Celebrating Black History Month and Alan Emtage — Search Engine Pioneer

Modern life — internet life — centers around finding information via search engines. Without clever algorithms searching and sorting ever-expanding web content we’d be figuratively in the dark. Research on “Black History Month” — as most topics — was done through several search engines. We owe the ubiquitous utility of search to Alan Emtage, from Barbados.

Whether your first search engine experience is Google, Ask Jeeves, Alta Vista, Yahoo!, Jughead, or Veronica, all of these owe their existence and success to Alan Emtage, a computer scientist who created Archie, a tool for discovering materials in the pre-web File Transfer Protocol (FTP) space of 1989; the World Wide Web wouldn’t be birthed until 1991.



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Use Your Tuition Reimbursement to Upskill Yourself

Tuition reimbursement is an important perk offered by many companies, but employees often assume that tuition reimbursement only extends to brick and mortar schools. 

One of the most expedient and effective ways to get new skills is to use tuition reimbursement to upskill yourself on the new in-demand skills of the future.

Here’s how you can use your tuition reimbursement to upskill for today and tomorrow.



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Top 10 Highest-Rated Nanodegree Programs for 2020

The year 2020 has proven to be a time of both change and resilience. Due to the pandemic and stay-at-home orders issued globally, people had to change their lifestyles, adopt better eating  habits, learn to work from home, and some even picked up a new skill — like coding.

The point is, regardless of if people learned to cook, create pivot tables in Excel, or program using a new computer language, we all learned something new. 

This uptick of people using online learning platforms to help them gain knowledge and new skills in their downtime, made us wonder which online courses and Nanodegree programs our students liked the most. 

After examining our Nanodegree programs and student feedback, we compiled a list of our top-rated Nanodegree programs for 2020, according to our global community of students. 

Top 10 Highest-Rated Udacity Nanodegree Programs for 2020


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Online Learning Trends in the United States: Which Nanodegree Programs are Popular Where?

If 2020 were a movie, it would be a nail-biting thriller. The kind of movie that is rife with twists and turns. But 2020 has been as real as it can get. And despite all of the unforeseen events that unfolded this year, people have shown that they can be resourceful, resilient and innovative.

In fact, while the year posed many challenges, it also led to the adoption of new habits and trends. One of these was the explosion of online learning during 2020. While millions of people around the world lost their jobs, many also decided to upskill themselves to prepare for the post-Covid world.

At Udacity, we witnessed a surge in the enrollment for our Nanodegree programs in 2020. These trends not only show the interest areas of our learners but also the trends that will guide the job market. Keeping this in mind, we decided to share some of these trends with you.



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Project-Based Learning Works: Here are 5 Reasons Why

Now more than ever before, employers favor skills over degrees, and the skills learned through project-based learning mirror what employers are looking for.  

As we posted in our last blog, the 4th Industrial Revolution is reshaping technology, and 42% of the core skills needed to perform existing jobs will change. A massive upskill effort will be needed to reskill more than 1 billion people by 2030 to get them ready for the new world of work. 

Project-based learning can help provide training that is focused on teaching critical thinking — figuring out all the steps needed to create a solution. 

As far as teaching modalities go, it offers numerous benefits to the students taking part.



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The Future of the Workforce: Hiring Will Be Based on Skills Rather Than Degrees

Big changes are coming to the workforce in the next two years — it’s expected that 42% of the core skills needed to perform existing jobs will change.

This means we’re likely looking at a future where your skills are more important than the degrees you hold. 

With this shift, more people will look to online learning to uplevel their skills and to help gain the practical, hands-on experience employers will be looking for. 

Here’s a look at why this shift is happening, and how online learning can help you get ahead of the curve.



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What Will Online Education Be Like in Five Years?

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.



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