Barriers & Solutions: Examining Global Diversity In Education

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This is Part 2 of our diversity series, in which we examine global diversity in education. To read Part 1, which introduces the series, click here.

Learning empowers people and helps them achieve better lives. When barriers prevent particular groups from learning, the cost is disempowerment and lower quality of life. This hurts us all.

As an education provider with global reach, we recognize the opportunity to play a role in eliminating education barriers, and we are committed to doing so. We’ve recently spent some time considering this question: What can we do to make education accessible to more diverse audiences in the US and around the globe?

Awareness

We must first become more aware about what might be preventing diverse audiences from gaining technical skills or working in the technical field. Barriers to educational diversity vary tremendously. They might be gender-based, ethnic, physical, technical, or cultural. Some are obvious, some are very, very subtle. But there is no mistaking the fact that the issues are deeply real. For example, there are currently more than 100 million young women in developing countries who can’t read a single sentence because they don’t have access to education. This is staggering, and it has to change.

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Ask the Experts: Google Q&A on Web Performance, Android & Cloud Fundamentals

The Google Developer Advocate team – who brings you Website Performance Optimization, Android App Development, and Developing Scalable Apps – wants to answer your questions and share insights and best practices for their fields.

We’re holding Q&A sessions in the last two weeks of August for you to meet your Android, Cloud and Web Performance instructors and to ask them your burning questions.

Developing Android Apps with Reto Meier and Dan Galpin

Q&A: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 9am PT.

Ask & vote for your questions here. Tune in here for the show.

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Developing Scalable Apps with Magnus Hyttsten and Jocelyn Becker

Q&A: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 9am PT.

Ask & vote for your questions here. Tune in here for the show.

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Web Performance Optimization with Ilya Grigorik

The live show has aired, and you can tune in here for the recording!

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New Downloadables: Videos & Resources at Your Fingertips

Go to class to download videos & transcripts!

The Udacity classroom now has downloadable materials! Now you can download course videos, transcripts, and supplemental resources to keep at your fingertips while you’re learning on- or offline.

Learn Offline

Away from wifi while you’re traveling this summer? Don’t have a great internet connection for streaming? Download videos and transcripts to watch lessons offline on your computer to keep learning.

Supplemental Resources

For our paying students, we’ve created a few extra downloadable materials.

  • Supplemental Resources: Check out supplemental resources that Udacity Coaches create to help you brush up on concepts we introduce in courses, or extend them to go deeper.
  • Lesson Notes: You can also download Lesson Notes to get a summary of concepts from a lesson and select video screenshots.

Head to class and get started today. Find downloadables in your course dashboard alongside your progress, or in the classroom for the lesson you’re learning. Questions? Check out our FAQ.

We want to hear what you think, and what you want us to build next! Send us your feedback by writing to support@udacity.com and spread the word that learning with Udacity just got easier.

Courtney Drake
Udacity Product Manager

Udacity For Android: Learning to Fit Your Life

Udacity for Android is now available on Google Play! Since launching a mobile Udacity experience for iPhone and iPad two months ago, we’ve been hard at work on an Android app.

All Udacity courses are now available on Android for the first time, in a classroom specifically built and optimized for touch. Now, you can stream lectures wherever your Android device goes, and test yourself with quick and fun quizzes and you learn on the go.

In bringing you an Android app, we decided to re-think the design and classroom to take advantage of all the benefits that Android has to offer. Today, the Udacity Android experience is flexible, fast, and still evolving.

Flexible Classroom

Android variations in screen size is actually one of the big advantages that Android holds over Apple devices, one that gives Udacity students flexibility to access a larger classroom.

If a user wants a giant phone, they have a large selection to choose from. The Udacity Android classroom takes advantage of the entire real estate of the device, and our lectures and quizzes feel immersive and full-screen.

Fast Loading Time

Mobile users (and lifelong learners!) demand efficiency. They want the fastest possible route to what they are looking for. We’ve worked hard to ensure that our interface is responsive and that classroom content caches intelligently so that it’s readily available when you’re learning on the go.

More To Come: Offline Mode

Offline mode, a super popular feature on iOS, allows you to download videos so that you can learn wherever you go. We are hard at work on bringing it to Android too. Stay tuned for future updates!

Download the app by heading here, and get started today with taking a Udacity course at your own pace. We’ve just released four new courses with Google experts on Android and Scalability so you can learn what goes into a great Android app, and how to make your own Android app.

We’d love to hear what you think of the Udacity for Android app! Please send us your feedback, and help spread the word to your fellow Android friends.

 

 

Oliver Cameron, Director of Mobile Udacity

Udacity Courses in Japanese

At Udacity, we believe everyone deserves a chance to get a great education and a great job.

This belief guides everything we do at Udacity, and is why we get excited when our courses are translated into new languages and made accessible to more people.

We’ve recently partnered with Tokyo-based Recruit Holdings to provide Japanese subtitles for Udacity courses.

So far the following six Udacity courses have been translated, with more to come:

To see the translations live go to the classroom and start viewing the course videos. Then click on the Closed Captions (CC) button on the YouTube player and select the language of your choice.
In addition to these fully translated courses, Japanese-speaking Udacians can check out a site launched in collaboration with Recruit that offers translated course overview pages and Japanese-subtitled introductory videos for over 30 Udacity courses. The site is optimized for mobile and is definitely worth checking out.

If you want to help break down language barriers, there is more work to be done! Join Udacity’s translator team on Amara and check out our blog post on how to get started.

Now Available at Udacity: Courses from Georgia Tech Masters in CS

Last month, Georgia Tech, AT&T, and Udacity launched the world’s first massive online degree program.

One of the best parts about this degree program, and high-quality education on a massive scale, is that it gives you the flexibility of multiple learning options. In addition to applying for Georgia Tech’s online degree program, students can choose to pursue non-degree certification options through both Udacity and Georgia Tech.
Starting today, you can pre-enroll for select individual courses from the Georgia Tech online Masters in Computer Science track. By enrolling in the course experience at Udacity, you’ll get personalized project feedback, individual tutoring, and a verified Udacity certificate upon completion. You can also sign-up to be notified for our free courseware, which includes the interactive lessons, project instructions, and quizzes from the course. We’re excited that these high-quality courses are being used by companies like AT&T for their employees.
We’re opening up pre-enrollment for select classes from this program today for:
So what does this mean for you? Now you have the option of getting non-degree certificates from either Georgia Tech or Udacity for select classes that comprise the online Masters in Computer Science degree from Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech will open registration for non-degree certification in mid-March – visit www.pe.gatech.edu/online-computer-science to request more information.
On Udacity, both the full course experience and the free courseware will be available as soon as March 17, 2014. Click “Start Learning” below to see classes that will be available and pre-enroll.
We’re excited to offer these classes and hope you enjoy taking them!

Students First at Udacity

“Students first” is one of Udacity’s core values — thanks to some crafty artists-in-office, this message is the first thing we see when we walk into Udacity. Check out our team painting the wall!



If you follow this blog, you’ll know that we love celebrating our students and providing the best learning experience possible. Let us know how we can better serve you, and let us know what you love learning in our courses! See you in class!