Meaningful cloud skills require more than book knowledge. Hands-on experience is required to translate knowledge into real-world results. We see this time and time again in studies about how kids and adults best learn — doing the actual learning task is key. Hands-on Labs and Lab Challenges give you quick and easy access to real cloud deployments so you can get practical experience right away.

What are Hands-on Labs?
Hands-on Labs are actual cloud environments that enable you to learn by doing across Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and other technologies in real-time. With no additional costs, accounts, or cloud resources to deploy, Hands-on Labs are the perfect way to learn cloud computing, risk-free. Carrying the hands-on analogy to a cringe-worthy level, you can get your hands dirty without really getting them dirty.
How do Hands-on Labs work?
It’s easy. You just…

Choose a lab
Click a button to start the lab
Get credentials given to you for your cloud environment
Click a link, log in, and go!

Want to see some real labs in action? Do you have three minutes?
Check out these two Lab Snippets, which quickly walk you through some labs:

What are Lab Challenges?
Lab Challenges are Hands-on Labs with the gloves off. You jump into an auto-provisioned cloud environment and are given a goal to accomplish within a certain time. No instructions, no hints. It’s just like problem-solving in a working environment where your first reaction might be, “What the heck is going on, and how do I fix it??”
It will be normal to feel overwhelmed and that is the point. When you are forced to figure things out on your own, you’ll do a better job of retaining information. This will help you when you need to apply your knowledge on the job, but also in certification exams.
Now, we don’t leave you completely stranded

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