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6 - Meteoroid

Hi Everyone -

First, Thanks to Alteryx for sharing this wonderful tool with us.  I am truly excited to share it with students in our Data Science AAS program.  The state of NJ has an "Innovative Pathways" program that promotes easy on/off ramps between advancement in careers and education, with the goal of integrating employer desired skills and certifications into college coursework and curricula.  Alteryx Designer is a wonderful fit for our curriculum that meets these goals. 

16 - Nebula

Awesome to hear @amwright73 ! I'm sure your students will love it. I hope the Alteryx Core and Foundation Micro Certification - Alteryx Community will be mentioned they are an awesome free test of practical Analytics Skills (the core being particularly practical based) if your haven't already seen them.

16 - Nebula

Welcome! Great to see Alteryx in the classroom more. When I was in school they taught us MS Access 🤢

15 - Aurora

hey @amwright73 I'm also in the boat of wishing I could have been taught Alteryx!
Is that through the SparkED program?

Be sure to have a look around the Community - its really a fantastic place for learning. A couple of resources I would especially recommend knowing about are:

  • Alteryx Designer Discussions - A place where users can ask questions about specific Designer workflows they are working on, and receive help from members on the Community. Typical response time (from what I've seen) is under 10 minutes for someone to reply with a potential solution, so its a very quick resource for bespoke information. Additionally, you can search using the search function at the top right for specific issues if you happen to run into any that may have been faced by other users before.
  • Alteryx User Groups - When I first got into Alteryx, I didn't join User Groups as I thought they would be very technical and that I would need plenty of experience before diving in. However, they really aren't. User groups are an incredibly friendly environment to discuss workflows, what's going on in the Alteryx World, and a great place to network with people in the Community. Even better, with the world still being very much virtual at the moment, most of the User Groups (including the North East UK User Group, which I am currently a leader of) are hosting virtual events so they are easy to join.
  • The Alteryx Academy - Easily the best place to learn about Alteryx and how to use it. I would especially recommend the learning paths which include short snippets of learning specific topics, including Alteryx for Excel users, which helped me translate a lot of my Excel knowledge over to Alteryx. There are also the weekly challenges, which are challenges delivered by Alteryx on a weekly basis, based around real-life situations and community submitted problems. They are a fantastic way to learn practical uses of Designer, and also its really interesting to see the many different approaches to answering the same problem. Once you have progressed with learning Alteryx, I would definitely recommend the Alteryx Certifications. They are free to do (Core and Advanced), and provide a useful benchmark for your knowledge. You can also just take them again in 7 days, in the case that you don't pass, so don't feel any pressure to know everything before you give them a go!


I hope you find Alteryx to be easy to learn, and intuitive to use. Do remember that almost every tool has an example workflow and help documentation if you right click the tool in the tool palette:






("Help" for the tool documentation, "Open Example" for the example workflow). 

And be sure to search for/ask for help on the Community if you get stuck. Alternatively, feel free to drop me a message here on the Community!


6 - Meteoroid

Yes.  I expect it to be a terrific experience using Alteryx.  This second course in our sequence focuses on "data preparation".  Another important issue for us is tracking every step in the process and Alteryx makes that sooo easy. 

6 - Meteoroid

Well....we are still teaching a bit of that.  Our philosophy is that the students need a foundation in the traditional tools (not necessarily expert) where so much structured data is stored. We are also engaging them in mathematics, statistics, and programming.  We also have a "Data Security, Privacy, and Ethics" course requirement (first semester course).