Labs are project-based learning experiences in which learners work through tasks in real-world technical environments, called workspaces. A lab can be completed in three different modes, each offering differing levels and styles of guidance. This article explains each type of mode and how to access them for your lab.
- Learn more about labs and how learners can use the feature.
Please note: as of December 5th, 2023, labs and assessments are only available to learners who were enrolled in the Personal Plan subscription prior to this date.
What are modes? And what types of modes are there?
Modes allow you to decide the type of structure and guidance you want to have as you complete a lab.
For a given lab, you can choose what level of guidance you want to receive while completing the real-world project. A Udemy lab can be taken in three different modes:
1. Follow-along: The follow-along mode provides up-front step-by-step instructions for how to complete the lab. You complete the lab project by following detailed tutorials organized into tasks.
- We recommend this mode if you are brand new to a topic or skill area.
2. Guided challenge (recommended): In the guided challenge mode, the lab project is broken down into tasks, resembling an IT ticket management system used by technical professionals. You are assigned tasks, attempt them, and then check your work against provided solutions. This mode provides high-level guidance on how to approach the overall project and allows you to have hands-on experience and self-assess your progress along the way.
We recommend this mode for the majority of learners. This mode is a good fit if you are familiar with the topic and need to practice the real-world application.
- Please note: Selected labs include automated reviews in Guided challenge mode for learners to check their work and get specific and actionable feedback on their task attempts.
3. Open challenge: The open challenge mode provides a minimum level of guidance as you determine the overall approach and steps needed to complete the project. You are provided with a library of resources to work through the project and will complete the work on your own with minimal guidance and support
- We recommend this mode if you are feeling confident and ready to complete a real-world project on your own.
How do I select my preferred mode?
After accessing your lab, you can select your preferred mode on the lab overview page.
1. Under Choose your mode, select your preferred mode for this lab.
2. Click Start lab.