Changes in Labster license arrangements
Due to a very low adoption rate, the University will conclude its campus-wide licensing of Labster on Dec 31, 2021.
Option 1: Faculty can inquire with Labster’s Alyssa Bowman, firstname.lastname@example.org, for course-level, student-pays arrangements.
Option 2: Maria Barefoot, Online Learning Librarian, is available to help faculty evaluate alternatives available through the University Library virtual lab resources libguide.
What is Labster?
Labster offers 160+ virtual labs that enable students to work through real-life case stories, interact with lab equipment, perform experiments, and learn with theory and quiz questions. Labster’s virtual lab simulations are immersive and engaging, allowing your students to experiment in real-world lab scenarios from their computer at their own pace. Virtual labs are available for Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine, Physics and more.
Labster fully integrates with Canvas so students can easily access the virtual lab assignments and faculty can track student progress in real time. Labs are automatically graded and synced to Canvas.
Who can use Labster?
Starting January 1, 2022, arrangements for Labster must be made at the course level by individual faculty using the student-pays model or at the department-level. For more information, inquire with Labster’s Alyssa Bowman, email@example.com.
How do I access Labster simulations to decide if they are right for my course?
Reach out to ATS for access by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will contact you with details for accessing Labster simulations.
How do I integrate the labs into Canvas?
After you contact ATS, go to the Labster Faculty Resources link that ATS sends to you. Here you can watch demo videos, review teacher resources, and explore available lab simulations.
Note: The Labster Faculty Resources page is for faculty only. Students should not be given this link.
To import Labster simulations into a Canvas course:
- On the Faculty Resources page, browse the Simulations tab to review full simulation descriptions, quiz questions and answers, and to play the simulations yourself.
- Choose the simulations you want to add to your Canvas course.
- Download the common cartridge ZIP file for the simulations.
Note: You don’t need to open the ZIP file as you will import it to Canvas later.
Note: If the common cartridges do not download as a ZIP file, zip them before proceeding.
- Add the Labster simulations to your Canvas course.
Note: You don’t need to enter a license code as UD has an “all course” license.
Your students can now access the Labster simulations from your course. Students can take the simulations as many times as they want and may receive multiple grades for each simulation. The grades display in your Labster dashboard and sync to your Canvas Gradebook.
Note: You can enhance the performance of Labster simulations by closing unnecessary windows in your browser and exiting other programs running on your computer.
You can run Labster’s virtual lab simulations on your laptop or desktop computer using Chrome or Firefox web browsers. Remember to check your device and verify that it meets the minimum requirements. iPad, phone, and tablet are not yet supported.
Contacting Labster for Support
Visit the Labster Help Center for technical support, FAQs, teacher and student resources, tutorials, and more.
If you need further assistance, contact Labster Support. Support is available for both teachers and students.
- First time using Labster? Review Labster 101: Getting Started with Labster.
- Experiencing technical issues? Follow basic Labster troubleshooting.
- Issues with the Common Cartridge ZIP file? Here are the known LMS Common Cartridge error messages.
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