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6. Learning with Kubicle
Kubicle courses are made up of various elements. In this lesson we introduce the various components of a Kubicle course.
Lesson Goal (00:10)
The goal of this lesson is to learn how to complete courses on Kubicle.
Accessing a Course (00:15)
You can access courses from your dashboard, or by browsing the full library. When you enter a course for the first time, you are automatically taken to the first lesson of the course.
Watching Lessons (02:18)
Lessons are the main component of Kubicle courses. Kubicle lessons are short and to the point. Courses focus on business problems, and lessons often form part of an overall case study running throughout the course.
Below the video are various useful resources. The Summary tab provides a reference of the material covered in the lesson. The Lesson Files section includes a before file and after file, and other files needed to complete the lesson. This lets you follow along as you watch the lesson video. Finally, the Transcript tab provides a full transcript of the lesson.
To the right of the lesson are the contents for the course you’re doing. You can also take notes through the My Notes tab. When you write a note, it’s saved to the specific lesson, and it will be there anytime you return to the lesson in the future. For software-based courses, you also can access keyboard shortcuts for that application, which can be switched between Windows and Mac.
Completing Exercises (03:00)
Exercises allow you to apply the knowledge you learn in the lessons to business problems. When you start an exercise, you need to download a file that contains the data you need to complete the task. The exercise then provides the instructions that you need to complete the task. After attempting the exercise yourself, you can then watch the solution video to verify your solution.
Taking the Exam (03:35)
Each course has an exam at the end. You need to score 75% to pass the exam and complete the course. Exams mix dataset questions and multiple choice questions. If an exam uses a dataset, you’ll be prompted to download it at the start of the exam.
After you complete the exam, you’ll be told immediately if you’ve passed. If you haven’t passed, you'll be told which questions you got wrong, and which lessons you should revise to get those questions right. You can retake an exam immediately, but we recommend you revise the relevant material first. Kubicle exams are randomized, meaning the questions and dataset will differ slightly each time you take the exam.
If you’ve passed the exam, you’ll be given your final score, and you can download a certificate of completion. When you return to the dashboard, the course will be listed in the Complete tab.
- [Instructor] In the previous lesson, we learned how to get set up and ready to learn with Kubicle. In this lesson, we'll learn how to complete courses on Kubicle.
Kubicle courses are at the core of Kubicle's learning experience and completing them will allow you to gain valuable certifications and CPE or CPD credits. You can access a course from your dashboard or if you'd like, through the library view.
Keep in mind that your dashboard view is specifically designed to guide your progress in a personalized manner.
Let's jump into an Excel course to see what these components look like.
Once you start a course for the first time you'll be taken to the first lesson of the course. Kubicle's courses consists of video lessons, exercises, and an end-of-course exam. Lessons are the main component of Kubicle courses. Kubicle lessons are short and to the point with most lessons being around five minutes or less. Courses focus on practical business problems and lessons often form part of an overall case study running throughout the course.
Below the video, you'll find several more useful resources. The summary tab provides a useful reference of the material covered in the lesson. You can click on the section headers to go to that section of the lesson. The lesson files typically include a before file and an after file, as well as any other files needed to complete the lesson. This is an extremely valuable resource that allows you to put what you're learning into practice in real time so that you can learn by doing. We strongly recommend that you follow lessons using these files in relevant applications when possible. If you have two screens, even better. You can watch the lesson on one screen and you use the corresponding lesson files to complete the lesson actions yourself on the other screen. This will really reinforce your learning of the subject.
Finally, the transcript section provides a full transcript of the lesson. You can click a section to go to that point in the lesson.
To the right of the lesson, we can see the content for this particular course allowing you to jump to your next lesson or exercise as needed. While you're learning, you can take notes through the course's My Notes tab. If we write a note and press Enter to save, we can see this note is saved linking it to the relevant lesson. It will be visible anytime we return to this course in the future.
Also in this panel, you'll find keyboard shortcuts for Excel. We can alternate between Windows and Mac shortcuts. At Kubicle, we like keyboard shortcuts as they significantly improve your productivity. So this list of shortcuts is an important resource. Building good shortcut habits early on pays off.
Now let's open an exercise. Exercises allow you to apply the knowledge you learn in the lessons to business problems. Exercises provide a file to download, which will contain the relevant data you need to complete the task. You are also provided with instructions that tell you what actions you need to take.
After attempting the exercise yourself you can then watch the solution video which will show you the correct way to complete the task.
At the end of each course is an exam. Exams test your understanding of the material in a course. You typically need to score 75% in order to pass the exam.
Exams contain a mixture of data set questions and multiple choice questions. Where an exam contains data set questions, you'll be prompted to download the data set at the start of the exam. You'll then need to use the data set to answer the relevant questions. For multiple choice questions, you simply need to select the option that you think is correct.
Once you've completed the exam, you can submit your answers and you will be told immediately if you've passed. If you haven't passed you'll be told which questions you got wrong and which lessons contain the relevant information to answer that question.
You can retake an exam immediately but we recommend that you revise the material first. Note that Kubicle's exams are randomized. This means if you have to retake an exam, the questions and the data set will be slightly different each time. This means you cannot rely on repeating the same answers each time to pass the exam. You need to ensure that you understand the underlying concepts first. Once you've passed an exam you'll be given your final score and you'll get the opportunity to download a certificate of completion.
When you return to your dashboard, you'll find that the course is listed under the complete tab.
This concludes our look at completing Kubicle content. In the next and final lesson of this course, we'll learn how to make continuous progress with Kubicle ensuring that it becomes a long-term resource for keeping you data literate.