See below for Classroom FAQs for the Microsoft Cloud and Data Scholarship Program.
What is the duration of the program?
- The program is designed to run from April 26th, 2022 until July 26th, 2022. However, it is important to note that the program is self-paced and you can finish it in less than the designed duration if you are willing and able to do so.
How many hours a week should I expect to spend on my coursework in order to finish on time?
- Between instructional content, quizzes, projects, and other course-related activities, we recommend allocating 10-15 hours a week for learning.
I feel lost after accessing my classroom, is there any guide to help me?
- Please watch this tutorial video that will help to get you familiar with your classroom.
If I need support with my projects or content, who can I reach out to?
- You can always reach out to the tutors on Slack. They can answer your questions, point you to helpful resources, and give you guidance to complete the program successfully. The tutors are there to help you successfully navigate your Nanodegree straight through from enrollment to graduation.
What do you mean by the Slack Student Community?
- Once you are enrolled, you will be given access to the student Slack Community specific to this program. You will receive your Slack invitation via email once you are enrolled. This enables you to connect directly with your classmates in real-time; all Udacity students regularly use these forums to support each other, answer each other's questions, and share relevant ideas and resources. Also, the community team will be available to answer your non-technical questions. Students who are active in our Slack community tend to submit projects before the deadline and graduate on time so we highly encourage you to join the conversation and contribute to our vibrant online student community.
How can I use Slack to be able to post my technical questions?
- Once you are enrolled, you will receive an invitation email to your Slack Channel - please follow the link and instructions to register and then watch this tutorial video to learn how to use Slack. We recommend to also read Slack guidelines from here. Also, don't forget to download the app on your mobile phone to stay updated! It is available on both the App Store and Google Play!
How do project reviews work in the Nanodegree Program?
- Every time you submit a project, you will receive personalized feedback on your project submission from one of our expert human project reviewers. They will not only tell you what you got right and wrong but they will also provide some guidance on what you should try next and give suggestions on how you can go even further with your project. Once your review is ready, you will get an email notification which you can follow to access and read your project review.
- There are three results for the review:
- Meets Specifications: This means you passed your project because you met all requirements.
- Requires Changes: This means that you failed your project. However, the reviewer will highlight which part that requires to be edited so that you pass the project on your next submission. You can resubmit your project again after editing it through your classroom.
- Un-gradeable: This means that the reviewer was unable to grade your project. This could be because you either submitted the wrong files, or the files submitted cannot be opened if they are in an unsupported format. You can resubmit your project again from your classroom after addressing these issues.
What is plagiarism?
- Plagiarism is any act claiming or implying another person’s work is your own. We advise you to avoid Plagiarism, so do not copy the code, or part of the code, or use any cut and paste mechanisms verbatim. Learn more about Plagiarism by clicking on this link.
How do I maintain my seat in the program?
- Make sure to follow the program schedule presented in your classroom and you will be well on your way to graduating from your Nanodegree Program on time. However, if you do not make sufficient progress within the first 3 weeks of your program, you risk being "Revoked", or removed, from the program. The criteria you must meet in order to avoid being revoked include submitting one project or completing at least 30 classroom concepts (lessons) by week 3 of your program.
Can I participate again if I failed to graduate on time?
- Students who fail to graduate will be unable to participate again. As such, make sure to sign up only if you are willing and able to commit to learning and graduating within the allotted time frame of the program. Also, individuals are only eligible for one Nanodegree Program across the duration of this program.
Will I have access to the material of my Nanodegree after I finish it successfully?
- Yes, you will have indefinite static access to the content after you graduate from your Nanodegree. Static access will include classroom content that will not be updated over time. Such access will not include access to projects that were not previously submitted, as well as certain services, such as community channels, project reviews, workspaces, labs, or quizzes. Also, please note that learners will lose access to the content if they fail to finish within the Nanodegree's deadline.