Educational Technology

Udacity Connect Offers Face-to-Face Sessions

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 00:38

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Beginning May 9, UConnect students in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco will have access to physical learning centers where they can network, interact and collaborate with others. UConnect students will meet once a week with a mentor and receive “face-to-face guidance with goal setting and hitting key milestones,” according to a news release. In a pilot program, Nanodegree students who combined their online education with in-person study sessions through UConnect saw a 30 percent increase in project submissions and were more likely to complete their Nanodegree program than the students learning only online.

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What Sebastian Thrun Has Learned at Udacity

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 00:36

By Betsy Corcoran, EdSurge

Sebastian Thrun: That first Stanford class was a pivotal moment. We all realized that there were great people out there, all around the world, who deserved a chance at places like Stanford. Ever since, our mission at Udacity has been to democratize education…. When we decided to partner not with a university but with a company [namely, AT&T and later others including Google] we made this clear that we were really thinking about not just getting people into college but getting them into jobs. One of the key outcomes of education is to give them leverage to find work, and to personally benefit, to earn income. College was being criticized for being really, really expensive. And then, after you paid all that money, it still took you more than a year to find a job. So we created a program that gives people back their tuition if they don’t find a job in six months. I think that’s something everyone should do.

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4 Ways Online Course Teaches You About Being Professional

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 00:29

By Anita V, University Herald

With many online courses offering various subjects, a California-based student does not have to fly to London to learn arts. Online learning has become prevalent and changed the way education does its course. It may be a completely different learning compared to attending a class in a room. However, students can get the benefits of learning in an online program that would help them succeed at work.

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