Hey there everyone! We're well and truly past our official Know it. Prove it. Learning Challenge deadline, and the tour is coming to an end. As a reminder, we're going to have the site running until March 25, so if you want to finish off a Challenge, go for it. Regardless, I highly recommend that you add the courses to your MVA Learning Plan so you have easy access to them from your dashboard. I'll show you how to do this in a moment.
But for now - CONGRATULATIONS! You completed the tour, and no matter how much you completed, you took up the challenge to start your year off right and get skilled up on technology. I'm proud of you all, and you should definitely be proud of yourself. It's an achievement of monumental proportions, and if you completed a full challenge, all I can say is WOW! So impressed! I'm going to return in a day or two to let you know about what's next, but for this post I wanted to run through some numbers, give you the full country breakdown I promised and a couple of tips on working with MVA.
So, the numbers. You know what's amazing? People were still signing up for Know it. Prove it. right up until the end (and even today we saw hundreds sign up!). A lot of you finished your challenges in the last week. And even more of you managed to finish at least one course in their challenges. So, just how many are we talking about?
55,425 people signed up for Know it. Prove it.39,197 KiPi participants signed up for at least one challenge.8,880 KiPi participants completed a course.4,641 KiPi participants completed an entire challenge.
Over 55,000 people? That's crazy! And almost three quarters of you went on to sign up for a challenge? That's amazing! And more than four and a half thousand people completed an entire challenge, filling up their little badge all green? I. AM. IMPRESSED.
Oh, and the other number I've referred to previously? There were over 53,000 challenges started. 14,000 extra challenges. That means, thousands of you did more than one challenge!
To finish, here are a couple of charts that show you the breakdown of the challenges and who participated in Know it. Prove it. First, the challenges.
Web Development - wow! Over 15,000 people all coming together from all over the globe and learning how to develop for the web. And while Hybrid Cloud may have had the least number of total challenges started, they were amongst the highest proportion of people finishing the challenge. :)
And just who took part?
I know I keep repeating myself, but wow! Check out all you lovely people! The three big areas - Developers, IT Pros and Students are all present of course, but there's a massive number of you who don't fall into one of those categories. WAY TO GO!
So, as I mentioned, I highly encourage you to add your challenge courses to your MVA Learning Plan. When we hit March 25, we're going to shut down Know it. Prove it. for a while. That's because there's something new coming and we need to make space for it. But it also means you won't have easy access to those courses unless you add them to your Learning Plan.
So how do you do that? Super easy. Here are the steps:
The course will be available from your My Learning Plan tab in your MVA Dashboard, and always available from the My Dashboard link at the top of any MVA page.
Did you know that you can show off your progress on Microsoft Virtual Academy? If not, you're not the only one. MVA has a public profile that you can control and link to. Usually, people can see your profile in places like the Top Students list, but there is a way to get a direct link to your profile so you can send it to others. Here's how to do that.
3. This will allow you to control your public profile. Make sure you check the Publish my profile on MVA checkbox, and check the profile items you want to show off.
4. Scroll down the page until you find the My status in MVA section. Check the components you want to show off, but for KiPi courses, you'll need to make sure Courses is selected.
5. Then click the Save button.
6. And here's where the secret magic happens. Scroll back to the top of the profile page, and click the View what others can see about me link. Voila! Your public profile, with the items you selected including the courses you completed! Just grab the URL out of your browser's address bar and share away!
Don't believe me? Here's my MVA public profile: http://mva.microsoft.com/Profile.aspx?alias=468122
Born to Learn has a public profile too. Remember, Born to Learn is the Microsoft site we used to integrate the blog and forums into Know it. Prove it. on Microsoft Virtual Academy. While this might not seem important, soon we'll be able to show off your completed KiPi badges on your Born to Learn profile. They'll appear right up the top of your profile page. Check out my profile page here: https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/members/mrandypuppy. You'll see I have a couple of system badges because I'm from Microsoft and I write a blog. Alongside those will be some pretty green badges (well, in my case, only one) that show off your achievement. Go to Born to Learn, sign in, and then click on your name in the top right and you'll be taken directly to your profile. Simple, and then easy to share.
The last thing for today's post is the full country list. Ready? Here you go:
Congratulations again! You're all rock stars. Thank you for being part of the wild ride.
Will there be another "Know It. Prove It." challenge in the near future?
could you please be so kind to confirm me which is the effective Time Zone that gets considered (from your and MVA sides) to ensure KiPi Challenges can be completed within proper announced time limits ?
I'm asking you this because so far :
- I've considered that such time limits were valid for PDT time zone, but now in [ Courses Completed ] section of my MVA Dashboard I'm still missing 2nd Challenge 'Hybrid Cloud' that I completed within expected time limit (25 March) but obviously for PDT time zone;
- even after reporting same issue above on MVA Support Forum, so far I received no feedback at all.