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    (Wikipedia) - Udacity Udacity Type Founded Website Alexa rank Registration Users Available in Launched Current status
    Online education
    June 2011 (2011-06)
    www.udacity.com
    7,074 (October 2013)
    Required
    1.6 Million
    English
    February 2012
    Active
    Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun, 2006

    Udacity is a for-profit educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky offering massive open online courses (MOOCs). According to Thrun, the origin of the name Udacity comes from the company''s desire to be "audacious for you, the student". While it originally focused on offering university-style courses, it now focuses more on vocational courses for professionals.

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    History

    Udacity is the outgrowth of free computer science classes offered in 2011 through Stanford University. Thrun has stated he hopes half a million students will enroll, after an enrollment of 160,000 students in the predecessor course at Stanford, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, and 90,000 students had enrolled in the initial two classes as of March 2012. Udacity was announced at the 2012 Digital Life Design conference. Udacity is funded by venture capital firm, Charles River Ventures, and $200,000 of Thrun''s personal money. In October 2012 the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz led the investment of another $15 million in Udacity. In November 2013, Thrun announced in a Fast Company article that Udacity had a "lousy product" and that the service was pivoting to focus more on vocational courses for professionals. As of 28 April 2014, Udacity has 1.6 million users in 12 full courses and 26 free courseware.

    Courses

    The first two courses ever launched on Udacity both started on 20 February 2012, entitled "CS 101: Building a Search Engine", taught by David Evans from the University of Virginia, and "CS 373: Programming a Robotic Car" taught by Thrun. Both courses use Python.

    Four more courses began on 16 April 2012, encompassing a range of ability and subject matter, with teachers including Steve Huffman and Peter Norvig. Five new courses were announced on 31 May 2012, and marked the first time Udacity offered courses outside the domain of computer science. Four of these courses launched at the start of the third "hexamester", on 25 June 2012. One course, Logic & Discrete Mathematics: Foundations of Computing, was delayed for several weeks before an email announcement was sent out on 14 August stating that the course would not be launched, although no further explanation was provided.

    On 23 August 2012, a new course in entrepreneurship, EP245 taught by retired serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, was announced. Four new specialized CS courses were announced as part of collaboration with Google, Nvidia, Microsoft, Autodesk, Cadence Design Systems, and Wolfram Research on 18 October 2012, to be launched in early 2013. On 28 November 2012, Thrun''s original AI-class from 2011 was relaunched as a course at Udacity, CS271.

    Udacity announced a partnership with San Jose State University (SJSU) on 15 January 2013 to pilot three new courses, two algebra courses and a statistics course, available for college credit at SJSU and offered entirely online. Three months later, the pilot was expanded to include MA006, MA008, and ST095, as well as two new courses, CS046 and PS001. On 18 July 2013, the partnership was suspended after more than half of the students failed their final exams.

    In June 2014, Udacity and AT&T announced the "NanoDegree" program, designed to teach programming skills needed to qualify for an entry-level IT position at AT&T. The coursework is said to take less than a year to complete, and cost about US$200/month. AT&T said it will offer paid internships to some graduates of the program.

    List of offered and announced courses ID Course Name Primary Instructor(s) Launch Date
    BIO110 Tales from the Genome: Introduction to Genetics for Beginners Cook, MatthewMatthew Cook, Castellano, LaurenLauren Castellano, Mountain, JoannaJoanna Mountain, Francke, UtaUta Francke 02013-08-01-0000
    CS046 Intro to Programming in Java: Learning Java Horstmann, CayCay Horstmann 02013-06-03-00003 June 2013
    CS101 Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine Evans, DavidDavid Evans 02012-02-20-000020 February 2012
    CS212 Design of Computer Programs: Programming Principles Norvig, PeterPeter Norvig 02012-04-16-000016 April 2012
    CS215 Algorithms: Crunching Social Networks Littman, MichaelMichael Littman 02012-06-25-000025 June 2012
    CS222 Making Math Matter: Differential Equations in Action Loviscach, JörnJörn Loviscach 02012-09-03-00003 September 2012
    CS253 Web Development: How to Build a Blog Huffman, SteveSteve Huffman 02012-04-16-000016 April 2012
    CS255 HTML5 Game Development: Building High Performance Web Applications McAnlis, ColtColt McAnlis, Lubbers, PeterPeter Lubbers 02013-02-04-00004 February 2013
    CS256 Mobile Web Development: Building Mobile Web Experiences Wilson, ChrisChris Wilson, Lubbers, PeterPeter Lubbers 02013-08-01-0000
    CS258 Software Testing: How to Make Software Fail Regehr, JohnJohn Regehr 02012-06-25-000025 June 2012
    CS259 Software Debugging: Automating the Boring Tasks Zeller, AndreasAndreas Zeller 02012-09-03-00003 September 2012
    CS262 Programming Languages: Building a Web Browser Weimer, WestleyWestley Weimer 02012-04-16-000016 April 2012
    CS271 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: AI-Class Thrun, SebastianSebastian Thrun, Norvig, PeterPeter Norvig 02012-11-28-000028 November 2012
    CS291 Interactive Rendering: Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics Haines, EricEric Haines 02013-03-11-000011 March 2013
    CS313 Intro to Theoretical Computer Science: Dealing with Challenging Problems Wernicke, SebastianSebastian Wernicke 02012-10-01-00001 October 2012
    CS344 Introduction to Parallel Programming: Using CUDA to Harness the Power of GPUs Owens, JohnJohn Owens, Luebke, DavidDavid Luebke 02013-02-04-00004 February 2013
    CS348 Functional Hardware Verification: How to Verify Chips and Eliminate Bugs Scherer, AxelAxel Scherer, Fröhlich, HannesHannes Fröhlich 02013-03-12-000012 March 2013
    CS373 Artificial Intelligence: Programming A Robotic Car Thrun, SebastianSebastian Thrun 02012-02-20-000020 February 2012
    CS387 Applied Cryptography: Science of Secrets Evans, DavidDavid Evans 02012-04-16-000016 April 2012
    Design101 The Design of Everyday Things Norman, DonDon Norman, Simsarian, KristianKristian Simsarian 02013-08-01-0000
    EP245 How to Build a Startup: The Lean LaunchPad Blank, SteveSteve Blank 02012-09-14-000014 September 2012
    MA006 Visualizing Algebra: Patterns and Problems McClory, SusanSusan McClory, DeSousa, SandraSandra DeSousa 02013-01-30-000030 January 2013
    MA008 College Algebra: Animals, Architecture, and Innovation Spitzer, Julie SlivaJulie Sliva Spitzer 02013-01-30-000030 January 2013
    PH100 Intro to Physics: Landmarks in Physics Brown, AndyAndy Brown 02012-06-25-000025 June 2012
    PS001 Introduction to Psychology: The Science of Thought and Behavior Snycerski, SusanSusan Snycerski, Feist, GregGreg Feist 02013-06-03-00003 June 2013
    ST095 Statistics: The Science of Decisions Laraway, SeanSean Laraway, Rogers, RonaldRonald Rogers 02013-01-30-000030 January 2013
    ST101 Intro to Statistics: Making Decisions Based on Data Thrun, SebastianSebastian Thrun 02012-06-25-000025 June 2012

    Notes:

  • ^ Relaunched version of Sebastian Thrun''s original AI-Class offered in 2011.
  • Course format

    Each course consists of several units comprising video lectures with closed captioning, in conjunction with integrated quizzes to help students understand concepts and reinforce ideas, as well as follow-up homework which promotes a "learn by doing" model. Programming classes use the Python language; programming assignments are graded by automated grading programs on the Udacity servers.

    Enrollment

    Over the first several months of Udacity''s existence, enrollment for each class was cut off on the due date of the first homework assignment, and the courses were re-offered each hexamester. Since August 2012, all courses have been "open enrollment"; students can enroll in one or more courses at any time after a course is launched. All course lectures and problem sets are available upon enrollment and can then be completed at the student''s preferred pace.

    Udacity had students in 203 countries in the summer of 2012, with the greatest number of students in the United States (42 percent), India (7 percent), Britain (5 percent), and Germany (4 percent). Udacity students for CS101 range from 13-year-olds to 80-year-olds. Advanced 13-year-olds are able to complete multiple, higher-level computer science courses on Udacity.

    Certification

    Upon completing a course, students receive a certificate of completion indicating their level of achievement, signed by the instructors, at no cost. Issuing of the free certificates is being phased out. In addition, beginning 24 August 2012, through partnership with electronic testing company Pearson VUE, students of CS101 can elect to take an additional proctored 75-minute final exam for a fee of $89 in an effort to allow Udacity classes to "count towards a credential that is recognized by employers".

    Further plans announced for certification options would include a "secured online examination" as a less expensive alternative to the in-person proctored exams.

    Colorado State University''s Global Campus began offering transfer credit for the introductory computer science course (CS101) for Udacity students that take the final examination through a secure testing facility. Udacity is also collaborating with Georgia Tech to offer courses toward a master''s degree in computer science.

    Awards

    In November 2012, founder Sebastian Thrun won the Smithsonian American Ingenuity in Education Award for his work with Udacity.

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