Q: Who is NCLab?
NCLab (Network Computing Lab) provides high-quality self-paced courses in a wide variety of STEM topics for colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and libraries.
Q: How Do NCLab Courses Compare To Other Online Courses?
Nowadays there is a huge quantity of online courses available online. Most of them, including well-known providers such as Khan Academy, LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Udemy, Udacity etc. are video-based, and students are learning by watching videos. Such courses are very easy to make, that’s why these providers often have thousands of them. But they also are extremely ineffective. People do not learn well by watching a video of somebody doing something. To really learn, one needs to do it with one’s own hands.
Therefore, NCLab courses use an active learning-by-doing approach where students work from Day 1. NCLab courses require significant commitment and effort to complete. On the other hand, our trainees appreciate the fact that they become fully prepared for their new career.
NCLab training consists of small bite-size lessons followed by lots of practice and assessment. NCLab makes sure that trainees fully understand a concept before moving on to the next one. This approach is very different and much more friendly than standard college education where students are exposed to many concepts at once, without being able to digest them at their own pace. NCLab Artificial Intelligence (AI) based algorithms verify that exercises are done correctly and, if not, provide feedback and guidance to the trainees. Live instructors are closely monitoring the trainees’ progress as well, and help students actively whenever needed.
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?
Yes, NCLab runs on mobile tablets.
Q: I am a K-12 teacher. Can I try the courses for free?
K-12 instructors have free access to short “sampler” courses which are representative of the full courses offered by NCLab.
Q: Can I use NCLab on a smartphone?
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 ?
This information is available in the K-12 section on the bottom of the page. Lesson plans for individual courses contain complete standards alignment information.