If you receive Newt Gingrich’s e-mails, you’ve no doubt read about this. In case you don’t, or haven’t, Gingrich involves himself with finding solutions; mainly centering on education, working with technology to make life better.
Although this was formed by the founder of Google, it still sounds like a very good idea for those seeking a techy degree at low cost to you. (There are other degrees, as well, but it doesn’t specify.)
At first Udacity tried to build partnerships with existing universities to offer a better product at lower cost. And it did have some success. Working with Georgia Tech, Udacity offers a $10,000 master’s degree in computer science from one of the best programs in the country. But for the most part, the old institutions of higher learning met the new technology with resistance and in some cases outright hostility.
So now the company has decided to work completely outside the traditional university system. Sebastian and his COO, Vish, told us about a new offering they call Nanodegrees. These are programs of study in very specific and practical subject areas–how to build iPhone apps, for instance–that certify the graduate has skills an employer might need. For $200 a month–a tiny fraction of an expensive college degree that may yet leave graduates unemployed–nanodegrees come with support from real mentors who can help students work through problems and steer them through the program to the end.
Pretty interesting stuff, I thought.
For those interested, there’s a link to the self-driving car, as well.