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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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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Online, Hands-On Projects Drive Deeper Learning

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.

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3 Ways to Upskill to Get a New Job Before the End of the Year

Even though 2020 has felt like it’s been a decade long, the year will go by in the blink of an eye.

No one knows what 2021 will bring, but it’s wise to plan for your future career and get the skills needed to land your dream job.

In fact, there’s still plenty of time to research online learning offerings and find the right Nanodegree program that may help you in your new career.

If you’re still unsure of where to start, here are three ways to upskill yourself to take on a new role in 2021.

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End-to-End Udacity Journey: From Nanodegree to a Job

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? 

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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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Best Practices for Online Learning at Home

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.” 

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