesVideos for demonstrationNumerous general scientific laboratory experiences demonstrated.
Chem CollectiveVideos for demonstrationNumerous general chemistry-related laboratory experiences demonstrated.
Phet SimulationsInteractive simulationsInteractive simulations for Math and Science.
Merlot MaterialsTutorials, simulations, animations and assignmentsConcepts for numerous disciplines and tools from simulations to animations to tutorials. Searchable.
Virtual MicroscopeFlash Animations and videosBasics of microscope use trainings and animations.
Virtual MicroscopeImages and descriptionsCurated collection of microscopic views for Geology/Earth Sciences.
myVRscopeVirtual Reality Immersive microscopy Virtual Reality (VR) lab ecosystem, where students and faculty access microbiology content and conduct lab activities on-demand using VR headsets. myVRscope™ leverages a virtual 3D photorealistic compound light microscope for learner activities and integrates the user experience with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) lab instructor- Dr. Beaker for support & guidance.

Simulations

TechnologyTypeDescription
American Assoc. of Chem Teachers periodical/simulationsInteractive simulations for investigationChemistry concepts for exploration via interactive simulation.
CloudLabsVirtual labs and simulationsCloudLabs Virtual STEM offers learning, training, practice, games and motivation for future STEM professionals of the 21st century.
eScience LabsDigital curriculumKits for mailing to your students that include experiments and exercises. Some digital content/virtual labs also.
Hands-On LabsDigital curriculum9 Science disciplines.
LabsterVirtual LabsRealistic lab experience that allows students to perform experiments. Chem, Biology, physiology, microbiology.
LabXchangeDigital lab simulations, interactive experiences onlineSimulations for physical sciences and health. Interactives for Biological Sciences and Scientific Process. Additional interactive animations available in numerous scientific disciplines.
Merlot MaterialsTutorials, simulations, animations and assignmentsConcepts for numerous disciplines and tools from simulations to animations to tutorials. Searchable.
Pivot InteractivesInteractive video including guided instructions, integrated data tables and graphing. Provides the means for students to conduct authentic science investigation online in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
PraxiLabsVirtual interactive labsBiology, Chemistry, Physics. Requires an account, but some free access available.

3D Models

TechnologyTypeDescription
BioDigital3D anatomy softwareAllows you to seamlessly create interactive, engaging digital lecture and lab materials. You can easily identify just the right 3D anatomy and disease asset - then customize, embed, and share into any learning environment - enhancing student engagement and understanding.
MorphoSource3D models of biological specimensMorphoSource has approximately 27,000 published 3D models of biological specimens (largely skeletal material). You can view all of these in your web browser with no required software. Around 13,000 of these are open access and can be freely downloaded for further visualization or measurement.
Sketchfab 3D models onlinePublish and find 3D models online. Join for free. Create, buy, sell, share and embed 3D models.

Lab Kits Mailed

TechnologyTypeDescription
eScience LabsHands on Kits, Simulations, digital curriculumKits for mailing to your students that include experiments and exercises. Some digital content/virtual labs also.
Hands-On LabsDigital curriculum
Lab kits
9 Science disciplines. Virtual experiments.