IBM Knows What eLearners Want
Like Mel Gibson in that one movie about what women want, IBM has put its finger on the reality of what students and other learners want to get out of using online tools and courseware to study technology. Unlike movie Mel Gibson, who gains access to his dazzling insights after hitting his head by falling into a bathtub while using a blow dryer — yikes! — IBM Training and Skills Blog contributor Alexander Ziegler is referencing boring ol' academic research. (By the way, you're overdoing it Mel Gibson: You don't have to blow dry your hair and slip and fall and hit your head and land in a bathtub. Pick a thing. No one cares how it happened.) One thing that users apparently want out of their online learning is to tackle it in easily digestible chunks. IBM's research shows that the optimum length for your course module, or video lesson, or refresher quiz, or whatever it is, is somewhere between 15 minutes and one hour. That's it. If you cross the line, then you're losing learners' attention. The post covers five key expectations that online learners have, so if you're involved in any sort of certification training design, or if you just want to know how people tend to approach online learning, then it's worth clicking over to peruse the other insights.
Microsoft Prepares for October Learning Conference
In addition to being a gigantic software corporation that manages the world's most widely used computer operating system, maintains a massive cloud computing platform, dabbles in video gaming, and still has an impressive (if gradually weakening) hammerlock on the school/workplace word processing and productivity market, Microsoft devotes a lot of time to helping people study and learn about technology topics. If you're among the learners who are currently engaged in furthering some branch of your education using Microsoft courses or tools, then you may want to draw a circle around Oct. 7 on your calendar, so that you don't miss the upcoming 2022 Microsoft Student Summit. As noted in a new post to the Microsoft Learn Blog, the three-hour virtual event will provide "career advice, introductions to cloud-enabled developer tools, an Imagine Cup kick-off, project ideation, and brainstorming." The summit will also touch on aspects of one of the biggest elements of Microsoft Learn: training programs that funnel individuals toward various Microsoft certifications. Don't miss it!
Pearson/Certiport Reflect on 20 Years of Microsoft Office Specialist Championship Events
Generally speaking, there's probably not a whole lot of opportunity across the IT spectrum to crank up the classic Queen arena rock anthems "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions." At a professional basketball or football game? Sure. During an IT certification study jam, or even following a grueling day at the office? Not so much. There is, however, at least one IT venue where new champions are forged each year: The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship hosted annually around the globe by Microsoft certification partner Certiport. Believe it or not, the Certiport team has been crowning teens and young adults as the most proficient Microsoft Office users for 20 years (the most recent championship event wrapped up in July), which is a pretty impressive track record. There's an engaging retrospective that discusses the history of the event over at the Pearson VUE press center. If you've ever participated or supported the MOS World Championship, then you'll probably enjoy taking a look.
Amazon Web Services Dives into Data
Almost everyone in IT certification probably already knows that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an obvious place to turn to for cloud computing certifications. You can do more than just explore the cloud computing universe, however, with AWS training and certification study resources. A new post to the AWS Training and Certification Blog shines a spotlight on the AWS Certified Data Analytics - Specialty credential, which offers an outstanding opportunity to plug yourself into an exciting and fast-growing IT subsector. As noted by blogger Carole Suarez: "Across industries, organizations are in a transitional period of modernization, looking at how to advance their use of data to make strategic business decisions. Social media, finance, manufacturing, and transportation are some of the industries producing incredible amounts of data." Apparently it's time to take a wider view of AWS certification. There's more ot learn about, it would seem, than just cloud computing.
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