Video explainer: IT_LabWorks learning platform

Quote of the day

"Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either."
Marshall McLuhan

What's New

We are preparing the launch of LabConnection 3.0! This was released in the summer of 2014. It ads the seamless integration of ExamConnection into the LabConnection 3.0 platform.

Cengage Learning partners with dti Publishing to release its certification series in the IT_LabWorks virtual corporate world. Support tecnicians and Network engineers to be will "work" at the virtual Bonanza Mining Corporation's IT department and learn on the job - Their virtual job. The first product released in early 2015.

We are now piloting IT_LabWorks™The new frontier in IT Education & Training 

Virtual worlds are rapidly becoming part of the educational technology landscape. The IT_LabWorks™ platform is the most comprehensive of these environments for IT training and certification preparation. The first titles on this new platform are A+ 220-801 & 220-802 which are available now. Next title in line is Network+ N10-006.

Logical Operations announces a new strategic partnership with dti Publishing

Rochester, NY - March 12, 2013 - Logical Operations is now offering organizations worldwide an integration between dti Publishing’s CertBlaster exam preparation solution and Logical Operations’ LogicalCHOICE. Read the full press release.

Flipping the curriculum

In traditional education, time is a constant and understanding is a variable. In IT_LabWorks™ the student’s understanding of a subject is a constant and time is the variable; only when the first learning objective is mastered, does the student move on to the next objective.

A personalized learning environment

Students do their assignments in IT_LabWorks™, which tracks their performance. The resulting data is used to tailor the course to the individual, instead of trying to fit all students in the same box. Since IT_LabWorks™ monitor the students’ progress, grade their assignments, and provide new lessons when students are confused, we take a lot of the work out of the instructor’s lap. Instructors can use the extra time checking in one-on-one to offer customized support to students who are struggling.

IT_LabWorks™ engages the student

Our pioneering virtual environment is stimulating and prompts creative, analytical and critical thinking. Students become so immersed in the experential learning that they do not realize they are accomplishing educational goals. We aim to build on Marshall McLuhan's concept that: "Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior." 

IT_LabWorks™ makes content come to life

IT_LabWorks not only harness the computing power available to optimize the user's learning experience; additionally it ensures that the unique strength of the media is leveraged to the learner’s fullest advantage.

By creating the IT_LabWorks virtual corporate world, case studies can be presented in context. Problems that are expressed in context are better understood and therefore more engaging to the student. Our virtual company, the Bonanza Mining Corporation, offers new ways to visualize, experience, and assess the issues at hand and their solutions. 

IT_LabWorks™ flips the curriculum

By flipping the curriculum we put the student at the center of the learning cycle. The virtual environment in IT_LabWorks™ is advancing online teaching methods, especially in the way it makes students see that it is the day to day business needs of the corporation that determine their tasks, not curriculum – not exam objectives. 

IT_LabWorks™: The complete digital solution

With IT_LabWorks, you study by doing – that is, by completing labs. Although the labs are at the center of the IT_LabWorks learning cycle, all the other resources necessary to prepare for your next IT certification are also included:

    Scenario-based labs

    Task-based labs

    Simulated exams and objective-specific quizzes

    Interactive approved content

    Video demonstrations

    Narrated instructions

All of the student’s educational needs are met in one place where all the study assets “talk to each other” in the sense that all the information in any given lab is context-sensitive within that lab and its tasks. If a student is in the midst of setting up a VPN and clicks on the eBook button, they will instantly be taken to the VPN sub-chapter of the curriculum. If they then click Quiz-Me, IT_LabWorks will take them to the type of questions that address the exam objectives that covers VPN. If they just need quick help on that VPN setup, clicking on Show-me will bring up a video demonstration that teaches how to complete the task they are attempting.