Instructor Guidelines and Manuals

Our Commitments

After 12 years' experimenting with the SEED labs, we have not only matured the design of these labs, we have also matured the process of helping others (instructors and students) use these SEED labs. We hope more and more instructors and students can benefit from the SEED project. We have committed to help those who would like to or are planning to adopt our labs in their classes. To fulfill our commitment, we plan to provide the following supports:

  • Instructor Manual. For most of the labs, we have a lab manual that are only for instructors. These manuals come from students' reports; they describe in details how each of the tasks in the labs are carried out. The manuals can help instructors prepare their labs. You can download the cover page of the manaul here. To prevent these manuals from falling into students' hands, the instructor manuals will only be provided to instructors, and only hardcopy will be provided. To get a copy of the manuals, please send an email to with your physical mail address, and we will send a hardcopy of the manuals to you (free of charges, until our grant money runs out). Please also provide some evidence to show that you are an instructor (e.g., you department's official web page that lists your name, etc.).
  • RA Support. Our budget allows us to hire a Research Assistant to help you prepare your labs. If you have any question while preparing the labs, feel free to send an email to We will answer your questions in a timely fashion. If you have a TA who can help you prepare the labs, our RA can work with your TA to ensure that your TA know how to carry out the tasks in the labs. This has been working quite well in the past. We cannot afford to provide helps to your students, so please do not ask us to serve on that role. We only interact with instructors and their TAs, not the students in their classes.
  • Feedbacks. To help us improve the labs, we really appreciate the feedbacks from you. In particular, we would like to know how you think about these labs, how students think about the labs, what problems you or your students have encountered while working on the labs, where do you think we can improve, and so on. Feedbacks do not need to be formal; they can be your impression or the words from students.

Adoption Guidelines

Over the last few years, we have worked with a number of instructors who adopted our labs in their classes. Based on the experience, we have summarized a list of guidelines to help you decide whether to adopt our labs or not, how to adopt our labs, what labs to adopt, etc.

Lab Environment Setup

Although each SEED lab is called a "lab", none of our SEED labs needs a physical lab space for any of the lab exercises. Students can work on the labs using their personal computers. Details of the setup can be found from the lab envrionment setup page.