FWD Program - Advanced Level FAQs I feel lost after accessing my classroom, is there any guide to help me? Please watch this tutorial video that will help to get familiar with your classroom. What is the timeline of my level? You will have 3 months from your enrollment to finish your content and submit and pass all of your projects. What is the role of the session leader and how can I know who my session leader is? Your session leader is there to help you successfully progress through your level from enrollment straight through to graduation. The session leader is the person who will be conducting your periodic connect sessions. He/She will answer your questions, help you overcome any technical challenges, point you to helpful resources and give you guidance to complete the program successfully. Once you are enrolled in your rack, you will receive an email informing you about your session leader. You can also know more about your session leader, among other session details, from your classroom. What do you mean by the "Slack Community”? As soon as you enroll, an email will be sent to you to access the Slack Community specific to this program. This enables you to connect directly with your classmates in real-time; all Udacity learners regularly use slack to support each other's work, answer each other's questions, and to share relevant ideas and resources. Plus, your Session Leads are also part of this community and available to support you through slack. Virtually all of our graduates highlight this community aspect as one of the most important parts of their journey. What happens during a Udacity Connect session, and what are the goals? Udacity Connect sessions are focused on delivering three key benefits: - Collaboration: You'll have the opportunity to work with your Session lead and peers to complete projects, overcome challenges, and master new concepts. - Accountability: You'll benefit from check-ins with your Session Lead, who will help you with goal-setting, time management, and motivation. - Efficiency: By attending your connect sessions and spending around 10 hours per week on your independent study, you will successfully complete your level just in time. I have missed a connect session, what should I do? You must reach out to your session lead in advance on Slack to inform him or her that you will not be able to attend your session, as the Session Lead is responsible to level your attendance. If you have already missed your connect session, please reach out to your Session Lead immediately with a clear explanation of why you did so and why you were not able to inform him/her of this in advance of the session. The Periodic connect sessions are very important and are considered one of the main pillars of the program. Missing sessions might cause you to fall behind and could put your enrollment in jeopardy. How often do Udacity Connect sessions take place? Udacity Connect Sessions will take place on the same day and time periodically. Attending Connect Sessions is a mandatory part of participating in the program and failure to keep up with attendance will put you at risk of losing your scholarship. The exact schedule for your periodic sessions will be shared with you at the beginning of your level via email. What is the duration of each session? Your session will be 2 hours long. What should I be ready with for a Udacity Connect session? Prepare your own laptop, headphones, power cord, and whatever else you find helpful. Also, please make sure your internet connectivity is stable and strong to be able to attend the session with no problems. If I need support with my projects, who can I reach out to? You can always reach out to your Session lead on Slack. They can answer your questions, point you to helpful resources, and give you guidance to complete the program successfully. Your Session Lead is there to help you successfully navigate your level straight through from enrollment to graduation. How do Project Reviews work? Every time you submit a project, you will receive in-depth, personalized feedback on your project submission from one of our expert project reviewers. They will not only tell you what you got right and wrong, but they will also provide guidance on what you should try next, and give suggestions on how you can go even further with your project. Once your review is ready you will get an email to notify you and you will be able to view it. There are three results for the review: 1- Meets Specifications: This means you pass your project as you met all requirements. 2- Requires Changes: This means that you failed your project. However, the reviewer will highlight which part that requires to be edited so that you pass the project on your next submission. You can resubmit your project again after editing it through your classroom 3- Ungradeable: This means that the reviewer was not able to grade your project. This could be because you either submitted the wrong files, the files submitted can not be opened because they are in an unsupported format. You can resubmit your project again after addressing the issues previously mentioned in your classroom. How many hours a week should I expect to spend learning, in order to succeed in this program? Learners should spend around 10 hours/week progressing in their level,to be able to successfully complete your level just in time. If I am facing problems with my freelancing content, who can I reach out to help me? No worries, there will be recorded/live webinars held by the gurus (freelancing experts). Before the day of the webinar, you will receive an email to send your questions so that the gurus can answer the frequent questions in the webinar. You can always reach out to Gurus on your Slack workspace for help and assistance. How do I maintain my seat in the program? Students should achieve enough progress so they don't lose their seats. The exact required progress and its due date will be communicated to you during the first two-three weeks of the program, so please make sure to always submit and pass your projects on time. Can I postpone my project due dates? Unfortunately, the project deadlines can not be extended or postponed as per the rules of the scholarship. Students must commit to submitting the projects on time in order not to lose their seats in the scholarship as mentioned in the Handbook. Can I reapply if I was not able to complete my level? Unfortunately, if you got revoked due to lack of progress or were unable to complete your level by the specified deadline, you will not be eligible to apply again in the program. How do I know I am eligible for a certificate? ْUpon submitting and passing all your projects within the timeline of your level, you will be eligible to receive a certificate. Are there any required documents to receive my certificate? Once you finish all that is required, you will need to 1- Upload a copy of your governmental ID, Passport, or Driver’s License along with a photo of you through the Netverify system so that your identity is verified. 2- Complete the reflection survey in your classroom. If you faced any problems with uploading your documents, please reach out to us via our email and we will help you. How can I issue my certificate? Once you have completed all of the required projects for your level, a "Graduate" button will activate and appear in your classroom. Once you click on this button, you will be taken to a new page called "Graduation Checklist". Here, you will begin the graduation process and will be given instructions on how to complete the graduation process. You can also watch this video to know more about the graduation process. How will my name be displayed on the certificate? Certificates will be issued based on the names provided in your classroom, you can still edit your name if you wish from your classroom settings. Please make sure that your first name and last name in your classroom settings are similar to what you want to see on the certificate because your displayed certificate name won't be changeable after graduation. Can I get a hard copy of my certificate? Udacity only provides graduates with a soft copy of the certificate that can be found in your classroom under the "Graduated" section. However, you can download and print your certificate if you want. How can I prove that I have graduated? Once you graduate, there will be a "View Certificate" button at the bottom of your Udacity homepage under the “Graduated” section in your classroom. There, you will find a unique link to share your verified graduation certificate. This is a publicly viewable version of your graduation certificate that can be shared with employers and recruiters as well as any of your social media outlets. Your certificate will provide your graduation date as well as the title of your level as proof of completion. Will you provide us with any kind of career support? Udacity provides Career Services to all students throughout the Nanodegree program to support both regular forms of employment and freelancing careers: Career projects and Freelancing projects with personalized expert reviews. Live and pre-recorded career/freelancing sessions delivered by our Career Mentors Office hours delivered by our Career Mentors on slack Career & Freelancing placement programs with top employers and marketplaces New additional services will also be announced later in the program - stay tuned! If I am facing problems with my careers content, who can I reach out to help me? No worries, there will be recorded/live webinars held by the career mentors. You can always reach out to the career mentors on your Slack workspace for help and assistance.