BYU grad strikes gold teaching via online marketplace

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  • Wellhellothere Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 27, 2014 10:26 p.m.

    His name is "N"ick, not "R"ick! And yes, he is a very smart and enterprising young man. Great Job Nick!

  • Well.... Phoenix, AZ
    July 28, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    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 higher education.

  • RRSJD Central Point, OR
    July 28, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    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.

  • willowind Rexburg, ID
    July 28, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    @Midwest Mom
    Do 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.

  • BR Sandy, UT
    July 28, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    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.

  • AerilusMaximus Berryville, VA
    July 28, 2014 4:37 a.m.

    @Midwest Mom

    You 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.

  • Sandy Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    Way to go, Mr. Udemy. You saw an opportunity and anticipated a need, and are now reaping the benefits. Congratulations.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    July 27, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    July 27, 2014 5:16 p.m.

    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?

  • greatbam22 andrews afb, MD
    July 27, 2014 4:19 p.m.

    @ Midwest Mom

    Something 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.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    July 27, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    @ Midwest Mom


    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.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    July 27, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    @ midwest mom

    Standards have to be developed and i think this guy could

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    July 27, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    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.