LabXchange accelerates the learning of biology and biotechnology.
We facilitate discovery and an authentic experience of the scientific process. We create and curate world-class digital content, delivered on a platform that seamlessly integrates the sharing of learning and research experiences. On LabXchange, users take control of their learning and solve real-world problems together. LabXchange is built on an open-source platform, and membership will always be free.
LabXchange gives educators, students, and researchers:
THE POWER TO CREATE
Reuse learning assets
LabXchange will bring together high-quality content from sources like edX in the form of online learning assets, including videos, assessments, and simulations. Our re-engineered Open edX platform will give users the flexibility to search, select, and insert these assets into new learning pathways.
Create your own pathway
Users will be able to add material to link the learning assets they select to create their own storylines, clarify new learning objectives, and adapt existing pathways to better meet their needs.
Share what you have learned
Users will be able to share their pathways privately, with a small group, or publicly to spark discussion and receive feedback.
THE POWER TO EXPERIMENT
Use interactive simulations
Learners will be able to design experiments and execute protocols online using interactive simulations of key techniques in molecular and cellular biology.
Troubleshoot experimental designs
Users will be able to run their experimental designs online, assess the quality of the virtual data outcomes, and troubleshoot their designs in iterative cycles of improvement.
Learn in context
Each virtual experiment will be packaged with appropriate learning assets that teach biological principles and methodological best practices. Combinations of virtual experiments will address compelling research questions in human disease.
THE POWER TO SOLVE
Support global learning
The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outline humanity’s most urgent problems. As an open-source online learning network, LabXchange will contribute to SDG #4 – Quality Education, which seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Promote human health
LabXchange’s focus on biology and biotechnology will support healthcare-related research and contribute to SDG #3 – Good Health and Well-Being, which seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
LabXchange will facilitate global collaboration on the SDGs by providing ways to connect with people who share interests or offer complementary skills, and to build creative solutions together.
We envision a world with equal opportunity for success in science for anyone, anywhere.
Robert Lue, Faculty Director and Principal Investigator
LabXchange is sponsored by the Amgen Foundation, which seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators.
The Foundation, established in 1991, is an integral component of Amgen’s commitment to dramatically improving people’s lives. To date, the foundation has contributed nearly 300 million dollars to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that reflect Amgen’s core values and complement the company’s dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways.
The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University is the home of LabXchange.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.
MEET THE TEAM
LabXchange will help my students synthesize and reflect on the processes that we are doing in class. We are so short on time in class and this gives the students a chance to preview the material and then be prepared and ready to go when they are in class.
Linda Tanini, Science Teacher, Chelmsford High School
LabXchange will allow me to dynamically present content to my students, in an accessible way. It will be wonderful to have a treasure trove of great resources in one place rather than risking a Google search.
Gina Castellanos Ellsworth, Science Teacher, Boston Latin School
LabXchange gives my students another way to make sense and build their understanding of the labs in a format that is accessible anywhere. In addition, I am really excited that LabXchange is working on developing resources around the scientific process that will engage my students in a way that traditional lessons may not.
Melissa Puopolo, Science Teacher, Chelsea High School
LabXchange will give students across all financial and academic environments to explore labs that are relative to today’s biotechnology industry without having to worry about equipment, safety or cost.
Debora O’Reilly, Science Teacher, Essex Technical School
MEET OUR PARTNERS
COLLABORATE WITH US
HELP US REVOLUTIONIZE SCIENCE EDUCATION
We seek collaborators to codevelop LabXchange with us before the global launch in 2019.
Our current collaborators include high school teachers, undergraduate students, teaching assistants, Ph.D. candidates and more.