Go the Distance


Stop Planning. Start Teaching.

Hands-On Labs makes lab science possible in the distance learning environment. This gives students who need to take courses with a lab component the freedom to take advantage of the myriad benefits of distance education.


Distance learning courses are educational curricula delivered remotely, meaning students do not need to be physically present on campus or in a classroom to complete their work. This provides both students and educators with numerous benefits, such as lower tuition, greater convenience to complete assignments on one’s own schedule, and the elimination of additional costs like gas or on-campus parking. Especially in an era when more and more non-traditional students (e.g. part-time students, single parents, students with full-time jobs, students over the age of 24, etc.) are trying to expand their knowledge and earn a degree, distance learning helps to bridge the gap and make education more accessible to a wider variety of learners.



At Hands-On Labs, we’re paving the way for the future of education, giving you the tools you need to enter the digital learning environment.

With our robust course content, intuitive online learning platform, sophisticated lab kits, and unparalleled customer service, Hands-On Labs provides instructors with everything they need to launch their distance-learning course. We work with Ph.D. scientists and educators to develop unique curricula, and the HOL Cloud is designed to let you customize our content and even author your own. Our lab kits are assembled with a focus on safety, but we never sacrifice the depth or rigor of an on-campus-laboratory experience. Providing instructors with the flexibility to teach more courses and reach more students, we’re closing the learning gap for students around the globe. This is online education at its most advanced.

Want to build your online course syllabus?

Turnkey Solution

Launch your course today.

At Hand-On Labs, we give you everything that you need to bring your lab science course online. Each course is built on four core pillars: the HOL Cloud, our peer-reviewed content, our lab-grade material kits, and our stellar customer support team. Committed to making your experience as easy and efficient as possible, HOL’s customer service reps will guide you as build your curriculum and deliver it through the HOL Cloud. Teaching online has never been this straightforward.

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It’s Still Your Course

Take command of your digital classroom.

We get it — you’ve taught in a classroom setting for years, designing courses and developing pedagogies that engage your students on your terms. The last thing you want to do is give that all up and trade it in for a generic curriculum developed by instructors who don’t know your school or your students. Our courses are written by Ph.D. scientists and educators who understand that no two professors and no two classes are the same. With features designed to help you customize our material and author your own, we ensure that even when you’re using HOL, your course is still your course.

Assign labs that are safe and sophisticated.

Since HOL’s founding in 1994, students have used our products to safely perform traditional science lab work in a distance-learning setting. These experiments utilize materials and methods that minimize risk while still offering the rigor and sophistication of an on-site lab facility.


Teach More.   Reach More.   Achieve More.


Make an impact around the globe.

For 25 years, Hands-On Labs has been the pioneer in online science labs, creating products and fostering experiences that have opened up infinite education opportunities for learners around the world. But we’re helping more than just students. By replicating the laboratory experience for distance learners, we’re empowering instructors and institutions to stay competitive within the new global education environment. With Hands-On-Labs, you’ll have the power to teach more, reach more, and achieve more.



HOL Cloud

The HOL Cloud is an advanced learning platform especially designed to provide a tactile lab experience for distance learners. With comprehensive gradebook analytics and powerful features such as custom lesson authoring, the HOL Cloud will give you full control over your online classroom and help redefine the laboratory learning landscape for your students.



Online Lab Curriculum

Our mission at Hands-On Labs is to help educate the scientists of tomorrow, regardless of where they are today. Customize your course by choosing from our extensive experiment library of more than 700 peer-reviewed lessons across nine science disciplines.



Lab Kits

The lab kit is the beating heart of every HOL lesson. 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.