Science Interactive Group Partners with BioDigital to Offer Virtual
Dissections for Distance-Learning
STEM Students in Higher Ed

SIG to add the BioDigital Human Platform to its suite of digital learning tools for online lab science students

Science Interactive Group (SIG) and BioDigital, Inc., two companies at the forefront of the education technology industry, have partnered to provide students and educators with more flexibility in the distance learning space. SIG, which is the parent company of Hands-On Labs, will embed the BioDigital Human Platform into its lab experiments, allowing online lab science students the option to perform virtual dissections that are supported by custom curriculum.

“Partnering with BioDigital enables SIG to offer the option of virtual dissections to our customer base. We believe strongly in offering instructors the benefit of choice when selecting the labs that support their curriculum,” said Tim Loomer, CEO of SIG.

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The industry leader in distance learning content, lab materials, and education software for higher education institutions, SIG oversees two major providers of online lab science experiments and curricula, Hands-On Labs and eScience Labs. By combining customizable physical lab kits with digital learning tools and a cloud-based educational platform, SIG replicates the tactile lab experience for distance learners, expanding access to STEM education.

BioDigital, whose flagship app has more than four million registered users, provides the world’s first 3D human visualization platform. Likened to Google Earth for the human body, the BioDigital Human Platform is an interactive software featuring more than 8,000 individually selectable anatomical structures. Each system is fully segmented, labeled and dissectible for easy configuration to meet any educational need, and the platform uses innovative, cloud-based technology to enable users to view human anatomy and disease in an intuitive visual format. Featuring the most complete, scientifically accurate 3D body ever assembled, BioDigital is utilized by top medical schools and students from over 3000 schools.

By collaborating with BioDigital, SIG is further diversifying its selection of digital learning tools to meet the needs of its expanding market. The ability to choose between physical and virtual dissections in an online course empowers Anatomy and Physiology educators to tailor the distance-learning experience in new ways without sacrificing learning objectives.

BioDigital CEO Frank Sculli noted, “With the acceleration to at-home learning, partnering with a forward-thinking organization such as Science Interactive Group that can rapidly integrate our virtual body software to provide thousands of students a richer, more engaging learning experience is an exciting step towards fulfilling our mission of making health and human body more understandable to all people.”

Originally published on Business Wire

About Science Interactive Group

Science Interactive Group encompasses multiple brands — including Hands-On Labs, eScience Labs, StarLab, Science First, and Wildco — that provide science education solutions to higher education institutions, K­-12 institutions, museums, libraries, laboratories, and distributors worldwide. Science Interactive Group’s vast assortment of innovative, science-oriented products is designed to provide instructors with interactive, real-world applications that engage students and enhance outcomes.

COVID-19: Hands-On Labs
Helps Higher Ed Institutions
Shift Labs Online

As the coronavirus continues to spread like wildfire around the globe, higher educational institutions have faced the difficult task of shifting their courses to remote learning quickly and efficiently. COVID-19-related campus closures have posed a particular problem for lab science instructors, who now have to coordinate their instruction without access to higher-ed lab facilities. During this time of crisis, Hands-On Labs has emerged as an industry leader, guiding hundreds of new schools as they transition their students and faculty into a remote-learning system. Click the link below to learn more about what HOL is doing to help these institutions take on this new challenge. 

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EdSurge: COVID-19 Forces Science Labs Online and in Homes 

 

Hands-On Labs Wins
Education Innovation of the Year
at 2019-2020 Cloud Awards

Hands-On Labs has been declared the winner of the Education Innovation of the Year award this week in the international Cloud Computing Awards program, the Cloud Awards.

HOL won for its innovative and intuitive HOL Cloudan advanced e-learning platform specially designed to provide a tactile lab experience for distance learners. With powerful gradebook analytics and modern higher-ed pedagogy, the HOL Cloud is designed to help instructors easily facilitate their online lab science course. It offers a comprehensive library of pre-existing lessons, as well as a  custom-lesson authoring tool that allows educators to build their own course content. The HOL Cloud is an unparalleled e-learning platform that is redefining the laboratory learning landscape.

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Established in 2011, the Cloud Awards is an international program which recognizes and honors industry leaders, innovators, and organizational transformation in cloud computing. The awards are open to large, small, established, and start-up organizations from across the entire globe, with an aim to find and celebrate the pioneers who will shape the future of the Cloud as we move into 2020 and beyond.

Categories for the 2019-20 awards include “Security Innovation of the Year,” “Best Software as a Service,” and “Most Promising Start-Up.”

“Hands-On Labs is a deserving winner in this year’s Cloud Awards program, not merely showing a dedication and commitment to excellence, but one fueled by an unmatched passion for innovation,” said James Williams, Head of Operations for the awards. “Making the shortlist alone was a significant achievement, because remarkably, the standard still gets higher year-on-year. Judging is incredibly difficult, and with the addition of extra materials showcasing client successes and testimonials, it’s never been clearer to see how intelligent use of cloud technologies has made so much more possible in business.”

Hundreds of organizations entered the awards program, with entries coming from across the globe, covering the Americas, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. You can view the full shortlist here.

Science Interactive Group Partners With Odigia to Transform Distance Science Learning Through Open Educational Resources (OER)

Science Interactive Group (SIG), the parent company of Hands-On Labs, recently announced a partnership with Odigia, the leading learner engagement platform for higher education institutions. Odigia improves student engagement and empowers educators with an easy-to-use learning platform that includes a deep repository of customizable open educational resources (OER) content. This OER library offers instructors the tools, data, and flexibility needed to ensure students learn from the most relevant and engaging materials possible. Odigia provides a dynamic and personalized learning experience supported by both learner and content analytics, allowing deep insight into what is working best and how to help students succeed.

The new partnership will cover 10 disciplines and more than 1,100 ADA-compliant lab activities. By combining its lab kits and digital content with Odigia’s platform and comprehensive open educational resources library, HOL will continue to empower higher education institutions with highly engaging online science curricula and lab-grade materials. 

The partnership will be fully deployed and available to more than 900 SIG post-secondary institutions by the fall semester of 2020, though many resources will be available beforehand.