Designing a New Path – Melissa Hui, Udacity Instructor

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Some people have such an innate understanding of a subject that being in their very presence makes you feel like you’re learning something, almost through osmosis. Udacity Instructor, Melissa Hui, is one of those people. Talking to her is a revelation. Melissa is the founder and principal of Context Leap, an agency specializing in employing human-centered design to help organizations manage culture transformation, empower leadership, and discover how to work in more productive, creative, and innovative ways.



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Data streaming: The most important skill in big data right now

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A data engineer is currently the most sought after tech job–– it had an 88.3% increase in postings over the past twelve months according to Burning Glass’s Nova platform. Why? The answer is hidden in the apps you rely on every day: data streaming. 

Right now, you probably have a handful of apps on your phone that leverage real-time data––think ride-sharing apps, maps, and streaming services. And that’s just skimming the surface. Financial institutions use data streaming to monitor the stock market and hospitals use streamed data to monitor the health of patients. In a nutshell, data streaming is the process of sending data continuously rather than in batches, which enables millions of companies to create the products we use every day. This includes everything from web personalization and recommendation engines, to fraud detection and in-game interactions.



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Flexible Learning: Education That Fits Around You

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Flexible learning has been a hot topic in education since the 90s, although it significantly gained popularity once the internet became widely accessible. The idea is that students are better able to grasp concepts without rigid guidelines that pigeonhole them into specific ways of learning. This means that location, time, learning requirements, teaching style, and grading all have increased flexibility.



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Learn by Doing: Why Project-Based Learning is so Effective

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We’ve all witnessed the frustrating catch 22 of needing experience to land a job and needing a job to get experience. This classic struggle illustrates just how much value the job market places on experience, and rightfully so. Here at Udacity, our goal is to ensure that students are set up for success and possess the tools to not just land a job, but thrive in it! 



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