As Colleges and Universities across the country transition to remote teaching in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, we at microLAB vow to assist our users in easing the transition in any way we can. Planning and teaching engaging, interactive chemistry labs remotely can be a challenge. We've compiled resources on this page that we believe will be helpful during this uncertain time. Please feel free to contact us directly should you need personalized assistance. We are available to fill orders, answer questions, and provide one-on-one web trainings.
The microLAB interface and software makes an ideal tool for web-based chemistry concept demonstrations because they provide accurate, detailed, real-time data in a format that is visually engaging and easy to interpret. A web confrencing app with screen sharing capabilities allows instructors to easily share live experiments from the lab with up to 100 students watching from home. Students can be invited to participate with their mouse and keyboard in design, execution, and analysis of the experiment as it happens.
Because of the weight MicroLab software gives to visualization of chemical phenomena, and its integrated experiment design / data collection / data analysis software, students don’t have to be just listeners – they can participate as “chemists”.
We've created a paired down version of our powerful software, to assist students with at-home experiments. Data from experiments preformed at home or demonstrated by the instructor via video can be manually entered into the appropriate fields by the students - no need for additional sensors or equipment at home.
The microLAB software runs on Windows-based computers. Students running Apple products will need additional instructions in order to run the software on their operating systems. Please instruct them to contact us via phone at 1-888-586-3274 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we are happy to assist.
The following experiments are provided by Dr. Sophia Nussbaum of the University of British Columbia. They were developed in conjunction with The Chem Collective for the "at home" lab sections of the university's chemistry courses. These experiments work well on their own or as supplements to wet lab topics. Our deepest gratitude to Dr. Nussbaum for sharing these experiments with our community.
At some point, each of these virtual labs requires entry of student name and Lab ID to continue. This is for record keeping at UBC.
The virtual lab will continue if any letters and any ID number are entered. This information is not recorded.
OLI is currently waiving the course fees for students and institutions impacted by Covid-19. The General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II courses cover all of they topics typically covered in a semester course.
Each module includes short amounts of texts, worked examples (including interactive worked examples), a multitude of thoughtfully scaffolded practice problems (with adaptive and targeted feedback), and assessments. The integration of these components provides a seamless and interactive learning experience for your students. The courseware also provides instructors with data on student performance, which they can use to adapt their instruction to student needs.
The electrochemical series lends itself well to at-home experiments due to the relatively small list of needed equipment that is often readily available in most homes.