Hands on Lab Blog

Welcome to Grokworx Software on Hands on Labs. The team at Grokworx are experts in the creation, management and delivery of virtual learning activities with a focus on Hands on Labs. When you work with the team and platform at Grokworx you get access to an advanced virtual learning publishing and workflow system that can make your virtual hands on lab events a great success.

5 Reasons to use virtual classrooms

A fantastic article by Simon Rupniak outlines some of the reasons why you should be using a virtual classroom for your training and development activities. There are many benefits to learners and instructors as well as huge cost and time savings. Visit the link for Simon’s article abut the 5 reasons you need to use …

BYE BYE Helpouts

We received a notice today that Google Help Outs is going to be shutdown on April 20th, 2015. Interesting that it “hasn’t grown at the pace we had expected”. Why is it that this type of one-on-one mentoring or tutoring system didn’t kick off? From the outside it seems to have all the tools needed for …

Make the most out of your Virtual Deliveries with Active Learning

We have mentioned before the importance of following sound instructional design when creating virtual events, or any event for that matter. At Grokworx we feel that it is important to keep learning into bite size chunks that help to keep the student engaged and makes the retention of material easier. When preparing and delivering virtual …

Training Methodologies

We highly recommend the book “Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits” by Jennifer Hofmann and Nanette Minder. You can find it here https://www.td.org/Publications/Books/Tailored-Learning In this book they outline the various methodologies for training. This is a nice illustration of what can encompass a blended learning approach. It is important when developing virtual learning activities that you still …

Trends in Employee Training

In reading Denise Pirrotti Hummel, article on Oracle’s site (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/profit/archives/opinion/011813-dhummel-1899120.html) she made some great observations and also included some great facts about online training. Here is a highlight of what she wrote about. Please head over to Oracle’s website to see the article in full. In the corporate world, it is intended to provide a way …

Adopting Virtual Training – Customer Trends

We are writing this post to share some ways that we are seeing our customers benefit from our virtual learning solutions! The training department in many software companies is an important but often times draining role. We have found that many of our customers have had challenges meeting the demands of their customers and partners around …

Free Learning Needs Analysis

We are happy to announce our FREE virtual learning needs analysis. We have created a simple form that asks some questions about what you are currently doing around training and readiness as well as some questions about what you would like to be doing! Our team of learning experts have been at this for many …

Virtual Training Certification – GrokStars™

At Grokworx we have years of experience in developing and delivering virtual learning and readiness solutions. We have built the infrastructure and the processes to manage learning but there is one thing missing. The trainer!   With the increase in virtual learning tools and resources we believe it is time to create a virtual learning training and …

Top 5 Online Learning Skills That A Successful Online Instructor Has

Thank you to Mary Burns of the eLearning Industry website for her excellent article on the Top 5 Online Learning Skills That a Successful Online Instructor Has. Please visit the elearning industry for more great articles on learning and technology.   Top 5 Online Learning Skills That A Successful Online Instructor Has One of the most …

Webinar vs Virtual Classroom – Lecture vs Learning

Thanks to the group over at the eLearning Industry and Grant Williams they offer some great insight on how to move Webinars and Lectures to Virtual Classrooms and Learning. #3 especially focuses on Actively Learning! When you combine the right tools it is amazing the results you can get! Please visit http://elearningindustry.com/webinar-vs-virtual-classroom-lecture-vs-learning the original article. Webinar vs …

Learn to do by doing – Active Learning

Thank you to Geoff Petty! This is a great piece on Active Learning (http://geoffpetty.com). Until now it has been difficult to provide Active hands-on learning within a virtual classroom environment. Active Learning or learning to do by doing is so vitally important to the knowledge transfer and retention of your learners that we must include this in our synchronous …

Technical Training leveraging Virtual Hands-On Labs

The Challenge(s) There is strong pressure to reduce the costs of per seat training and readiness, eliminate travel/accommodation, and decrease employee productivity loss. There is also a requirement to increase learner self-service, foster rich interactions, provide self-service with on-demand learning, and increase the access to subject matter experts. When looking specifically at technology training we …

Just Released

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Grokworx Software Ltd. British Columbia, CANADA 778 819 8488 info@grokworx.com www.grokworx.com Introducing GrokCloud – dedicated online training solution   Vancouver, British Columbia, May 4th, 2014 — Grokworx Software Ltd a British Columbia based virtual learning infrastructure and solutions provider announces the launch of the LLIFT ™ (Learning Lab Instructor Facilitated Training) V2 virtual classroom and …

Intro to Virtual Educational Infrastructure

Grokworx Software has been around since 2004. Our vision has been to build a complete turn-key virtual learning platform geared towards technical training. Our job is to make sure all of the components work together so our customers don’t need to worry about the technology. Customers only need to focus on developing and delivering great …

Lab Requirements for Virtual Training

A lab is designed to walk a student through a set of exercises reinforcing what has been learned through assigned reading or lecture.  Normally this is delivered in a classroom setting on local computers. A Virtual Lab takes the physical classroom lab activity and delivers it remotely via the Internet. Internet/hosted based labs should strive …

Virtual Learning Lab Hypervisor Comparison

This article discusses the top requirements for a virtualized lab management system, as promised in my previous article about Virtual Lab Requirements. This is not a datacenter view on the different technologies.  I am not overly concerned about the “performance” of a given hypervisor, nor am I concerned about the management tools supporting the hypervisor. Our …

The primary role of an educator is to organize and impart knowledge in a way which can be best consumed by the students.  It is pretty safe to say:   Students have varied levels of knowledge Students have different reasons to engage in learning Students live in different geographical locations Student have their own work …

Adam Monago, Vice President of ThoughWorks Studios on the Chief Learning Officer site (http://www.clomedia.com/talent.php?pt=a&aid=3032) provided a good intro post on an area which is going to experience a lot of growth over the coming years. I wanted to expand on the ideas he outlines in the article around a virtual lab provisioning system.  As far …