Online learning is the future of education and these days more and more people are discovering the benefits of enrolling in online classes. Organizations like Udacity offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) in order to help those who wish to learn acquire a new skill.
Speaking of which, this week Udacity announced a new program called Blitz which aims to connect graduates with professionals seeking software engineers. The new service is meant to act as a bridge between businesses and software&app developers.
Udacity focuses on delivering high quality online courses in diverse fields including entrepreneurship, mobile app development, programing, machine learning, VR and even mathematics.
Here’s how the Blitz program works. Let’s say a business has an idea for an app, so they access the Blitz website and upload their proposal. Udacity will assess the project and provide a budget estimate in no time. A software team is then assembled, complete with a project manager who is in charge of overseeing things.
Businesses are given the freedom to interact with the members of the software team and if everything goes well, even prologue the collaboration further on. If the end results aren’t satisfactory, Udacity Blitz will be refund the business in-full. It’s quite simple.
Udacity also announced it was partnering with 99designs.com for Blitz. The website provides custom app building services and from now one customers will have the ability to choose to work with an Udacity Blitz team, as well.
Companies have already started working with Blitz teams, for example the design agency AJ&Smart, Alphabet Inc’s Sidewalk Labs and LA-based recording studio Sundown Sessions. The company boasts that Blitz engineers who were offered full-time jobs after the initial collaboration are paid between $75,000 and $145,000 on average.
It’s an interesting development of the fast evolving MOOC industry. Udacity is no longer just an online learning website or a place where companies look for new employees, but an aggregate of both.