I am newly enrolled in the program, is there any onboarding video that can help show me my way around the classroom?
Yes, you can watch this tutorial video that will give you a brief tour of your classroom.
What is the role of the session leader and how can I know who my session leader is?
Your session leader is a Udacity-affiliated subject matter expert, there to help you successfully navigate your Nanodegree program from enrollment straight through to graduation. The session leader is the person who will be conducting your weekly connect sessions. He/She will answer your questions, help you overcome any technical challenges, point you to helpful resources and give you guidance on strategies for program success. Once you are enrolled in your nanodegree, you will receive an email informing you about your session leader. You can also learn more about your session leader, among other session details, from your classroom.
What do you mean by "Slack learner Community?"
As soon as you enroll, an email will be sent to you to access the learner Slack Community specific to this program. This enables you to connect directly with your community of learners in real-time; all Udacity learners regularly use these forums to support each other's work, answer each other's questions, and to share relevant ideas and resources. Plus, your Session Leads are also part of this community and available to support you through these forums. Virtually all of our graduates highlight this community aspect as one of the most important parts of their Nanodegree program experience.
I have missed a connect session, what should I do?
You must reach out to your session lead in advance on Slack to inform him or her that you will not be able to attend your session, as the Session Lead is responsible for tracking your attendance. If you have already missed your connect session, please reach out to your Session Lead immediately with a clear explanation of why you did so and why you were not able to inform him/her of this in advance of the session. Weekly connect sessions are very important. They are considered one of the main pillars of the program and make sure you stay on track to graduate. Missing sessions might cause you to fall behind and could put your enrollment in jeopardy.
How many hours a week should I expect to spend on my coursework, in order to succeed in this program?
Between instructional content, quizzes, projects, and other course-related activity, we estimate that investing from 10 to 15 hours/week of self-study including attending weekly Connect sessions will enable Nanodegree program learners to proceed through the curriculum at a successful pace.
How often do Udacity Connect sessions take place?
Udacity Connect Sessions will take place on a weekly basis, on the same day and at the same time, every week. Attending Connect Sessions is a mandatory part of participating in the program and failure to keep up with attendance will put you at risk of losing your scholarship. The exact schedule for your weekly sessions and monthly meetups will be shared with you at the beginning of the cohort via e-mail.
What is the duration of each session?
This cohort, the Udacity Connect Sessions will be virtual and will last from 1.5 to 2 hours every week.
What should I be ready for a Udacity Connect session?
Prepare your own laptop, headphones, power cord, your energy and readiness to learn and whatever else you find helpful when working on your Nanodegree program.
What happens during a Udacity Connect session, and what are the goals?
Udacity Connect sessions are focused on delivering three key benefits:
- Collaboration: You'll have the opportunity to work with instructors and peers to complete projects, overcome challenges, and master new concepts.
- Accountability: You'll benefit from check-ins with your Session Lead, who will help you with goal-setting, time management, and motivation.
- Efficiency: Based on a model of 1.5 hours/week spent in Udacity Connect virtual sessions, and 10 hours/week spent on independent study, you will successfully complete your Nanodegree program just in time.
Your Session Lead will also present lectures covering course material, and your program will additionally feature guest speakers—who are working professionals in relevant fields—speaking about their jobs, and how they apply the concepts you'll be actively working on.
How do Project Reviews work?
Every time you submit a project, you will receive in-depth, personalized feedback on your project submission from one of our expert project reviewers. They will not only tell you what you got right or wrong but will also provide guidance on what you should do differently and give suggestions on how you can go even further with your project.
If I am having a problem with my projects, what can I do?
You can always reach out to your session lead on Slack. They can answer your questions, point you to helpful resources, and give you guidance on strategies for program success. Your Session Lead is there to help you successfully navigate your Nanodegree program straight through from enrollment to graduation.
Will I have access to the material even after the cohort ends?
Yes! Successful graduates of our Nanodegree programs are eligible to keep static curriculum access for one year. Please note, however, that learners who leave the program—or who are removed from the program—prior to successfully graduating, will cease to have access.
What is the Revoking process?
Scholarships serve as an opportunity of a lifetime and students who get this opportunity are taking the spot of other applicants who dream of this opportunity. In the revoking process, students who are not taking the scholarship seriously and not actively learning or progressing in the classroom will be revoked (or removed) from their scholarship in the first month of the program. Therefore, students should exhibit enough progress in their program in the first month so that they don't lose their seats in this opportunity of a lifetime.