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The Educator's Guide to Labster

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This guide is designed to help educators teach with virtual labs and the Labster platform, from technical set-up to pedagogical thought-leadership. This guide has everything you need to get started fast, and expand what you think you can achieve with science simulations.

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Introduction

This guide is designed to help educators teach with virtual labs and the Labster platform, from technical set-up to pedagogical thought-leadership. This guide has everything you need to get started fast, and expand what you think you can achieve with science simulations.

Chapter 1: Technical Setup 

The Labster implementation process assists you in connecting your LMS to Labster, setting up your Course Manager instance, and adding courses to your Labster instance. Each of the recordings below covers:

  • Introduction and overview of our onboarding process
  • How to set up and add simulations
  • Overview of Labster support (how and when to contact support)
  • How to add students
  • How to view your gradebook

Using your LMS or Course Manager with Labster

The following implementation recordings walk you through the initial setup of your Labster instance in your LMS. Choose your LMS access below to find your appropriate recording. If you do not see your LMS listed, choose “Labster Course Manager”.

Adding simulations to your LMS

Now that you've set up your instance, you can add simulations.

Chromebook and iPad App information 

Labster is now supported on iPads and Chromebooks for many learning management systems (learn more here). For the best user experience on these devices, we recommend downloading the applicable native app. If you are unsure if your LMS can run on Chromebooks or iPads, please reach out to your Account Manager for confirmation.

Download the Labster app from the Apple store

(at this time iPads do not support Canvas, Schoology, Brightspace D2L, Sakai)

Download the Labster app on Google Play

Chapter 2: Overview of Features

What is Included in my subscription - Labster is more than science simulations. Your subscription also comes with a toolbox of supplemental resources that complement in-person learning. This complete guide reviews your available supplemental resources and how to use them.

Finding content - This one-minute video explains how to search our website to find the content that fits your needs from simulations to supplementary resources

How does the Course Catalog work? - Want more about how the Course Catalog works? Easily search our catalog of over 300 simulations for the right content for your course and your students’ needs.

Assigning content - This one-minute video explains how to assign simulations and track students' progress whether you’re accessing Labster content through the Labster website or through your learning management system.

What are short simulations? - Short simulations, or “focus simulations” which run 5-20 minutes long, target one specific concept of the original lab.

What are course packages? -  Course packages are curated lists of our simulations into groups and categories that will make it easier for educators to find and assign content based on teaching themes.

Introduction to the instructor dashboard - This one-minute video explains the benefits of the instructor dashboard.

Science animations library - Short 3D animations from Labster simulations. Share these YouTube video links with your students.

Chapter 3: Teaching with Labster

Teacher Resources and Tools

Measuring the success and seeing the value of your subscription.

Teaching with Labster

Helpful Tips for All Teachers

Teaching Gen Z

Active Learning

Chapter 4: Student Troubleshooting

How to introduce Labster to your students

Communication and transparency are key. Set expectations of what and why with these resources.

"My favorite has to be lab safety. The students can actually burn the entire lab down. This really works well as an introduction to the students and sets a good tone — that it is ok to make mistakes in these simulations. That way you will not do this in the hands-on lab. I use this in all my courses as the first lab to do."
– Community College Biotechnology Instructor

Student Help Resources

Self-service troubleshooting resources for your students. Provide these links on the first day to set your students up for success.

Chapter 5: Teacher Troubleshooting

Here are the steps listed in priority of how to address and solve troubleshooting issues.

  1. Step 1 - We strongly encourage you to visit the Help Center prior to contacting customer support. Easily search by keywords to find articles that can address your issue.
  2. Step 2 - If you cannot find your answer in the Help Center, our chatbot is available 24/7 to help, even when the team is not online! Access the chatbot at the top right corner of labster.com.
  3. Step 3 - If you are experiencing issues that our Help Center and chatbot cannot help solve, please contact our Customer Support by using the contact information found at the bottom of this page. Additionally, Instructors and Administrators may reach us via phone at 888-308-7056 where you can speak to a live associate Monday through Friday 6AM to 11PM EST. *This is NOT intended for student use.

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