COVID-19 has resulted in a dramatic shift in how most of us work and learn. While millions of school-aged children around the world have moved to virtual classrooms, it’s not just kids who’ve adapted to online education.
More and more adults are now relying on online education. Some have been forced to reskill as a result of COVID-19, and others have simply not been able to attend class in person.
While many educational institutions have been offering online education for more than a decade, this shift has forced more traditional institutions to provide everything, from lectures to labs, virtually.
Think of your best learning experiences. What were you doing? You probably weren’t simply listening to a speaker or reading a book. To really energize the learning centers of our brains, we need to engage multiple aspects of our bodies as well. Something as simple as taking notes in the margin can increase comprehension and retention. We have the best learning experiences when we’re actively involved in the activity of learning — from changing a tire to drawing an image to kicking a ball.
Since Udacity’s inception, our mission has been to train the world’s workforce in the careers of the future. Hundreds of thousands of students have graduated from Udacity programs since we launched in 2011. Qualified professionals are always in high demand and we’re here to help students get the skills they need for the job they want.
Of the over 128,000 students who have completed a Nanodegree program through Udacity, 73% who signed up with the intention of advancing their career reported a favorable career outcome, according to a 2020 survey of our graduates. What’s more, 50% percent of graduates who signed up with the intention of advancing their careers received a 33% median increase in pay.
Our students’ achievements are a constant source of inspiration around here. But just how did those students go from the online classroom to a tangible job?
Since March, when the COVID-19 virus shut down schools, businesses, and everything in between, we’re all spending a lot more time at home. To make the most of the time that would normally be spent out of the home socializing, a lot of people are picking up new skills and hobbies. Many who find themselves unemployed (currently 8.4% of the US population) are using this time to switch careers and boost their resume.
Going into classrooms isn’t an option these days, so most people have turned to online learning. Without a clear end in sight for COVID-19, taking courses over the Internet is shaping up to be the “new normal.”