This document explains lab challenges in Cloud Academy. This feature is available to all Cloud Academy users. If you don't already have a Cloud Academy account, you can start a free trial.
This document contains the following sections:
What Are Lab Challenges
Cloud Academy's exclusive lab challenges are a lab, the interactive learning tool in Cloud Academy. Lab challenges are available for a growing number of technologies. You can find the list of existing labs in the Cloud Academy library, and see the Upcoming Content list to see what labs are scheduled for the future.
A lab challenge sets up a scenario and challenges you to solve a problem. Beyond just taking a test to answer questions about using a technology, lab challenges let you show your problem-solving skills, all in a secure sandbox environment with no additional costs, no new accounts, and no test instances to clean up at the end.
The lab challenge provides your account credentials for AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, or whatever technology the lab requires. When you start a lab challenge, the system launches all the necessary resources and starts the timer. The technology you need appears on your screen with instructions to get started.
After you create your solution to the problem, you run a verification check to see if your solution is successful. You can keep updating your solution until you find the answer or until time runs out.
What to Expect From a Lab Challenge
Lab challenges tell you a lot about what to expect right in the interface. The name, description, and allotted time all appear before you begin. Lab challenges also suggest prerequisite content to make sure you have the knowledge you need to finish the challenge.
Completing a lab challenge updates your skill profile. If the lab is part of a learning path, then completing it continues you on the path. You can stop a lab challenge in the middle, but if you do, your progress is lost, your profile is not updated, and the learning path (if applicable) cannot be completed. You must start from the beginning if you want to return to the lab. You can restart the lab as many times as you like.
After you complete a lab challenge, you can rate it. The average rating from all learners appears for your reference when you're choosing a lab to take.
How to Use a Lab Challenge
You will encounter lab challenges as you discover content on topics that you want to learn about. Tip: When you search for a topic, you can use the filters on the left side of the screen to limit the results to Hands-on Labs, which include lab challenges.
Use the following steps to start a lab challenge:
Click the lab challenge that you want to start. A page appears with detailed information.
Click the Start Lab Challenge button. The lab content appears and the timer begins.
Read the mission and complete the steps. Use the Validation Steps to check your progress.
When you finish the lab, you can share the result.