The rise of accelerated learning programsMotivation is the most important factor when it comes to learning. Studies suggest that the number one reason people graduate from college is “to be able to get a better job”. Since accelerated learning programs (ALPs) are focusing on this need, they are rising in popularity and getting their market share of the education sector.
What is an Accelerated Learning program (ALP)?ALPs are trainings offered by companies like Product School, General Assembly, Dev boot camp and Hackreactor.These ALPs offer a 4-12 weeks training program, and in return almost guarantees their students a job. The main priority is to help you get the job you want before you signed up for the training , and success is measured on placement rate and average salary. Through partnerships and close follow up with companies, ALPs make sure that student’s qualifications are fitted to what companies really look for. Courses can be found both online or offline and prices range from 2,000$ to 20,000$.To get a better idea, look at this offline schedule for Project management from General Assembly:
The ALPs phenomenon
There are three variables that make ALPs successful.
- Cost of current education is extremely high and students are becoming more reluctant in getting loans. ALPs are cheaper than traditional education methods due to their reduced price and shorter time (No need to pay years of accommodation costs.
- The job market has become more difficult since the financial crisis. ALPs are focusing on what students wants: Getting a better job.
- You get what you pay for. APLs are very specific in their offerings. Jobs require more specialized competences and APLs fill the gaps where companies are currently lacking talent. Typical courses offered currently include Web development & design, Project management, User experience, Sales & business development.
Redefining the industry
Employment as a main focus
Course and education providers are starting to realize this trend and are acting upon it. For example, Udacity recently changed their mission statement from “Higher education for free.” to “Standout, get that ideal job, grab that promotion”. Maybe it might be an idea for MOOCs and other education providers to redefine their mission statement to become more specific and start offering what both users and companies really want…
Hybrid model: Offline/Online
Codecademy and Coursera were mainly online, but are now also turning offline to complete their learning environment.
On the other hand, ALPs like Hack Reactor and General Assembly that were only offering offline courses and are now starting to offer online courses. It seems that personal coaching and tutoring students remain key for students learning curve.
Future of ALPs
ALPs have been focusing on a job market that does not seem to be filled by traditional education, and this is where they can make the biggest impact.
The question we should be asking is whether APIs will manage to grab a bigger piece of the education sector by adding more courses and covering other sectors. As Shawn Drost puts it “If you thought it was dramatic when taxis became tech companies, just wait until it happens to colleges.”
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|Udacity||Programming and technology courses|
|General assemblyAssembly||Technology, design and business skills|
|Deb Boot Camp||Web Developer|
|Product school||Software engineers|
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