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Looking for free and low-cost multimedia course materials in STEM that engage students through active participation rather than passive observation? MERLOT, the California State University, and other partners have joined together to provide you a "one-stop shop" for free and low-cost online virtual labs.


Virtual Labs for GE Biology

General education biology laboratory courses are facility and labor intensive and often have low student success. This project addresses these concerns through the implementation of online labs to engage students in the scientific method, reduce the demand for laboratory facilities, and decrease costs, addressing both facility and pedagogical bottleneck.

Project Report (pdf) | ePortfolio


We have created "showcases" of virtual labs in different disciplines. You can browse the variety of virtual labs and then explore the larger collection within each discipline.



The California State University has organized a wealth of information that support your planning and adoption, and implementation of virtual labs.

ADD Free eTextbooks You're Using or Created Into MERLOT

Are you using free eTextbooks in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free eTextbooks? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).


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