Matthew Norwood of In Search of Tech comments:
TL/DR — Canned labs never work for me.
Training for me has always been hit or miss. I have had better luck with in person classes than online training. I realize that everyone learns differently, so I suppose you pick the model that works best for you and hope you get your money’s worth out of it.
Back in June, I had the pleasure of attending the ClearPass Advanced Labs course at the Aruba headquarters out in Sunnyvale, CA. This was not a typical “class”. In fact, every time I referred to it as a “class”, I was reminded by the instructor that it was more of a workshop. The instructor was not there to teach you everything about ClearPass. Their job is to simply function as a proctor and help out when you got stuck on a particular issue. Yes, there was a slide deck, but it was VERY brief and just covered the goals of the day’s activities.
Explicit labs are easy to teach when the step by step directions leave no room to deviate. But free-form labs give the most opportunity for learning. And that’s why Matthew and I like them best.
Read more at: A Training Class Where I Actually Learned Something