Online Laboratories and Simulations / Multi-Agent Modeling Environments
From E-Learning Faculty Modules
The State of the Art
From SoftChalk Cloud (repository)
From Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Teaching (MERLOT)
Note: This has an example of citizen science.
Learn Genetics (University of Utah)
Note: This is not a lab but does have .pdf lab handouts. This sort of course assumes that the work will be done but does not say how.
Note: This has creative animated visualizations. This requires iTunes. This is not a virtualized traditional lab though.
iLabCentral (a remote lab) / Northwestern University
Note: This is a for-pay service. There are demo videos.
Mechanism of Drug Addiction / Mouse Party (University of Utah)
Note: This is an engaging simulation. The audience might be for younger learners, but this seems based on some basic science even if the presentation is a little more glitzy than most animations.
Note: This is available for the IMS Common Cartridge file…for BlackBoard and ANGEL. This just looks like a curriculum with a lab, but this does not seem to be a lab per se.
Note: This has some great visualizations. It’s also live and real-time.
Life Preservers (Games for Entertaining and Learning Lab / Michigan State University)
From a Google Search
Howard Hughes Virtual Labs (The Transgenic Fly Virtual Lab; Bacterial Identification Lab; Cardiology Lab; Neurophysiology Lab; Immunology Lab)
iLab at MIT (Remote Labs)
Note: The following is a remote lab endeavor…but this might be too much of a partner commitment. Not sure. They do have a lot of global partners:
The Global Online Laboratory Consortium has a wiki site.
Lab Applications for iPads
Frog Dissection App on iPad (commercial product)
The Virtual Bacterial ID Lab (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) (iTunes) / viewable app on iPad
Increasing Modeling Complexity
Multi-Agent Modeling and Simulation Tools (Make Your Own! Build Off of Others’!)
NETLOGO (freeware modeling tool) / Northwestern University
Downloadable Multi-Agent Programmable Modeling Environment Tool:
MASON (Multi-Agent Simulator of Neighborhoods / Networks) / George Mason University
Note: For a fuller list, please check out the Wikipedia entry.
Some Proprietary and Commercial Products
Improved Object-Based Physics in Virtual Worlds
Patterns (Linden Labs, Makers of Second Life®)
Note: A high-end math-based tool for simulation would be MatLab. K-State has licenses for this software.