Udacity Connect: Accelerated Blended Learning Comes Home to California

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One of the greatest benefits of an online learning program is the ability to tailor learning experiences that support the differing needs and goals of students in widely varying circumstances. This can run the gamut from offering offline content to counteract connectivity issues, to creating scholarships to support those facing financial obstacles, to providing anytime classroom access for those balancing education against work and family commitments.

Lifelong learners from anywhere in the word can come to Udacity and engage in focused learning that supports the realization of their career goals and life dreams.

Accelerated Blended Learning: Combining the Online & Physical Classroom

Flexibility and focus are two of the most important benefits a model like Udacity’s can offer, and with the addition of a blended learning offering—Udacity Connect—we can now add efficiency to this list as well. We know that students who embrace a blended learning approach successfully complete their Nanodegree programs on average more than 30% faster than those students working strictly online.

On the heels of our groundbreaking launch of Udacity Connect Reno-Tahoe, we are now very excited to share details of Udacity Connect: Bay Area!

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Programming, Jazz, and the art of making it look easy

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Great jazz music emerges from the crossroads where craft and spontaneity intersect. Jazz musicians spend year after year after year in intensive training. They have to learn chords, scales, theory, harmony; not to mention developing the physical dexterity to actually play their instruments.

But this is only half the endeavor. They must eventually bring all this experience and knowledge and skill to bear on that one single moment of truth when they must act as if they know nothing at all. They must give themselves over entirely to the in-the-moment necessities of pure improvisation; to think is to fail.

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A Priceless Collaboration: IBM Watson and Udacity

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IBM Watson has captured our collective imagination to a degree that very few technologies ever achieve. Even to refer to it as a “technology” seems limiting, considering its larger-than-life persona. From that fabled moment in 2011 when IBM Watson won Jeopardy’s first place prize—besting legendary former champions Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings—its place in our cultural history was assured. But behind all the media notoriety lies a system of staggering power and complexity, with the potential to impact our future in ways we’re only just beginning to imagine.

In light of all this, it’s difficult at first to conceive that anyone could actually teach people about IBM Watson. But that’s exactly what Armen Pischdotchian does for a living. By title, he is an “Academic Tech Mentor at IBM Watson.” Translation: Armen Pischdotchian knows a LOT about IBM Watson.

Which is why we’re so excited for our Artificial Intelligence students, because Armen Pischdotchian is now a contributing expert for Udacity’s Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree program!

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Put Your Soul Into It: Lifelong Learning and The Pursuit of Happiness

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As a young professional in the banking industry, Jennifer Tsou worked as a Relationship Banker—providing personal financial counseling, assisting with lending services, and building relationships with customers. Her university education—focused on finance and economics—provided her with the tools she needed to be successful in her role. Her career in banking afforded her stability, and the opportunity to further develop her customer relations skills. Still, she often found herself questioning her path. She occasionally indulged herself by imagining doing something different with her life and career, only to remind herself she should be happy to have a job.

Something was definitely missing.

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Compete for a Self-Driving Car Interview with Bosch’s Automated Driving Group

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The Bosch Group is the world’s largest automotive supplier and they are taking bold actions to achieve their mission of bringing level 5 autonomous vehicles to market by 2021. As well as investing $1.1 billion into a new, self-driving car chip manufacturing plant, they are also investing heavily in talent.

To help Bosch meet the demands of their growing Automated Driving team, Udacity is pleased to announce a Path Planning Challenge sponsored by Bosch, which will give actively enrolled students in our Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program the opportunity to showcase their skills and earn an interview for a Planning Engineer role with Bosch’s Automated Driving team.

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4 Tips for Making Compelling Virtual Reality Video

from the experts at Samsung VR

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The Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide from IDC forecasts worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) market to reach $13.9 billion in 2017, an increase of 130.5% over the $6.1 billion spent in 2016. That’s incredible growth for an already-established industry. Why so much excitement? Because while the technology is already here, the content stream is only just starting to flow. Everyone from customers to investors to creators knows the best is still to come.

Here at Samsung, we’ve watched a tremendous amount of VR, and we know what makes for great content. Our 360 video service, SamsungVR, is already seeing a steady stream of innovative content with more videos from brands, studios and independent creators alike added to the platform every day.

Right now in this industry, the ability to create compelling, creative content is THE competitive differentiator—both for any individual pursuing a role in the field, and for any brand working to establish a presence in the VR/AR space. Here are 4 tips on how to do it right!

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