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Affordable Online Learning Platform

Published 04/12/2013 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Udacity is an online learning tool that helps users access affordable classes. The user creates an account and begins taking classes. User profiles track progress for each course. Once a course is complete, the user earns a certificate of completion to complement their new skills. High school students can find courses that allow them to begin testing the water for college courses while college students can find alternatives to traditional classes. Udacity also provides courses for professionals who want to expand their service offerings and knowledge. Each course is highly interactive and provides bite size tidbits through videos so the user never feels bored or overwhelmed. Real industry experts and educators work to create the courses made available on Udacity.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Udacity was founded in 2011. The application was formed when co-founder Sebastian Thrun quit Stanford to work on the website. The idea was that an online learning tool like Udacity would reach more ambitious students than teaching at a formal school. So far the concept has taken off and earned complements form students and reviewers. Many courses are currently offered with the catalog constantly growing.

What are the differences to other apps?

Udacity is attractive because it brings valuable information to students who are hungry for it. The application is much more affordable than attending a formal school and allows students to learn on their own. There is tons of potential, especially since the courses come from real educators and industry experts. Many courses are free with for-credit options that come with a fee so the student can work within their budget.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Udacity has produced a simple interface that is clean and clutter free. There are no annoying distractions to pull the user away from their learning experience. Before picking a class, the user can visit its page and learn who is instructing it, the difficulty level, summary, what the user should know prior to taking the class and what the user will learn. An instructor photo and video is also included along with a syllabus. Anyone can easily locate and take classes online without spending a tremendous amount of time learning how to navigate the site.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can try Udacity by clicking the white “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner. A form will drop down and asks for a full name, email address and password. The user can also click one of the two buttons at the bottom of the form to sign in with Facebook or Google. The user is automatically signed in and can begin browsing the course catalog.

What does it cost to use the application?

Anyone can sign up for Udacity for free. There are no subscription fees to maintain an account and many course are available for free. Users do not have to make any purchases and can access materials as often as they like. Some courses offer credit and come with a fee. The price will vary based on the course. Users can easily learn within a budget if they aren’t concerned about obtaining credits.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Udacity is an excellent learning tool for almost any student. The site is easy to use and provides a huge selection of courses to work with, from college algebra to algorithms, computer science and cryptography. The user can work at their own pace and track progress. Paid courses come with credit upon completion. Users are under no obligation to buy anything, which is great for a money strapped college student or professional who wants to expand their skills on a shoestring.

  • Caters to all students from high school up
  • Professionals can grow their knowledge online
  • Affordable alternative to college courses
  • Courses include a wide range of topics
  • Certificate given for each completed course

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