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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)

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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.
American Assoc. of Chem TeachersInteractive simulations for investigationChemistry concepts for exploration via interactive simulation.
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
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.
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.
LabsterVirtual LabsRealistic lab experience that allows students to perform experiments. Chem, Biology, physiology, microbiology.
PraxiLabsVirtual interactive labsBiology, Chemistry, Physics. Requires an account, but some free access available.
American Assoc. of Chem Teachers periodical/simulationsInteractive simulations for investigationChemistry concepts for exploration via interactive simulation.
Merlot MaterialsTutorials, simulations, animations and assignmentsConcepts for numerous disciplines and tools from simulations to animations to tutorials. Searchable.

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.