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Ask a Data Engineer: Warby Parker Edition 👓

Codecademy’s very own Nick Duckwiler (left) and Ryan Tuck from Warby Parker (right) in our office. (📷: Mitch Boyer) Last month, Codecademy and Warby Parker came together to work on a special Learn SQL from Scratch Capstone Project. It was during this time when I met Ryan Tuck, a Data Engineer at Warby, who played…

Learning With: ‘Anne Frank’s Stepsister Meets Teenagers From Swastika Photo’

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Celebrating 10 years of educating teachers online with Curtin University

10 years ago, Curtin University teamed up with Open Universities Australia (OUA) to offer a raft of education courses for aspiring teachers, leaders and policy makers to study online. At the time, this was no mean feat – education, and in particular teaching, wasn’t something that many thought could be taught online. A decade later, over 36,000 students have studied…

Word + Quiz: brevity

brevity ˈbre-və-tē noun 1. the attribute of being brief or fleeting 2. the use of brief expressions _________ The word brevity has appeared in 62 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 5 in “Alejandro Bedoya Spoke Out on Gun Violence. It Helped Make Him M.L.S.’s Player of the Week”…
How Siddhant found a #CourseToSuccess in Data Science

How Siddhant found a #CourseToSuccess in Data Science

Siddhant is an avid learner on Coursera who found his #CourseToSuccess in data science with the Genomic Data Science and Bioinformatics Specializations. He’s studying in a dual degree program in Information Technology at the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Gwalior, India. “I got into two summer internships and received a job offer for a…

Who are our Learners? Part 1: What we did and why

A research-based insight into FutureLearners. Part 1: What we did and why. By Tracey Walker, User Experience Researcher at FutureLearn After 4 years, thousands of courses, and millions of learners, it seemed a good time to investigate who our learners really are and get to know them better.   At the beginning, we assumed that…

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Word + Quiz: ad hominem

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Word + Quiz: transmogrify

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