Virtual lab assessments generally require development assistance from the Toolwire team or other developers. So for each lab assessment, you can follow a three-step process:

  1. Document lab content and requirements.
  2. Create a resource for the virtual lab assessment in your practice lesson/course.
  3. Create a lab guide with the "How to Create a Lab Guide" document and the My Content tool in Spaces Learning Composer.

Refer to each section below for step-by-step guidance.

Step 1: Document Lab Requirements

First, you need to document instructions for the virtual lab assessment and the tasks/requirements the learners will need to complete it. This information will appear in a “lab guide” the learners will refer to during the assessment. 

You will also document the software requirements for the lab itself and the validation/evaluation criteria (software engineers will use this information to configure the lab and validator tool). Download the Virtual Labs Design template and then follow the steps below.

DOWNLOAD: Virtual Labs Design Template

Step-by-Step Instructions

Open the Virtual Labs Design Template and read the instructions.

  1. Enter the name of the Unit/Lesson where the virtual lab assessment will be used.
  2. Enter the name of the Virtual Lab Assessment.
  3. Write a description/instructions for the assessment.
  4. Enter the assessment duration (in minutes).
  5. Write a detailed description of the tasks/requirements learners will need to complete for the assessment. If there are supporting media such as charts, code snippets, or images, indicate their filenames and where to display them.
  6. Indicate that the virtual lab will be scored and used for assessment.
  7. Indicate whether the assessment will reuse a virtual lab that was already built for the course, or whether a new one will need to be built.
  8. If the lab is new, document the required operating system and software, including the desired versions.
  9. Enter the validation criteria or solution code for the learner’s work. This information will be used to configure a validation tool (if evaluation by keyword is appropriate). The criteria could be written as a detailed description of what to check for each requirement, or simply the desired product or code.

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Step 2: Create a Resource for the Virtual Lab Assessment

Next, you need to create a resource instances for the virtual lab assessment. This will let the Toolwire team know where you want the assessment to appear and what settings it should have.

1. Navigate to the target skill/lesson. Then select the Preview/Edit toggle at the upper right corner of the screen.

2. Select the Add Resource option.

3. Configure the Resource with the following settings:

  1. The Resource settings panel opens. Give your assessment a name.
  2. Enter a brief Description of the assessment. Learners will see this description in the course interface.
  3. Set the Resource Type to "Activity."
  4. Enter "TBD" into the URL/Filename field - the TILE team will update this later.
  5. Set the Resource Format to "Virtual Lab."
  6. Set the Duration for the assessment.
  7. Set the Completion Logic to "Externally Scored."
  8. Set the Passing Threshold for the assessment.
  9. Select Save when you are ready.

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Step 3: Create a Lab Guide

The final step is to create a lab guide for the lab activity using the My Content tool in Spaces Learning Composer. To do this, just download the guide below and then follow the instructions in the document.

DOWNLOAD: How to Create a Lab Guide

You can also watch this video for a visual example of how to do this.

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