Using the Manual in the Learning Console – a guide for lab end users

A Manual contains long-form content that you can use alongside your lab. View the Manual by clicking Manual at the top of the Content Pane in the Course Manager Learning Console. For more information about the Course Manager Learning Console, see Using the Learning Console – a guide for lab end users.

If Manual doesn’t display at the top of the Content Pane, click menu at the top of the Content Pane, and then click Manual to view the Manual. Alternatively, drag the left edge of the Content Pane to the left until Manual displays at the top of the Content Pane, and then click Manual.

Contents

Using a Manual with multiple pages

A Manual may be broken into manageable segments, or pages. You can track your progress by marking pages in the Manual as done.

  • From any page in the Manual, click mark done & continue (Mark Done & Continue) to mark the current and previous pages as done and display the next page.

    If the current page is the last page in the Manual, click mark done (Mark Done) to mark it and previous pages as done.

  • If the current page is marked done, you can mark it and all following pages as not done by clicking mark not done (Mark Not Done).

  • You can display the page following the last page marked done by clicking continue (Continue) from a different page in the Manual.

    If the last page in the Manual is marked done, you can’t click continue (Continue) from a different page in the Manual.

  • Click page back (Page Back) or page forward (Page Forward) to move one page back or forward in the Manual. You can also type a page number in the box and then press Enter to view a specific Manual page.

    page number

You may not be able to access some pages in the Manual or mark them as done until you execute commands or answer questions in the Manual.

Using the table of contents

If your Manual includes a table of contents, display it by clicking contents (Contents). Then, click a topic to display the topic in the Manual.

Notes

  • The table of contents is page zero of the Manual.
  • From the table of contents, click back (Back) to display the page you viewed most recently in the Manual.
  • You may not be able to access some topics in the table of contents until you execute commands or answer questions in the Manual.

Click links in the Manual to open them in a new browser tab.

Using files

Files display in the Manual as links followed by paper clip. Click file links to open them in a new browser tab or download the files if they can’t be displayed in the browser.

Using images

Click images in the Manual to open them in a new browser tab.

If an image is a linked image, you open the link in a new browser tab by clicking the image.

Using videos

When videos are embedded in a Manual, you can typically play them and adjust many video settings from the Manual. If you click certain video options or play videos with certain privacy settings, a new browser tab or window may display.

Using copyable text

Copyable text makes it easier for you to copy Manual content and paste it into a VM. Click a copyable text box in the Manual to copy the text in the box, and then paste the text into a VM in your Skytap lab environment.

sample copyable text

Using commands

Click a command in the Manual to execute a command in one or more VMs in your Skytap lab environment. Commands can be used to open a file in a VM, run an application in a VM, or check the state of a VM to confirm that you have performed specific tasks. Your administrator determines whether a command is optional, required to be executed to move forward in the Manual, or required to be executed successfully to move forward in the Manual. A command displays in the Manual as a button or inline link.

sample optional command

sample required command

Notes

  • Your administrator determines whether a message displays to indicate command success or failure when you click a command. You can display the most recent message at any time by clicking view previous result (view previous result) on the right side of the command.
    sample command succeeded
  • One of the following icons displays in each command:
    • lightning bolt if you haven't executed an optional command, or if you executed an optional command and no message displayed.
    • key if you haven't executed a required command.
    • green check if a success message displayed the last time you executed a command, or if you executed a required command and no message displayed.
    • red cross if a failure message displayed the last time you executed a command.
  • Your administrator determines whether you can click a command at any time, until you execute it, or until you successfully execute it.
  • Your administrator determines which VMs in your Skytap lab environment are targeted when you click a command, and if a targeted VM is activated when the command is executed.
  • If an error message displays when you click a command:
    1. Make sure the target VMs are running.
    2. Make sure you are signed in to the target VMs (if sign-in is required).
    3. If the error message persists, wait a few minutes and try again.
    4. Contact your administrator for further assistance.

    error no vm available to execute requested command

Using questions

Answer questions to assess your comprehension or completion of lab content.

To answer a multiple choice question in the Manual
  1. Select an answer choice.
  2. Click Check Answer.

    sample multiple choice question

To answer a short answer question in the Manual
  1. Enter an answer in the text box.
  2. Click Check Answer.

    sample short answer question

Notes

  • Your administrator determines whether a question is optional, required to be answered, or required to be answered correctly to move forward in the Manual.
  • Your administrator determines whether a short answer question is case-sensitive.
  • When you answer a question, the Manual displays whether your answer is correct or incorrect.
  • If your answer is correct, you can't attempt another answer.
  • If your answer is incorrect:
    • If the question is optional, you can attempt another answer or you can move forward in the Manual.
    • If an answer is required but it doesn't matter whether the answer is correct, you can't attempt another answer but you can move forward in the Manual.
    • If a correct answer is required, you must correctly answer the question before you can move forward in the Manual.

Printing a Manual

For more information about printing a Manual or saving it as a PDF on your local computer, see Using the Actions menu.