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Virtual Labs: In these labs, real experiments are virtualized or simulated and students can access them online.

Remote Labs: These types of labs enable faculty and students to access equipment and/or computers via the internet to perform experiments and laboratory tasks without being in the physical lab space.

UCF Apps: These apps allow access to desktop software that is typically available on campus computer labs or by purchasing and installing software on a student PC remotely.

CECS Task Force Reports: The college established three task forces to study and prepare recommendations for instruction in Summer 2020 and beyond. The three areas were – Labs, Senior Design Courses and Innovative Remote Instruction (IRI). The work was moved into the implementation phase and the reports are available below for archival purposes.

Virtual/Interactive Labs

WOLFRAM Demonstrations Project

Note: Has engineering & technology labs, simple graphics but it works.

PhET Interactive Simulations

Note: Many experiments. Simple topics and graphics, but it works. Also, visit their website to sign up for the PhET Interactive Simulations newsletter.


Note: Limited to a few civil engineering simulations. Involve a cost for use. Need to contact a representative to get pricing details.


Note: Very limited number of experiments, 3D simulations.

  • Heat and Thermodynamics
  • Properties of matter
  • Mechanics
  • Waves
  • Electricity

VIRTLABS Virtual Laboratories and Technical Simulators

Note: Limited utility, English and Russian support.

Merlot Labs

Note: A lot of apps are very old and may not run. Has serious compatibility issues.

Virtual Amrita Laboratories Universalizing Education

Note: Appears to suffer from broken links or incompatibility issues.


Note: Only focused on a limited field.

  • Interactive simulation for designing green buildings and power stations


Note: Useful for basic physics labs. Has preset labs with worksheets, can customize own lab activities. Will carry a cost.


Note: Useful for chemistry.


Unity Technologies

Note: Involves a cost for use.


Note: offers a free trial and will require a cost.

VEX Robotics


Note: offers a free trial and will require a cost.


Note: will require a cost.


Note: will require a cost.

ArcGIS Enterprise on Microsoft Azure

Note: will require a cost.


Easy Unit Converter

Note: includes various converters including engineering, math, and fitness.

Good Calculators

Note: provides a variety of online calculators, such as math and statistics, engineering, and conversion calculators.


Note: Helpful resource regarding learning more about product value management and manufacturing skills for you and your students.

Video Demos

Linkedin Learning

PBS (Engineering search results)

Note: PBS is a bit notorious for pulling videos, so the content on the website may not be stable. Use caution!

PBS (Computer Science search results)

Note: PBS is a bit notorious for pulling videos, so the content on the website may not be stable. Use caution!

PBS LearningMedia

Note: May be more stable than PBS.

American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Note: May be more stable than PBS.

Alexander Street

JoVE Education Videos

Note: In an effort to aid student learning during remote instruction, UCF has re-invested in a one-year subscription to JoVE Science Education for the 2021-2022 academic year. This collection of STEM based videos and demonstrations covers a range of topics from psychology, to engineering, to clinical skills. The collection is available for all faculty and you can view the UCF Library Faculty Support Guide for steps on how to access JoVE from the UCF Library. For more information on adding JoVE content into your course, visit the Getting Started with JoVE page.


Note: Does not specifically target Engineering areas but physics is the closest relevant area.

Khan Academy


Lab Kits and Remote Labs

eScience Labs – 2nd Edition General Physics Version 1

Note: Involves a cost.

Remote Laboratory

Labs Land

Note: Remote laboratory access marketplace.

iOLab Wireless Lab System

Note: Will require a cost for students to rent.

University, Agency, or Organization Resources

SAGE Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods Videos

UCF Library Academic Resources during COVID-19 Situation

UCF Library Resources – Engineering & Computer Science

UCF Apps

Ministry of Human Resource Development, India – Virtual Labs

Note: Various virtual labs. Simple graphics. Compatibility issues.  May only run in internet explorer.

John Hopkins University – Virtual Laboratory

Note: Links to html labs for engineering/science experiments; last updated in 2000. Simple graphics. Has compatibility issues. May only run in internet explorer.

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

Gendered Innovations – Case Studies on Engineering

Loyola Marymount University – Virtual Engineering Science Learning Lab

RAGE Project

BCcampus Virtual Labs and Science Resources

Note: Provides a specific section on Engineering resources.

UCLA Resources List

Research Articles

Visit the Virtual and Remote Labs Articles and Publications page for additional articles.

Grodotzki J, Ortelt TR, and Tekkaya AE. “Remote and virtual labs for engineering education 4.0: achievements of the ELLI project at the TU Dortmund University.” Procedia Manufacturing 26 (2018): 1349-1360.

Travassos Valdez M, Ferreira CM, Martins MJ, and Barbosa FM. “Virtual labs in electrical engineering education-The VEMA environment.” (2014).

Taft HR, “How to Quickly (and Safely) Move a Lab Course Online” – The Chronicle of Higher Education. (2020)

Budhu, Muniram. “Virtual laboratories for engineering education.” In International conference on engineering education, pp. 12-18. Manchester, UK, 2002.

Bowen A, Reid D, and Koretsky M. “Development of interactive virtual laboratories to help students learn difficult concepts in thermodynamics.” (2015).

Lynch T, Ghergulescu I. “Review of Virtual Labs as the emerging technologies for teaching stem subjects.” In INTED2017 Proc. 11th Int. Technol. Educ. Dev. Conf. 6-8 March Valencia Spain, pp. 6082-6091. 2017.

Tips for Recording Your Labs

Follow these tips from CDL for recording and uploading your own labs onto a video platform:

Refer to this technology guide from FMC on media production software to compare what may work best for your recording needs:

Refer to the Zoom FAQs if you record your own lab with Zoom: