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MOAC Virtual Lab FAQ Instructor

MOAC Virtual Lab FAQ Instructor

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What is the MOAC Virtual Lab?
The MOAC Virtual Lab is an online computer environment within which students perform labexercises using actual Microsoft software.
How does it work?
Students access the Virtual Lab with a unique access code that is bundled with their MOACVirtual Lab textbook package.
Students are presented with scenarios, lab objectives, and exercise information that prepare themfor their lab work.
Students launch the lab, presenting them with a desktop in which to perform their work and a labinterface that contains the directions for each exercise to be performed.
Students perform the labs exactly as if they were working in a physical network lab environment.They can choose to work through the exercises with a minimal amount of instruction, or todisplay brief or detailed exercise steps that walk them through the task at hand.
Students’ progress and skills can be assessed in several ways:
Contextual lab questions determine whether students have performed the tasks correctly
End-of-lab review questions require students to explain the outcomes of their hands-onwork 
Lab screens can be captured with a unique identifier for each student
Who developed MOAC Virtual Labs?
The MOAC Virtual Labs are a product of Wiley’s official partnership with Microsoft.
The content comes straight from the MOAC Lab Manuals.
Does Virtual Lab require any proprietary software?
 No. It is an online system designed to be used from any computer with an Internet connection.
The computer requirements are a Pentium II processor, 256 MB RAM, a 56 Kbps per studentInternet connection (well below broadband), and Internet Explorer version 6 or later.
 No hardware is needed by the professor.
What are the benefits of Virtual Labs?
Students gain real-world experience
They work in real software – not a simulation
They can practice at school, at home – anywhere there is an Internet-connected computer 
They perform tasks that occur in everyday IT work 
They work in the same environment as performance-based certification exams – anexclusive benefit of the MOAC program
Instructors don’t set up Virtual Labs
 No lab setup or maintenance
MOAC Virtual Labs FAQ
 
Virtual Labs run real software on hosted servers
Labs can be done in class or as homework 
Institutions can grow their networking program
Schools save money spent on lab hardware and software
Labs can now be done online
Distance-learning courses are enabled
What support is available for instructors and students?
Microsoft provides technical support for the MOAC Virtual Labs for users who call or e-mailabout the MOAC Virtual Labs.
Wiley Technical Support provides support for content issues and for proper escalation withinMicrosoft.
Instructors and students can find supporting materials on their Book Companion Sites availablevia www.wiley.com/go/moac.
How do the MOAC Virtual Labs compare with the IT Academy labs?
MOAC Virtual Labs are not a part of the IT Academy eLearning Labs package.
MOAC Virtual Labs are different courses than the Microsoft e-learning courses available throughthe IT Academy. MOAC Virtual Labs come directly from the printed lab manuals packaged withthe textbooks, and are designed for quarter/semester-length classes that map directly tocertification exams. Microsoft e-learning courses focus on a narrower set of topics, with shorter durations.
MOAC Virtual Labs are delivered through the same technology and interface as the Microsoft ITAcademy e-learning courses.
How much does it cost?
MOAC Virtual Labs are an additional $31.00 net on top of the standard $91.50 textbook/labmanual package, for a total net price of $122.50.
Similar packages from Course Technology are net priced $153 (LabSim) and $168 (Web-BasedLabs).
Who Should Consider MOAC Virtual Labs?
Any school offering Windows Server 2008 , Windows Vista, SQL Server 2005, or ExchangeServer 2007
Schools migrating from Server 2003 and Windows XP
Schools targeting remote students with t online courses and programs
Does Virtual Lab have a grade book?
 No. Students can submit their lab answers in simple Word documents to instructors for grading.
Students can submit screen captures of labs which include a unique identifier as proof of completion for labs and exercises.
Students’ progress is recorded in the My Transcript page, which students can email to their instructors.
MOAC Virtual Labs FAQ

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