How to Conduct Lab and Fine Arts/Performance Remotely

As you plan to move your instruction online, remember to start by connecting with your department. Because of the uniqueness of each discipline, departments and colleges will be the best place to start. Similarly, check in with your colleagues at other institutions and share ideas, tips, and tools. While your course will certainly look much different, it can still provide a valuable experience for students.

UCR XCITE-led Trainings 

The XCITE team is providing instructors and TAs with Zoom and iLearn training to assist in delivering labs/arts online (see the webinar schedule and recordings). XCITE is also available for one-on-one consultations to brainstorm solutions and provide training (email us at or submit a support request). Options include:

  • Record a lab demonstration by faculty/TAs
  • Simulate/demonstrate the data-gathering experience
  • Analyze data from previous labs in previous quarters/build repositories of data from past iterations of course, or use data from literature
  • Contact your textbook vendors to see if they provide virtual labs for your course and post in iLearn
  • Students can use cameras/phones to document activities or performances and share in iLearn

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), is a video platform featuring videos that teach fundamental concepts and techniques for the lab. Via JoVE, researchers and students can view the intricate details of cutting-edge experiments rather than read them in text articles. The UCR Library has the full JoVE collection available. 

Henry Stewart Talks: Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

HSTalks provides animated lectures, seminar-style talks, and case studies. Editors and lecturers are leading world experts and practitioners, including Nobel Laureates, drawn from academia research institutes, commerce, industry, the professions and government.

For more tools and information, see: 

Virtual Labs
Museum Collections
Other Considerations
  • Be clear in your instructions and expectations. Students are going to need more detailed instructions and clear expectations for assignments. Keep in mind that students may require more flexibility and understanding during this time.
  • Access to software. Identify which software your students might need, and what they have access to.
  • Ask students for feedback along the way. Check in with students to find out how these new activities and methods are working for them.
  • Hold live sessions in Zoom. You can record lectures as well as hold live sessions (or have TAs hold sections) via Zoom.

Thanks to Indiana University, Middlebury, Harvard University, and Princeton University for help in creating this post.