Planning and Design Resources for Remote Lab Courses

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Resources to help you plan and design a remote lab course

Planning and Design Resources

The following guidelines and resources highlight important considerations and specific ideas for planning and conducting lab courses remotely, as well as in physically distant environments. If you are considering recording demonstration videos or creating other media, view these available campus spaces for lecture recording and support.

Guidelines for Adapting Lab Curricula

These guidelines for adapting lab curricula pose guiding questions and important considerations.

Resource Database

A significant challenge to moving lab courses remotely is finding quality substitutions for in-person experiences. This resource database includes an annotated list of simulations, visualizations, and more. *Please note that this is simply a list of resources. Resources are separated into two tabs:

  • Low Risk: resources that do not require a fee, student log-in, or integration with Canvas
  • Higher Risk: resources that require approval to assure cybersecurity and student data privacy.

Actual implementation at UW-Madison: assurance that campus policy concerning cybersecurity and student data privacy are met, integrations with other tools, and/or coverage of costs are separate issues that must be addressed. 

Remote Techniques to Achieve Lab Goals

Organized by learning goals, this list includes specific techniques and activities to achieve laboratory goals in remote or physically distant learning environments.

Activities for Learning the Scientific Process

This guide provides suggested activities for your course for each step of the scientific process.