Grow with Google and Andela [ALC 4.0]


Welcome to Pluralsight —
the technology skills platform






About this program

Grow with Google has sponsored 30,000 developers in Africa to receive education from Pluralsight, supported by the Andela Learning Community. This partnership is a very special opportunity for developers aspiring to pass the ACE, MWS, or AAD exam. 

Participants receive free, limited-time access to Pluralsight, with handpicked courses focused on one of three areas: Mobile Web Specialist, Android Development, and Google Cloud. 

There are four consecutive sessions for you to gain access to excellent Pluralsight courses as well as mentoring from the Andela Learning Community. See the table below for details.

Keep learning and stay motivated! 

To continue advancing through the sessions to get more courses and mentoring, you’ll need to prove you’re dedicated to learning these tech skills. 

Here's why: Learners who make it through the four sessions may be eligible for an opportunity to take the MWS, AAD, or ACE exam at no cost, with the certification exam fee paid for by Google.

Please note: If you watch a course or take a skill assessment during one phase, that activity counts toward your current session. It also counts toward any future sessions.

Sessions and advancement criteria


Selection

Timeframe: this session has ended.

What you'll get access to

How to advance to the next session*

  • To begin, you must first register at this link, meeting the program criteria.
  • Take the Andela survey. It's linked in your channel, in the Pluralsight app.
  • Watch one or more hours of Pluralsight content, like the courses in your channels.
  • Take a skill assessment (here’s how)
  • Additional selection criteria may include first come, first serve; most content viewed; highest Skill IQ

Learning Phase I

Timeframe: this session has ended

What you'll get access to

  • Access to even more Pluralsight courses in the track you chose
  • Access to the Andela learning community and mentoring through your learning journey

How to advance to the next session*

  • Earn a proficient or advanced Skill IQ in your chosen track, or:
  • Watch at least four hours of Pluralsight courses.
  • Additional selection criteria may include first come, first serve; most content viewed; highest Skill IQ


Learning Phase II

Active now

What you'll get access to

  • Access to even more Pluralsight courses in the track you chose
  • Continued access to the Andela learning community

How to advance to the next session*

  • Earn a proficient or advanced Skill IQ in your chosen track, or:
  • Watch at least ten hours of Pluralsight courses.
  • Additional selection criteria may include first come, first serve; most content viewed; highest Skill IQ


Learning Phase II - Project

Timeframe: to be announced

What you'll get access to

  • Access to a hands-on Pluralsight project in the track you chose.
  • Continued access to the Andela learning community

How to advance to the next session*

  • Successfully complete the project
  • Additional selection criteria may include first come, first serve; most content viewed; highest Skill IQ


Graduation

Timeframe: to be announced

What you'll get access to:
An opportunity to take a Google certification exam for no fee.


 * — Please note that Pluralsight and the other partners making this offer available
may change selection criteria at their discretion.

Your access to the Andela Learning Community is limited to our selection for each session. Additionally, your access to Pluralsight is a maximum of nine months. This access may end early if you do not advance sessions.
If you choose more than 1 track, we will only evaluate you based on 1 track, which may not be your preferred track.

In order to participate in the Google Africa Certification Scholarship program,
you must be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of a country in Africa.
See this page for complete details.

Now that you know what you can earn, here's how to get started.

 

1. Register, then log in to Pluralsight.

First, choose your track on this registration page. You can pick more than one track.

Then, to get started on Pluralsight, log in and explore your custom homepage

Tip: Not sure what your password is? Click here to reset your password, and we’ll email you a link to finish resetting your password. Here’s more password reset help if you get stuck.

You’ll also receive email communications from Andela. For example, if you're accepted to Learning Phase I in June, you'll receive a Slack invitation link

The Andela Slack community is where mentoring will take place. You must complete the Andela survey in your Pluralsight, track-focused channel, in order to be eligible for Learning Phase I (see chart above).


2. Once you’re logged into Pluralsight, use channels to guide your learning.

You'll find channels on your homepage in Pluralsight. Here's a list of all the channels and what they contain. We've hand-picked these collections of courses to guide your learning.

You'll also see another channel, targeted at upgrading your technology career by building your professional business skills.

Tip: if you registered for more than one track, click the drop-down menu in the top-left corner of your homepage. You have different homepages to organize your channels for the different tracks.

Keep reading for tips on skill assessments and our courses to get the most out of your Pluralsight access.

Take learning with you.

Download courses onto your phone or laptop for learning on your schedule. Take Pluralsight with you and play courses offline. Click here to get the Pluralsight app.


3. Skill up with skill assessments and course tools.

Start with skill assessments


What are Pluralsight skill assessments? They’re a simple way to measure a tech skill in 5 minutes or less. Your track's channel has a link to the first skill assessment you should start with.

After taking a skill assessment, you'll get both a numeric score and a level of novice, proficient, or expert in a skill area-- that’s your Skill IQ. You can even share your Skill IQ on social media, Stack Overflow, and LinkedIn.

Tip: Take a skill assessment before you start taking courses. Here's why. 

Taking a skill assessment first lets Pluralsight gauge your current level of mastery. Plus, this lets you skip beginner courses if your skills are at the intermediate level or higher. 

Also, a skill assessment is part of the criteria to advance to Learning phase I -- so make sure and get your Skill IQ!

Here are some more tips about Pluralsight skill assessments:


COURSE LEARNING TIPS

Each Pluralsight video course details page has tools to help you succeed.


You can begin each course by clicking the orange Start Course button. Below that button, you’ll find some of these extra learning aids:

  • A clickable transcript of the course

    Note: While many Pluralsight courses have transcripts, some do not. We are adding transcripts to courses every week.

  • Exercise files to download. For some courses, this is a .PDF of the course slides; other course exercise files allow you to code along with the author.
  • A Discussion board that allows you to post questions and learn along with other learners
  • Some courses have learning checks that help gauge what you’ve learned from the course.

Tip: If you have a Windows or MacOS device, download our offline app so you can download courses for playing later.

On the video player, be sure to notice these features:

A: You can skip ahead or backward 10 seconds

B: You can take notes within the Pluralsight app. Use #tags to organize your notes and use markdown to format your notes--click here to learn how.

C: Most courses support closed captioning, or subtitles. If the course has closed captions, you can use our translation tool, also.

D: You can speed up or slow down the course playback

E: From the Settings cogwheel, you can adjust the video playback quality and also give us feedback on the course.

If you need help, please email support@pluralsight.com for 24/7 assistance.