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.

Mixing the real and the virtual

Why do we call our system of learning Integrated Virtual RealitySM (IVR)? Because we have blurred the line between virtual and actual reality by integrating aspects of “actual” reality into the “virtual” world. Part of the students’ labwork is performed in the simulated environment and for the rest, students venture out into the real world. We integrate elements of the real world into our virtual one in order to ensure that the real-world “feel” doesn’t remain limited to a feeling. IVR is explained in more detail below.

The Bonanza Mining Corporation bridges the concepts to keep the student engaged.

IVR offers the best of both worlds. In order to gain the most benefits from trial-and-error in hands-on learning, some tasks are better performed in a safe simulated environment where no real-world consequences will occur. Examples of such tasks abound in networking, security and even some hardware manipulations. Shutting down an entire network, locking all users out of a server, or destroying costly computers are not an option when furthering one’s education!

On the other hand, many tasks can be safely performed in the real world, in actual files or folders, on secured or unsecured websites, FTP sites and elsewhere. Whenever that can be done it is clearly valuable, as the more real-world skills students gain, the better prepared they will be. Therefore, IT_LabWorks integrates those two methods and lets students go back and forth between the virtual and real worlds as needed in order to achieve the highest educational benefit attainable.

Examples of IVR elements

Although the Bonanza Mining Corporation is a fictional company, it's website is very real. The URL is www.bonanza-mining.com and the site comes complete with company History, product lines, community involvement and even the executive bios of Paul Robertson's work collegues. Several exercises involve the usage of this website. 

The Bonanza Mining Corporation has its own dedicated and very real ftp site at ftp://ftp.bonanza-mining.com and, of course, it comes with its no less real ftp accounts. 

This is one way IVR is exercised using real life elements to inject reality to simulated exercises.

BMC has its own dedicated (physical) Server: A Lenovo TS130 with 16 GB of memory and a 1 TB hard drive. It has domains set up for BMC's San Francisco and Philadelphia offices. This opens up an almost unlimited amount of possibilities for highly relevant and engaging labs.

BMC has several more attributes that belong to the real world enabling us to offer the student interesting, engaging and very relevant exercises.