Baltic Digital Skills Development Programme

About Programme

Now everyone knows that the world is changing. Innovations and continuous development of technologies have become the norm in both the academic and work environment. That is why the learning of new skills will become an essential component in improvement of human and company development and competitiveness.

In order to support learning of modern knowledge, Microsoft, within its global initiative, in cooperation with Innovation Centre of the University of Latvia LUMIC, the ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius and Estonian Business School in Tallinn has created personal development programme – “Baltic Digital Skills Development Program”. Within the programme, it is possible to choose and study one of the four courses, offered in the programme, free of charge:

Business Analysis

This direction includes skills in work with data, for example, data visualization and analysis, basics of cloud computing and their application for business development.

Data Analysis

When studying data analysis, it is offered to learn basics of data visualization, skills in work with Microsoft platform Power BI and other basis skills, which will help to use data in any field.

Development of no code and low code programmes

Within this course software and system design, as well as development and test methods will be mastered.

Development of Application

Knowledge in application development will allow to develop applications, which will help to simplify, modify and automate business procedures.

 

Program motion

The study programme is based on self-study – every programme member acquires the knowledge within 8 weeks at a time and pace that suits him/her, using study resources available in Microsoft Learn platform.

Self-studies will be supplemented with practical lessons, during which the leader of the study programmes together with industry experts will share their experience how to apply the acquired knowledge in practice.

At the end of the programme, students will have to pass a test to receive a badge on the completion of this course. Every participant of the training programmes if decide, can continue studies and prepare for an exam to get a Microsoft certificate.

The most motivated participants of the programme will have opportunity to register for a virtual internship during which they will be able to test their knowledge and apply it in life.

The studies will start on January 2021. Studies are free of charge and will be conducted in English.

 

 

Module I: Business and Data Analysis

Data volume and importance in economics and business is growing. Big Data promotes and restructures possibilities of decision making. It helps to increase field of activity, increase sales volumes, working efficiency and helps to implement new products or services for both – large companies and higher education and public entities, as well as many other organizations. In order to be able to understand this data and use it for improvement of competitiveness it is important for companies to apply both – data analysis and business analysis in practice.

In this module you can learn skills that are necessary to work with data, for example, data visualization and analysis, basics of cloud computing and their application for business development, as well as skills in work with Microsoft platform Power BI and other basic knowledge, which will help to use data effectively in every field.

In Short Programme start: January 2021* Programme duration: 8 weeks Programme intensity: 32 academic lessons Programme manager: Dr. oec. Edgars Brēķis, lecturer of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics of the University of Latvia Programme language: English

! In order to register for the study programme, choose button “Apply here”. In order to get access to all resources necessary for studies and to be able to follow your study progress and achievements, please register in Microsoft Learn platform: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/

*Program course that will be led by program leader and experts, will start on January 2021, but we are offering opportunity to start your learning path now, find below your learning path.

Block 1 – Learn about Power platform, explore what Power BI can do for you

Block 2 – Learn and discover basics of Power BI reports and dashboards

Block 3 – Learn and discover basics of Power BI reports and dashboards

Block 4 – Learn more how to start to work with data

Block 5 – Discover and learn more about Power Query, calculated fields and data risks mitigation

Block 6 – Discover more about Data Analysis eXpression (DAX) what does it mean and learn how to use DAX

Block 7 – Learn how to explore more date and create unique reports and dashboards

Block 8 – Learn how to publish and share in Power BI

 

 

Module II: Low-code, no-code Programme Development

In current digital period the operation of successful and efficient company is no longer conceivable without applications, which support its internal functions. Use of proper tools allows for employees to acquire from data the highest value, improve efficiency of procedures, reduce manual work and increase the total efficiency of work. Development of no-code and low-code software and development of apps gives an opportunity for everyone to automate workflows and develop application, which makes the daily life of a company or institution more efficient.

In this module basic principles of software and system design, as well as development and test methods will be learned. The gained knowledge about application development will allow to develop applications, which will help to simplify, modify and automate business procedures for more efficient company or institution operation.

In Short Programme start with online webinars: January 2021* Programme duration: 8 weeks Programme intensity: 32 academic lessons Programme manager: Raita Rollande, associated professor of the Faculty of Information Technology of the Ventspils University of Applied Sciences Programme language: English

! In order to register for the study programme, choose button “Apply here”. In order to get access to all resources necessary for studies and to be able to follow your study progress and achievements, please register in Microsoft Learn platform: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/

*Program course that will be led by program leader and experts, will start on January 2021, but we are offering opportunity to start your learning path now, find below your learning path.

Block 1 – Learn business value of Power Platform

Block 2 – Identify the core components of Power Platform

Block 3 – Demonstrate the capabilities of Power BI

Block 4 – Learn about the capabilities of Power Apps

Block 5 – Learn how to leverage the Power Automate to improve your business

Block 6 – Learn how to improve and improve your business with Power Virtual Agents

 

Discover and learn more

As an additional learning recourse for the Baltic Digital Skills Development Programme, we are purposing customised learning path scenarios for key jobs and horizontal skills that are most widely in demand. These scenarios showcase how role-based learning can be tailored to develop the skills needed for roles such as those of a Sales Representative, Digital Marketing Specialist, Web Designer or Accountant. The content includes collaborative courses, all taught by industry-expert instructors, allowing individuals to move through content and demonstrate their learning with a certificate of completion. The core and soft skills acquired in each scenario can be incorporated with Microsoft Learn for more technical roles, thus mastering the most sought-after skills in widely used technologies. The combination of core, soft and technical skills provides opportunities for jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and are well-positioned to continue evolving in future.

Digital Marketing Specialist To become a digital marketing specialist, you need to have good analytical and tactical skills in order to develop new opportunities for businesses. Nowadays digital marketing isn’t just a simple commercial or banner on an internet news site, but a complex set of different channels with social media and e-mail marketing playing a huge role in ensuring success in digital marketing. To be able to successfully use digital marketing channels as social media, you need to be good at data and data analytics to select strategies and channels for ads. In Module I of the Baltic Digital Skills Development Programme, you can learn how to make sense of data and how to use data knowledge to your advantage! Sign up for the programme and start creating new opportunities for your business! Discover more about LinkedIn learning here.

Finance and Accounting Specialist No business can ever exist without a finance and accounting specialist, but it takes more than just some numbers and accounting software programmes to keep track of everything. To help your business grow and improve finances and budgeting, data analysis is the key. For business to run successfully, you need to learn how to use financial data to diagnose business conditions, identify issues, and develop plans, as well as to determine how money will be spent to get work done and see how to prepare and maintain realistic budgets. The Baltic Digital Skills Development Programme’s Business and Data Analysis learning course will help you to learn how to use data and business analytics to your advantage. Discover more about LinkedIn learning here.

Sales Specialist Sales is hard. Throw in today’s volatility and it gets even tougher. At the same time though, there are opportunities to hone your expertise. For a sales representative, it is very important to be able to make sense of the data, as it can improve sales immensely. You can even be one step ahead and think outside the box – use AI and chatbots to improve the customer support and efficiency. The Baltic Digital Skills Development Programme offers you Business and Data Analysis, as well as Low-code/no-code platform fundamentals learning courses, which will enable you to create your own apps, improve business automation and use AI to optimize services and customer experience. Discover more about LinkedIn learning here.

Web Design and Development Innovations and continuous development of technologies have become the norm, as more businesses go online every day. Digitalization is faster than ever before and we now spend a big part of our lives is online. Designing and developing web pages are highly sought-after skills nowadays, but why stop there? For most businesses online, customer care is a big part of success reflecting the fact that customers are becoming more impatient when it comes to customer support. We can help you with this! The Baltic Digital Skills Development Programme offers a learning course in Low-code/no-code platform fundamentals. Discover how AI and chatbots can help you to communicate with customers through your website and learn how to build a simple AI assistant yourself. Find out how you can create apps to optimise business processes and many other things that will help you to create additional features for your web page. Discover more about LinkedIn learning here.

Project Manager No matter what industry they are in, a broad knowledge and skill base will always benefit project managers, enabling them to make an excellent contribution to each and every project they are involved in. They need to know how to manage projects from beginning to end using different project management techniques. But each and every technique and strategy needs to be justified and the best way to do this is by using data. You can learn business and data analysis with the help of the Baltic Digital Skills Development Programme. The Business and Data Analysis learning course will improve your data understanding, analysis and visualisation skills, providing you with a better appreciation of how to make data-based decisions. Discover more about LinkedIn learning here.

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Online webinars

 

Module I: Business and Data Analysis (Dr. oec. Edgars Brēķis)

No Topic Date Time
1 How to use Power BI Desktop to connect to data, build
visuals, and create a report, and let others see your insights
20.01.2021 18:30
2 Data analysis tool Power BI. How to perform data analytics
in Power BI, e.g., create implicit and explicit measures, detect outliers in your data, data grouping, binning
27.01.2021 18:30
3 The process of creating a complicated data model in Power BI. How to optimize model designs and add model calculations 10.02.2021 18:30
4 Inclusive design and use of visuals in Power BI. How to publish and share in Power BI. 17.02.2021 18:30
5 Test 17.03.2021 18:30

Module II: Low-code/No-code platform fundamentals (Associate Professor Raita Rollande)

No Topic Date Time
1 How to use Power BI Desktop to connect to data, build
visuals, and create a report, and let others see your insights
20.01.2021 18:30
2 Data analysis tool Power BI. How to perform data analytics
in Power BI, e.g., create implicit and explicit measures, detect outliers in your data, data grouping, binning
27.01.2021 18:30
3 The process of creating a complicated data model in Power BI. How to optimize model designs and add model calculations 10.02.2021 18:30
4 Inclusive design and use of visuals in Power BI. How to publish and share in Power BI. 17.02.2021 18:30
5 Test 17.03.2021 18:30