LabXchange enables clients to discover and test scientific processes through world-class digital content. The company has a platform that seamlessly integrates learning and research experiences. This research gives a detailed analysis of company LabXChange, including how it came about, what it does, and what it plans to do among others.
To give a full analysis of LabXChange, we used the company's websites plus the provided article. In addition, we did an analysis of its contribution to MOOCs and Online Education. Most of the information requested was found on the company's official website. We also searched for news or any published articles in websites of education institutions like Amgen Foundation and Harvard. These also gave important information especially from interviews given by LabXChange's CEO.
We also searched LabXChange's social media pages like Twitter as well as the developer's website to see if there is any information published about LabXChange. Additionally, we also looked at Ed Surge's website much deeper to get more information about LabXchange's contribution to MOOCs and Online Learning and how the company has disrupted the education sector. After a deep analysis of Ed Surge's website, we established that LabXchange is one of the emerging disruptive trend in the U.S education sector. Below is a detailed report of our findings.
As part of its plan to foster a new generation of scientists around the world, LabXchange is building an open online platform that will be used for science education. The technology is being built on Open-Source edX Platforms. The company released the project prototype in 2018 and an official is expected later this year. The platform will mainly publish curated content from reputable institutions and qualified educators.
OPEN SOURCE EDX PLATFORM
LabXchange is built on OpenEdX, a leading Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform. The company also uses a software from edX.og, which is used by over 1.4 million learners. The platform is highly scalable and has a big collection of science content that is useful to LabXchange users.
WHAT LabXchange DOES
LabXChange aims to build an online digital platform that will enable learners to learn as well as carry out experiments in virtual laboratories. The process will include a short re-mixable pathway of content or activities created or shared by users.
The company allows students to access real research with accompanying experiments. On the other hand, the platform allows teachers or instructors to model the scientific processes and design custom programs for students.
Finally, the company offers a level ground for financially and geographically challenged students to attain their dream of becoming scientists by offering them easy access to a laboratory. LabXchange integrates background curriculum with dynamic experimental simulations as well as social networking to expose students to challenging environments that ignites their urge for scientific discovery.
HOW DID IT COME ABOUT
The raise in access of the internet around the world has allowed free flow of digital content, some of which is low-quality and misleading. LabXchange was developed as an alternative to offer quality content from highly reliable and reputable sources. This is achieved through innovative platforms and strategic partnerships that create a path for global scientific collaboration and learning.
LabXChange was developed by the partnership of Harvard University and the Amgen Foundation, which funded the platform. Amgen Foundation offered Harvard University a $6.5 Million grant to develop the LabXChange project.
HOW IT WORKS
The system works by displaying a list of videos, infographics, text descriptions, and other relevant material for any topic keyed in. The user then picks those resources that are useful and relevant. The system also allows users to add their own videos and texts and provided with unique links to share with students.
LabXChange's future plan
According to Robert Lue, one of the founding members of LabXchanges, the platform will be a prototype for a next-generation learning platform. He adds that future versions will be improved and will include adaptive learning features to offer students different materials according to their skill levels.
LabXchange and Open edX are jointly working on a new system called Blockstore, which store learning materials to support pathways in Open edX. LabXchange is expected to expand the horizons of science education by allowing access to virtual laboratories.
TRENDS DISRUPTING EDUCATION RIGHT NOW
- The Internet
The internet has enabled access to MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses), BYOD/Smartphone Integration, Informal & Self-Directed Learning Platforms, new learning models, and growth of “homeschooling” and flipped class rooms.
Online and mobile technologies have emerged and greatly disrupted the education sector in many ways. Initially, educational content used to be in the hands of a teacher or professor only but due to online technology, content is readily available even to those who have not been to any brick-and-motar school. Online technology has people to develop tools that connect people on a digital platform while building an online community that also has an impact on social behavior.
WHY LABXCHANGE IS POTENTIALLY DISRUPTIVE TO EDUCATION
Being one of the new learning models, LabXchange is regarded very disruptive to the education sector. It is an internet-based mini-MOOC with a combination of self-directed learning platforms. LabXchange is also expected to offer free access to science content, a trend that will be very disruptive to the educational system.