Role-Playing and Shared Labs

In the late 90s when IT was taught without the benefit of virtual machines, instructors and training center staff often spent long hours installing and configuring complex networks, preparing for the week’s coming classes on Windows, Linux or whatever the topic of the day was. Students interacted with each other and with the instructor. The class was not a group of isolated instances, but instead was a collaborative environment where one student could break everything for everyone. Anyone who taught classes with topics such as DHCP can remember asking, “OK, who is the one issuing IP addresses?”

Virtual machines brought isolation. Everyone could do everything, and no one could affect anyone else. This is great if the learners actually do everything. In the modern IT world, most administrators work as part of a team, often spanning multiple disciplines, including storage management, security, development, deployment, and operations, to name a few.

Learn how you can boost the effectiveness of training and improve the outcome for learners through Shared Labs by reading this LinkedIn article written by Learn on Demand Systems, CEO Corey Hynes.

  • Look at an example scenario.
  • Learn four benefits of Shared Labs.
  • See four Instructional design considerations.