Udacity to Offer Targeted Job Courses Through ‘Nanodegrees’

Udacity, with initial funding from AT&T Aspire, is launching nanodegrees: “compact, flexible, and job focused credentials.” that are designed for efficiency. The program, which starts this fall, include hands-on courses selected by industry, a capstone project, and career guidance. According to Clarissa Shen, Vice President of Udacity, a working student can complete the degree in 6-12 months without having to take time off.

Nanodegrees available are for front-end web developerback-end web developeriOS mobile developer, Android mobile developer, or data analyst. Shen says Udacity will teach students not just the “how” of coding, by also the “why.”

So far, AT&T is the only company that has agreed to hire nanodegree graduates, according to the Wall Street Journal. ” No higher education accrediting body has recognized the new coursework,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Recommended reading: Udacity, AT&T Team Up in Online Ed  via the Wall Street Journal.

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.