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How do I assist my students with their labs?

During class you may want to watch your students' progress in their labs. This can be done with a lab monitoring tool.

By using lab monitoring you can see a summary about the students’ labs which includes:

  • Listing of all students running labs
  • Name of the lab being worked in
  • Active virtual machine in the lab
  • How long the lab has been running
  • Amount of time since the student’s last activity was performed in the lab

You can also take actions through the lab monitoring tool like**:

  • View the student’s lab as they work in it
  • Take control of the student’s lab
  • Share files with students

Once you are logged into the TMS, click on My Calendar at the top of any window. This will open up your Instructor Calendar. Find your class in the calendar, and click on the class name to open the Class page. Click the Monitor Labs link. A new tab will open up with all your class’ active lab instances displayed with pertinent data about their labs. Click the Monitor Student link to view a student’s activity as they work in a lab. You then have the option to click the Take Control button to work through an exercise with a student.

**Monitoring labs is not available when the labs are using ESM in conjunction with Enhanced controller. You may only see the login prompt. One instance is when audio has been enabled on the VMs.

Please note, the lab monitoring tool is only available in classes running on Standard or Premium labs premium.png, not to classes set up using the Basic labs basic__1_.png experience level. The Premium premium.png and Basic basic__1_.png icons show on the class page. Standard classes do not have an experience level icon. For more information on Basic and Premium labs, please see the following article: What do Basic and Premium Experience Levels mean for my classes?

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