Welcome to Lab Innovations with Technology

Lab Innovations with Technology (LIT), formerly Virtual Labs, in the CSU is part of system-wide Academic Technology

LITLab Innovations with Technology (LIT) in the CSU is part of system-wide Academic Technology initiative to reduce enrollment bottleneck courses for students using innovative online, remote web-based, and lab kit technologies. Science faculty throughout the CSU are adopting virtual labs to engage students in learning through active participation rather than passive observation. Technological advances, combined with bandwidth maturity and mobile access make virtual labs an increasingly viable part of the teaching and learning environment.

We invite you to explore this site to learn about current and innovative virtual labs technologies, lab experiments, and simulations used in teaching the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines in higher education.

While this site provides some examples of tools that can part of a course redesign to implement virtual and other lab innovations in a course, it is the contextual examples of CSU faculty through their stories as well as their students’ testimonials that make this resource a teaching and learning companion. This process is aided by a seasoned lead faculty who facilitates sustained discussions with her/his CSU colleagues who have an interest in considering virtual and other lab innovations as a framework for course redesign.

What You'll Find Here

  • The use of leading edge laboratory innovations and technologies in the teaching and learning process as evidenced by a rich set of faculty portfolios.
  • A "one-stop-shop" for a growing collection of free and affordable virtual and other lab innovation tools.
  • Advice with links to a wide range of additional Science, Engineering, and Math resources and materials on Virtual Labs.
    • Exciting teaching experience using virtual and other lab innovations
    • Innovative lab protocols and simulations
    • Exemplary Practices in CSU virtual and other lab innovations
    • MERLOT Services

Case Study Articles

Virtual Labs for GE Biology

General education biology laboratory courses are facility and labor intensive and often have low student success. This project addresses these concerns through the implementation of online labs to engage students in the scientific method, reduce the demand for laboratory facilities, and decrease costs, addressing both facility and pedagogical bottleneck.

Project Report (pdf) | ePortfolio