3 tools to develop azure skills in higher education

Azure is an important tool within academic teaching and IT functions. For those who have ventured into the cloud, or are considering cloud migration, they are discovering the educational benefits of having quick, easy and secure access to learning resurgence.

More students actively learn Azure skills and obtain certification
Academics will choose Azure over using cloud-based technologies
Institutions will integrate more and more Azure technologies into their services
With Azure, the potential is truly unlimited.

After joining the Microsoft UK Education team as the Azure Skill Lead for Higher Education, I look forward to accessing available learning resources – helping them to learn and master Azure, and helping them achieve more with technology I am committed to I believe the key to harnessing this potential is to raise awareness and unlock it through skill training.

One of the primary enablers for HE use is through the process of acquiring Azure skills. These are three Azure resources you can use now, to empower learning, innovate, and realize your students’ potential.

Microsoft Learn’s Azure Fundamentals

Microsoft Learn is an incredible platform to learn all kinds of new skills. It’s completely free, completely online, and lets you learn at your own pace – whether you’re a cheater or a veteran in your field. There are also options to become Microsoft Certified, an industry-recognized award that helps showcase your achievements.

Azure Fundamentals has a portal within Microsoft Learn. This is a great place when skill is to be strengthened. Across the 12 highly targeted modules, you and your team can understand what technology will help achieve and the great benefits it will bring. Perfect for those who are not sure if cloud migration is right for their HE institution and want to know more.

Education in education

Agure for Education is designed to give both students and teachers the tools and equipment necessary to promote cloud skills. With a focus on hands-on learning, this is the best place for anyone interested in the cloud to experiment with building, deploying and managing applications within the cloud sector.

From a free coding course to creating a cloud-based computer lab through Azure Lab Services, there is a lot to kickstart the passion of students and your team. And don’t forget to check out Imagine Cup, a highly prestigious competition that asks students to create world-changing applications.

Beyond the basic principles

Once you have mastered the basics of Azure, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Microsoft offers a number of role-based azure courses that will help you and your team go beyond the fundamentals, and start exploring benefits in more depth.

Step-by-step guidance is given on topics such as security, implementing virtual machines, remote desktops and everything in between – and a range of job roles that include everything needed for administrators and business users. Are included. If you are learning or want new skills at intermediate level, then these are courses that you will not want to miss.

These are three great places to start, but if you would like more help from Microsoft, contact us using the Azure Skills Training Inquiry Form to learn more, or to conduct additional training sessions.

About the Author

Headshot of Andrew Bettany, Azure Skills Lead for Higher Education Andrew Bettney is an eight-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), recognized for his Windows and modern desktop expertise. He has authored more than a dozen books and several video training materials for LinkedIn Learning and Pluralit on Microsoft technologies.

He is a modern management, cloud and mobility solutions consultant specializing in Microsoft 365 and Azure. Andrew is fond of helping learn and adopt new technology and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as Microsoft Ignite.

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