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Feature preview: Academy revamp

The Ambassadors Academy has been with the Program for a long time, serving as a space for Ambassadors to learn even more about all things Xbox. This Season, we wanted to make it even better so we’ve given the Academy a facelift!

You’ll be able to experience the new layout firsthand this week, but for now, I’ve prepared a sneak peek and quick walkthrough of the new features. So, for starters, here’s an idea of what will greet you when you enter the Academy:

 

The Ambassadors Academy has been with the Program for a long time, serving as a space for Ambassadors to learn even more about all things Xbox. This Season, we wanted to make it even better so we’ve given the Academy a facelift!

You’ll be able to experience the new layout firsthand this week, but for now, I’ve prepared a sneak peek and quick walkthrough of the new features. So, for starters, here’s what will greet you when you enter the Academy:

  1. Access Quizzes by Category, like the ones seen above
  2. Learn more about the topic of the Quiz, view Resources hand-picked by the Redmond Ambassadors Team and keep track of their progress easily
  3. Unlock Honors for completing an entire Course
  4. Browse Quizzes quickly by Category, see the date a quiz was added and view the status for a specific quiz

It’s a lot to take in all at once, so let’s go over each item above in detail.

Courses/Categories

The main page of the Academy is divided into two sections:

  • Honor Courses – Include Quizzes based around a specific Category and unlock special badges
  • Extracurricular Courses – Include one-off Quizzes, often based around a feature of the Ambassadors Program or an update to the Xbox One console

We currently offer four Honor Courses: Account Management, Games & Apps, AV & Hardware, and Networking. You’ll note that each Course tile displays information about the topic, current progress and a “View Course” button.

 

Selecting “View Course” will cause even more details about the Course to pop up. Below, you’ll see all of the Quizzes currently in the “Networking” Course. Click on the title to open the Quiz.

 

After completing a quiz, you’ll be able to keep track of that by viewing its “Status.” The Progress Bar will also keep track of the number of Quizzes you’ve completed in a specific Course.

 

Quiz Overview

When redesigning the Academy, the Redmond Ambassadors Team wanted to be sure the community was properly equipped before taking a Quiz. So the very first thing you’ll see when you start a Quiz is its title, a brief description, and the Resources needed to answer each question.

 

Whether you want to read through these Resources before you take the Quiz or read through them as you encounter topics you’re less familiar with is up to you! Just keep in mind that each Resource is used in some way.

The content isn’t the only thing you’ll want to familiarize yourself with – there’s also the question types themselves. You’ll now find a combination of single and multiple answer questions in Academy Quizzes, like so:

 

It’s also easier than ever before to view how you did on a quiz and retake it if necessary!

 

Honors

Like I mentioned earlier, completing a full “Honor Course” will unlock an Honor. Honors are badges that appear on the top of the Academy page. Once you’ve unlocked an Honor, you’ll hold onto it during the Season in which it was unlocked. After that, we’d recommend hitting the “Honor Courses” for a quick refresher on all things Xbox!

 

Browse Quizzes

For a quick view of all available quizzes, all you’ll need to do is select “Browse Quizzes” at the top of the Academy. The “Browse Quizzes” page is a great way to view your status at a glance, check in on newly added material and filter by Category. For example, if you’d like to find all the Quizzes you have not yet attempted, simply sort the Quizzes by clicking on the word “Status” at the top of the display.

 

We hope you enjoy this new Academy experience, and just to get everyone started, we’ve made certain that all of our Ambassadors can unlock XP by taking each and every one of the quizzes currently in the Academy. So, whether you competed all of our old quizzes or not, there’s a wealth of information waiting for you!

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