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On Monday (21st June) we had our last Live Meeting for the 6 weeks of Windows Azure training virtual training we have been running out of Microsoft UK. Monday pretty much hit the mark of what we were after for the final day – good technical content mixed with a fair old sprinkling of fun. As a reminder, Adrian lost 3-1 in the “Students vs the SME” homework battle. Admittedly I was determine to make sure Adrian lost :-)

This may sound a little corny, but I did want to thank all those who took part during the 6 weeks – attendees and mentors – to make this pilot a great success. Plus a special thanks to my partner in crime, David Gristwood, who shared the load 50:50 throughout and as always, is a pleasure to work with and Adrian Jakeman for his tech savvy and great sessions he delivered.

But the real stars were “the students”. The dedication they have shown has been awesome – individuals completing homework while on holiday, sending in homework late because of child birth (Congrats!), cramming several weeks of study into a long weekend and even taking annual leave just to complete the training. Amazing stuff.

As I mentioned, this was a pilot. Which means we have been very diligent in collecting lots of feedback and stats to understand behaviour when 500 people sign up to this format.

We plan to look in detail at the feedback and the stats, but I thought folks might be interested in a mid point “pulse” we took 3 weeks in.

And finally, as part of yesterday we also gave away some books. FYI they went out (randomly - ish) to:

  • Paul Hadfield
  • Bhaarath Balraj
  • Trevor Fawcett 
  • Mahesh Devjibhai Dhola
  • Gavin Meiklejohn
  • Brian Watson

First 3 weeks “pulse”

We had 500 people registered for the training with an option to attend a weekly Live Meeting or watch the recording. Each week a new study guide was released and each week the students submitted homework.

Engagement - did the 500 actually do something :-)

Live Meeting attendees

  • Week 1 130
  • Week 2 63
  • Week 3 45

Live Meeting On Demand Viewings/Downloads

  • Week 1 191, 162, 173 (We published as 3 separate LMs)
  • Week 2 276
  • Week 3 143

Guide Downloads

  • Week 0 270 (Overview)
  • Week 1 676
  • Week 2 404
  • Week 3 234

Meeting Notes downloads

  • Week 1 200
  • Week 3 98
  • Week 3 108

Homework answers downloads

  • Week 1 141

Useful – did folks learn stuff?

A consistent poll we did on the LMs throughout the course was “Would you recommend this course to a colleague?”. I love this question above all others – “recommend” is just a powerful word.

I am pleased (TBH amazed) that every week 100% voted “yes” to this question. Wow. Thanks all!

Locations – did we help UK developers?

This was intended primarily for UK developers but we didn’t turn away folks from elsewhere.

  • Week 1 Guide - 66% of downloads from UK
  • Week 2 Guide – 70% of downloads from UK

Misc

Browsers and OS usage:

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Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:55 AM Events/Training , UK , Cloud Computing | Back to top


Comments on this post: 6 Weeks of Windows Azure comes to and end – and some stats to ponder on

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Couldn't make the last live meeting (looking forward to downloading the recording).

I hope we have future initiatives like this from Microsoft - it's really ideal for those of us who find it hard to get away from work to attend Microsoft events.

I learned a lot from the course and would recommend it to anyone interested in Azure development.
Left by Matt McQueen on Jun 22, 2010 10:21 AM

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Was a very useful course and glad Microsoft gave out their 'inside' training to the general public!

Would be nice to see the 'full internal' azure course which this was a cut down version of.

Overall very happy with the tutors Eric and David and material. Will be getting our own internal developers to work through the material as well as a great internal training resource now ! :)

Thanks

Shane Osborne
www.punkyduck.com
Left by Shane Osborne on Jun 22, 2010 11:48 AM

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Been meaning to blog about the course for a while but am time-challenged at the moment so this comment will have to do for now...

As someone who "dropped out" on the homework front on week 4 (long story, but sorry!!) just wanted to say "Thanks" for an excellent course. I hope you continue to offer the course to developers in future (ideally in a revised VS2010 flavour now that it's RTM :-)).

Overall I thought the course was excellent and I was grateful for the way the course steered me through the right videos and white papers. The fact we got some nice discounts and deals too was a nice bonus. Perhaps most importantly it was fun too. I now understand a hell of a lot more than I did before about Microsoft's cloud implementation and have a copy of "Azure in Action" that I am much keener to tackle now that I have an account and some experience of the development experience.

One thing to emphasise next time is that the 4 to 5 hours/week is probably a bit conservative (eg it doesn't take into account the time for the live chats). I had to do the course "out of hours" so couldn't participate in any of these, but found the transcripts one of the most useful parts of the course and too often I was running out of time in the four or five hours I'd allowed on a Sunday morning. My bad for leaving things a bit late every week, but work pressures are often hard to predict.

Thanks to everyone involved. And for those who didn't take part I highly recommend this course next time it's offered. An excellent job by Eric and Dave! Many thanks.
Left by Ian Smith on Jun 22, 2010 12:36 PM

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Hi Eric,

Is this content now accessible to the less fortunate who didnt attend? :)

When I tried the Register Online button on http://geekswithblogs.net/iupdateable/archive/2010/04/20/register-now-for-the-uk-windows-azure-self-paced-interactive-learning.aspx - msevents said Sorry!

cheers,
kk
Left by krishna kishore on Jun 22, 2010 2:14 PM

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Just a quick note to your stats

I worked at home and in the office so I tended to download stuff twice ( the weekly guides etc)

Many thanks to all the team for your time.
Left by Alun on Jun 28, 2010 2:28 PM

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kk - the content won't be available for those who didn't attend (as the value is in the overall "journey") - but it is likely we will do something similar
Left by Eric on Jun 28, 2010 4:11 PM

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Alun, shhhhh... that doesnt make it look as good ;-)
Left by Eric on Jun 28, 2010 4:11 PM

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