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KNIME Self-Paced Courses to Learn Data Science

February 4, 2021 — by Maarit Widmann

While the KNIME Community continues to connect online, we’ve got some good news about learning data science with KNIME for all those home offices out there.

Our range of KNIME self-paced courses offers a chance to take the same KNIME courses as with an instructor but at your own pace - by watching videos, completing workflow exercises, and answering self-assessment questions. Maybe you’ve already visited our self-paced courses, and you know the concept?

On the learning platform, a number of features make self-paced learning more engaging, for example:

  • Progress tracking
  • Knowledge-check questions
  • Points and badges rewarding your activity
  • Reviews and a message box to ask questions

Let’s take a tour!

Learn Data Science - Enroll in a Course

You’ll find the self-paced courses on the KNIME Courses Overview page (knime.com/knime-courses). Click Explore to see which courses we currently offer as self-paced courses. We’re adding more over time! Once you have chosen the course to attend, just click Login and Enroll to get started with your selected course (Figure 1).

KNIME self-paced courses on new learning platform

Figure 1. You can explore self-paced courses and enroll in a course via knime.com/knime-courses > Explore. Use the Login and Enroll button under each course description to enroll in the course.

After enrolling in a course, you’re asked to log in with your KNIME Account (the same as for the KNIME Forum and the KNIME Hub), and to confirm your enrollment. If you do not have a KNIME account yet, please create one via knime.com/user/register.

Learn Data Science via the Platform

After you’ve confirmed your enrollment, you’ll land on the course platform. It shows you the course that you enrolled in, L1-DS KNIME Analytics Platform for Data Scientists: Basics course, for example. If you want, you can take a look at the course contents and reviews, or just click the Start button on the left. (Figure 2)

KNIME self-paced courses on new learning platform

Figure 2. After enrolling in a self-paced course via knime.com/knime-courses, you can start learning at your own pace 

Each course consists of a number of modules. A module can contain text and images, videos, instructions for a practical exercise, or knowledge-check questions (Figure 3)

KNIME self-paced courses on new learning platform

Figure 3. The self-paced course modules contain text, images and videos to learn, workflow exercises to practice, and knowledge-check questions to assess yourself!

As you learn data science, track your progress

When you start a course, you’ll see the first module of the course. You can move on to the next module via the Next Module button in the top right corner, or jump to any module you like via the menu on the left. Every time you complete a module, you’ll see a green check mark in the menu, and some progress in the My Progress bar. (Figure 4) 

KNIME self-paced courses on new learning platform

Figure 4. An example course module with text, images and videos. Once you’ve completed the module, you can go to the next one via the Next Module button in the top right corner, or select another module in the menu. The completed course module will show as progress in the progress bar and as a green check mark in the menu.

Your learning dashboard

Besides the course modules, the platform also shows your personal learning dashboard. You can move to your dashboard via the Return to Dashboard button in your course menu, or by clicking the KNIME logo in the top left corner. (Figure 4) The dashboard shows the courses that you’re currently enrolled in, the completed courses, and your achievements. I just started, so you see, I’ve earned 1 point - worth the Daily Learning badge! (Figure 5)

KNIME self-paced courses on new learning platform

Figure 5. On the course platform you can also find your personal learning dashboard that shows your progress in the courses and achievements. You can access the dashboard from a course directly, or also later via knime.com/courses > Return to a course.

Which module did I do last?

Your learning dashboard will remember what you’ve learned even if you forgot it yourself. When you want to come back to your course, go to knime.com/courses, click the “Return to a course” button, and you’ll land on your learning dashboard directly. When you enroll in a new self-paced course, the course will be added to your learning dashboard together with your other courses. 

Now grab your coffee, it’s time for some KNIME!

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