This Future Skills Lab frequently asked questions overview tries to answer your questions. If your question is not answered, please share it with us!
Question: What do I need to start a Future Skills Lab course?
Answer: You only need a Windows Live ID email address. With this Windows Live ID email address, you can register on our DataChangers Academy from our partner DataChangers. If you don’t have a Windows Live ID yet, you can create one here: https://signup.live.com/ You can create a new email address, or use one of your existing email addresses, and set it up as a Windows Live ID. After registration on the DataChangers Academy, you can explore the courses and enroll.
If you want to follow a complete track, and get Microsoft certified, please make sure that you also enroll for the chosen track on the Microsoft Academy.
Question: Why do I need a Windows Live ID?
Answer: A Certificate of Completion is issued by Microsoft. Your Windows Live ID is the linking pin between the DataChangers Academy and Microsoft. After finishing a course, you are led to a website from Microsoft where you can issue a voucher. If you join a Future Skills Lab program, these vouchers will be included. In order to issue a voucher, Microsoft will check if you have completed the course successfully. Therefore, the Windows Live ID is used as an unique key to make the connection with the DataChangers Academy and check your results.
Question: Are the online courses really for free?
Answer: Yes they are! Of course our Future Skills Lab programs are not, but our partner DataChangers has a lot of online courses available to keep you going after graduation. We believe in lifelong learning and want to facilitate you to keep up to the latest skills. Optionally you can buy a voucher for a Certificate of Completion after completing a course, which you can share on LinkedIn.
Question: I’ve finished my course, now what?
Answer: If you are following a Future Skills Lab program, you will get certificates for the corresponding courses. But if you want to continue learning, you have to option to buy a voucher for a Certificate of Completion from DataChangers, which you can share on LinkedIn. We hope that you will continue learning, and enroll in other courses.
Question: I would like to offer these courses to my students, would that be possible?
Answer: Yes, that is possible, please contact our partner DataChangers on learning [at] datachangers [dot] com.
Question: I run an NGO/Foundation, do you have special voucher rates?
Answer: Yes, we understand that NGOs/Foundations have different monetary goals. Please send our partner DataChangers your question at learning [at] datachangers [dot] com. For complete program, please contact us directly.
Question: I need a Power BI account, how can I get that?
Answer: You can sign up for an “Office 365 for Business” trial account, and this will create an email address that will meet the criteria for a PowerBI service account. Go here: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/small-business-solutions and scroll down to the “Office Business or Business Premium” and click on “Try for Free“. When you fill this out you need (you can invent one) a business name. It will end up using this to create a business email account such as firstname.lastname@example.org. With this address that ends with onmicrosoft.com, which you can use for the Power Bi service.