General Questions What is The Center on Rural Innovation Future is Digital Challenge? The Center on Rural Innovation Future is Digital Challenge is a challenge program dedicated to tech upskilling and ensuring thousands of residents in small towns and communities are equipped to participate in the 21st-century digital economy! How can I benefit from this program? Through this program, you will be taking a step towards your future and gaining skills that will open up new opportunities for you to become part of the growing digital economy. This challenge is relevant to anyone with an interest and drive, no matter what your background is. It doesn't matter if you're an engineer, a student, a job-seeker, a teacher. This program will introduce you to one of 3 fundamental skills of the future: Digital Marketing, Business Analytics, or Front-End web development.No matter which track you choose, you are equipping yourself with the digital literacy skills needed to achieve your potential in the exciting future of work. You have the opportunity to shape your future, right here, right now. And become part of a powerful and vibrant community that will transform the digital ecosystem around you. How does the learner journey look like as part of this program? As a Future Is Digital Challenge student in any of the three tracks you selected, you will have the opportunity to be a part of two phases of this challenge: The first phase, which is the foundational phase (open to all learners), and the second phase which is a Udacity Nanodegree scholarship phase (which is more selective). As part of the first phase, you will learn about the foundational elements of the track you've selected, in a subject that is pivotal to the future of work. You will also get the chance to learn more about the state of remote work and how to manage yourself and your teams if you choose to be or find yourself in a remote work setting. And the good news is, there are NO prerequisites to starting this program. You do not need any previous knowledge or experience! Because you will be learning all the fundamentals with us! The best part is if you dedicate only ONE hour a day for studying, you will be able to finish the first phase in less than a month, and if you have to spend TWO hours a day studying, you'll be able to finish the first phase in less than two weeks! It's all in your hands. It's in your control. After completing the first phase, you will get the chance to assess what you’ve learned through a certification assessment. Once you pass this assessment, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Udacity and the Center of Rural Innovation, signed by Udacity's founder Sebastian Thrun. With that, you'll be done with the first phase. Now, if you are interested in advancing your knowledge even further and empower yourself to take on the jobs of the future, you can try out for the second phase - the Udacity Nanodegree Scholarship. To try out, you will need to sign up for, complete, and pass the Final Assessment, set at a predefined date, which will test your skills further in your previously selected topic. If you're found eligible, you will be shortlisted for the Nanodegree Scholarship! This is a selective process, so make sure you're ready for that Final Assessment when the date approaches! And throughout your entire journey and across both phases, you will have access to an online community platform, where you will get to ask other students and tutors for support to help you through any learning difficulties or even to network! This is going to be a fun ride. What are the eligibility criteria to enroll? Any individual living in a rural community in the US is eligible to enroll in this program. Are there any fees for enrollment? There are no fees for enrollment. The Center on Rural Innovation Future is Digital Challenge is sponsored by CORI and Udacity and will be free of charge for both Phase 1 and Phase 2. What is the duration of the CORI Challenge? The program is a two-phased challenge. Phase 1 is designed to run over a period of 4 weeks (1 month) where students will self-enroll and learn on a self-paced basis. Phase 2 is designed to run over a period of 10-12 weeks after that for qualifying students from Phase 1. However, it is important to note that the program is self-paced, you can finish it in less than the designed duration if you wish. What are the prerequisites for enrollment? No prior experience is required for enrollment. Basic computer skills like managing files, navigating the Internet, and running programs will be useful. We'll teach you everything you need to know. Is this program online, in-person, or a combination of both? This is a fully online program. Throughout the cohort, students get to learn through online videos in their classroom and interact with peers, coaches, and instructors on their community platform. You may, however, choose to meet with your community members and peers in person, if you wish. Can I change the email address that I have used to sign-up? You should maintain the email address you used to apply for The Center on Rural Innovation Future is Digital Challenge for the duration of your entire course in order to maintain eligibility for this scholarship. How do I enroll in the program? Students can self-enroll in Phase 1 of this program immediately, through this link. Until when is the challenge available? Enrollments begin September 22, 2020, and continue on a rolling basis; Learners must complete their course within 4 weeks of enrollment in order to get certified. Learners who enroll between September 22 and October 5, 2020, will enjoy a full 4 weeks to complete the course. Those who enroll after October 6, 2020, and throughout the month of October (e.g. October 15, October 22, etc), will need to complete the full course before November 5, 2020, in order to get certified.Further clarification:* Learners who enroll between September 22 and October 5, 2020, will enjoy a full 4 weeks to complete the course (e.g. a learner enrolling on September 23, 2020, must complete their foundational course before October 23, 2020, in order to get certified; a learner who enrolls on October 1 must complete before November 1 to get certified, and so on).* Those who enroll after October 6, 2020, will need to complete the full course before November 5, 2020, in order to get certified (i.e. a learner who enrolls on October 7, October 15, or October 22, 2020, etc. must still complete the entire course before November 5, 2020, in order to get certified). What are the criteria to be selected for the ND phase ( Phase 2 )? Students who successfully receive the Certification of Completion are eligible to take the Final Assessment for their corresponding Nanodegree Program scholarship. To do so, eligible students must register their interest in taking the Final Assessment from within the graduation email they receive after Certification. Final Assessment details and instructions are found in the “Certificate of Completion and Final Assessment” section in your classroom. Once the assessment is available on November 8th (the assessment date), the link to take the assessment will be sent through email only to graduates who register their interest. You will need to register your interest for the Final Assessment before November 5, 2020, and sit for the Final Assessment on November 8, 2020. There are no other days that this Assessment will take place. Accordingly, students who sit for the Final Assessment will then go through a selection process based on their score and selected candidates will be shortlisted for the Nanodegree Program scholarship. How can I register for the final assessment? After passing the Certification Assessment and gaining your Certificate of Completion, you’ll receive a graduation email through which you can register your interest in taking the Final Assessment (Check your inbox, spam, and promotional folders) Final Assessment details and instructions are found in the “Certificate of Completion and Final Assessment” section in your classroom. Once the assessment is available on November 8 (the assessment date), the link to take the assessment will be sent through email only to graduates who register their interest. You will need to register your interest for the Final Assessment before November 5, 2020, and sit for the Final Assessment on November 8, 2020. There are no other days that this Assessment will take place. How can I know if I have been qualified for Phase 2 and when does it start? You will receive an email from the Udacity team confirming that you have been qualified for Phase 2. Can I compete for the nanodegree scholarship more than once? Students will only be eligible for one attempt for the Final Assessment per track, which is your way of competing for the Nanodegree scholarship. Students will only be able to qualify for one Nanodegree scholarship (if eligible) across the duration of the entire CORI Future is Digital Challenge. How many assessments should I expect as part of this journey? As part of Phase 1, there is one assessment per track named the Certification Assessment, which you must pass within 4 weeks from your enrollment day in order to get certified for the Foundational Phase of the program. If you would like to compete for a Nanodegree Program Scholarship to enter Phase 2, you can expect one Final Assessment per Nanodegree Program scholarship. Can I withdraw/postpone studying after I am enrolled? There are no withdrawal or postponing options after you are enrolled in any of the phases. You should only join this program if you are committed to learning and graduating within the defined timeline of the program. Will you provide us with any kind of career support? Udacity will provide supportive career content as part of the Future is Digital Challenge.