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‘Nanodegrees’ Encourage Lifelong Learning

by Mark Bergen

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Udacity, Online School From Google X Founder, Crosses Milestone After Switching Direction

Thus far, Udacity says some 150 other “nanodegree” students have graduated, landing new jobs or moving up in their company. Udacity charges $200 a month for the program, but hands back half of the money to students upon completion.

Our take

Creative Collaborations Can Turn Competition Into New Opportunity

Udacity is just one example of a company taking a new approach to education, but they’ve got some powerful potential behind them, including founders who were formerly with Google and partnerships with organizations like AT&T. New ways of delivering education outside of the traditional classroom, and through non-traditional providers, offers both new opportunities and potential threats to traditional educational institutions. How might your school system be aided or threatened by these disruptions?

The need for continuing education is no longer an option. Once students receive their degrees and enter the workforce they often discover the need for additional training—the type of training that Udacity is providing through its “nanodegrees.” Yes, this may represent competition for traditional educational institutions, but it might also represent opportunities for collaboration.

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