Nanodegree profiles aim to help recruiters find high-quality candidates

udacity-nanodegreeUdacity and Accredible have partnered to provide Udacity’s Nanodegree program students with professional profiles powered by Accredible, which develops interactive certificate technology. The profiles will provide recruiters with a better understanding of the capabilities and learning styles of potential candidates.

The Nanodegree program is a new type of credential for lifelong learners giving professionals the ability to advance their skills or get a new job. They are designed to be efficient, focused and affordable, making them extremely applicable to the needs of today’s tech-centric world. Developed to take about 6-12 months to complete, Nanodegrees are lean and “stackable” enabling individuals to earn new credentials over the course of their career.

Udacity has partnered with leading companies like AT&T, Google, MongoDB and Cloudera to design the content for Nanodegrees to ensure graduates have the skills needed for today’s workplace. Nanodegrees have also been endorsed by companies including Cloudera, Salesforce and Autodesk.

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Today, Udacity offers five Nanodegrees in the areas of web and mobile development, data analysis and programming fundamentals.

Throughout their learning, Udacity students will have profiles with insights specific to the Udacity program, like project reviews and community participation, as well as more traditional components seen on resumes or other professional profiles. These interactive profiles, based on Accredible’s MOOC certification technology, will provide recruiters and employers with insights on how individuals’ developed and improved their skillsets.

“As the Nanodegree program continues to expand, we want to give students a full range of tools for them to not only learn new skills, but have an avenue to show off their talents to their current or potential employers,” said Kathleen Mullaney, vice president, Career Programs, Udacity. “With Accredible, we have a company that shares our vision for learning and can make it easier for our graduates to show off their skills in a fashion tailored to their experience.”

“We are very excited to work with Udacity,” said Danny King, CEO, Accredible. “We are thrilled to bring Accredible’s expertise in showcasing online learning from our next¬generation certification technology to Udacity’s learning platform. The Profiles will make it easy for recruiters to match the skill sets of candidates to the requirements of employers–which is a core value of the Nanodegree program.”

Accredible issues information¬age certificates of completion for online and offline courses that have a portfolio of learning evidence, unique to each student, embedded on the certificate itself for employers to see. Rather than being a PDF or a paper certificate, each Accredible certificate lives at a unique URL, such as https://www.credential.net/10000005.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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