California State University System Partners with Labster to Provide Virtual Labs

CSU’s Chancellor’s Office has signed a deal providing site licenses to campuses in need of access this Fall.

Labster today announced a partnership with the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, California State University. This partnership will provide the opportunity for individual campuses within the system to opt-in for access to Labster’s 150+ virtual laboratory simulations including biology, chemistry, physics, and general sciences. 

The safety and well-being of California State University students, faculty and staff are foundational concerns for the institution. In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the CSU administration will be limiting in-person offerings in a proactive effort to combat the possibility of a second wave outbreak.  

“In an abundance of caution, CSU has decided to preemptively combat a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic by going completely virtual, and I am thrilled about this partnership with Labster. The online labs allow us to do much more complex and sophisticated experiments than we could ever do in a wet lab with our enormous group of non-majors, for reasons such as cost and safety.”

– Cindy Malone, Professor of Biology at CSU Northridge, who has been using Labster since 2018.

As the largest public four-year university system in the world, the California State University system is a complex public agency delivering quality degree programs to over 470,000 students across 23 campuses. The Chancellor’s Office is requesting individual campuses to opt-in to access to Labster to better target individual educators’ needs of virtual lab simulations, and various teacher training resources that can support their students’ transition to remote learning this Fall.

“CSU is an example to many other university systems around the world, and I am thrilled they have seen the benefit that online education technology can play in empowering the next generation of scientists, no matter where they will be this Fall. Our virtual lab simulations will not only help students and educators this Fall through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Michael Bodekaer, Labster CEO and Co-founder, “but it will become an essential part of these students’ ability to learn science, in a world-class laboratory environment, from anywhere.”

Labster’s fully interactive virtual simulations are designed to stimulate students’ natural curiosity and highlight the connection between science and the real world. Students perform realistic experiments, learn key science concepts, and practice their skills in a risk-free learning environment. Numerous research studies show that Labster simulations significantly improve learning outcomes and knowledge retention while simultaneously increasing student engagement and participation in STEM curricula.

About Labster

Labster is dedicated to developing fully interactive virtual laboratory simulations that are designed to stimulate students’ natural curiosity and highlight the connection between science and the real world. The simulations can be used in a variety of different ways, from a full lab replacement to a supplemental learning activity. Labster works with leading educational institutions to improve science learning, resulting in collaborations with over 1,000 institutions around the world, including ETH in Zurich, MIT and Imperial College.

About the California State University

The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 53,000 faculty and staff and 482,000 students. Half of the CSU’s students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 127,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.8 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

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