7 LabXchange

Elena Chudaeva

Some Facts about LabXchange

  1. LabXchange is a free resource for remote and hybrid learning from Harvard.
  2. LabXchange is an online community for learning, sharing, and collaboration.
  3. It is a community for educators, learners, and researchers.
  4. It curates world-class digital content.
  5. It allows instructors the ability to integrate research into their course materials.
  6. This platform fosters communities of instructional practice.

Teacher Support

Check out Remote Learning with LabXchange, which has a clickable icon labelled “clusters”. When clicking on each cluster, users are provided with a pathway which consists of a mix of resources such as videos, text, simulations, narratives (for example, stories from real scientists), and documents. These various resources help learners to gain mastery over specific topics. Clusters will help you quickly start learning and teaching online with LabXchange. These clusters can be cloned or adapted depending on your teaching needs. Additional suggestions related to the pathway for further learning are also provided.

LabXchange and Accessibility

LabXchange is building accessible digital content for online learning. LabXchange uses Hubble Studios, an eLearning company that develops custom online education content to build their interactive content. For more details on accessibility features of this resource, read the article Building Accessible Digital Content for Online Learning.



Phase Change

About Phase Change simulation:

Matter exists as solids, liquids and gases, and can change state between these. The model shows a liquid material on the left (small atoms). The amount of heat energy is shown by kinetic energy shading, with deeper shades of red representing more energetic atoms.

What to do:

On the right side of the barrier is a solid material (large atoms).

Run the model.

How much energy can penetrate the barrier?

Remove the barrier.

How quickly do the more energetic atoms melt the solid?

Reflection questions:

  1. What have you learned about states of matter and their properties?
  2. How does this simulation help you?
  3. How do particles move in solids and liquids?
  4. How does temperature affect particle motion?


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Engaging STEM: A Guide to Interactive Resources Copyright © 2021 by Elena Chudaeva is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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