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Connect Virtual Labs

Connect Virtual Labs is a fully online lab solution that can be used to replace, prepare, supplement, or make-up labs to bridge the gap between lab and lecture. These lab simulations help students learn the practical and conceptual skills needed to succeed in lab environments, whilst also checking their comprehension and providing instant feedback. With adaptive pre-lab and post-lab assessment available, instructors can personalise each assignment.

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Connect Virtual Labs content

Want to enhance your course with Virtual Labs?

1st Lab Tutorial:

  • Virtual Labs Tutorial

Applying the Scientific Method:

  • Pillbug Preference

Aseptic Technique:

  • Ubiquity of Microorganisms: Sampling Surfaces for Bacteria
  • Transfer from Broth to Broth
  • Transfer from Broth to Slant
  • Transfer from Broth to Agar Plate

Bacterial Genetics:

  • DNA Profiling
  • PCR
  • Bacterial Transformation


  • Differential White Blood Cell Count
  • Hematocrit
  • Hemoglobin Content
  • Blood Typing

Cardiovascular Physiology:

  • Pulse Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Electrocardiography
  • Heart Auscultation

Cell Division

  • Examining Meiosis
  • Examining Mitosis

Cell Structure

  • Examining Plant & Animal Cells

Cellular Respiration:

  • Yeast Fermentation
  • Measuring Energy Production in Plants

Chemical Composition of Cells:

  • Test for Starch
  • Test for Sugars
  • Digestion of Starch
  • Emulsification of Lipids
  • Test for Fat
  • Test for Proteins

Control of Microbial Growth:

  • Effect of Ultraviolet Light
  • Antiseptics/Disinfectants
  • Antimicrobial Sensitivity Testing: Kirby-Bauer


  • Effect of Concentration on the Rate of Diffusion in a Semisolid
  • Effect of Density of Media on the Rate of Diffusion
  • Effect of Molecular Weight on the Rate of Diffusion in Air
  • Diffusion Across a Selectively Permeable Membrane

Digestive System:

  • Enzymes & Digestion

DNA Biology and Technology:

  • Isolation of DNA
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • *DNA/RNA Structure


  • Motor Unit Recruitment
  • Time to Fatigue

Endocrine System:

  • Influence of Thyroid Hormone on Temperature Regulation
  • Effects of Blood Glucose Level

Evidence of Evolution:

  • Molecular Evidence
  • *Evidence of Comparative Anatomy

Eye and Vision:

  • Eye Dissection
  • Accommodation of the Lens
  • Astigmatism Test
  • Blind Spot Demonstration
  • Color Vision Test
  • Convergence Reflex Test
  • Pupillary Reflex Test
  • Visual Acuity Test

How Enzymes Function:

  • Effect of Temperature
  • Enzyme Activity
  • Effect of pH
  • Effect of Concentration

Human Genetics:

  • Chromosomal Inheritance During Meiosis
  • Genetic Inheritance

Isolation Methods:

  • Quadrant Streak Plate Method
  • Pour-Plating Method
  • Subculturing of Bacteria
  • Quantitative Dilution of Bacteria
  • Quantification by Colony Counting
  • Optical Density

Lab Safety:

  • Hand Washing Procedure
  • Personal Safety

Mendelian Genetics:

  • Monohybrid Plant Cross
  • Fruit Fly Characteristics
  • Monohybrid Fruit Fly Cross
  • Dihybrid Plant Cross
  • Dihybrid Fruit Fly Cross
  • X-Linked Fruit Fly Cross

Metric Measurement:

  • Length
  • Weight
  • Volume
  • Temperature

Microbial Growth:

  • Oxygen Requirements & Anaerobic Jar
  • Effects of Osmotic Pressure
  • Effects of Temperature
  • Oxygen Requirements & FTM Tubes
  • Effects of pH


  • Operation of a Brightfield Microscope
  • Oil Immersion
  • Pond Water Wet Mount
  • *Plant Cells
  • *Animal Cells
  • *Diversity of Microorganisms
  • *Epithelial Tissue Histology
  • *Connective Tissue Histology
  • *Muscle Tissue Histology
  • *Nervous Tissue Histology
  • *Euglena Wet Mount

Natural Selection:

  • Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Natural Selection in Insects

Nervous System:

  • Demonstrate Monosynaptic Reflexes


  • Movement of Water Across a Selectively Permeable Membrane
  • Tonicity in Red Blood Cells
  • Tonicity in Elodea Cells
  • Tonicity in Potato Strips

pH Balance:

  • Function of Buffers
  • Antacids as Buffers


  • Photosynthetic Pigments
  • Comparing Green and Blue Light
  • Determining Rate in White Light
  • Monitoring Photosynthesis with Carbon Dioxide Uptake

Respiratory System:

  • Mechanism of Breathing
  • Pulmonary Function Tests

Sampling Ecosystems:

  • Biological Sampling
  • Comparing Ecosystems

Skeletal Muscle:

  • Shoulder & Elbow Movement Exercise
  • Electrical Stimulation


  • Smear Preparation
  • Gram Staining
  • Acid-Fast Staining
  • Capsule Staining
  • Spore Staining

Unknown Bacterial Identification:

  • Samples 1-10

Urinary System:

  • Urinalysis

Does my course have Connect Virtual Labs?

Below are the purchase options for Virtual Labs, which vary by course. See below to learn more.

Connect Virtual Labs Standalone Options

Life Sciences

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Microbiology

*Each offering includes the same list of labs with added course-specific assignment types.

Chemistry (see full list of labs here)

Connect Virtual Labs included within McGraw Hill textbook

  • Anatomy & Physiology Biology (Majors)
  • Biology (Non-majors)
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics Human Biology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Microbiology

*Virtual Labs included at no additional cost.

Classroom best practices

Connect Virtual Labs Webinar: Moving your Labs Class Online with Confidence

During this session we heard from instructors that have used Connect Virtual Labs in their classrooms, and how keeping the lab ‘open’ they have successfully kept their students progression in their course on track.

Other videos

Webinar: Moving Online with Success in Science!

In this interactive webinar, we explored the best practices in teaching Science fully online, from real-life experiences on how to make the transition fast and successful.

How can labs be delivered online?

We talk about how you can incorporate Connect Virtual Labs within your additional class materials- like pre-recorded or live lectures to design a full course with ease.

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