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OER at CofC: Online Lab Resources

by Gretchen Scronce on 2020-04-16T09:39:59-04:00 | Comments

The following was originally posted by Instructional Technologist Katie Rose on CofC Yammer. Reposted here with permission.


As we have experienced in the past few weeks, there are just certain things that are harder to replicate online. Let’s talk about Labs for instance... There just doesn’t seem to be a replacement for the real-time, in-person, hands-on experience in the lab, but we find ourselves in a situation where that just is not possible right now.


Here are a few resources to overcome this current, hopefully temporary, obstacle.:


North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO)

NANSLO labs are Open Licensed, Customizable, and Easilly Integrated lab activates for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Allied Health.



ChemCollective is a collection of virtual labs, scenario based learning activities, tutorials and concepts test organized by faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon who are interested the pursuit of creating engaging online activities for chemistry education.


Phet (University of Colorado Boulder)

PhET Interactive Simulations project creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.



BioInteractives provides data-rich activities and case studies to high-quality videos and interactive media. Their resources are designed to connect students to big ideas in biology, promote engagement with science practices, and instill awe and wonder about the living world. provides three-dimensional (3D), interactive models of human anatomy targeted at a variety of health professions. This is a resource available through our CofC library.


If you are looking for more options, check this extensive list of resources

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