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Last Thursday was a milestone day for us at Udacity, as we announced the launch of the new Android Developer Nanodegree program built by Google!

Many of you have expressed excitement and appreciation for these Android courses, as well as asked questions regarding the pricing, features and pacing of the Nanodegree program.  Let’s answer some of those questions.

What can I do if I can’t afford the $200/month fee?

We know that the $200/month price may be high for some of you, but you still want to learn. Guess what? All of our Android courses are free, regardless of whether they are part of the Nanodegree curriculum or not!  It’s all available for you to access and learn from at any time. Take the free courses, work on the projects independently and wow potential employers with your newly expanded portfolio.

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Udacity’s Hidden Easter Eggs

Easter is right around the corner, so we’re sharing a few Udacity code Easter eggs for you to enjoy. Let us know in the comments if you’ve found others in our courses, or what your favorite Easter eggs are from around the web!

Developing Android Apps

If you get this Developing Android Apps quiz correct (click on the one checkbox), you’ll see a happy dancing Android.

android dance part 1

But the poor guy doesn’t get to finish his celebration, and you’re asked to find the other half of his dance. Never fear! Head over to this quiz from later on in the course, and the right answer (click both checkboxes) shows the little guy’s finishing moves.

Droid happy dance

android dance part 2

Programming Foundations with Python

This course video from Programming Foundations with Python teaches you how to open a web browser in Python so you can listen to some relaxing saxophone music while taking a break from all the learning. But before you doze off, take a closer look. If you copy the YouTube link from the video, you’ll realize you’ve found something much more upbeat. In fact, you’ll realize you’ve just been ‘rickrolled‘.

How to open a web browser in Python

Data Analysis with R

The next two Easter eggs may or may not reflect some of the frustrations you’ve felt on your programming journey.  It may help to know that by putting these tidbits in here, our instructors have probably felt the same way.

In this Data Analysis with R quiz, a correct answer of .948 will yield what we hope is a situation you don’t often encounter. But then again, we’re all human, so something like this probably happens more often than we care to admit!

Productivity vs deadlines

Developing Android Apps

The instructor notes in this video from Developing Android Apps describe a situation that may be all too familiar.

“You’re testing an app on your favorite phone device, and everything looks great, but then you rotate it into landscape, or run the same app on a larger phone or a tablet, and it’s the same UI just squeezed into the top left corner and you’re all like…

Android frustrations.

Website Performance Optimization

Most of our Easter eggs are embedded in our courses, usually when you submit the correct answer to a quiz. However this egg, found in Website Performance Optimization, is not one most people will find (we don’t think), since it’s not based on a correct answer. Don’t worry about whether each sequence of events is a ‘blocking’, ‘inline’ or ‘async’ script. Just know that you want to see a ‘fat’, ‘cat’, ‘breathing’.

Fat cat breathing.

There are other secrets tucked away in our courses, but we obviously can’t tell all. The rest are there for you to find! What other fun and interesting code Easter eggs have you discovered, on the Udacity site and elsewhere?

Someone Reviewed a Data Science Course, But What Does It Mean For You?

(Just launched, 5.24.18, the new Data Scientist Nanodegree program!)

Chris Sunsong, a Udacity Data Science student, wrote a detailed review about our Data Wrangling with MongoDB course and its final project, both part of our Data Analyst Nanodegree curriculum. He provides great insight into the course experience, but what does his experience mean for you?

Skilledup review of Udacity data science course
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On Content:

“You’ll come out of the course a much stronger problem solver, and subsequently, a more valuable employee.”

The Data Wrangling with MongoDB course proved to be a bit of an surprising experience for Chris, who had expected a beginner course with a few videos, a few exercises and a project. However, what he got was an education that more closely mirrored a university course, teaching core principles and theories as well as how to apply them to real world problems. These courses are geared towards individuals looking to gain a deeper understanding of concepts in addition to how to use them.

With regard to programming languages, we delve into what goes on “under the hood” vs just learning language syntax. It may seem hard at first, and you may feel you are out of your comfort zone, but the results are well worth the effort.

On Quality of Instruction:

“Having someone directly from the company teaching the material certainly enhanced the legitimacy of the course by offering insight into how the technologies are utilized in a private-sector setting. “

Udacity courses are often taught by instructors from leading companies in industry, such as Google, Twitter, and Nvidia, ensuring a student is learning straight from the source. The Nanodegree programs are geared towards preparing you for a career in technology, so having our courses taught by industry makes them that much more applicable to the workplace.

On Projects

“It leaves you with a valuable, real life project that you can add to your professional portfolio and show off to employers.”

The capstone project of this course, along with the other projects included in the Nanodegree curriculum, is what you can showcase on your resume and your LinkedIn profile. Each project has basic guidelines but gives you plenty of flexibility to design the project in a way that best reflects your personality and your strengths. Once it’s completed, you’ll receive feedback from our coaches on best practices and tips for more improvement. Working on and improving upon projects that are meaningful to you also inspires the passion that employers look for in prospective employees.

On Employment Value:

“An employer could be assured that someone successfully completing one of Udacity’s courses would at least have entry-level skills in the topic at hand.”

Udacity courses and Nanodegree programs strongly advocate a “learn by doing” approach. This method involves less handholding than traditional coursework, but the challenges it offers help prepare you for the workplace, where oftentimes, a problem may not have an easy answer. Sometimes, what you learn goes beyond the original project to the learning process itself. Learning ‘how to learn’ can be just as important and applicable in a work environment as your technical skills.

So, is Udacity right for you?

“Udacity is most suited for highly independent and motivated learners. Successfully completing one of Udacity’s intermediate or advanced classes is no walk in the park, and you’ll need to seriously apply yourself in the same manner you would a university-level course.”

“Serious students with a strong desire to learn will probably find this to be the best single course provider for advanced tech skills desired by today’s labor market.”

If you want to learn to apply concepts to solving real life problems, and you’re up for a challenge, then a Udacity course or Nanodegree program may be your best choice to strengthen your skills for the workplace.

Thanks Chris for completing the course and taking the time to write such an in-depth review!

9 Essential Skills for Your First Data Analyst Job

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Data. Every time you make a purchase online or share a photo with friends, you are contributing to the pile of data being amassed every single second from every corner of the earth. We’re producing tons of data, yet the demand for qualified data analysts is outpacing the amount of data being created every day. So the question becomes – what does it take to become a data analyst?

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To be truly successful in this new and exciting field, you’ll need to understand essential skills as well as where your strengths lie and what skills you still need to develop. Yes, you need to know R and Python, but which packages are the most useful to a data analyst? Are there specific mathematical concepts that are more important than others? And what skills can set you apart from the competition when it comes to interviewing for a job?

We’ve put together a comprehensive 18 page checklist that explains the essential skills and tools you’ll need for a career in data science. Download our Ultimate Skills Checklist for Your First Data Analyst Job to see how we’ve built upon concepts mentioned in previous articles to explain exactly what you need to know in each subject.

Topics covered include:

  • Python and R packages, both essential and good-to-know
  • Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Experimental Design
  • Supervised and Reinforcement Learning
  • Database Systems

and others.  In addition, there are over 3 pages of tips and external resources for extra learning.

Interested in more? We also offer a Data Analyst Nanodegree program that will build up your data science portfolio through industry-approved projects and open up new opportunities to advance your career.

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12 Essential Skills for Your First Front-End Web Dev Job

Websites are an integral part of most of our daily lives. Learning, working, shopping, playing; we encounter websites in almost everything we do. Maybe you’ve been inspired by a beautiful online work portfolio, or have been frustrated by an app or game that doesn’t quite have the features you really want. Have you ever thought about how those sites are created or the skills needed to create them?

Front-End Web Developer Checklist via

Front-end web development is not magic, it’s skill. Knowing what it takes to create amazing user experiences enable you to understand what strengths you already have and what you skills you still need to learn in order to get your first web development job.

You may have already guessed that HTML is a language you’ll need to know. But you’ll also need to understand:

  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Version Control
  • Web Performance

and more!

We’ve compiled a 17 page e-guide that will help explain the skills and tools you’ll need as you delve into the exciting world of front-end web development. Download our Ultimate Skills Checklist for Your First Front-End Development Job to assess your current proficiencies and find resources to support you on your learning journey!

We also offer a Front-End Web Developer Nanodegree program that will lead you through industry-approved projects and open up new opportunities to advance your career.

Happy learning!

New Udacity Blog: Skills & Resources to Change Your Life!

Welcome to Climb Higher, the new Udacity blog! It’s like our old blog, but better.

We’re putting our motto, “Students First,” to work with this new redesign: every change we’ve made is to make it easier for you to find the information and the resources you’re looking for. Whether you want to get on the right path to your dream career, find inspiration, or introduce yourself to new communities of web developers and data scientists, you’re in the right place.

A new look for the Udacity blog

Whatever your passion is – web development, mobile development, data science – you can find the skills that will change your life right here.

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1. With our new navigation bar, easily find the articles you’re most interested in.

2. Sign up for newsletters so you can stay on top of the latest trends in web dev and data science.


3. Download skills checklists to assess what you skills you need to learn to get ready for your first job in data or web dev. We’ve developed these learning blueprints with industry employers and can’t wait to share with you!


4. Listen to our podcast, Linear Digressions, for stories about when data science has saved the day.

Linear digressions podcast

Let us know what you think in the comments, and what new resources you’d like to see next!

Happy learning,

The Udacity Team

Nanodegree Scholarships

Find the right nanodegree program for you.
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Let’s hear it for bringing effective, accessible, and affordable higher education to the world!

We’re excited to partner with industry employers and education experts to create nanodegree programs that will prepare graduates for careers in tech – starting with the Front-End Web Developer Nanodegree and Data Analyst Nanodegree.

Effective? Check! Industry employers endorse our project-based nanodegree curriculum and have reserved space for graduates to receive paid internships.

Accessible? Check! Nanodegree students have the flexibility to learn at their own pace, and new cohorts open every month.

Affordable? Check! Monthly subscriptions are $399, and scholarships are available.

Udacity offers nanodegree scholarships

Today, as unveiled at the President’s College Opportunity Day, we are excited to announce that Udacity is committed to offering up to 5,000 scholarships for the Nanodegree program! Along with AT&T, our pioneering partner, we will expand the current nanodegree scholarship program from 200 to an additional 1,000 students.  Google plans to be a sponsor for these new scholarships followed by other companies.

Learn more about our latest scholarship programs.

Start LearningToday’s tech workers are becoming lifelong learners as they continuously update their skills to keep up with employer’s needs. As “work” becomes a synonym for “learn,” we couldn’t be more excited to offer nanodegrees for students to gain the skills they need for their dream careers.