Online Chem Labs are not aimed only
at fully online courses. Our virtual labs have been used in these
and also in hybrid or conventional classes. Some modes of use
1. Online lab content
for fully online courses
2. Supplements to, or replacements for, one
or more on-campus labs
3. Pre-labs for on-campus labs
4. Enhancements to lectures and homework
We can work with you to provide labs and sample curricula
that are tailored to any of the above approaches. Below are a
few different ways that our virtual labs have helped students,
educators and administrators all at once.
Some instructors have substituted
several on-campus "wet" labs with our virtual labs to
alleviate enrollment demands on existing equipment sets.
They are sometimes surprised to find the virtual lab experience and
outcomes to be superior to those for conventional
labs. Some instrumentation that we can help avoid overloading
include absorption spectrophotometers and calorimeters.
Another approach has involved
dividing one class into two groups and having these
groups alternate between on-campus and virtual experiments
during part or all of the term.
Some of our virtual
labs introduce students to equipment which is not
available in general chemistry courses -- either because of
cost, difficulty of operation, or the time-consuming nature of the
actual experiment. Examples include simplified NMR and
electroplating experiments. Most campuses do not have access
to nuclear reactors for neutron activation analysis, although the
experimental description and calculations are reasonable for
beginning chemistry students. And while even graduate
students in organic chemistry no longer perform their own
carbon-hydrogen combustion analyses, this experiment is
probably the most direct and useful way to
teach empirical formulae.