Virtual Laboratories

Decorative: "Virtual Labs" and three scenes from online virtual labs


"Virtual Laboratories" (web page and links):  "A virtual laboratory is an interactive environment for creating and conducting simulated experiments." 

1. Benefits

  • Provide students with "hands-on" materials and activities.
  • Encourage higher-order thinking skills.
  • Simulate physical laboratory experiments.
  • Allow students the opportunity to perform a task or conduct an experiment.

2. Online Examples

  • Virtual Labs -- "These Virtual Labs help students learn basic laboratory techniques and practice methods used by lab technicians and researchers in a variety of careers, using specific food science lab processes."
  • Biointeractive -- "[F]ully interactive simulations in which students perform experiments, collect data, and answer questions to assess their understanding. The labs combine animations, illustrations, and videos to convey key information and engage students in the process of science."
  • Algodoo: A free physics-based virtual laboratory for Mac or iPad.
  • ChemCollective Virtual Labs -- "an online simulation of a chemistry lab ... designed to help students link chemical computations with authentic laboratory chemistry. The lab allows students to select from hundreds of standard reagents (aqueous) and manipulate them in a manner resembling a real lab."
  • Virtual Lab Microbiology -- "Medical laboratory science students can learn procedures online through viewing films and problem-solving in a virtual Biosafety Level 2 laboratory. The interactive process allows for the identification of X microorganisms."
  • PREMIUM: Labster -- "Laboratory Simulations for Educators to Empower their STEM Students" 
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