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The Millionth Launch

CBT Nuggets is gearing up to celebrate their one millionth lab launch using Learn on Demand Systems. Organizations need IT pros who can apply their knowledge directly to real-world situations. As an online provider of IT training, CBT Nuggets relies on virtual labs to provide their learners with hands-on learning experiences without the need to spend money on physical equipment or worry about breaking a live environment.

We recently caught up with two members of the CBT Nuggets team, Adam Hinman, Learning Content Administrator and Heather Jennings, Learning Support Manager, to learn more about how they are using the Learn on Demand Systems platform to serve their customers and the impact it’s had on their business.

“At CBT Nuggets, we know sandbox environments enhance the learning experience without the need to purchase expensive equipment or risking disruption to live environments. Offering this feature with our product is what’s best for our learners and aligns with our promise to always be ‘learner first’ in everything we do.”

Adam Hinman | Learning Content Administrator | CBT Nuggets

Why virtual labs?

“Virtual labs allow IT pros to apply their knowledge directly to real world situations,” explains Hinman.

CBT Nuggets keeps their “learner first” promise top of mind at all times and encourages and celebrates any team member who goes the extra mile for the IT pros they serve. On a regular basis, they see and hear life-changing stories on how their training has impacted learners.

As Hinman sees it, incorporating hands-on labs is key to creating a fun and engaging learning experience that enables students to retain what they learn.

Here is what one CBT Nuggets learner, a Monitoring Engineer, had to say about learning with virtual labs:

“Having access to on-demand labs that could spin up instantly was very helpful. I didn’t have to have a home environment with a bunch of virtual machines spun up. Or worry about destroying things.”

The impact?

Hands-on is in demand. Heather Jennings, CBT Nuggets Learning Support Manager shares that, “Many of our potential customers ask about virtual labs before subscribing with us. It’s a high demand feature within our product.” And, CBT Nuggets knows labs provide value, not just because potential learners ask for them, but because existing learners are using the feature at an increasing rate.

CBT Nuggets stance is that with the right learning environment in place, which is one that includes hands-on learning experiences, anyone (and in this case, IT professionals) can effectively gain new skills and knowledge. They are pleased to report that the Learn on Demand Systems platform has supported their ability to serve their learners.

What’s Next?

As the demand for more hands-on learning experiences increases, CBT Nuggets will continue to add more virtual labs to their training. “Our mission is to continually improve the effectiveness of learning. We’re grateful to work with partners like Learn on Demand Systems who help us to do just that,” says Jennings.  


“Lab launches in the first six months of 2019 increased by 158% over the same time period in 2018.” says Hinman.  

About CBT Nuggets
For two decades, CBT Nuggets has been providing on-demand training for IT pros and teams around the globe. They believe that learning IT doesn’t have to mean boring lectures, the frantic pace of bootcamps, or lots of time away from your job or family. With CBT Nuggets, you can train anytime and anywhere with a world-class team from the comfort of your office chair or living room couch. Their training is informative, relevant, and engaging — and because most videos are 10 minutes or less, it’s easier to retain information. Choose from a training library of thousands of videos on in-demand technologies from widely used and respected vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco, and AWS.

About Learn on Demand Systems
Learn on Demand Systems, an Inc. 5000 company, empowers organizations to accelerate technology learning through hands-on experience and skills validation. Its platforms enable organizations of all sizes, including industry leaders Microsoft, AWS, Global Knowledge, New Horizons, and Pearson VUE, to deliver hands-on challenge-based learning, learning management, performance-based testing and badging solutions to customers, partners and staff. Learn on Demand Systems’ innovative challenge labs are paving the way for the broad adoption of performance-based testing across the IT training and certification industry. To learn more, visit learnondemandsystems.com or follow Learn on Demand Systems on Twitter at @LodSystems.

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