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Upskill U FAQ

Q: How do I graduate?

A: OK, so you've enrolled in the Upskill U. How do you earn the credits you need to graduate?

As an enrolled student, you will automatically earn completion credits for the number of lectures you attend, plus the amount of interactivity and information you share with other participants. Jump in, ask your questions to our lecturers and share your knowledge with your peers! You can keep track of your progress towards graduation by clicking on your site profile.

Q: So how does graduation work?

A: To graduate from Upskill U, you must complete a minimum of six courses. Students must attend a lecture AND post at least five (5) messages to the individual lecture's message board to earn full credit for each lecture.

Q: How does grading work?

A: Of course, the more lectures that you complete, the better your graduation grade.

  • Complete at least six lectures, and you will graduate cum laude.
  • Complete at least eight lectures, and you will graduate with magna cum laude.
  • Complete at least ten lectures, and you will graduate with summa cum laude.
  • Once you reach summa cum laude, you'll receive a certificate from the Dean of Upskill U!

Q: I attended a course but my profile says "track has been started" instead of "this track has been passed." What do I need to do to "pass" a track?

A: Each "track" is made up of four courses. We have tracks on Virtualization, IoT, Analytics, etc. Passing a track depends on how many comments you posted – "track has been started" means you listened to a course(s) in a track, but you may need to post a few more comments to "pass." The way "points" work is that you get 5 points for attending a course and 1 point (up to 5) for each comment you post in that lecture. You need to score 10 points in at least 6 lectures to "graduate."

Q: What do I get out of this?

A: Graduation confers all sorts of good things on Upskill U students:

  • A certificate signed by the Dean of Upskill U
  • Recognition in our Honor Roll on Upskill U
  • Special status for your registered user profile on the site that shows you're an Upskill U graduate
  • Bragging rights!
  • *Note: Certificates for international listeners outside the United States will be sent via email.

Q: Why haven't I received the promotional item(s) mentioned in the Upskill U emails?

A: All Upskill U promotional items are mailed on a quarterly basis. If you haven't received an item, you may not qualify under the promotion's terms and conditions, which you’ll find at the bottom of each Upskill U email. These terms and conditions provide specific information on eligibility for the corresponding promotional item, so yes, this means you need to read the fine print.

Q: How do I submit topic ideas and/or request to sponsor a track at Upskill U?

A: If you have a suggestion about a course topic or speaker for Upskill U, don't hesitate to send it our way! Email your suggestions to upskillu@lightreading.com and we'll get back to you within 24 hours. You can also contact us via that email address if you'd like to know more about how your organization can sponsor a series of courses at Upskill U.

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Posted by gaarmet

Have a nice weekend everyone. 

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Posted by gaarmet

Enjoying NFV & Security again, greetings to alll and everyone

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Posted by nsecrest97401

Wireless threats

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deployment

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Posted by nsecrest97401

Dunkirk  

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Posted by hlee750

gracias

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Posted by Phs113

Thanks

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Posted by efox

Yes, i agree with your comment about Digital Transformation companies, it seems like they want to be API "brokers" using whatever apps they need whenever they want.  With that being said you always have to wonder about...

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Posted by Kelsey Ziser

Thanks @efox! Appreciate you answering a few more of our questions here and thanks so much for an excellent presentation today. Listeners - great questions and thank you for participating in the conversation. We'll see you...

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Posted by wakemon.

Thanks!

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Posted by tonytalerico

Kind of off topic (not NFV-related), but thought there might be some interest since it is Security related.  Humble Bundle currently has a Cybersecurity Book bundle. https://www.humblebundle.com/books/cybersecurity-wiley I...

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Posted by efox

The NFV environment allows us to place a purpose specific firewall on any network segment very quickly and easily  

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Posted by Kelsey Ziser

Thanks @Efox, one more question for you from a listener - seems like a lot of digital transformation companies are wanting less on site IT but more direct network infrastructure control thru NFV portals - is that co...

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Posted by markstrong007

Thanks Ed. Slides are a nice resource.  

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Posted by efox

I am familiar with that book but it sounds like it covers exactly what I was referring to. It may focus more on the Data Center environment but the same principles apply.  

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Posted by Kelsey Ziser

@Ed thanks for an excellent presentation today! We have a few more listener questions, here's one for you:  In slide 15, it talks about micro-segmentation. That looks like that is a way to create a sort of firewall...

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Posted by gaarmet

Thank all of you

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Posted by mng958

thanks

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Posted by Jhirley

Thanks,  good use of the hour.

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Posted by faryl

Thank you, Ed & Kelsey!

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Posted by arunmadan

thanks a lot

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Posted by pkaushik

Thank you

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Posted by GeorgeC0

That was a really good presentation and slideset, I learnt a lot. Thanks very much!  

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Posted by GM&Head-41194

thank you

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Posted by Michael Boyle

thank you

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Posted by Video2ip

Thanks Ed great presentation.  

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Posted by JohnGordon

Thank you, Ed Fox!

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Posted by LAronowitz

Thank you!

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Posted by faryl

@Joe I agree! (Finally broke down & allowed Alexa into my home, but haven't yet been able to bring myself to connect "her". I feel like I don't even want to put the batteries in my new "dash" buttons!)

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Posted by LAronowitz

@Joe  Funny!

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Posted by pkaushik

Yeah it is like Slave servers which are Client-based threats

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Posted by Joe Stanganelli

Oh, I missed "Client-based threats"... I was thinking "Client" as in the opposite of "Server"! Whoops! (Talk about a PEBKAC/ID10T error!)

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Posted by Joe Stanganelli

@wakemon: Yeah, it always takes a moment. ;)

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Posted by Joe Stanganelli

@Faryl/Michael: It already has. Internet of Things = Hackable Things

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Posted by faryl

@Michael Boyle - I agree. I think IOT will lead to lots of risks due to an inherent trust/naivete on behalf of the end users.

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Posted by wakemon.

@joe; I guess I am slow; I didn't get it until I google and see IDIOT; doh!

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Posted by Joe Stanganelli

@faryl: Glad I could help. :) There are a few others that I don't remember right now.

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Posted by pkaushik

Server based threats

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Posted by faryl

@Joe i never heard the ID-10-T one. Now I can't wait to use it :-P

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Posted by Joe Stanganelli

As for the rest of the choices, it really depends upon the organization, the architecture, the infrastructure, etc..

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