The CAN-8 Virtualab is a integrated suite of capabilities that transforms
the traditional language learning lab into a paperless and borderless
learning experience with benefits for both instructors and students.
Built around the concept of a virtual classroom, the CAN-8 system
delivers an engaging learning experience for students regardless of
their location on the planet, and provides a seamless set of tools for
instructors to manage, evaluate and provide feedback to students
in a collaborative manner.
This comprehensive system is easy to use for on campus
teaching and testing or for distance learning. Designed wtih
efficiency in mind, it takes only seconds for instructors to
evaluate student work and target the students who need the most
help. Likewise, students enjoy the intuitive manner in which
lessons are accessed and the capability to receive personalized
instructor feedback as soon their work is evaluated.
Although the the CAN-8 Virtualab is capable of delivering a variety
educational materials, the system is optimized for the purposes of
language training and thus it is possible to deliver material for
training in multiple different languages. Included is extensive support
for non-latin scripts such as Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese and First-Nations Syllabic characters and many others.
The CAN-8 VirtuaLab provides all aspects of the learning environment
from delivery and creation of material, management of students, classes
and lessons, and maintaining security of the student and instructor work.
Benefits for Instructors and Students
The CAN-8 VirtuaLab combines the essential tools for students and
instructors into an intuitive and sophisticated package that personalizes
the learning experience for the student. Students and the instructor
can maintain personal contact no matter where they are working from.
The instructor has the ability to quickly author or change lessons,
even while students are using the system.
In the CAN-8 VirtuaLab, the focus of the student activity is on
oral production. Students can access listening, reading, speak
and compare exercises, as well as traditional learning activities such as
multiple choice questions, or written answers.
All material is streamed in real-time directly to the student as it
is needed so
there is no waiting for lessons to load, or for recorded work by
the student to be saved. The students are able to work at their
own pace and not encumbered by delays which frustrate the learning experience.
The CAN-8 VirtuaLab creates a multi-purpose learning environment. Students
can remotely follow assigned instruction, or be given free choice to work on
different activities as suits them. Typical ways to use the CAN-8 VirutaLab
include as a pronunciation coach, for practicing conversation, assisting in teaching grammar
and comprehension, or for language skills testing.
From the instructor's standpoint the CAN-8 VirtuaLab is designed to
reduce the teaching workload and to allow the instructor to spend
time where it is needed with students who require the most help. Using
a computer from anywhere with an Internet connection, the instructors
may evaluate the students oral answers and give personalized feedback.
Using the CAN-8 student-tracking tool, it is possible at a glance to
judge the effectiveness of the training, and see which students
need help. The graphical display of student achievement data uses
an intuitive point and click interface for instructors to drill down
into the students' responses and make relevant evaluations and
provide useful feedback.
The CAN-8 VirtuaLab provides a comprehensive platform for oral and
other testing. Time limits can be set on individual questions, on reading excercises
or to set a limit on the time a student has to make a recorded response. This
makes CAN-8 the perfect tool for online entry diagnostics, quizzes,
and final oral exams.
The CAN-8 VirtuaLab allows the instructor to adapt computer courseware
to fit their curriculum, not the other way around. The system includes
an intuitive authoring system, which allows instructors to create
lessons with audio, text, graphics and video, all using a simple
drag-drop interface. Templates are provided for many different
activities so that lessons may be quickly built up from existing
material that the instructor has. This allows for the rapid creation
of curriculum that may be as simple or sophisticated as needed.
The Virtual Classroom
Just like in any physical classroom, the CAN-8 VirtuaLab comes with
powerful capabilities to ensure the security of both the available curriculum
and also the students work and marks. To access the CAN-8 VirtuaLab
students and instructors use unique identification codes with passwords
to prevent the unexpected sharing of confidential data.
Unlike some online systems which store students' responses, marks,
and curriculum on a local machine, or in a browser cache, the CAN-8
VirtuaLab keeps all this
data stored on a centralized server. Only users with valid credentials
may access it, and only access that parts that were authorized for them.
This not only means that the software conforms to the privacy regulations for
personal information that exist in various states and countries, it
also prevents the inadvertent duplication and use of the institutions
curriculum by non-authorized users.
Besides providing for security, the user management component of
the CAN-8 VirtuaLab includes the ability to personalize the learning
experience for students by presenting only the curriculum that
the instructor has selected, exporting marks and results for
analysis, and presenting reports to the instructor indicating
the work done by students and at what time it was done.
In short, the CAN-8 VirtuaLab extends the familiar classroom experience
for instructors into a borderless online world for the students.
The CAN-8 VirtuaLab saves you money by meeting your needs without
forcing an institution to purchase additional capabilities that
will not be used.
For smaller sites we offer a cloud-based solution in which the
sites curriculum and student's work is stored securely in a server
that is available at all times at any location via the Internet.
Sites need only purchase access for the students actively using the system
renew it on a monthly, semester-based, or yearly plan. The institution
does not have to purchase additional hardware or software.
For sites with large numbers of users, or corporate or government users who
have confidential curriculum which must be kept in-house
CAN-8 VirtuaLab is available to run on a standard Windows-based server
which may be located within the sites internal network. Licensing
for servers is available based on the number of simultaneous users
that will access the system.
Click here for more details about available configurations
The CAN-8 VirtuaLab may be used in many different situations to deliver
primarily language training. See in our Applications
page what some of our customers have used
the system for.