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The edX Power BI course material is out of synch with Microsoft's material

I am in Lab 4 of 9 of the edX DAT207x: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI! course.

I have noticed that the Power BI program (desktop and web versions) are evolving quickly and the edX course material is not aligned with the current version (just where is that 'add a widget' button anyway!).

Some videos seem to be locally hosted on the edX site and many of these are out of date.

If you look at the Microsoft material for Power BI you will see most, if not all, if not even more material in the edX course.

Guided Learning
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/guided-learning/

Power BU Desktop
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-desktop-get-the-desktop/

Power BI Service
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-service-get-started/

In the edX module 4.2b Featured and Favorite Dashboard there is a video that is also in Power BI Service course:
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-service-featured-dashboards/

You will see on the MS site, a link to a Youtube video which is labeled as 'out of date'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-gQWhUZSsk

You are told to go to the newer video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G26dr2PsEpk&feature=youtu.be
which was posted 5th May.

Because the edX site does not point at the Youtube page, there is no way of knowing the video is out of date.

So the edX video and transcript and possibly the knowledge checks, lab work and questions are not aligned with the current Power BI product.

I am thinking I should switch from the edX course and do the MS course.

Mark


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Registered: ‎01-06-2016

Re: The edX Power BI course material is out of synch with Microsoft's material

You're right - unfortunately the changes on the product was released between the current run of the course on edX. We will try to mitigate some of the issue when we can (in progress) but the bulk of the course refresh will be when the next run starts.

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Power BI Team
Posts: 22
Registered: ‎01-06-2016

Re: The edX Power BI course material is out of synch with Microsoft's material

You're right - unfortunately the changes on the product was released between the current run of the course on edX. We will try to mitigate some of the issue when we can (in progress) but the bulk of the course refresh will be when the next run starts.

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Registered: ‎04-25-2017

Re: The edX Power BI course material is out of synch with Microsoft's material

Up until lab 6 I was still seeing value to going through the Edx version even though there were some differences that had been releases.  However I hit lab 6 and the on line version of Power BI is totally differnet from the lab so not sure I can even get through it. It talked about groups and those have been replaced by apps. Kind of glad I did not spend the money to get certified. Pity because I do like the platform and having an end date does force me to make time for the training.