“Education used to be a slice of life, something you did as a child through college, and then spent the rest of your life working, and then death,” said Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun at VentureBeat’s DataBeat/Data Summit. “Everything is about to change. I believe education will become something that fits seamlessly into life, and we will take big clunky things like degrees and college and fit them into a weekend.”
Thrun discussed how data science, and specifically Udacity, is changing higher education to make it more relevant and affordable.
Udacity is an online education portal that provides project-based courses led by college professors and industry experts. Thrun said the courses are designed to impart skills that make people employable and bridge the gap between the skills employers need and what universities teach. Many of the courses are designed by companies such as Google, Facebook, Cloudera, and MongoDB.