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Lab Updates and Enhancements!

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We are pleased to announce content enhancements to our digital science labs for the current term. Based on feedback from our instructors and students, we’ve improved our approach to creating and delivering science simulations. For the Spring 2016 term, many of our library labs have been revised.

HOW THIS AFFECTS YOUR COURSE

Please review the list of labs below carefully as they may affect your courses. If you currently assign one of the revised labs, your old version of the lab has already been updated as December 31, 2015. This affects both the view of your section and within your gradebook.

If you are using a custom version of any of these labs, we recommend switching to the new, improved versions listed below. If you are unsure if you are using custom versions, please contact support@latenielabs.com for assistance.
The content updates contain:

  • An increased focus on learning outcomes with learning objectives clearly identified in the description of the labs
  • An addition to the lab’s manual demonstrating real-life connection between what students will do in the lab and how the lab’s content applies outside the lab
  • A new organization for short answer assessment questions to read more like a lab report, with sections for Lab Results, Data Analysis, and Conclusions
  • Additional questions in both short answer and multiple choice assessment demonstrating critical thinking
  • Worked out solutions to mathematical short answer questions to make grading faster and easier
  • Lab and assessment revisions by a team of subject-matter experts who teach in the field

The following labs and their assessments have been reviewed and revised to ensure accuracy, ease of use, and the new features you see above.

Chemistry

  • Chemistry Biological Molecules
  • Chemistry Demo
  • Identifying Unknown Substances from Characteristic Properties
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Oxidation States of Manganese
  • Separating a Mixture of Compounds
  • Standardization of NaOH Solution
  • The Law of Definite Proportions
  • Vitamin C Content of Juices

Biology and Microbiology

  • Antibiotic Sensitivity
  • Biological Molecules
  • Expanded Bacterial Growth
  • Genetics of Corn
  • Mammalian Tissues
  • Staining

In addition to the changes above, the following labs have also undergone a title change.

Chemistry

  • Molecular Mass by Freezing Point Depression

Biology and Microbiology

  • Bacterial Growth is now Extreme Bacteria
  • Introduction to LNL Biology is now Introduction to Virtual Biology Labs

The labs below include changes to procedures or instruments.

Biology and Microbiology

  • Biology PCR: The electrophoresis equipment has been updated for new functionality and ease of use.
  • Cellular Respiration: The procedures have been altered to eliminate long student wait times.
  • DNA: The procedures have been altered to eliminate long student wait times.
  • PCR of 16s rRNA Gene: The electrophoresis equipment has been updated for new functionality and ease of use.
  • Photosynthesis: The procedures have been altered to eliminate long student wait times.
  • Quantitative Analysis of Enzymes: The procedures have been altered to eliminate long student wait times.

Physics

  • Buoyancy: The apparatus in this lab has been updated for better data collection and analysis.
  • Centripetal Force: The apparatus in this lab has been updated for better data collection and analysis.

We are passionate about delivering the most accurate, realistic, and engaging science labs and assessments! We look forward to your continued feedback on our in-lab content.

Have any questions as you gear up for the coming term? Feel free to reach out to our customer support team at: support@latenitelabs.com.