Career Readiness: Associate Cloud Engineer Track - Faculty FAQs & Program Materials

PROGRAM MATERIALS

PROGRAM FAQS

STUDENT MANAGEMENT

CERTIFICATION

TROUBLESHOOTING


 

PROGRAM MATERIALS

Faculty onboarding sessions
Faculty On boarding session orients the faculty on the program details, faculty responsibilities and resources available to run the program successfully.
Weekly Office Hours
A virtual meeting room where our experts are available to answer program related questions. Please refer to the meeting details below. Save the meeting link and timing as a recurring meeting invite on your calendar.

Country India US
Meeting Link https://meet.google.com/zmd-fpxh-mne https://meet.google.com/gra-wsnk-bqu
Office Hours Week Day Every Wednesday Every Wednesday
Duration 1 Hour 2 Hours
Timezone IST PST
Office Hours 1 11:00 to 12:00 11:00 to 13:00
Office Hours 2 15:00 to 16:00

Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #1 Slides
Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #2
Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #3
Support
Contact [email protected] for questions that are not answered by the below FAQs.
 
 
 
 

PROGRAM FAQS


What are the goals of the Associate Cloud Engineer track?
As a coach, within Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline:

  • Conduct 3 Associate Cloud Engineer track study jams
  • Ensure that all students complete the Architecting with GCP specialization on Coursera within prescribed timeline in Coursera program invitation
  • Ensure that all students prepare and take the Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam

As a learner, within Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline:

  • Complete the Architecting with GCP specialization on Coursera
  • Finish extra practice with Qwiklabs
  • Avail 100% discount on Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam
Note: You and your students can go faster than the prescribed timeline!

Who is eligible to apply for the Associate Cloud Engineer track?

United States: Teachers and faculty at universities that are regionally accredited, teaching computer science or other related courses. The program does not support for-profit institutions.
 
International: Teachers and faculty at select learning institutions and universities in India and Indonesia that are teaching computer science or other related courses. We are not currently available in other countries or institutions.

When does the Associate Cloud Engineer track start?

The Associate Cloud Engineer track starts on the first of every month. Simply select the cohort you would like to enroll in when applying. You’ll receive a response typically within 1 week after you submit your application.

What do my students and I learn in the Associate Cloud Engineer track Program?

Architecting with Google Cloud Platform: Infrastructure specialization on Coursera

Cloud Architecture Quest

What are the prerequisites for joining the Associate Cloud Engineer track as a learner?

Familiarity with the following topics is helpful for success in the Associate Cloud Engineer track:
  • Operating systems
  • File systems
  • The IP networking stack
  • How web browsers and web servers communicate
  • Databases
  • Programming
  • Working with Linux at the command line
  • Editing text files from the Linux command line

Can I apply for multiple cohorts at the same time?

Yes, you can apply for up to three cohorts on the same application. Just select the months you would like to apply for on the application form.
 
Can I change or cancel my application once it has been submitted?

No, you cannot edit your application once it has been submitted. If you would like to apply for a different cohort than you selected, please fill out a new application.

To cancel an application please email [email protected].

 
What happens if I want to assign my student(s) to a new cohort if they are currently enrolled in an existing cohort?

Yes, you can assign a student to a new cohort. You will have to remove the student from the current cohort before you can assign them to a new cohort.The student needs to register with the same email id. This will enable the student to continue with specialization from where they left off in the previous cohort.
 
Can faculty add other faculty members or admin assistants as learners?

No, faculty cannot add other faculty members or admin assistants as learners.
 
Does the Architecting with GCP course cover everything in the Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam?

The training provides a solid foundation to preparing for the certification exam. However, the training does not teach exactly to the test. Make sure to get extra practice using hands-on labs in Qwiklabs.
What is the timeline for the Associate Cloud Engineer track program?
 
Faculty Milestones:
  • Get Started: Invite Students
  • Week 1: Conduct Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #1
  • Week 6: Conduct Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #2
  • Week 10: Conduct Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #3
Student Milestones:
  • Week 2: Complete course #1, GCP Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure
  • Week 3: Complete course #2, Essential Cloud Infrastructure: Foundation
  • Week 4: Complete course #3, Essential Cloud Infrastructure: Core Services
  • Week 5: Complete course #4, Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Scaling and Automation
  • Week 7: Complete course #5, Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Containers and Services
  • Week 9: Complete course #6, Reliable Cloud Infrastructure: Design and Process
  • Week 11: Complete Cloud Architecture Quest
  • Week 16: Complete practice with additional Qwiklabs
  • Complete Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam before voucher expiration date
Will I continue to have access to Coursera after the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline ends?
 
You will not have access to the Architecting with Google Cloud Platform specialization after the Associate Cloud Engineer track timeline ends. Make sure to download PDFs from the Resources section for each course as you go through the training.

Is there a checklist to get started with the Associate Cloud Engineer track?

Follow the checklist shown to get started with the Associate Cloud Engineer track.

What should I do to organize an Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #1
  1. Find a venue.
    You will need a venue which has:
    • Internet connection for facilitator and students (wifi or ethernet).
    • Chairs and tables. Attendees will be using their laptops.
    • Power outlets.
    • A projector that the Facilitator can use to share their screen with the attendees.
  2. Invite your students to the study jam. Here is a sample message:
    We are looking forward to seeing you at the Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam session at <TIME> on <DATE>!
    Please bring the following:
    • Laptop -- Mac, PC, Chromebook, or Linux with the latest version of Firefox or Chrome browser.
    • Laptop charger.
    Join the Associate Cloud Engineer track program on Coursera. Check your email for an invitation with subject line Associate Cloud Engineer track + Coursera.
    Looking forward to seeing you at the workshop!
  3. Conduct the Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam.
  4. Send follow-up email to students.
    Email students links to the Associate Cloud Engineer track study jam materials and any additional resources.
What should I do to organize an Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam #2 and #3?
  1. Find a venue.
    You will need a venue which has:
    • Internet connection for facilitator and students (wifi or ethernet).
    • Chairs and tables. Attendees will be using their laptops.
    • Power outlets.
    • A projector that the Facilitator can use to share their screen with the attendees.
  2. Invite your students to the study jam. Here is a sample message:
    We are looking forward to seeing you at the Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam session at <TIME> on <DATE>!
    Please bring the following:
    • Laptop -- Mac, PC, Chromebook, or Linux with the latest version of Firefox or Chrome browser.
    • Laptop charger.
    At the Cloud Study Jam, we’ll use a tool called “Qwiklabs,” a Google training product. If you have used Qwiklabs before, great! Make sure you know your password. If you have never used Qwiklabs before, save time by creating an account for yourself prior to the class at: https://google.qwiklabs.com/users/sign_up (creating an account is free). At the Cloud Study Jam, we will give you a link for free Qwiklabs access. Make sure you check the opt-in box for promos! That makes you eligible for additional free access after you complete the first series of labs.
    Looking forward to seeing you at the workshop!
  3. Conduct the Associate Cloud Engineer track Study Jam.
  4. Send follow-up email to students.
    Email students links to the Associate Cloud Engineer track study jam materials and any additional resources.
What are the tax and/or legal implications of these free credits?

We advise faculty members to consult a tax and/or legal professional on any implications of receiving these free credits from Google.
 
Can I view recordings of the faculty onboarding session?
 
You can view the following recordings of the faculty onboarding session:
 
 


STUDENT MANAGEMENT

How do I access the Associate Cloud Engineer track program on Coursera?

  • Open the Admin dashboard
  • From the program list, select the program with the title that begins with “Google Cloud EDU”.
accessing ACE Circuit in Coursera

How do I invite students to the Coursera program for the Associate Cloud Engineer track?
  • Open the Associate Cloud Engineer track program and view the Invitations tab.
  • To add individual students, enter the full name and email address. Click Send Invitation.
  • To import members (students) using a CSV file:
  • Create a spreadsheet with column names exactly as shown. You can use this sample spreadsheet to get started.
  • Download the student data as a CSV file
  • Click Import Members and follow the instructions in the Coursera dialogs
  • Resource:
Inviting Students

What if a student cannot find or receive an email invitation?

If a student is not able to find their email invitation due to spam filtering or other issues, you can send the student a direct URL to the program invitation page. To find the program URL:
  • Open the Associate Cloud Engineer track program in Coursera and view the Settings tab.
  • Copy and paste the Program URL which looks something like https://coursera.org/programs/ace-circuit-abcd-efg-q4-xyzzz
  • Share this URL with the student directly and they will have access as long as they are logged into Coursera using the email address registered with the program.
Send a direct URL to a student
 
How can I check the progress of students?
  • Open the Associate Cloud Engineer track program.
  • To view the progress of learners, follow the instructions in the Coursera: Track your Learners page.
  • Resource:
Check student progress
 
Can I customize the program name and settings?
 
No. It is important that you do not modify the Program Name or Tagline fields. They are for use by the Google program operations team. You can upload your own banner image. If you change the Program Name, the Google team will revert the name back to the original program name assigned.
 


CERTIFICATION


What is the duration and location of the certification exam?

Duration of the certification exam is 2 hours. Certification exams must be taken in-person at a Kryterion Testing Center. When you register for an exam, you can schedule an exam time at a testing center that is convenient for you. Visit the Kryterion Webassessor page to create an account and find a location near you.
  



TROUBLESHOOTING

How do I help students troubleshoot problems?

Ask students to check their Student FAQ for troubleshooting information.
To ask Coursera, file a ticket with [email protected]. As a program administrator, your request will be escalated to the Coursera Learner Services team.

To troubleshoot on your own: What is the discrepancy between Course Completions and Program Completed statuses?
  • In the program administrator dashboard, students are labeled with progress status indicators.
  • Full completion of the specialization is indicated by “6 Completions” – this means the student has enrolled in 6 courses and completed all 6 courses.
  • Do not confuse the “Program Completed” status for course completions. This status indicates that a learner has completed as many courses as they have enrolled in, but they have not enrolled in all courses.
  • For example, one learner with “Program Completed” status has completed 4 courses, but they have not enrolled in all 6 courses.
Course & Program Completions
 
How do I contact the Program Coordinator at Google about questions related to the program?

Check other sections of this FAQ first to find an answer to your question.
  • Email [email protected] for questions related to issues such as:
    • Increasing the total number of invitations allowed for your program
    • Questions or reporting issues with Qwiklabs study jam materials
    • Timeline for Associate Cloud Engineer track
    • Training and certification credits related to Associate Cloud Engineer track
Where can I find more information about Google Cloud Training and Certification?

For more information about Google Cloud Training and Certification, see:
What should I do if I have not received my Specialization completion certificate from Coursera?

If you have not received your Specialization completion certificate, please follow the steps below to receive the certificate:
  1. Login to Coursera.
  2. Open this Specialization URL in the same browser window.
  3. Click Enrollment Options and then click Enroll.