Very few companies excel in video-based training. CBT Nuggets is the exception. They have done an excellent job in creating engaging training videos for the IT industry. I’ve used CBT Nuggets years ago when training was provided on a DVD! My have the times have changed. The laptop on which I write this doesn’t even have a DVD drive.
In my 30-day review of CBT Nuggets I found it to have a fluid interface with features not available by other training providers. There’s a plethora of video courses for the picking. From Microsoft Server to Cisco to Microsoft Office to Amazon AWS. You name it.
I will provide a walk-through and review the features of CBTNuggets.com.
The homepage is very simple with a focused navigation menu. The first menu item is Courses. So let’s dive straight into that. CBT Nuggets has laid out the training courses by IT Path, Vendor, or Trainer. This was something I wished from other training providers. It’s useful to know what training falls along what path you’re on. So because I am into Network Engineering, let’s dive into that path.
I found the number of videos and release dates helpful to understand how long training would be and how old the material is. What I’ve done is incorporated the number of training videos I would have to watch into my certification study plan. With the combined reading, labs, and video courses, I get a good idea of how long it will take me to study.
You can get granular with your course search by selecting an area of expertise from the left navigation. In the main column there are a selection of different video courses with their release dates and the trainer.
If you click into a video course, for example CCNP SWITCH 300-115 Hands-On Labs, you will get a description the course, list of videos in the course, the level of difficulty, how many total hours to complete all the videos, transcripts, and more. At the bottom right of the screen you can get a short bio of the instructor.
The Descriptions button provides a short detail of the video. Knowing which equipment and what IOS version is one of the most frequently asked question, “What equipment do I need to study for the CCNP?”
At the top, above the course title is the Transcript tab. It is useful because it’s the instructor’s word-for-word from the video. It has the time next to the dialog so you can jump straight to that point in the video. Useful for when playing a video is just not an option when at work.
What is really neat are the course features on the right sidebar. Speed Control is one of my favorite features. You can play videos at a faster or slower pace, whichever fits your learning style.
CBT Nuggets also includes other features such as bookmarking, ability to take notes while watching the video which they store for you, closed captions if you’re in an area where you can’t play audio, lab files such as downloadable GNS3 files, whether the video has offline playing capabilities, and accountability coaching.
CBT Nuggets has done an awesome job in making the training experience very convenient.Continue Reading…