The California State University is engaged in a sustained effort to promote the use of emerging lab technologies to support student learning, engagement, exploration, critical thinking, and overall success. Academic Technology Services leverages its relationships with the faculty, the directors of academic technology, instructional designers, as well as its partnerships with vendors of academic technology products to suggest laboratory solutions that promote adaptive, interactive and exploratory learning while easing the pressure on access to facilities. Below is a list of products and companies with established relationships with the CSU, and also examples of products that have generated interest on the part of our CSU STEM faculty.
Existing CSU System-wide Agreement
Biology Labs On-Line is a commercial web site that offers a series of 12 interactive, inquiry-based biology simulations and exercises designed for college and AP high school biology students. This commercial web site is marketed by the academic publisher Benjamin Cummings and jointly owned by the CSU Center for Distributed Learning and the publisher. It was developed with partial support from the National Science Foundation. Over 900,000 applet subscriptions have been purchased by students and teachers around the world.
Smart Science Education Inc. (SSEI) has created the world's only online hands-on science "labs," a cloud-delivered service. This patented system allows students to take their own individual data from prerecorded videos of real experiments and see the data immediately displayed in both tabular and graphical forms. It also provides built-in pre-exploration assessments, post-exploration assessments, and online activity (lab) reports. Watch a You-Tube video of Smart Science Online Labs.
Labster is a company dedicated to developing fully interactive advanced lab simulations based on mathematical algorithms that support open-ended investigations. They combine these with gamification elements such as an immersive 3D universe, storytelling and a scoring system which stimulates students’ natural curiosity and highlights the connection between science and the real world. In the CSU, Professor Hamadani at San Marcos has recently experimented with the Labster modules in his course.
MacMillan offers a suite of solutions designed to improved student preparedness, engagement and understanding. Many of their products can be used as is, or customized to provide laboratory faculty the flexibility and choice to craft a solution that fits their teaching approach. Professor Sathianathan’s work provides an example of using Late Nite Labs module in her Chemistry course at CSU Fullerton..
Free Virtual Labs
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The Virtual Courseware Project produces interactive, online simulations for the life science laboratory or for earth science field studies. The activities are designed to enhance an existing curriculum and include online assessments. They can be used by students ranging from middle school, high school, or college classrooms.
BioLab provides an on-orbit biology laboratory that enables scientists to study the effects of microgravity and space radiation on unicellular and multicellular organisms, including bacteria, insects, protists (simple eukaryotic organisms), seeds, and cells.
PhET simulations are freely available from the PhET website and are easy to use and incorporate into the classroom. They are written in Java and Flash, and can be run using a standard web browser as long as Flash and Java are installed.
Sakshat Virtual Labs experiments Advanced Virtual Lab is dedicated to the proposition that online laboratories real laboratories accessed through the Internet - can enrich science and engineering education by greatly expanding the range of experiments that students are exposed to in the course of their education. Unlike conventional laboratories, Virtual Labs provide you facility to Perform experiment in 24*7 basis.
Explore some of the VIRTUAL LABS ready for use. These set of labs are the Initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Under the National Mission on Education through ICT.
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eScience Labs Provides students a traditional lab experience geared towards online success. eScience labs are Science lab experiments packaged in a lab kit with virtual lab manuals that many faculty have come to appreciate as a component of the hands-on approach to online learning. For more information see the eScience Labs Product Catalog (PDF)
Late Nite Labs (LNL) produces simulation technology for superior science education and training. We create best-of-class products for high school, college and distance learning programs that enhance the instruction and learning of science subjects. We currently create Web-based chemistry and biology laboratory simulations. The LateNite Virtual Labs - the REACTOR™ and RADIANCE™ lab simulations enable students to grasp concepts and techniques while reducing costs for science instruction providers.
MasteringBiology Virtual Labs has limitless possibilities for assignments. Dive into your MasteringBiology item library to browse the resources available for each of our five lab rooms. Explore the Mastering Biology Virtual Labs.
My Math Labs engage students effectively with immersive content, tools, and experiences.
National Instruments equips engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery to meet not only grand but also daily engineering challenges in an increasingly complex world. National Instruments transforms the way engineers and scientists around the world design, prototype, and deploy systems for test, control, and embedded design applications. Using NI open graphical programming software and modular hardware. Some of the National Instruments widely used in engineering education include: myDaq and LabView. Learn more about NI products
Smart Chemistry helps students to understand the basic concepts of Chemistry and mastering the SPM Chemistry answering techniques. SCC performs projects in all areas of chemical analysis. Specializes in the trace analysis of volatile/semi volatile organic compounds and pesticides in various different matrices, especially air. Each problem is different, thus each client will be treated individually with a specific solution for their specific needs. Learn more about Smart Chemistry.
A breakthrough web-based course with supplemental printed texts, SmartPhysics brings together pre-class student activities, extensive lecture support, a handbook-style printed text, and powerful, easy-to-use assessment—everything you need to make sure your students master the calculus-based physics course. The next—and smartest--phase in the evolution of course material is here: check out the SmartPhysics web site.
LabArchives is a leading Electronic Lab Notebook (also known as an ELN) that is used by scientists throughout the world to store, organize, share, and publish their laboratory data. It is web-based, or may also be installed on a local server It is easy and intuitive, yet very powerful. And it is affordable. LabArchives: for the smallest laboratory or the largest institution. Also available in a special Classroom Edition for high schools or undergraduate lab courses. Most laboratory notebooks are the same today as they were a hundred years ago. LabArchives has changed the way that lab data are recorded, stored and accessed.
Vendors doing virtual lab business with the CSU system are required to comply with accessibility guidelines which ensure all virtual labs information are made equally accessible to individuals with disabilities. All vendors doing business with CSU should become familiar with CSU accessibility requirements. Please refer to our accessibility page for more information.