Thursday, July 3, 2014

Udacity App Review II – Not the best MOOC available

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18debd694829ed78203a5a36dd364160_400x400 I was born with a natural thirst for knowledge and have spent as much time as I can on consistently developing myself and learning new things. I know that I am most certainly not a minority and that there are many, who like myself, do not have enough time or finance to get another degree. The great thing about living in this day and age is that information is at our fingertips. There are so many different online qualifications you have to choose from.

Information is the one thing that has become more freely available. I have registered for my fair share of online courses before so I decided to give the Udacity app a try. I wanted to see if it was any better or worse than the ones out there already.


Udacity is what is referred to as a MOOC, this is the name given to any online institution that offers a study course to large groups. There are no admission requirements for such institutions and the student is getting a free certification. It is this factor that draws people into an app such as Udacity. It is designed in such a way that you can do the course at your own pace which is very important when we live such busy lives.

As impersonal as it may seem, there is actually a better level of feeling more involved with such courses. The lecturer is often available to answer questions or assist when possible. You do not feel as overwhelmed as what you would in a lecture hall of two hundred students. It does require however that you are self disciplined and motivated to work on your own. You can do anything from a beginners course to advanced and in a variety of different fields.udacity_st101

Once complete with your course you get what is known as a Statement Of Achievement which is a verified certificate. These can really boost your resume when looking for jobs in specific industries. It should be noted that these are considered a course experience when using the free version. When they say free it is limited to only certain available free courses. You can pay anything from $100 plus a month to buy access to a course, this in turn forces you to finish the course faster to avoid having to pay even more. In my opinion it is taking away from doing it at your own pace as now you rush to save money and understand less of the course work.

The Udacity app is growing in success each day and attracting more and more people. There are features I wish were available such as the ability to download the videos and watch them offline. The speed control would be great as well. Other than these tiny little issues, it is overall a pleasure to use and I really enjoy what I am learning. I just wish that when something said it was free that every part of it was. Some more categories of courses would be great as well.

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