From the Editor's Desk
Let's talk about education. It used to be, not all that long ago, that education was about a fifteen to twenty-year process. You learned in the classroom, from the time you started at around age five, trading up desk sizes periodically as you outgrew them like some weird form of snail or mollusk. The classroom was ubiquitous, a room about 15' x 20' your center of learning, where you listened to the teacher lecture you on topics from history to language to science and mathematics. By high school, you were typically swapping out classrooms, and by the time you went off to college the rooms became larger and more collegiate, but the principles remained the same.
Until a year ago, that model looked like it would weather the slings and arrows of the Internet, but then Covid-19 hit, and schools from PreSchool to Graduate scrambled to reinvent themselves when the classroom itself ceased to be the one common theme that unified education. In reality, the trend had been there for a while, hinting that the traditional modeling of schooling was in trouble, but it took a pandemic to break the paradigm altogether, and chances are looking good that education will never be the same again.
The reality is that the knowledge necessary to do your job changes rapidly, and staying on top of the latest trends and innovations in your field is something that everyone, not just programmers, needs to do constantly. Education is changing - radically - and now means more than simply getting a degree. Schools are increasingly offering certifications, many available online, to provide surety to employers and consistency to employees. Free course offerings are available in many places, and good quality training is becoming a hallmark of both private institutions and public remote learning options.
Data Science Central works closely with a number of universities to help promote their programs, but also to make it easier to get up to speed in new technical areas. Please check out our Education Spotlight, an area that we are expanding upon, and also avail yourself of webinars produced through DSC. Additionally, if you are involved in creating educational videos, please feel free to contact our editorial team, as we are looking to help promote learning in as wide an array of forms as possible.
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