His name is "N"ick, not "R"ick! And yes, he is a very smart and
enterprising young man. Great Job Nick!
Before we all continue denouncing free enterprise, jumping all over Midwest Mom,
or whatever else news commenters generally do, go check out the actual site
first. (Can't include a link here, though.) This is NOT a traditional
university setup; they don't promise degree programs or even college
credit. I don't see that Udemy is accredited--a process that can take
years, BTW, so no surprise there. They do promise that courses are audited for
quality and that instructors' credentials are verified, though. My own 2c after consulting the site: No informed student should mistake this
business enterprise for an actual university. Let the buyer beware. However,
universities are gradually changing to adapt to the online environment in many
ways, so what a "university" is in the 21st century is also in process.
Udemy also strikes me as an intriguing idea for adult continuing education and
an overall resource for knowledge. (In a "how'd you like to learn more
about..." sort of way.) Anyway: It remains to be seen whether it becomes a
quality resource for informed adult learners or (heaven forbid) the Wikipedia of
Sounds like many are drinking the liberal Kool Aid, and taking up the mantra
"you didn't build that business" from our esteemed leader. Instead,
we should be applauding this kind of enterprise, and so what if he isn't
the smartest expert on the subject, I remember an old saw that an expert is
anyone from over 100 miles away. Instead of graduating from college,
moving home, and working at MickeyD's this kid put in what I would think is
a substantial effort producing 79 videos, marketed a product there are
apparently people out there willing to buy, and is at least a short term
success. That is what America is about people.
@Midwest MomDo your kids have to show you how to fix the remote when you
mess it up? I'm not sure you have a handle on the real world. Some hugely
successful entrepreneurs quit college to launch their tech businesses. This is a
programming language! You don't need accreditation to do great things with
it. The people who are taking the class might now be able to launch their own
web site or create an app or something. You don't need a full on university
education to do that. And the price of 100 bucks….that sounds like a
bargain to me. I am telling my daughter about this class and will pay for it
too!Good job young man!Also, my 61 year old husband just
graduated from one of those expensive private schools with a degree in physical
therapist assistant AND he got a job! He had an education already, but was
unable to land a job. He did not give up, he just kept on trucking.' AND
the company that hired him is making payments on his student loan. I am sorry
about the students who don't check out their schools very well. Theydummy.
Give me a break.Here is a guy that studied the material and saw that he
could help other people, and at the same time make some money. He did not
promise any accreditation but just making life easier for some.What is
wrong with that? He is a smart fellow that saw opportunities where some of us
see only problems and don’t create anything. HE IS GOOD.
@Midwest MomYou are comparing an Apple and an Orange.This article doesn't mention anything about accredidation, degrees,
etc.It is focused on the BYU grad paying attention to the market and
filling a hole that he saw that was present.His class is 100$ class
on Udemy to understand the Swift Programming language better.I will
agree that it probably wasn't work $100 but I could be wrong.
Way to go, Mr. Udemy. You saw an opportunity and anticipated a need, and are
now reaping the benefits. Congratulations.
Perhaps look to the case of the Minnesota Attorney General suing a for-profit
university. The school promised an education. The tuition was very expensive.
The students discovered, upon "graduation," that their school's
courses were not accredited. They cannot be employed in their fields.Technology is a tool, not the answer to everything. Teaching never has been a
big money maker. Those who see it as a slush fund are not looking at the
students, but the bottom line.
Nice project and should make an interesting graduate thesis, but do those taking
the course receive upper or lower level college credit and what/which university
will grant them usable and transferable credit?
@ Midwest MomSomething can be better than nothing. I am not sure if
it is in this case because I haven't taken his class.They say
two heads are better than one though and if this guy already went through the
processed and regurgitated the information in a more easy to understand way then
he already did a bunch of the grunt work.
@ Midwest MomOoops,I hit submit inadvertently.
Apple's Swift is the standard and this guy is teaching it based on his
being first to use the on-line resources available to him. I believe
he is pretty smart to see a need and be one of the first to fill it. Hamburgers today are not standardized but Ray Kroc sure saw an opportunity and
made good on it. Henry Ford sure saw an opportunity to make good on
non-standardisezd horseless carriages by mass producing automobiles. Bill Gates
sure saw an opportunity to be first to market with someone else's brain
child. To say that easy money and quality rarely go hand in hand is
not necessarily a correct statement.
@ midwest momStandards have to be developed and i think this guy
And how is a student to know the quality of what they are buying? Standards
matter. Standards take time. Easy money and quality rarely go hand in hand.