Selecting a Training Version

If you're learner on the Kubicle platform, you may encounter different versions of your Subjects. However, this will vary depending on the type of learner you are. You may have the ability to select a training version that is appropriate for the software version you are using. Alternatively, you may be mandated specific version by your administrator. In this article, we'll explore how this works, while also providing an overview of the different versions available for each Subject.

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Understanding Training and Software Versions

Kubicle’s Subjects cover a range of software solutions, but these solutions are usually offered across different versions. In order to accommodate this reality, Kubicle allows administrators and certain learner types to specify training versions that are appropriate for learner needs. Each training version of a Subject covers a set range of specific software versions.

For example, one of Kubicle's Alteryx training versions is 11.0 - 2018.3. This means that it is suitable for software versions from 11.0 to 2018.3. Users with a version of Alteryx in this range will find that the training version will be relevant to their needs. Later training versions include content that relates to functionality and layouts released in newer versions of Alteryx.

Some of our Subjects do not have multiple training versions as they may be software-agnostic, newly developed or have experienced no substantial software or other changes in recent times. These Subjects include Statistical Analysis, Word and Outlook.

Versions for Independent Learners

If you are an Independent Learner, you will be asked to specify a version for certain Subjects when configuring your training program. This can always be changed at a later date through the "Configure Program" option on your dashboard.

If you switch from one training version to another after starting your training, you will retain all badges and certificates for courses you have completed. However, lesson views and other granular data for incomplete courses will be lost.

IKubicle has also created a link between courses in previous training versions and newer training versions. This means that a learner who has completed a course in an older version will automatically have completed the equivalent course in the newer version. However, if there has been a substantive change to an equivalent course material in a new training version, no completion data will be transferred over.

Versions for Directed Learners

When you are mandated training by a Kubicle administrator, a version will often by specified on your behalf. In advance of this roll out, you may be asked to verify that you are on an appropriate software version. If you are having issues with this, you may need to speak to your administrator to resolve the issue.

You can always switch versions within every course for the Excel, Financial Modeling and PowerPoint. This can be changed through the toggle on the toggle on the lesson screen. However, this functionality is not available for other Subjects. Tableau, Power BI and Alteryx versions can vary substantially, so this behavior is restricted for these Subjects when mandated. Word, Outlook and Statistical Analysis Subjects do not have multiple versions and are therefore not relevant to this consideration.

If you switch from one training version to another after starting your training, you will retain all badges and certificates for courses you have completed. However, lesson views and other granular data for incomplete courses will be lost. Kubicle has also created a link between courses in previous training versions and newer training versions. This means that a learner who has completed a course in an older version will automatically have completed the equivalent course in the newer version. However, if there has been a substantive change to an equivalent course material in a new training version, no completion data will be transferred over.

Office: Excel, Financial Modeling, PowerPoint

Excel, Financial Modeling and PowerPoint are all related to the Microsoft Office suite of products, and follow similar policies when it comes to creating new software versions. As a result, they are grouped together in this document.

Finding Office's Software Version

To find the software version for any Office Product,

Go to: File > Account ("Help" in Excel & PowerPoint 2010)

Underneath the Office logo you will see the version name for the product.

If the Office product was a one-off purchase, the version name will include a year (e.g. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016). If your product is purchased through a recurring subscription, the version name will include “Office 365” (e.g. Microsoft Office 365 Business).

Kubicle’s Office Training Versions (3)

2016, 2019, Office 365

Our most recent training version is suitable for users of both Office 2016 and 2019. This training version includes all features we believe are relevant for each application, using an up-to-date user interface. As Office 365 users have the most up-to-date version of the Office applications, this training version is suitable for them as well.

2013

The content of this training version is similar to the previous version, however the user interface on the software differs slightly.

2010

The content of this training version is similar to the more recent 2013 version, however the user interface on the software differs slightly.

Power BI

Finding Power BI's Software Version

In newer versions of Power BI Desktop, you can find the version number easily.

Go to: File > About

In older versions, the process is a little different.

Go to: File > Options > Settings > Options > Diagnostics

You may see a long version name such as “2.79.5768.1082”. The “.5768.1082” part refers to a specific “sub-version” of 2.79 that covers minor technical updates. These sub-versions aren’t usually mentioned by either Kubicle or Power BI and can be ignored.

Kubicle’s Power BI Training Versions (2)

2.75 - Present

This training version is suitable for users of Power BI Desktop software versions that contain the most recent user interface.

The general structure of the content is the same as the previous training version, however it includes new and updated lessons that cover important changes that were introduced recently.

2.55 - 2.74

Our first training version for Power BI is suitable for anyone using versions of Power BI Desktop between 2.55 and 2.74. Software versions before 2.55 are not officially supported but users of these software versions may be able to follow the lessons in this training version.

This version features the user interface that is present in this software version range. The content of this training version is similar to the content of the newer training version, but it does not include newer features introduced more recently.

Tableau

Finding Tableau's Software Version

Finding the software version for Tableau Desktop is quite simple.

Go to: Help Tab > About Tableau

This will reveal a small box in the center screen with some information about your current installation of Tableau Desktop. In the top of this window, you’ll see the version you’re using.

You may see a long version name such as “2019.2.6”. The “.6” part refers to a specific “sub-version” of 2019.2 that covers minor technical updates. These sub-versions aren’t usually mentioned by either Kubicle or Tableau and can be ignored.

Kubicle’s Tableau Training Versions (2)

2018.1 - Present

The newer training version for Tableau looks almost identical to the previous version, but it does include lots of features which were introduced after 10.5, when the new "20XX.X" version naming was introduced. These were added both as new lessons and as updates to existing lessons. They include:

  • Parameter and set actions

  • Viz in tooltip

  • Sort controls

  • The updated phone layout options

  • Dashboard grids

  • Step and jump lines

  • Save to PowerPoint

  • Scrollable Dashboards

  • Vector Maps

  • Hierarchical Filters

  • MakeLine and MakePoint

10.0 - 10.5

Our first training version for Tableau covers software versions starting at 10.0 to 10.5. We do not offer training for any versions earlier than 10.0 as these versions would be considered legacy versions.

This version features the user interface that is present in this software version range. The content of this training version is similar to the content of the newer training version, but it does not include newer features introduced more recently.

Alteryx

Finding Alteryx's Software Version

Finding the software version for Alteryx is quite simple.

Go to: Help Tab > About

This will reveal a small box in the center screen with some information about your current installation of Alteryx, including the software version you’re using.

You may see a long version name such as “2018.4.6.17643”. The “.6.17643” part refers to a specific “sub-version” of 2018.4 that covers minor technical updates. These sub-versions aren’t usually mentioned by either Kubicle or Alteryx and can be ignored.

Kubicle’s Alteryx Training Versions (2)

2018.4 - Present

The newer training version for Alteryx essentially covers all versions of Alteryx that use the newer user interface, introduced in version 2018.4. In addition we’ve also rearranged the content library and expanded our course on regression analysis to include a much more detailed instruction on how regression works.

11.0 - 2018.3

Our original training version for Alteryx covers software versions starting at 11.0 to 2018.3. We do not offer training for any versions earlier than 11.0 as these versions would be considered legacy versions.

This version features the user interface that is present in this software version range. The content of this training version is similar to the content of the newer training version, but it does not include newer features introduced more recently.

Data Literacy

Kubicle’s Data Literacy Training Versions (2)

Data Literacy (2020)

This is the primary, default version of the Data Literacy Subjects which will receive updates and new courses in the future. A key change from the previous legacy version relates to the removal of two courses in statistics that have since moved to Kubicle's Statistical Analysis Subjects. The older legacy version is no longer receiving updates or new courses, so we recommend selecting this newer version moving forward.

Data Literacy (Legacy 2019)

This is a legacy version of Data Literacy containing four courses, including two courses in statistics that have since moved to Kubicle's Statistical Analysis Subjects. It is no longer receiving updates or new courses.

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