#MSMVA Know it. Prove It. Challenge



For the past 3 years, a month out of the year, I have participated in Microsoft Virtual Academy’s Know It. Prove It. Challenge’s, aka, the #MSMVA Know it. Prove It. Challenge. This has been very rewarding for my skillset. It has enabled me to focus an hour a day towards updating my technical knowledge or learn something new. In the past, these have been before Build. So, I could even review or catch up on something that interested me using the challenges which, given the many topics of Build, has been very helpful.

The Challenge

The challenge runs from April 18, 2017 – May 17, 2017. The challenges offer a wide range of skills to learn, from beginner to advanced. The topics covered this year are Game Development, Building Apps with Xamarin, Build Intelligence into your Apps, Web Development for Beginners, IT Pro Fundamentals and Azure for IT Pros.

You can also earn badges for bragging rights…

mva kipi challenge 2017 badges
Gamification Badges for Learning.

This year, I am focusing on the Xamarin and Intelligent Apps challenges. Doing this should round out my application development skillset with a deeper understanding of mobile development and gain new skills in predictive analytics and cognitive services. If you are up to the challenge, I urge you to go to mva.microsoft.com and take the challenge. Because the remarkable thing about knowledge is that it is yours to keep and no one can take it away from you. So, always keep learning.

Happy learning!


Learning Paths on Microsoft Virtual Academy


Have you heard? Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers FREE learning from highly qualified instructors across a wide array of knowledge areas with a new feature. Read on to find out about learning paths on Microsoft Virtual Academy.

I have been using MVA for quite a long time. Actually, I have an MVA Founders Club badge with 6732 legacy points, I am not even sure if that is a high amount,  but I have also completed over 60 courses. It has been a really incredible resource for me and I didn’t have to invest anything but my own time.

But enough about what I have done, this post is about a new feature on MVA that is really exciting.

Learning Paths

They have learning paths for developers and IT pros. The really great thing about this is some are as short as 3 hours and as long as 21 hours. I have used learning paths for a couple of technology learning websites and I’ll be honest, some of their paths are 40, 60 or 80 hours. Which ridiculous considering a bachelor’s degree is technically 124 to 128 hours.

I mean, learning technology should be done by doing. You can watch all the videos you want but there is no replacement for doing the actual work, including following along in a lab or building things and breaking them. It’s just that simple.

Anyway, below is a screenshot of a learning path I will be jumping right into:

MVA Learning Paths
MVA Learning Paths

I hope to see more of this awesome work going into MVA and am looking forward to learning some new skills.

Happy learning.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin