NanoDegrees – The Next Step In Learning?
I wrote a post a few years ago about The Most Dangerous Man In Higher Education. In it I talked about how Sebastian Thrun is creating a software system to enable the whole world to learn higher education concepts at low or no cost. He was one of the pioneers of the MOOC concept at Sanford. He is not in it for the money, he’s in it to solve a problem. This makes him very dangerous to the traditional university model.
His company Udacity did not disrupt higher education yet but their latest idea may help do that.
From the Udacity blog:
[W]e are launching nanodegrees: compact, flexible, and job-focused credentials that are stackable throughout your career. And the nanodegree program is designed for efficiency: select hands-on courses by industry, a capstone project, and career guidance. Efficient enough that you can get a nanodegree as you need it and…
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