Q: What is NCLab?

A: NCLab (Network Computing Lab) is a provider of high-quality self-paced courses in a wide variety of STEM topics for colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and libraries. NCLab also creates custom learn-by-doing courses for industry.

Q: How Do NCLab Courses Differ from Other Online Course Providers?

A: Most providers of online courses such as Khan Academy, LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Udemy, Udacity etc. offer video-based courses which are easy to do but not very effective. Watching somebody do something is not the same as doing it yourself.

In contrast, NCLab courses use a learn-by-doing approach and students actively learn from day 1. Courses are in depth and require significant effort to complete but it is exactly for this reason that they fully prepare students to qualify for job openings.

Q: How is NCLab’s career training different than traditional lecture-based training?

A: NCLab training is interactive and that makes it very different than traditional lecture-based training. Students are provided bite-sized tutoring and then made to show that they have learned the content by completing exercises. Artificial Intelligence-based progress monitoring verifies that exercises are done correctly and, if not, provides feedback and guidance to the students.

Q: Is NCLab training college-level?

Yes, it is. In fact, NCLab courses are offered for both credit and certification in university and community college settings.

Q: I have an iPad; can I use NCLab?

A: Yes, NCLab runs on mobile tablets.

What is the best way to contact NCLab?

A: Use the Live Chat widget located in the lower-right corner of your web browser. If we are offline, you can still use this widget to send us a message. We will reply as soon as possible. You can also use the support email support@nclab.com. For more ways to contact us, please visit the Contact Us page.

Q: I am a K-12 teacher. Can I try the courses for free?

A: Yes, K-12 instructors can have free access to all K-12 courses.

Q: Can I use NCLab on a smartphone?

A: This is not recommended because of the small display size. Please use a computer, laptop, Chromebook, or a tablet.

Q: How does NCLab help meet Common Core and NGSS ?

A: This information is available in the K-12 section on the bottom of the page. Lesson plans for individual courses contain a complete standards alignment information.