What’s your learning style? Find your fit with Microsoft Learn.

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When you’re dreaming of taking the next step in your career, how can you sharpen your skills? How do you learn best? Microsoft Learn can help you get closer to making your dreams a reality. There’s no “one size fits all” for learning, so we offer a wide variety of dynamic and engaging experiences that fit the learning style that works best for you. In this post, we’ll explore the different skilling pathways available on Microsoft Learn.

Check it out and see which style fits you best!

For the self-starter who wants to work at their own speed

If you’re more of a self-starter and would rather blaze your own trail, self-paced training might be the right option for you. Access a rich library of training covering many learning paths, all localized into 23 different languages. From labs to videos to ways to test your knowledge, you can learn during a quick coffee break or focus for an hour or two. Self-paced training gives you the flexibility to choose how much time you’d like to spend learning new skills, and how often you’d like to dive in.

Microsoft Learn also features a robust resource of technical documentation for anyone looking for in-depth articles about Microsoft developer tools and technologies. Here you will find an expansive directory and in-depth guides and articles by product.

After you’ve completed the learning paths and are ready to take a certification exam, you can take advantage of Practice Assessments—our newest free exam preparation resource. Practice Assessments allow you to assess your knowledge and fill any gaps so that you’re better prepared for your certification exam. These assessments provide an overview of the style, wording, and level of difficulty you will encounter when taking official certification exams. Once you complete an assessment, you’ll get instant feedback through a score report that includes correct answers, explanations, and a URL linking to additional information for every question. You can take assessments as many times as you like—and at your own pace—to ensure that you’re ready for your exam.

For those looking for an interactive approach led by experts

If you prefer to learn from a professional with both instructional and technical expertise, instructor-led training would be a great option for you. This scenario features a more traditional classroom setting that still enables you to learn on your own schedule, at your own pace, and in your own space. Instructor-led training is unique because it’s interactive—allowing for thoughtful discussions, creative whiteboarding, and case study analysis—along with featuring labs in your own language. Through our worldwide network of Microsoft Learning Partners, you have access to best-in-class instructor-led training with hybrid, virtual, and in-person scheduling options designed to meet your needs. And because these classes are taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs), instructors are part of an official program which guarantees that your curriculum and skills are verified by experts.

Microsoft Virtual Training Days are free, in-depth, and customizable experiences featuring live Q&A with experts available in your time zone and in your language. Choose from many flexible options to participate in these sessions depending on the amount of time you can dedicate to training. Virtual training days will equip you with introductory skills to technologies, which you can further complement with other learning options to obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding. Maximize your time with accelerated virtual event offerings covering a range of technical topics for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform and Security. 

For those looking for community

If you are looking for community support and insights, visit our Q&A experience. Get fast access to questions and answers about Microsoft technologies with Q&A, a global, diverse, and inclusive community of learners. You can also engage with experts and fellow technologists to get help or inspiration, find mentors, and encourage others.

 

IT pros, developers, and all technology professionals can solve problems with the help of community experts and Microsoft engineering. The Q&A experience includes a rich knowledge base which ingests content from several trusted sources to help you get the answers you need quickly.

 

For learners seeking video content

If you rely on visuals or learn best by watching shows, videos, or livestreams then the Shows option would be ideal for you. Discover thousands of hours of informative original programming from Microsoft technical experts. You can also explore a repository of standalone and serialized video content that supports technical skilling. This includes our exam readiness zone, which is designed to help learners prepare for select Microsoft certification exams.

Shows also features livestreams and on-demand recordings of sessions from events including   Microsoft Build, Microsoft Ignite—along with episodes of Learn Live that highlight experts working through a Microsoft Learn module. Shows and video content offers dynamic and up-to-date content centered on technical skills that are in high demand.

 

For those who learn by doing––and want to have a little fun while they are at it!

We mean it when we say we have something for everyone, including a dynamic variety of games and applied experiences. Let’s check out a few of the fun, experiential options available on Microsoft Learn:

Cloud Games: Here you are invited to be a cybersecurity pro or a data expert with games like Who Hacked? and Data Feeds. In both games you get to impersonate a character using the technology and platforms in simulated, safe environments, giving you a fun spin at on-the-job training. Enjoy these immersive role-playing games—created by and for technical professionals—to help you sharpen your skills. Both games are available to play on-demand in single-player mode, each with two episodes that can be played in any order.

These games offer excellent opportunities to apply your skills and to savor the thrill of solving real-world problems in a no-pressure, risk-free environment. As a player, you can switch between roles throughout the activities, enriching the experience and your understanding of colleagues’ responsibilities and priorities.

30 Days to Learn It30 Days to Learn It is about challenging yourself and seeing what you can accomplish in a certain amount of time. Whether it’s becoming an expert on a specific subject, or beginning a certification, the opportunities for growth are endless. You can participate in challenges that help you build in-demand technical skills to implement business-critical tasks and offer project-based solutions. From Microsoft Azure to Power Platform, these challenges highlight skills critical to a variety of Microsoft products that can help you increase productivity, hone expertise, and start preparing for Microsoft Certification exams. You can select your challenges, work through learning modules, and exchange ideas with peers through a global community forum.

 

Explore Microsoft Learn to find more comprehensive technical training opportunities, all the examples we gave above, as well as courses for specific technologies, exams, certifications, and so much more. Let us know which learning style fits you best in the comments.

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