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 only in campus computer labs or by purchasing and installing software on a student PC remotely.
Virtual Labs/Interactive Activities
Note: Google sheet links to additional resources, below are some highlights
- PhET Interactive Simulations
- WOLFRAM Demonstrations Project (STEM topics)
- Molecular Workbench
- Provides biology, chemistry, and physics simulations and the ability to create your own
- LabXchange simulation
- Virtual Amrita Laboratories
- National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
- United States Census Bureau
- OER materials and the ability to create your own
- Biology Resources
- Chemistry Resources
- Physics Resources
Note: lists various resources by audience and topic
Drawing Chemical Structures
Note: links to resources including ClassPad.net, emulator calculator, and activities; free trials available through August 31, 2021.
Note: includes various converters including engineering, math, and fitness.
Note: Provides a variety of online calculators, such as math and statistics, engineering, and conversion calculators.
Note: activities related to the International Space Station available for high school and higher education.
Note: The tool does not have as many features as Visible Body, but it is a free alternative.
Note: Another alternative resource to Visible Body that is available through the UCF Library. The link above directs to the Human Anatomy Modules.
Labs/Simulations That Include a Cost
Note: Completely interactive virtual labs. They have preset labs with worksheets or you can customize your own lab activities. If interested, we can arrange a demo, but this will also carry a cost.
Note: Simulations on Biology and Chemistry
Note: 3D virtual space
Note: Subjects on Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, & Physics
Note: Free subscription available with limited options, or a premium access subscription for additional features.
Note: The Pegasus Innovation Lab (iLab) coordinated with Visible Body to provide demonstrations for faculty to view the apps and content of their courseware to decide if it would be useful in the development of course content for the upcoming semesters. You can view these past recordings of the July 28, 2020 demo and the July 29, 2020 demo and can contact the iLab@ucf.edu if you have any questions.
- Data Science
- International Affairs
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.
- Data Science
Note: Series of video demonstrations of common lab technique
Note: includes subjects such as chemistry, biological sciences, and physics
Note: sign up for free to access the free resources, politics and government related
Lab Kits/Remote Labs
Note: Although not fully remote, it provides research and resources on various labs for these topics
Note: will require a cost for students to rent and predominantly used for Physics.
University, Agency, or Organization Resources
UCF Subject Librarians
- Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics
- Emerging Media
- Politics, Security, & International Affairs
- Access desktop software available in computer labs
- SPSS, SAS, and Microsoft Office access on apps
- Access lab PCs in Technology Commons and the UCF Library
- How-to documents and videos for installing and using files at UCF IT Knowledgebase
Note: Provides resources on astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth & environmental science, math, and physics.
Note: Chemistry resource, Canvas website of modules on various topics, including pre- and post-quizzes. Must sign up for a Canvas Account (free) and be granted access to view.
Note: Log in required, but it is free
Tips for Recording Your Labs
Follow these tips from CDL for recording and uploading your own labs onto a video platform: https://cdl.ucf.edu/teach/resources/diy-video/
Refer to this technology guide from FMC on media production software to compare what may work best for your recording needs: https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/faculty/media-technology-guide/
Refer to the Zoom FAQs if you record your own lab with Zoom: https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/zoom/faqs/
Visit the Virtual and Remote Labs Articles and Publications page for additional articles.
How to Rethink Science Lab Classes article: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/04/08/five-objectives-online-science-labs-lend-themselves-virtual-teaching-opinion
Lincoln, J. (2018). Five smartphone experiments that don’t need apps. The Physics Teacher, 56, 652. https://aapt.scitation.org/doi/10.1119/1.5080595
Holmes, N. & Wleman, C. (2018). Introductory physics labs: We can do better. Physics Today, 71(1), 38. https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/PT.3.3816
Top 10 Online Psychology Experiments (article): https://psychcentral.com/blog/top-ten-online-psychology-experiments/
Note: Article provides a contact to receive the free virtual lab
Virtual Anthropology textbook: https://www.virtual-anthropology.com/
Note: Not free
UCF Pressbooks – Anthropology textbook: https://pressbooks.online.ucf.edu/ant2000/
OpenStax (OER textbooks)
- Concepts of Biology
- Chemistry (Atoms First)
- University Physics (Vol 1)
- University Physics (Vol 2)
- University Physics (Vol 3)
- Psychology 2e
Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry by William Reusch: https://www2.chemistry.msu.edu/faculty/reusch/virttxtjml/intro1.htm
WolframAlpha Integral Calculator: https://www.wolframalpha.com/calculators/integral-calculator/
Omni Calculator: https://www.omnicalculator.com/
Psychology Teaching Resources: https://psychology.missouristate.edu/webresources.htm
Note: offers a free video library of recorded presentations led by Florida-based experts who talk about the applications of STEM in various high-tech careers