We believe that students learn best when their hands are on the keyboard, interacting with the Business Intelligence (BI) software, working with data, and solving problems. Consequently, our courses consist of short 3 to 4-minute videos separated by interactive exercises. Videos are intended to teach students the concepts necessary to solve the exercises that follow. A course is intended to cover a similar amount of material as a 4-hour workshop.

Business intelligence courses consist of:

  • Four chapters

  • 8 lessons

  • 48-56 exercises (including videos)

Chapters consist of:

  • 2 lessons

  • 12-14 exercises

Lessons consist of the following exercise types in the following order:

  • A conceptual video

  • A conceptual exercise

  • A demo screencast

  • 3-4 remote desktop exercises

We think of a lesson as the basic unit of a course. A lesson must have a clear learning objective that is laid out in the video and applied in the exercises.


A note on virtual machines in BI courses

DataCamp business Intelligence courses are unique because they utilize a Virtual Machine (VM). This allows students to interact with the BI software while following instructions all within their browser on DataCamp. To do this, we use a new exercise type called “Remote Desktop Exercise”, also known as RDE or VM Exercises, where instead of a code editor, students have a virtual machine instance. Usually, every RDE has a corresponding exercise file that students must open up and work on to complete the exercise. This means each course has a set of exercise files (e.g., workbooks in Tableau and reports in Power BI). As an SME, you are responsible for creating these files and DataCamp is responsible for getting these files set up in the virtual machine.

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