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There is Always Something New to Learn

I had a really interesting email this morning from Microsoft Virtual Academy. This was something that I signed up to a few years back and had forgotten about till this morning. The Microsoft Virtual Academy hosts several technology based courses which people can take in order to learn a lot of the fundamental basics. There are several courses based around, programming, web design and implementation, cloud computing, security, mobile development and games development to name a few.

The email today was to inform me of a challenge which they are setting to those who are willing to give it a go. What the are doing is asking people to try to fit in at least one course from a selection eight different courses. The different courses cover topics such as cloud development, game development, mobile development, web development, hybrid cloud, identity and access management, office 365 and SharePoint. Each of the courses require between 25 and 38 hours of study. The only stipulation is that you complete them before the end of February.

I have already a good knowledge when it comes to programming but these courses seem really interesting so I have decided to give the challenge a go. I am really tempted to give all of the courses a go but I know that there is no way I am going to be able to manage all 8. I have decided that I am going to do the Web Development for sure and I may choose one more or possibly two more but no more than that.

Here's hoping that I manage to complete the challenge. If you fancy having a go at the challenge or you are interested in finding out more about the Virtual Academy visit the page here.

Image Credit » Taken from the Microsoft Website

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Koalemos wrote on January 26, 2015, 10:45 AM

I have always had a very active interest in computers, but none of those categories really appeal to me.

Maplewinter wrote on January 26, 2015, 11:09 AM

I did my degree on software development but we only really touched on web development and they dropped the game development module which was the deciding factor on me taking the course but never mind. I am sure I will find this helpful in the end.

Koalemos wrote on January 26, 2015, 11:13 AM

I can see how the course would be of interest to you since it is in a similar genre to your education.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 26, 2015, 12:05 PM

Computer terminology I don´t understand, so I´m definitely not a horse for that particular course.

UK_Writer wrote on January 26, 2015, 12:31 PM

I'd never get round to it. Things seem a good idea when I sign up, then I forget :)

Maplewinter wrote on January 26, 2015, 2:11 PM

It helps that I have a degree in computer science. I haven't done anything since I finished uni so it will be good to be doing something in that subject field.

Maplewinter wrote on January 26, 2015, 2:12 PM

I know what you mean I used to do things like that when I was working and studying for my degree. Now I have all day to myself so I there is nothing better than learning something new during that time.

suzzy3 wrote on January 26, 2015, 4:16 PM

I am not very technical , but maybe one day given the time , I just may well give it a go.

Maplewinter wrote on January 26, 2015, 5:06 PM

You never know when the right time will be to learn these sorts of skills. But it is safe to say that there will always be help out there when you are ready.

Dragonfairy1 wrote on January 26, 2015, 5:21 PM

Interesting, I've never heard of it but I'm always keen to learn more about computers.

Maplewinter wrote on January 27, 2015, 3:28 AM

I had never heard of them until I was told that I had to complete one of their modules as work for my degree course. There are loads of course on there and not just the ones for the challenge.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 27, 2015, 5:36 AM

Good for you love, something to keep the grey matter ticking over.

arthurchappell wrote on January 27, 2015, 7:34 AM

pretty useful stuff to learn in this day and age

Maplewinter wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:04 AM

It is as more and more is becoming technologically based