Building Meaningful Lives: Talking Lifelong Learning at the Milken Institute Global Conference

Building Meaningful Lives
Photo Credit: Jonathan Barenboim

The Milken Institute describes itself as “a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health.” In addition to producing actionable policy initiatives, and publishing important reports focused on issues related to human, financial, and social capital, the organization holds an annual Global Conference every year.

Building Meaningful Lives

This year’s conference, with a theme of Building Meaningful Lives, concluded on May 3rd. Shernaz Daver, Udacity’s Chief Marketing Officer, spoke at the conference, on a panel called “Unbound: Retraining The American Workforce.” Joining her were the following panelists:

Arthur Bilger, Founder and CEO, WorkingNation

Allen Blue, Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Management, LinkedIn

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Former Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce; Advisory Board Member, WorkingNation

Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation

The goal of the panel was to tackle questions related to this premise:

“Millions of Americans have lost the jobs they were trained for as the employment needs of entire industries have shifted, and millions still in the workforce lack the skill set for tomorrow’s jobs.”

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Education Innovation in the Digital Age

Udacity Education Innovation In The Digital Age

In a recent article from The HR Director entitled The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Heico Sandee of Smart Robotics writes the following:

Emerging technology in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing are all combining to drive a change across a range of industries, and this Fourth Industrial Revolution is taking the digital age to the next level.

We have been in a “digital age” for some time now, and that isn’t changing, but as technology’s ever-accelerating pace continues to power innovations both transformative and disruptive, the pressure on us all to adapt gets more intense.

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Add Programming to your Skill Set and Start Learning Today!

 

Give yourself the gift of learning to code the right way, the first time!

Programming is an indispensable skill in today’s world. Technology is everywhere, and learning to code is one of the most valuable and useful things you can do. In your professional life, having programming knowledge will open new opportunities, and significantly enhance your ability to launch or advance a career. On a personal level, you’ll refine your analytical and problem-solving skills, build self-sufficiency, and enjoy being able to create new things.

“Learning to code is useful no matter what your career ambitions are.” —Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

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Are You Ready For The “Prove It” Economy?

Prove It Economy Udacity

There was a time when we spoke of education in the singular. Tell me about your education. One must have a good education. She is pursuing an education. Then came the binary world—“traditional” and “alternative” educations. Running parallel to of this, but operating in a sort of educational netherworld, was the ever shape-shifting concept of “vocational” education.

Now, as we enter what is being called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (”characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres”) we are experiencing a disrupted world of learning; a kaleidoscope of theories, strategies, and approaches each trying to gain a foothold, each making a case for being the most strategic path to a secure future.

The “Prove It” Economy

As it turns out, there may be no one right answer. Each of us may instead need to assemble our own personal learning construct—an aggregate of experiences, skills, and accomplishments that together symbolize our leverageable “value” as contributing members of a workforce. A recent article in The Atlantic offers a succinct description of this new reality:

“The country has entered a “prove it” economy in which codified skills are currency.”

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Announcing Firebase Analytics with Google

Firebase Analytics Google Udacity

As an app developer, you go on two very important journeys with every app you build. The first one is the journey to completion—the day your app launches. It’s a big moment, but it’s only the beginning of the process. The second journey begins immediately after launch—it’s the journey of growing your user base and revenue, and making ongoing improvements that keep users engaged and delighted. To do this, you need to know who is using your app, and how they’re using your app.

What if we told you there was a great tool that would enable you to do exactly that?

Firebase Analytics is a free and unlimited analytics solution that helps you learn who your users are and how they interact with your app. Once you add Firebase Analytics code into your Android or iOS app, you can use the data you gather to guide business decisions that will improve your app’s performance and grow your users. It’s a tool that puts incredible power in your hands, and we’re really excited for you to learn how to use it!

We are excited to announce the launch of  Firebase Analytics: Android and Firebase Analytics: iOS!

Ever wondered when the optimal time is to show an advertisement? Firebase Analytics can tell you that! The automatically-collected user demographic data that you get through Firebase Analytics can help you optimize engagement by sending notifications at the right times for your specific users.

Are your users filling shopping carts but not purchasing? Firebase Analytics can help! Adding Firebase Analytics to your app helps you determine whether your users’ behaviors match your goals, and helps you see whether tweaks you make are helping or hurting.

Are players turning away from your game because your levels are too hard to beat? Use Firebase Analytics to find out! With Firebase Analytics you can track the number of tries it takes users to defeat a level—or see how many never do.

We’ve partnered with analytics experts from Google to build this 2-day interactive course, and you won’t need any Firebase or analytics experience to enroll. Through a combination of videos and quizzes—and using real data produced by a live app—you’ll learn how to use Firebase Analytics along with Firebase Crash Reporting, Firebase Remote Config, and Firebase Dynamic Links to improve your app and add more happy users.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a working understanding of digital analytics, confidence in navigating the Firebase console, and the skills to add Firebase Analytics to your Android or iOS app.

Instructors for the course include Firebase team members Steve Ganem and Todd Kerpelman, Udacity instructors Jessica Lin and Kate Rotondo (that’s me), and course developers Jennifer Person and Daniel Mai.  As practicing developers, we know firsthand that user bases don’t grow themselves. You need the power of analytics, and Firebase is an incredible solution.

You can enroll for free today at Firebase Analytics: Android and Firebase Analytics: iOS!

These courses are also included in our Android Developer and iOS Developer Nanodegree programs, so for those of you pursuing a full immersion developer education with Udacity, you’ll be learning Firebase Analytics too.

Whether your app is still in development or already on the App Store, begin the journey to improve your app’s performance today with Firebase Analytics!

Free Sneak Preview of our Self-Driving Car Nanodegree Program!

Self-Driving Car Sneak Preview

We officially have the opportunity of a lifetime for you.

You’ve heard about self-driving cars. You’ve read about self-driving cars. Depending on where you live, you may have even seen them driving themselves around. You may also know Udacity teaches people to become Self-Driving Car engineers. We even have our own self-driving car, and our students are contributing actual code! That’s right. We are building the world’s first open-source self-driving car. Our program is groundbreaking in every sense of the word—there’s no other opportunity quite like it out there.

Today, you can find out what all the excitement is about. Yes, you. Everyone. Every single person in the entire world is invited into our Self-Driving Car Nanodegree program classroom for a free sneak preview!

Experience the Self-Driving Car Nanodegree Program classroom today!

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