The LabSim courseware is the same for students and instructors. Instructors can review the course material and use any of the resources during class time. After students have their LabSim account setup, they have immediate access to the full course.
So, for all users let’s look at what’s in the course and how to navigate.
- Click the My Products tab, this is already the home tab for students.
- Click either the product graphic or the product title to launch the course.
- Use the menu button to view the course outline. You can also use this button to navigate.
- The course is setup by chapter topics.
- Within each chapter are section topics in bold text.
- Within the sections are the various activities designated by different icons. Our Office course uses three of these activities.
Represents a video lesson or instructional video.
Represents a demonstration.
Represents a text document.
Represents a hands-on lab simulation.
Represents practice questions or section exams. (Not included in the Office course.)
At the beginning of each section are study questions and an outline of what students should be learning.
Use the right arrow on the page to move forward sequentially to the next activity or use the left arrow to go back to the previous activity. (Remember you can use the menu button to also move non-sequentially within the course.)
You can also use the forward/back and refresh browser controls within LabSim.
Within the videos there are two options 1) Play Video or 2) Play with Interactive Script.
It doesn’t matter which option you initially select you can go to either option during play.
- There are a variety of features available within the videos as outlined below.
- Within the Interactive Script you can quickly move from one point within the video to another by clicking any sentence of text. Students can copy or print the video script.
The text documents provide a summary about the topic and there may also be information included that wasn’t outlined in a video. These pages can also be copied or printed.
Clicking the Actions drop down button provides additional options.
- Add Bookmark
- Browse Bookmarks
The labs are designed to give students experience within a simulated environment. Be sure to watch Use the Simulator at the beginning of the course for assistance in learning how to use the simulation tools. For those using our Office program, you should review Using the Simulated Labs. Office users should also note that there are three different types of labs in their course.
- For IT courses first read the lab scenario. The tasks are listed as bullet points.
- Click Start Lab to begin.
- Office users have built in help directly in two of the three lab exercises, see the Hint/Show Me.
- Once you have completed all the tasks click the Score Lab Students can click this button anytime if they cannot complete the exercise.
- A lab report will be displayed to show the score and tasks completed correctly, incorrectly and/or not at all.
- Within the Explanation section of the lab summary is a list of steps to help students identify what they needed to do in order to complete the tasks correctly.
- Users can print this detail.
- Click Done when finished reviewing.
- Students can repeat the lab exercises as much as they like without an instructor resetting anything. It is recommended that students should do the tasks until they can get 100%. However, students are not required to get 100% before moving on to the next activity.
The ? mark button provides help on a topic. Students, if you have questions about information in the course or need assistance with a specific lab, you should contact your instructor.
SECTION EXAMS (not available in our Office course)
The section exams are designed as an additional learning tool. The amount of questions varies per exam.
- Click Start Exam to begin. You can start and stop these exams anytime and either resume or restart altogether.
- After answering all the questions click Score Exam. (Again, you can exit the exam anytime by clicking X, save your work and resume later.)
- A performance report will be displayed, and students can view what questions they got correct or incorrect.
- Click the words Correct or Incorrect to view the question and answer.
- Click the Done when finished reviewing.
- Students are welcome to redo the exams as often as they like. (Remember these exams are designed as an additional learning tool and not necessarily meant for grading purposes. For instructors you can create Custom Exams that students could take one-time.)
LABSIM HOME PAGE
Click the House icon to return to the LabSim home page.