During February I read somewhere that LinkedIn was offering some of their Learning Path course packs for free for a limited time. I gave a look at them, and liked the Become a Data Analyst one, so decided to give it a go.
First of all, a disclaimer: I don't plan to finish the full path, because I mostly wanted theory and generic examples. Learning Tableau, Power BI, Excel and Access is always interesting but not in my radar, so I focused on around 50% of the contents, and that's what this small review is about.
Each course is between 1.5 and 3.5 hours, and in total I think it was around 24h of content.
Course 1: Learning Data Analytics
Very very tied to Microsoft Office suite products. It is basic and introductory, there's some bits of theory here and there, but I'd say 90% is learning to do things in Excel or Access.
This one was better in my humble opinion. Gives a general overview of many terms, ways of representing data, techniques to interpret data and graphs...
Represents exactly what I was expecting to find: teaching me the basics, but the meaningful basics.
Course 3: Learning Data Visualization
Another quite interesting item, both regarding data visualization itself as a topic, and regarding some tips & tricks for massaging data to better represent it.
Easily my favourite by the amount of concepts explained, always alongside at least one example.
Parts of the video are old as mention IE7 and the like, but still broadly atemporal.
I'm currently watching a fourth course, Learning Excel: Data Analysis, but this one at a slower pace as I want a generic overview of how to do common operations with a spreadsheets software (be it Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets).
And there are three more courses, with self-explanatory titles:
- Excel Statistics Essential Training: 1
- Power BI Essential Training
- Tableau Essential Training (2020.1)