Niche academies give students a leg-up in post-mooc universe

Gaurav Vohra of Jigsaw Academy talks about why niche academy courses make a lot more sense after MOOC-based learning solutions Unlike the e-learning marketplace model adopted by many Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), where courses from a variety of disciplines are hawked, niche academies focus on a specific subject or interrelated cluster of subjects. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the field of Big Data and Data Science, which the Harvard Business Review dubbed the “sexiest job of the 21st century”. There are more Big Data and Data Science jobs than there are data scientists today. This is in part because of how intellectually demanding this area is, and the level of expertise it requires. Since it is also insanely lucrative, professionals from backgrounds as diverse as marketing and…

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