What We Do
DIGITAL CONTENT & ONLINE SCIENCE CURRICULUM
Our extensive content library includes more than 700 lessons across nine science disciplines.
Hands-On Labs has developed a meticulous content creation process to ensure that our lessons match — and even surpass — the sophistication of a face-to-face classroom. Our content team is led by Ph.D. scientists with teaching experience, who design our lessons to meet the latest pedagogical best practices.
All of our content then undergoes an internal review, as well as several comprehensive peer reviews from external Ph.D.’s who are currently teaching at the college or university level. Whether it’s chemistry, physics, forensics, or biology, by the time an HOL lesson reaches your students, it has passed through the critical filters of multiple experts in your field.
INTUITIVE LEARNING PLATFORM
Our HOL Cloud platform implements the best practices in higher-ed pedagogy.
You already know how to provide your students with an engaging and empowering learning experience. The HOL Cloud is designed not to change your instruction, but to enhance it. Integrating seamlessly with any learning management system, the platform is built on an array of advanced features — such as powerful gradebook analytics, custom lesson authoring, and an intuitive student dashboard — that will help you easily facilitate a rigorous online classroom. The HOL Cloud is even scalable to any device, meaning both you and your students can access the digital classroom anytime and anywhere. This is academic freedom at its finest.
LAB-GRADE MATERIAL KITS
Our customizable kits contain all of the materials your students need to safely conduct sophisticated labs from the comfort of their home.
The lab kit is the beating heart of every HOL lesson. Our founders launched HOL 25 years ago by creating material kits that would make lab science accessible to distance learners. We’ve expanded exponentially since then, of course, adding a cloud-based learning platform, digital content, and hundreds of new lessons — but our lab kits continue to accomplish that core mission. Far from basic kitchen-science procedures, these advanced kits contain materials, chemicals, and equipment that reflect the sophistication of a traditional campus lab facility. They allow your students to unlock the joy of scientific discovery, no matter where in the world they might be.
STUDENT & INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT
Our distance-learning specialists are committed to making your HOL experience seamless.
Whether you’re teaching or learning, we know you have a lot on your plate. That’s why when you use HOL, our customer support team will be available to help make your experience as easy and efficient as possible. From answering student questions about their lab kits to supporting instructors as they build their curriculum and deliver their course through the Cloud, our team is here to help you leverage all that HOL has to offer.
ONLINE LEARNING AND INSTRUCTIONAL CONTINUITY
DURING THE PANDEMIC
With the coronavirus continuing to spread, educational institutions are facing the prospect of a temporary campus shutdown. For many schools, this means a rapid expansion of their online offerings, while for others, transitioning away from the face-to-face classroom may constitute a new and overwhelming endeavor.
To assist our community with the quick shift to distance learning, we wanted to compile a collection of timely tools and resources to consider during this critical stage. Click below to learn more.
When it comes to science, students learn by doing. By asking questions, conducting experiments, and testing ideas, students develop the critical thinking and observation skills they need to expand their knowledge of the world around them. Our mission at Hands-On Labs is to help educate the scientists of tomorrow, regardless of where they are today. No longer limited by distance or circumstance, instructors can teach more, students can learn more, and universities can grow.
HOL is bringing STEM education to students all across the globe. We are currently being used by more than 650 institutions, and we can’t wait to partner with more.
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WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF ONLINE SCIENCE EDUCATION
The HOL Cloud is an advanced learning platform designed to replicate a tactile laboratory experience for distance learners. Offering powerful gradebook analytics and built upon modern higher-ed pedagogies, the HOL Cloud is designed to help you easily facilitate your course in an online environment. Choose from our comprehensive library of pre-existing lessons, or use our intuitive custom-lesson authoring tool to build your own. With all of its advanced features, the HOL Cloud gives you full control over your online classroom.
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