It has been a few days since I have received my selection email for the next phase of the Google Africa Scholarship. This weekend I spent some time off at my parents during Fathers Day and as a time to relax before getting started on my work for the next phase. I hope everyone else also enjoyed this weekend.
I have also been selected as an LCA (Learning Community Ambassador) and that entails assisting and mentoring ALC 4.0 learners, helping them with technical questions about their courses and finding new ways of encouraging active participation and completion of their courses.
With the selection of the next phase concluded, we have been provided with a TON of new content that we can consume. One channel named
Mobile Web Specialist Phase 1 Main Track has 30 hours of content and the second channel
Mobile Web Specialist Phase 1 Deep Dive has over 170 hours of content!
I have been very interested in learning about Web Components for the last few months but I haven't had the time to jump into it yet. My greatest surprise was to see that provided a course on Web Components in one of the channels so I can finally dive into learning all about it. I have also had the time to look into the Polymer Project as well as Stencil.js.
My second favorite course that is included is Node.js. Pluralsight provides access to the entire Node.js Path which is almost 33 hours of content. I will have a really good grasp on Node.js after finishing all of the content. I have started using Node.js at work so a better understanding of it is going to help me a lot.
The past few weeks have been quite hectic trying to watch the content on Pluralsight, managing my 8 - 5 work life and keeping up with all the questions in the Andela Web Slack. I am finding ways of balancing my own studies better whilst being able to assist learners and to answer their questions. I feel that if I do not find some way of balancing all of this I might burn out in a couple of months and it is still a very long journey for all of us to get through.
I also remembered (a bit late) a few days ago that
Slackbot can take over a lot of the work of answering recurring questions so I have programmed it with a bunch of keywords and answers. This has been a massive improvement as the bot is catching a lot of the recurring questions and it allows me to provide links or answers to the learners by using a few keywords to trigger
In the next few weeks we will be divided into Learner Groups and I will be assigned a number of students to mentor. I have already started a list of different challenges that I will provide to them to test their knowledge and practical skill to find out where they need to focus on studying to be able to pass the Google Exam that we may receive at the end of the Scholarship.