TestOut Blog
  • Connected Life

    Nate Garner, VP Engineering, TestOut
     |  Apr 28, 2016
    I’ve been a technology enthusiast for as long as I can remember. Having a constant stream of new devices parading through my home is something my family has come to accept and to enjoy along with me. Many people in our society have spoken out about the loss they feel in their personal connections that comes from increased connection to devices. I had never admitted to that affect in my own life until last night…
  • Where the certification industry is heading: What I learned from the 2016 ATP Conference in Orlando, Florida

    Dave Alexander - Certification Manager, TestOut
     |  Apr 06, 2016
    I left the 2016 ATP Conference in Orlando, Florida with the words of Bill Murray's "What About Bob?" character in my head..."There are two types of people in this world..."
  • Permission to Fail and Courage to Try

    Calvin Harper
     |  Apr 04, 2016
    Noel Vallejo, TestOut President and CEO, picked up a lot of useful information about being successful in business and life, but one message from a successful entrepreneur really stuck with him. It was "I give you permission to fail."
  • Flipped Classroom vs Blended Classroom - The Real Difference

    Ladd Timpson, VP of Marketing, TestOut
     |  Feb 16, 2016
    Technology and the ever-increasing ubiquity of the Internet have offered students and instructors alike the opportunity to use virtual classrooms to teach or complete curriculum remotely. However, students still benefit from face-to-face time with instructors, and instructors are able to better assist students when meeting in person. For this reason, many technology instructors opt to offer curriculum both online and in the classroom.
  • 17 Best Things About Teaching at a University

    Prof. Roydon Olsen, former faculty member at Brigham Young University
     |  Jan 29, 2016
    You may be considering a career in teaching, but may not know where you would like to teach. Many professionals may choose a position in secondary education, but risk becoming frustrated with low pay and unmotivated students. As an alternative, teaching at a university offers higher pay, the opportunity to teach motivated students, and a number of other benefits.
  • Teaching Trends for 2016

    John J. Harris - VP of Sales, TestOut
     |  Jan 20, 2016
    As technology advances, so too do teaching methods and student expectations. As a teacher, you do not want to be stuck in one teaching pattern when your students may be accustomed to newer and more exciting ways of learning. By becoming informed of the coming trends in teaching for 2016, you can prepare your classroom accordingly, ensuring that your teaching matches your students expectations for learning in a technologically advanced atmosphere.
  • Success Requires a Strong Finish

    Sean W. Trewartha, Chief Financial Officer
     |  Aug 12, 2013
    When I was young, I fell in love with the game of golf. In the summer of my sophomore year of high school, I purchased a season pass to the local golf course with the intent of mastering the game. As that summer progressed, my skills improved, but I soon hit a plateau that was proving difficult to overcome. Round after round my scores stayed the same or got worse. Out of sheer frustration, that summer...
  • Executive Message: Taking TestOut Around the World

    John Harris, VP of Sales
     |  Jul 12, 2013
    Companies go international for a variety of reasons, but the goal is typically company growth or expansion. Whether a company hires international employees or searches for new markets abroad, an international strategy can help diversify and expand a business.
  • 5 Ways to Raise Funds for Your High School IT Program

    John Carrera
     |  Mar 04, 2013
    Funding a quality IT program is almost a full-time job. When your IT program is certification-centered, which I hope yours is, the costs to teach it properly can be high. It’s expensive to purchase the equipment as well as the exam vouchers. I have been leading a successful IT program for 9 years, helping over 60 students achieve industry standard certifications, never asking a student to pay a cent to train and certify.
  • Campus Help Desk Positions Give Students Valuable Experience

     |  Feb 07, 2012
    IT students using LabSim, do you work in a part- or full-time help desk position while going to school? Perhaps your help desk role is even on campus, giving technical support to faculty and other students.