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Remote Teaching Resources

Remote Lab Resources

Lab courses may require specialized material, equipment, software, and hardware that is not accessible in a remote teaching situation. While not all that is offered by a psychical lab setting is available remotely, there are ways to maximize remote teaching options to capture essential elements of a lab.

Here are some tips and resources to help you think about how to proceed with remote lab classes:

  • Prepare elements of the lab that can be taught asynchronously or through video-conferencing software like Zoom (see Conducting Courses Remotely).  Examples include:
    • Lab techniques - explore the option of recording videos to demonstrate lab techniques to your students.
    • Pre-lab and post-lab work and discussions, which can be set up through online forums or delivered through Zoom. Plan for physical lab work when students can meet in the lab.
    • Analysis of data - when the focus of the lab is to analyze data, consider providing raw data to your students that they can analyze as opposed to having them collect the data in a lab setting.
  • Ensure students have access to resources, technology, and software required to complete lab-work asynchronously.
  • Investigate the possibility of using virtual lab options for some lab activities. Although they may not be optimal, these can be adequate for accomplishing some learning goals:
    • Free
      • BioInteractive
        Contains data-rich activities and case studies to connect students to ideas in biology.
      • ChemCollective: Virtual Labs (NSF, Carnegie Mellon, and NSDL)
        Free lab simulations for Stoichiometry, Thermochemistry, Equilibrium, Acid-Base Chemistry, Solubility, Oxidation, Oxidation/Reduction and Electrochemistry, and Analytical Chemistry/Lab Techniques.
      • MERLOT Simulation Collection (California State University)
        An online collection of Open Educational Resources. MERLOT offers a wide selection of simulations that are open to use for teaching.
      • #OnlineLabSci
        A collection of online science lessons covering projectile motion, laboratory safety, circuit exploration, and gravity & energy.
      • PhET Interactive Simulations (University of Colorado - Boulder)
        A free collection of simulations and teaching activities for Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Math, and Physics.
    • Fee-Based
      • eScienceLabs (fee-based)
        Enables the creation of a remote lab setting through lab kits and virtual teaching tools for over 19 subjects areas including Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences.
      • Hands-On Lab (fee-based)
        A service that works with faculty members to create customizable lab kits for students to conduct lab activities from home.
      • SimBio (fee-based)
        Offers several online lab modules in different subject areas, such as Biology, Cell Biology, and Environmental Science.
    • Please note:  Some virtual labs require the downloading of software to your and your students' computers. For assistance, please contact coursesupport@davidson.edu.
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