External Apps: Labster
What is Labster?
Available to all academic courses offered through Canvas @ Yale for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms, Labster in Canvas gives students access to a realistic lab experience that will let them perform experiments and practice their skills in a fun and risk-free learning environment.
A11Y Information for Faculty/Faculty Support staff considering Labster
While we are excited about the potential for Labster simulations to fill the void left by off-campus instruction, the tool does have some shortcomings that you'll want to be aware of.
Students who must use a keyboard, switch device, or voice to navigate websites instead of a mouse are not able to use this software. Labster relies almost entirely on clicking, so students who cannot use a mouse will not be able to participate.
Students who have low vision regularly rely on magnification/zooming when using websites, and Labster does not allow you to zoom in.
There may be some complications for students who are Deaf/HoH if the simulation you choose relies on sound only to convey the lesson.
In light of this, you should be prepared to provide an equitable alternative learning activity for a student registered with SAS who finds the Labster environment to be inaccessible, particularly if the use of Labster is part of a graded activity.
How can I get started?
Browse, review and test out Labster’s 100+ simulations through the following Faculty Resources page. This page features learning objectives, screencasts, quiz questions, descriptions, storylines, theory material and play options for every simulation.
If you find a simulation you are interested in using in your class, please download the Labster Common Cartridge found below.
How do I install Labster simulations in my course?
Labster publishes the following guide explaining how to import simulations into your Canvas site.
Please note, for the Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 terms, we have purchased enterprise wide, unlimited access to Labster simulations, so no access codes will be required.
To download the Yale specific Labster Common Cartridge, please access the file here hosted in Box, Yale NetID and password will be required.
If you have trouble accessing the cartridge or installing the simulations in your course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.