Glossary of terms

A summary and definition of all the relevant concepts in Instruqt.

Challenge - An individual incremental step in a track. A challenge comes with a concrete assignment for the learner, and you can add scripts that check if the learner completed the challenge. The check script (and all other lifecycle scripts) execute on the sandbox host.

Content developer - That's you! You're building tracks on the platform, and you're part of an organization on Instruqt.

Command line interface - Instruqt provides CLI you can install on your local machine. With the CLI you can download track configuration. Using a text editor, you can work on your track and upload it to deploy the changes.

Cloud accounts - As a part of the sandbox environment, you can add a Google Cloud project, AWS credentials, or an Azure subscription. Instruqt makes sure the credentials are available on the hosts in the sandbox. For example, if you connect a Google Cloud project, the command line interface gcloud is available on the host, logged in and configured to use that project.

Learner - We call someone playing a track a learner. Depending on your context, you might refer to a learner as a prospect, lead, or customer.

Lifecycle scripts - There are four scripts that execute on sandbox hosts as a part of the challenge lifecycle: setup, check, solve, and cleanup. There is an additional track cleanup script that executes before the sandbox environment is stopped. Lifecycle scripts always execute on a sandbox host.

Notes - Before the learner starts a challenge, notes show on the screen. This is where you provide additional context to the assignment. Every challenge has notes - they are a great way to keep the learner engaged while they are waiting for the setup script of the challenge to complete.

Sandbox environment - The sandbox environment starts on-demand when a user starts a track (you can also enable pooling to pre-start sandboxes. Part of the sandbox are hosts (the learner has shell access to them), and one or more connected cloud accounts.

Sandbox host - As a part of the sandbox environment, you can add hosts. A host is either a container or a virtual machine. Instruqt patches the sandbox host to provide shell access to the learner.

Quiz - A special type of challenge is the quiz. They are a great way to test the knowledge of your learners by asking them questions throughout the track. A quiz requires a correct answer before the learner can continue to the next challenge.

Topic - A collection of tracks. You can use them for example to group tracks that are part of a workshop, or tracks that form a learning journey.

Track - The main building block for content on Instruqt. A track guide learners through a series of challenges in a sandbox environment. Learners typically perform their tasks in a web-based shell that runs on a sandbox host.

Track invite - A track invite link lets learners claim access to a private track, and add it to their Study Room, so they can return to it later.