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Hadoop and Power Pivot courses in the works

Doug Ortiz, PowerPivot instructor

Doug Ortiz, Power Pivot instructor

We here in the LearnNowOnline production department have been busy with back-to-back shoots for two popular technologies that help you manage and analyze your data.

Barry Solomon was here covering Hadoop. Hadoop is a syntax based OS and application used to manage large data files. By large I mean data files that gets into terabytes of size. With many new ways of covering data these days it gets more and more important that companies have a way to manage this large amount of data. Hadoop works from a VM and then is used to connect to the database files. The course we’re working on will cover the “why” and “how” for Hadoop.

Last week we began production on our Power Pivot fundamentals courses with Doug Ortiz. Once you have all that data mentioned above, how do you use it effectively? Power Pivot helps a company to analyze that data. It is an add-on for Excel and can be run in a SharePoint environment. Power Pivot gives users the ability to import millions of lines of data from several database sources. Once the data is in Excel, a company then can use the Excel’s tools to help sort the data and use the analytical capabilities, such as Data Analysis Expressions (DAX).

Our new courses for Hadoop and Power Pivot are scheduled to be released in July. Watch our web site for more information.

About the Author

BrianBlogpicBrian Ewoldt is the Project Manager for LearnNowOnline. Brian joined the team in 2008 after 13 years of working for the computer gaming industry as a producer/project manager. Brian is responsible for all production of courses published by LearnNowOnline. In his spare time, Brian enjoys being with his family, watching many forms of racing, racing online, and racing Go-Karts.

Does everyone learn the same way?


Are there differences in learning styles from one person to another? Does an application developer learn the same way as an IT professional? Does a computer user learn Microsoft Office the same way a programmer learns web development?

Success comes from having the right technical knowledge, coupled with the ability to work effectively and efficiently. This requires you to use the right training and reference material to get up to speed in your technology of choice. Will “just any” training material do? In my opinion, you will have the most success with training material that fits your learning style or styles.

According to Neil Fleming, designer of the VARK a guide to learning styles, there may actually be 18+ dimensions of learning, including temperature, light, food intake, biorhythms, etc. He went on to identify four main learning styles in his research:

  • V – Visual
  • A – Aural
  • R – Read/Write
  • K – Kinesthetic

Studies at www.vark-learn.com categorized people by learning style based on a questionnaire. The studies identified that most people use multiple learning styles, with Kinesthetic being used to some degree by the largest share of learners.

  • 61.6% prefer more than one learning style
  • 34.1% use all four learning styles

Clearly there is not one dominant learning style, most people are multi-modal. Because of this, an effective learning tool must support all learning modalities, not just one or two.

At LearnNowOnline, we believe that whether you are a SharePoint developer, a Windows Server administrator, or a project manager, you’ll learn best by using a method consistent with your preferred learning style or styles.

That’s why our learning content is designed to accommodate ALL learning styles with a variety of learning resources like video, eBooks, transcripts, closed captioning, hands-on labs, sample code, and pre/post exams.

Here’s how LearnNowOnline resources support each of the VARK learning styles:

V – Visual
View key information graphically via video and eBooks with flow charts, diagrams, graphs, screen captures, sample code and more.

A – Aural
Listen as experts lecture on key concepts and take you step-by-step through real-world examples.

R – Read/Write
Read comprehensive eBooks (online courseware), searchable transcripts, closed captioning; bookmark key points in video and add notes.

K – Kinesthetic
Watch real-world video demonstrations; perform hands-on lab exercises and work with sample code; complete pre/post exams.

LearnNowOnline recognizes that learning styles matter, and offers something for everyone by including resources that nurture all learning modalities. When choosing training and resources to help you learn new skills and technologies, be sure to set yourself up for success by choosing a tool that supports all of the ways you learn.

Some Food For Thought:

  • What type of a learner are you? (Not sure? Take the VARK questionnaire.)
  • Are you an efficient and effective developer, IT pro, or computer user?
  • Do you use reference and training material that fits your learning style?
  • Does your training material cover all the learning modalities?


About the Author

Craig PhotoCraig Jensen is the President and CEO of LearnNowOnline. Craig has led the company’s change from instructor-led classroom training, to self-study CD/DVD training, to the award winning online learning solutions offered today. Craig is passionate about helping individuals and businesses of all sizes solve their problems through practical learning and technology. He is involved in setting direction for the company, including selecting training content for development with resources to support all learning styles. He is also involved in The CEO Roundtable organization in the Twin Cities as well as the Minnesota High Tech organization. In his spare time, Craig loves to travel, golf, and partake in water sports of all kinds.

We’re Excited to Bring You: LearnNowPlus!


It’s an exciting time at LearnNowOnline – for us and for you!

We’re making a few changes “on the outside,” but rest assured that we’re still the same company on the inside, continuing to bring you practical technical learning and reference material for the latest technologies. So what’s new?

More Options for You!

LearnNowOnline has joined forces with AppDev to bring you more learning options, including new enterprise features to help you manage learning and measure results.

Now you can choose from two learning solutions:

1. LearnNowExpress

Encompasses our popular learning library subscriptions: LearnDevNow, LearnMobileNow, LearnJavaNow, LearnCloudNow, LearnUXNow and LearnCertNow. As always, these subscriptions continue to include our basic features: professional video tutorials, online support, and optional online courseware, hands-on labs and sample code.

If you are a current LearnNowOnline customer, nothing changes — you will continue to enjoy the same award-winning content, same nationally recognized instructors and same cutting-edge content. We’ve simply added the LearnNowExpress name to present these basic learning libraries together.

2. NEW! LearnNowPlus (presented by AppDev)

If you want a full-featured learning solution complete with enterprise options to manage learning and measure results, LearnNowPlus is for you! Subscriptions include our basic features PLUS courseware you can download and print, pre/post assessments, administrative tools, reporting, SCORM compliance and premium support.


Interested? It’s easy to upgrade to our full-featured solution – contact the LearnNowPlus sales team to learn more: 800-578-2062 or plussales@learnnowonline.com

If you have questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, happy learning!

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Craig Jensen

President & CEO