The Virtual Science Lab is a webinar series for educators to learn how to use the Allen Institute's open data in their classes. As part of our mission of open science, we share all of our data freely for anyone to use in their research or teaching. In addition to the many research applications of our resources, educators can use the available data to facilitate virtual experiments with their students.
We welcome educators to join us for these free webinars. The material may be suited for advanced high school, college, and graduate students, depending on the scientific material and the lesson format.
We also offer webinars for educators and students on career pathways in science. For more information, please see Behind the Scenes of Science.
Future webinars will be announced soon.
Defining cell types by their electrophysiology
November 12, 2020 | 10:30-11:45am PT
In this webinar, join Ashley Juavinett of the University of California, San Diego, to learn how to use her open lesson plan, "Defining cell types by their electrophysiology," with your students. She uses data resources from the Allen Institute for Brain Science to teach concepts related to electrophysiology and gene expression. In this lesson, students conduct a short virtual lab using open data from the Allen Cell Types Database and analyze that data using Python. The lesson plan and virtual lab covered in this webinar are intended for college instructors teaching intermediate to advanced courses related to neuroscience, genetics, and computer science.
The Building Blocks of the Brain
August 11, 2020 | 10:30-11:45am PT
In this free webinar, attendees will learn how to use a short supplementary lesson plan incorporating data resources from the Allen Institute for Brain Science to teach concepts related to genetics and the brain. During this lesson, students conduct a short virtual lab using open data from the Allen Human Brain Atlas and Allen Cell Types Database. The lesson plan and virtual lab covered in this webinar are intended for advanced high school and college instructors teaching courses related to neuroscience and genetics.
Mitosis and Microscopy
June 9, 2020, 1:00-2:15pm PT
In this webinar, attendees learned how to use a short supplementary lesson plan incorporating data resources from the Allen Institute for Cell Science to teach concepts related to the cell cycle and cell imaging. During this lesson, students conduct a short virtual experiment using open resources from the Allen Institute for Cell Science. The lesson plan and virtual experiment covered in this webinar are intended for high school and college instructors teaching cell biology, and the experiment may be adjusted to accommodate students at different levels.
Distance Learning for Cell Biology: A virtual laboratory for teaching mitosis
April 14, 2020
As part of our mission to support open science, the Allen Institute shares all of the data we generate freely for anyone to use in research or teaching. This enables students to conduct online experiments for distance learning. View the recording of this webinar below, where you’ll learn how to run a ready-to-use, fully online virtual lab experiment with your students.
Eric Shelden of Washington State University taught a hands-on tutorial demonstrating how to use his open lesson plan, published in CourseSource, to run a completely online virtual lab for students. The lab includes everything from presentation slides to data collection sheets, analysis, and group discussions. His lesson walks students through conducting a virtual experiment on mitosis using live-cell imaging data on their computers. Graham Johnson of the Allen Institute for Cell Science also introduced several other open data resources available on allencell.org that are popular with educators.
A transcript of the Q&A session and answers to additional attendee questions are available at the Allen Cell Discussion Forum.