XtremeLabs LLC Joins IMS Global Learning Consortium

 

Market leader expands support for open technology standards for teaching and learning

XtremeLabs LLC, a leading provider of hands-on labs for training, examinations and certifications is now a Contributing Member of IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), the world’s leading education and learning technology standards consortium.

“The IMS Learning Tools Interoperability Standard® (LTI®) has been a key driver of growth for XtremeLabs by enabling easy access from virtual learning environments and learning management systems to our hands-on labs.  We are already working on adopting other IMS standards and specifications such as Learning Resource Metadata and Open Badges.  As Contributing Member we’ll be able to accelerate our adoption and participate in the future of these standards” said John Fontaine, the Chief Technology Officer of XtremeLabs.

“IMS Global members are leaders in accelerating innovation in educational technology to transform the learning experience,” said Dr. Rob Abel, chief executive officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium. “We are delighted that XtremeLabs will be joining IMS as a Contributing Member, demonstrating a commitment to the collaboration needed to grow a successful, interoperable standards-based ecosystem that supports better learning outcomes.”

XtremeLabs was recently selected to join Training Industry 2019 Watch List of Training Delivery companies and received 4 IBA Stevie Awards in the Workforce Readiness and Computer Products category.  These accolades coincide with XtremeLabs’ thought leadership in defining the Hands-On Online Learning and Workforce readiness category; reimagining the customer experience and achieving industry leading Net Promotor Score® and continuous innovation in our product platform.

 

About XtremeLabs LLC

XtremeLabs provides technology products and services to support employability, workforce development and training. XtremeLabs provides hands-on labs for training, examinations and certifications.  XtremeLabs has over 9000 hands-on labs that cover subjects such as coding, security, data science, machine learning, networking. and other technologies. Our labs are available in over 10 different languages including German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.

Top EdTech Executive, John Fontaine, joins XtremeLabs as Chief Technology Officer

Redmond, Washington – XtremeLabs LLC announced today that technology innovator John Fontaine will join as Chief Technology Officer to lead product innovation to power its award-winning hands-on learning and training platform.

In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Fontaine will focus on product design, user experience and development of industry standards for hands-on learning technology.

“Joining XtremeLabs provides an amazing opportunity to bring technology to bear to help learners everywhere succeed,” said John Fontaine, Chief Technology Officer at XtremeLabs. “I am thrilled to join the talented team of engineers, developers and technologist at XtremeLabs”.

With over twenty years of experience building education technology software, John has focused on product innovation and engineering.  He spent 14 years at Blackboard Inc., helping to develop one of the world’s most deployed and successful learning management system.  He served on various IMS Global Learning Consortium Committees including the Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) standards body.  He was recognized by IMS Global with the Leadership Award for Learning Information Services work in 2012.

“Our focus on innovation in the EdTech and specifically the hands-on learning space continues unabated,” said Ahmar Abbas, CEO of XtremeLabs. “I am thrilled that John Fontaine with his deep expertise is joining us at this exciting time”.

XtremeLabs was recently selected to join Training Industry 2019 Watch List of Training Delivery companies and also received 4 IBA Stevie Awards in the Workforce Readiness and Computer Products category.  These accolades coincide with XtremeLabs’ thought leadership in defining the Hands-On Online Learning and Workforce readiness category; reimagining the customer experience and achieving industry leading Net Promotor Score® and continuous innovation in our product platform.

 

About XtremeLabs LLC

XtremeLabs provides technology products and services to support employability, workforce development and training. XtremeLabs provides hands-on labs for training, examinations and certifications.  XtremeLabs has over 9000 hands-on labs that cover subjects such as coding, security, data science, machine learning, networking. and other technologies. Our labs are available in over 10 different languages including German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.  For more information visit https://www.xtremelabs.io.

Gemini Updates – And Announcing New Features!

In August, XtremeLabs released Gemini, a new updated user interface for our lab portal. Gemini was the first release in a serious of product updates scheduled for our lab portal.

XtremeLabs is deeply committed to providing the best possible experience to our users. In response to all of the positive feedback and suggestions we received last month to our Gemini release, the XtremeLabs team has been working hard to implement additional improvements to the labs platform user experience.

There are new classroom search capabilities as well as some layout changes, and some of our favorite features, such as the ability to save and resume a lab module, are now cleaner and easier to use.

At this time, your account should default to the Gemini view, in the case that it does not please follow the instructions below for the Gemini view.

  1. Log in to your account at labs.xtremelabs.io as usual.
  2. On the far-left column, select the “My Account” tab.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see radio buttons to update your theme from “Classic” to “Gemini.” Select “Gemini.”
  4. Select “Update Preferences.”

We also have some new features/releases that we are very excited to roll out in the next several months. As an education technology company, we believe that our instructors and students should have greater transparency into their course progress. We also want to more deeply engage our users to understand what they would most like to see on our platform. To that end, we are working on a new analytics page and will be gathering ideas for future features from the XtremeLabs community.

More to come soon!

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” Bill Gates, Founder, Microsoft

Any additional feedback to our Gemini release can be sent to BTP@XtremeLabs.io.

As always, thank you for your continued support and thank you for being part of the XtremeLabs community!

XtremeLabs is a Proud Platinum Sponsor of the MCT Summit 2019 Europe!

XtremeLabs was honored to be a platinum sponsor for the MCT Summit 2019 Europe event held in Lithuania on September 18 – 21. The event offered our team the opportunity to engage MCTs and address their needs with the ever-changing world of Microsoft and the training tools needed to deliver professional training. Meetings were held with Microsoft and the MCT community covering a variety of topics ranging from existing and new content, content matching up with the training labs, and what is coming down the horizon in the lab space.   Especially productive were the one-on-one sessions with the Microsoft team and the MCTs.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our dinner party which included a live band and a DJ. Kudos to the brave MCTs who got on the stage and did some singing (please keep your day jobs!)

Our host, Tomas and his wonderful family, took care of everybody like a true family.  From the daily events, evening events, to the final day of epic sight-seeing in and around Vilnius, all the events were delivered seamlessly and with tender care.  Thank you Tomas!

As a reminder MCTs can gain access to our Microsoft Labs Online by validating their MCID and the associated email address here. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the MCT Readiness Guide.

Highlights of the event are below!

 

XtremeLabs LLC Recognized Globally with Three Prestigious Stevie® Awards in the 2019 International Business Awards 2019®

Redmond, Washington – XtremeLabs LLC was named the winner of 1 Gold and 2 Silver Stevie® Awards in the 16th Annual International Business Awards® today.  Winning categories included New Product for Career and Workforce Readiness, Customer Service Team of the Year and Company of the Year (Computer Software).

These accolades coincide with XtremeLabs’ thought leadership in defining the Hands-On Online Learning and Workforce readiness category; reimagining the customer experience and achieving industry leading Net Promotor Score® and continuous innovation in our product platform.

“Winning three International Business Awards® is an exciting moment for XtremeLabs,” says Ahmar Abbas, Chief Executive Officer of XtremeLabs LLC. “It is a recognition of all the effort our team has been putting into creating innovative products and matching that with world class customer service. We are proud to be recognized by the prestigious Stevie’s International Business Awards®.”

The Judges had the following comments on XtremeLabs’ nominations:

“I love the idea that you placed full trust in your employees to do the “Right Thing!” this has truly been effective in raising the customer service levels and employee satisfaction! Great work!”

“The reach and new product release rates are impressive. Achieving full integration with an external party and then having industry leaders incorporate the product are stellar examples of success achieved.”

“Absolutely impressive, what you have achieved as a small company providing learning solutions. Impressive numbers like total hours of training or number of instructors you work with. Even universities use your services. Congratulations!”

“The IBA judges from across the world were highly impressed with the nominations they reviewed this year. With the level of achievement documented in the 4000 nominations from 74 nations, the Stevie Awards are proud to honor organizations that demonstrate a high level of achievement in a variety of industries” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “We received more nominations than ever and look forward to honoring the Stevie winners at our gala in Vienna, Austria this October.”

 

About XtremeLabs LLC

XtremeLabs provides technology products and services to support employability, workforce development and training. XtremeLabs provides hands-on labs for training, examinations and certifications.  XtremeLabs has over 9000 hands-on labs that cover subjects such as coding, security, data science, machine learning, networking. and other technologies. Our labs are available in over 10 different languages including German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.  For more information visit Click Here.

 

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies® recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

XtremeLabs Support Microsoft Ready 2019!

XtremeLabs supported Microsoft’s Enterprise Skills Initiative during the internal Ready event in Las Vegas, NV last week. During the event XtremeLabs hosted a series of live hands-on labs supporting training in Azure and cloud Data Science skills and technologies. The lab environments complemented the courseware, which was presented to over 800 attendees by Microsoft Certified Trainers throughout the event.

In all, a total of 1,585 lab sessions were launched by students during the week and used to practice real-world cloud scenarios in Microsoft Azure.