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Virtual Lab Teaching ePortfolios

Faculty authored their teaching ePortfolios using MERLOT Content Builder templates for virtual labs projects and they also video recorded their reflections on their redesign of their lab courses.

Link to ePortfolio and Description Author Author's Narrative Subject Campus
ME313L Fluid Mechanics Virtual Laboratory Reimagination
This project is to develop pilot AR/VR fluid mechancis laboratory experiments that enrich students' lab experience, stimulate interests, and bring more individual exercise time. At the same time, the proof-of-concept hybric lab model will help alleviate the pressure on department staffing and facilities in the future.
Zhao, Priscilla Video Engineering Cal Poly
Implementing Next Generation PET and Learning Assisstants
My lab innovation will be the implementation of a suite of new tools with the support of Learning Assistants (LAs). The hub for this transformation will implement the Next Generation Physical Science and Everyday Thinking (NGP) curriculum.
Van Dusen, Ben Video Natural Science Chico
Biomechanics Takehome Labs: Build-Your-Own Test System
The hands-on activities introduced through the LIT-redesign will provide a stronger foundation in the basics of biomechanics, as well as an introduction to the essential hardware required for empirical data acquisition, thereby preparing the students to more easily draw connections between these fundamentals and the more complex applications in Biomedical Engineering.
Leineweber, Matthew Video Biomedical Engineering San Jose
Enhancing Higher Level Thinking in Introductory Electricity and Magnetism Lab
Physics 204B: Physics for Students of Science and Engineering: Charge and matter, electric field, Gauss' law, electric potential, capacitors and dielectrics, current and resistance, magnetic field, Ampere's law, Faraday's law of induction, magnetic properties of matter, electromagnetic oscillations and waves. Calculus used. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory.
Pechkis, Hyewon and Arpin, Paul Video Physics Chico
Embedding Virtual Content into Physical Chemistry
Chemistry 160: Physical Chemistry; P-Chem covers fundamental topics in Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy: Redesigning of Physical Chemistry at San Jose State University with virtual and augmented reality is needed to decrease DFW rates and increase learner outcomes.
Wolcott, Abraham Video Chemistry San Jose
Developing Novel Hardware Controllers for Hands-on Virtual and Augmented Reality Science Labs
CHEM 105/105L (General, Organic, and Biochemistry) and CHEM 341 (General Biochemistry): The present project seeks to provide students with realistic tactile feedback in virtual, mixed, or augmented reality lab experiments. We are designing and testing a series of prototype hardware tools which augment the functionality of standard laboratory equipment and allow them to pass into the virtual environment while still allowing students to manipulate and sense them as they would in a traditonal hands-on lab.
Hamadani, Kambiz M. Video Chemistry CSU
San Marcos
Biology 101L Hybrid Labs Pilot
The goal of this project is to pilot the use of hybrid labs to expand the maximum enrollment that can be supported within the current space limitations, so that students will be able to fulfill their GE B.3 graduation requirement without delays.
Chaffee, Carol L. - Biology Cal State
Implementation of Virtual Reality in Construction Graphics
CMGT 110 - Construction Graphics
Brittle, Patrick Video Construction Management Chico
EEE64-CpE64 Introduction Digital Logic Design
The proposed model includes; simulation software, and instructional videos of lab equipment, tools, and lab assignments. The simulation software would include MultiSim. To facilitate student use initial logic circuit layout would be set up for the students and then show them how it relates to actual logic circuits. This way they can do the labs in simulation before the actual lab. The videos will help students "see" how to use the tools and equipment, and what the lab assignment is all about.
Dahlquist PE, Dennis Video Electrical Engineering Sacramento
Virtual and Remote Industrial Robot Laboratory
This project aims at creating a virtual industrial robot laboratory that has various robot configurations, so that students can operate these "robots" anytime anywhere. Most importantly, these virtual robots have exactly same features, functions, programing codes, control algorithms, and movement just like the real industrial robots do.
Du, Winncy Video Engineering San Jose
MiXR in Kinesiology
KINE301 Motor Control and Learning: Movement in eXtended Reality Lab (MiXR) is developed to serve to enable students experience scenerios, otherwise would be limited or impossible in a traditional learning environment.
Tumay, Tunur - Kinesiology CSU
San Marcos
Advanced Construction Structures: Virtual Lab Redesign using Technology for Adapted Models
Through this course students are expected to learn and understand the techniques and effort involved in the mechanical testing of engineering materials; verify various principles and theories of mechanics of materials and their limitations; and gain experience in the acquisition, reduction and analysis of experimental engineering data.
Luo, Vivien - Construction Management Fresno
Virtual Labs Redesign for Physical Geography using Web Based Technology
This course redesign project aims to integrate the virtual lab into the existing GE lecture course for the remaining quarter years until we start the semester system in Fall 2018.
Huh, Kyung In - Geography Cal Poly
Virtual Pre-Labs for Hydraulics Laboratory
Hydraulics Laboratory is a required course for all civil engineering students at Sacramento State that examines six hydraulic phenomena via six experiments. The course redesign will add virtual "pre-labs" based on computational simulations of the physical phenomena covered in the course. These "pre-labs" will allow every student to perform extensive manipulations of the conditions affecting the hydraulic phenomena under study and are expected to increase student engagement and learning.
Poindexter, Cristina - Civil Engineering Sacramento
Biology Course Redesign for Virtual Labs to Supplement On Campus Labs for Student Success
I propose to implement a number of virtual labs in Spring 2016 to test feasibility, effectiveness, student attitudes, and student success with virtual anatomy/cadaver labs. It is hoped that virtual labs that incorporate drawing exercises may also improve student success in the course.
Ernst, Alan - Biology Sacramento
Virtual Labs Redesign for Physical Geography using Web Based Technology
We plan to develop web based tools and materials that can be incorporated into learning modules that intergrade self-guided field observation/data collection (e.g. sun angle, solar radiation, weather elements, plant associations, rock structures, etc.), with scientific data accessible via the web (e.g. from NASA, USGS, etc.) to help students to connect the concepts they are learning from textbooks to the real world they live in. We are exploring tools and software for this project.
Wu, Lin - Geography Cal Poly
Using Virtual Labs to Reinforce Learning in Transportation Engineering
CE 147 (Transportation Engineering) is a 4 unit required course in the Civil Engineering curriculum. In this course redesign, the lab section of the course will be redesigned using two separate models of virtual labs. First, a number of pre-lab learning modules will be developed which will be used to introduce students to background knowledge and information on the concepts used in the upcoming labs. Second, students will be provided information and guidelines on how to effectively conduct field data collection for upcoming lab exercises to help them better prepare for the challenges associated with field data collection.
Khan, Ghazan - Engineering Sacramento State
Redesigning Geography Labs using Virtual Labs
This project redesigns the existing face-to-face lab section so that it will be a virtual lab section. Some relevant existing content will be converted to virtual content, whereas new content will be added to enhance students' active learning without classroom meetings.
Sato, Nori - Geography Chico
Redesign Virtual Labs in Math 105 Statistics
This is an introductory statistics class which covers the traditional introductory topics and uses StatCrunch as the statistical software package. This project entails creating virtual labs for the online portion of Math 105.
Gray, Kathy - Math/Statistics Chico
General Biochemistry with Labster Virtual Lab Modules
We will use virtual labs created by Labster Inc to provide students with virtual exposure to key concepts in biochemistry including enzyme kinetics, metabolism, bioenergetics, regulation, and protein/nucleic acid structure-function.
Kambiz, Hamadani - Biochemistry CSU
San Marcos
Redesigning Maufacturing Automation Virtual Lab using Robot Emulation Technology
This redesign will implement the use of emulation tools that will mimic PLC operation and robotic programming. The robot emulation tools are intended for robotics programmers who want to design their code and simulate the movements before uploading it and testing it on a physical robot.
Anderson, Nathan - Engineering Chico
Scientific Computing: Through the Learning Glass
The goal was to redesign the course to take place in a computer lab for lecture and design customized Virtual Lab videos using the Learning Glass.
Flores, Cynthia - Math CSU
Channel Islands
Virtual Labs for Biostatistics
Biometrics (BIOL 300) was redesigned by replacing the weekly face-to-face laboratory sessions, which are held in a computer classroom, with online labs. Virtual lab activities were developed and integrated into the assignments so that students were involved in both data collection and data analysis.
Desharnais, Robert; Son, Ji - Biology Cal State
Flipping a Stats Course-Online Lectures and Supplemental Instruction
This course redesign develops a flipped classroom format whereby students learn core statistical concepts in online videos created by the instructors and participate in computer data analysis labs and directed problem-solving discussions.
Levine, Rich - Statistics San Diego State
Quantitative Analysis Virtual Prelab Course Redesign
Principles and practice of analytical chemistry. Topics include error analysis and statistical treatment of data, gravimetric and volumetric analysis, electroanalytical techniques, chromatography, and selected quantitative instrumental techniques.
Russell, Scott - Quantitative Analysis Stanislaus
Chem 100 Virtual Lab
This is a one unit General Chemistry Lab for non-science majors that is offered online. The course requires students to run eleven virtual labs offered by external vendor, Latenitelabs.com and submit lab reports online.
Sathianathan, Gita - Chemistry Cal State
Virtual Lab in Chemistry
In AY 2013-2014, we redesigned CSUF's second semester General Chemistry course, CHEM 120B, which includes concurrent lecture and laboratory components. Our redesign of the course involved a complete rewrite of the laboratory portion of the course, which included the incorporation of a virtual laboratory component to complement the students' wet lab experience.
Bridges, Michael - Chemistry Cal State
Incorporation of Virtual Labs and On-line Simulation Activities to an Upper Division General Education Science Course
This course does not have a lab component. In order to enhance the student's learning experience, virtual labs and on-line simulation activities are adopted and implemented to the course. Submission Templates are developed and provided for students. Students are asked to submit filled activity template upon completion of the corresponding virtual lab.
Ng, Karno - Chemistry CSU
San Marcos
Virtual Exercise Physiology Lab
The purpose of this project was to compare student learning outcomes from the Virtual Exercise physiology lab with that from traditional exercise physiology laboratory activities. These findings support that virtual laboratories instruct students as effectively as traditional laboratories.
Kwon, Young Sub - Physiology Humboldt
3D Lab: Design, Discover, Discuss Lab
The Virtual Lab for Electricity and Magnetism is enhanced through team-based learning, which is an essential part of laboratories. It is based on an inexpensive (~$60) home kit and Koondis (social networking platform for small cooperative teams).
Gredig, Thomas - Physics Cal State
Long Beach
Virtual Labs: PHYS 151
We have constructed a fully online course in introductory physics at the calculus-based level providing students an authentic means of interacting with both the instructor and their peers as members of a local scientific community while deeply engaging the scientific process.
Pickett, Galen - Physics Cal State
Long Beach
Virtual Lab in Ordinary Differential Equations
The use of an Online Homework Management System as a Virtual Lab provides ample opportunity to transition from practice to mastery�an opportunity that otherwise would be missed simply because there is a limitation to how much grading an instructor can complete while also being responsible to deliver knowledge to a diverse group of students throughout a semester.
Flores, Cynthia - Physics CSU
Channel Islands
Virtual Lab Biology 104: Human Biology
BIOL 104 (4) Principles of Biology: Human Emphasis Principles of cellular, organismal and population biology with primary representation relating to the human organism. Includes study of cells, tissues, and mammalian organ systems. Enrollment restricted to Kinesiology majors. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory.
Robertson, Lyndsey - Biology CSU
San Marcos
Flipping Stats-Online Lectures and Supplemental Instruction
Stat 250 is a general elective introductory statistics and data analysis course for students throughout the sciences, social sciences, health and human services, and business. This course redesign develops a flipped classroom format whereby students learn core statistical concepts in online videos created by the instructors and participate in computer data analysis labs and directed problem-solving discussions.
Duncan, Kristin - Statistics San Diego State
Virtual Lab in Introduction to Earth Science
The goal of the course re-design is to enhance science teacher preparation through the incorporation of virtual labs that engage students with Earth Science content and practices in ways that were not possible with previous lab activities.
Brady, Mara - Earth Science Fresno
Incorporating Virtual Labs in Introductory Geology Courses
Given that the number of EES1 sections offered each semester is limited by the lab, there is a huge potential to make EES1 less vulnerable to limitations on lab size and TA availability by offering hybrid labs, where half of the labs are online and half are hands-on. This redesign seeks to implement virtual labs to reduce bottlenecking while updating EES1 lab curriculum into something that engages students at more innovative, modern levels of learning.
Weinman, Beth - Geology Fresno
Virtual Clinical Labs in Medical Surgical Nursing Course
This project aims to redesign the NURS220 course, a 4 unit intermediate medical surgical nursing theory course, that is offered in the spring and fall quarters of each academic year, it is a required course for nursing major.
Abuatiq, Alham - Nursing Cal State
San Bernardino
Biol1BL Inquiry-Based Hybrid Labs
This project seeks to redesign the Biology 1BL Lab course, which is part of the Introductory Biology sequence for Biology Majors, to incorporate more active-learning modules in combination with computer simulations to effectively engage students.
Lent, David - Biology Fresno
Adding a Virtual Lab into CHEM 120B
In AY 2013-2014, we redesigned CSUF's second semester General Chemistry course, CHEM 120B, which includes concurrent lecture and laboratory components. Our redesign of the course involved a complete rewrite of the laboratory portion of the course, which included the incorporation of a virtual laboratory component to complement the students' wet lab experience.
Bridges, Michael - Chemistry Cal State
Virtual Labs for GE Biology
We redesigned a GE biology course by using existing web-based software to replace traditional wet labs.
Desharnais, Bob - Biology Cal State
Online Science Course with Active Learning
For this course redesign, I surveyed students about what worked and did not work for them in the online environment for this course. I redesigned components of the course to implement more engaging labs and discussions. I also incorporated aspects of proven course design such as discussion rubrics and LMS exam strategies.
Zayas, Natalie - Environmental Science CSU
Monterey Bay
Physics Hybrid Lab
PHYS 100AL is the laboratory that accompanies the first algebra-based introductory course on Physics. Due to increased demand, we are having difficulty offering enough sections of this laboratory course unless we renovate and create a new physical laboratory. A way to solve this problem is to "hybridize" the PHYS 100AL. This will allow us to double the capacity of these labs so we can offer fewer sections but still accommodate more students.
Lim, Say-Peng - Physics CSUN
Hybrid Labs for Entry Level Math
We focused on improving student success in entry level math classes in the California State University and California Community College System. Our consortium has developed an innovative, technology-enhanced hybrid course model that has significantly improved course completion and content mastery outcomes in entry-level mathematics courses.
Stevenson, Katherine - Math CSUN