I love courses. It is because I like learning things and I like the structured, planned environment that a lot of MOOCs provide.
Now, however, MOOC are more than just separate courses. Coursera provides Specializations. Udacity provices Nanodegrees. They come to the same thing though: a learning path that is leading somewhere. It is good for beginners because it allows them to learn without scraping for the roadmaps on their own; it is also sometimes good for non-beginners if they want to explore some new areas where they do not have expertise. They are usually quite costly though. For example, Udacity Nanodegrees are about $200 a month and they take from 6 to 12 months.
Is is worth it?
Frankly, I do not know. But there’s one new Nanodegree I’d be willing to try.
Recently, Google launched a new Nanodegree – The Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree.
It is not a secret that a lot of developers know well enough how to write an app, but now shit about how to market and sell it. It’s a whole new field and that is the reason so few of us venture to explore that field. However, if you want to implement your own ideas, that is the only way.
There’s one more thing: all Nanodegree material can actually be used for free, except that you won’t have guidance or get a certificate. However, the material is still there.
I think I should add it to my TODO list for one of these days.