I've been answering a lot of questions about the course lately, so I thought it would be good to post some of that information here.
How many hours a day is required?
You should expect to put in between 2 and 4 hours each week to study the course materials and do your homework.
What's the schedule? Do I need specific hours each day?
The 12 modules are released on a schedule. It happens each Tuesday. Right now modules 1 and 2 are already posted in the academy. Module 3 comes next Tuesday. After every three modules, we have a "review week" that is dedicated to reinforcing the concepts from the previous three modules. We learned in the first class that this is absolutely needed, as there is an incredible amount of information and much of it is unfamiliar to most students.
Once a module is posted, it stays available for the duration of the course. On the regular admission level, this means six months from August 15. On the Extended Enrollment, this means one year.
All of the study is done on your own, on your own schedule, and at your own pace. Having a set time to meet with the students is virtually impossible since students come from many different time zones around the world. I spend a lot of time interacting with students on the campus forums. And the students do an incredible amount of inteteracting amongst themselves.
Additionally we have four Excel Hero Academy MVPs that assist in moderating the forums and answering questions. Each of the MVPs are alumni of this course and are extraordinarily helpful and knowledgeable. Their collective Excel knowledge is staggering.
You may know these EHA MVPs already from their huge contributions around the blogosphere. They are Hui, Robert Mundigl, Jeff Weir, and sam.
Do I need plugins to watch the videos?
I am happy to announce that I have just now expanded the video options to include the iPad! You do not need any sort of plugin for the iPad, as the videos are in Apple's native QuickTime format. This is really a great new feature if you have an iPad. The video streams full screen and it is crystal clear!
For normal computers, you need Flash installed, but virtually every computer has this.
Can I see a sample video? I want to make sure it will work for me!
This is a great idea. I have chosen one video from the dozens in the course. This video is a very basic VBA Primer, but it gives you some great information, but more importantly allows you to see the quality of the video. All of the videos in the course are very much HD, at a resolution of 1024 x 768. They are razor sharp and incorporate no zooming or panning. The zoom level is set at 100% for the entire presentation.
Notice the easy way that I introduce subjects. Many students have complimented my teaching style. Please judge for yourself.
If this video works for you, then all of the videos in the course will work. They are all the same size with the same encoding.
Yes. If you choose the Extended Enrollment Option, you can download the videos for personal viewing, after the 30-day Guarantee period passes. The Extended Enrollment also includes three additional weekly modules.
When is the deadline for enrolling?
Registration for the only class of the Excel Hero Academy in 2011 closes at midnight on August 15.