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By 2017, individuals were streaming into online classes on AI, crypto currency and information analysis. By 2018, are expecting more from the same, say online educational leaders Codecademy, Coursera, edX and Udacity. Over 29 million have enrolled on Coursera, an online portal that offers more than 2,000 classes from colleges such as Stanford and Yale.
According to Nikhil Sinha, the company's CEO Sinha, many who enrol are "looking for a foot in their career" and are attracted to the platform's "cutting-edge tech" class. Her interests contributed to putting three AI-related classes in Coursera's top 10 in terms of overall registration: Bitcoin's inquisitiveness and the block chain technologies that make the creation of the electronic money possible were another trends in 2017.
According to Coursera, Princeton University's Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies was the fifth most beloved in 2017. This year, there was also a need for classes in analytic thought and computer programme. Stanford University' s introduction to Mathematical thinking war Nr. 4 auf Coursera's 2017 Liste, während die University of Michigan's Getting Startted with Python war Nr. 6 und Princeton's Algorithms, Teil I Rang Nr. 7.
EdX, a non-profit association that provides free online classes from more than 100 institutes, among them Harvard and MIT, says seven of its top 10 classes in 2017 in computer sciences and coding, computer analytics or AI. Outstanding were Microsoft's Presentation to Python for Datascience and Columbia University's Artificial Intelligence, both of which were recently introduced and drew a number of college graduates this year.
It also added Blockchain for Business, a course from the Linux Foundation, in 2017. Udacity, another online educational company, says that its "nanodegree" programmes took a similar path in 2017: the five best nanodegres were all in the areas of AI, computer coding and date analytics (see table). The fee-based crash course lasts several month and is developed in collaboration with business affiliates such as Amazon and Google to increase the chances of alumni finding a job.
The Codecademy's most sought-after classes in 2017 also showed a growing interest in the field of computer sciences. Zach Sims' Learn Python category was the number two of the year, attributed by CEO Zach Sims to the distribution of software that uses the tool to analyse complicated datasets. "They use Python not only for conventional applications such as web design, but also for research and analysis," says Sims.
These online educational vendors all anticipate that the dominating trend in 2017 will stay current in 2018. The Codecademy and eX forecast that next year the fields of computer sciences and informatics will be among the most favoured. Courseras Sinha says that AI, block chain and "everything at the interface of consulting and analysis " will become even more important.