edX, a prominent online learning platform, in partnership with 12 renowned universities, has unveiled the revolutionary Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence MicroBootCamp program. This comprehensive online program aims to rapidly equip technology professionals with the fundamental skills required to excel in the dynamic fields of machine learning and AI.
The program is a collaborative effort with esteemed university partners such as Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Southern Methodist University, The Ohio State University College of Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Denver, University of Kansas Jayhawk Global, University of Central Florida, University of New Hampshire Professional Development & Training, University of Richmond, and others. Enrollment for the program is now open on edX.org, with the first cohorts scheduled to commence in July 2023. While prior coding experience in Python is highly recommended, individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to participate.
Spanning over a period of 10 weeks, the project-based program immerses learners in cutting-edge AI topics and skills, including supervised and unsupervised machine learning, neural networks, natural language processing (NLP), and emerging AI developments. The program’s interactive lessons have been meticulously designed to provide practical context to the concepts and skills being taught. Through a combination of text, graphics, videos, live instructor support, expert grading feedback, and real-time learning assistant support, the program offers a comprehensive and engaging self-paced learning experience. Like all edX MicroBootCamp programs, the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence MicroBootCamp is priced to support tax-friendly employee education benefits.
Anant Agarwal, Founder of edX, Chief Platform Officer at 2U, and former director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, emphasized the significance of AI and machine learning in shaping the future. He stated, “AI and machine learning aren’t just buzzwords; they’re the rocket fuel propelling us into the future. At edX, we’re partnering with premier universities and industry leaders to develop top-tier, flexible programs that fast-track career readiness. Together, we’re transforming learners into leaders in the AI landscape.”
The surge in interest for AI-related higher education programs in the past six months, indicated by an 80% increase in searches for ‘artificial intelligence’ on edX.org, led to the development of the Machine Learning and AI MicroBootCamp. The program aims to equip professionals with skills that can be directly applied to their current job roles or serve as a foundation for further education, enabling them to thrive in the rapidly evolving field of AI.
Columbia Engineering, a partner university, recognizes the transformative potential of the MicroBootCamp in empowering professionals to harness the power of AI responsibly and effectively. Soulaymane Kachani, Senior Vice Provost of Columbia University, stated, “As AI impacts every industry and our daily lives, the new MicroBootCamp offered by Columbia Engineering provides access to a potentially transformative pathway for professionals to advance their knowledge and harness AI’s power responsibly and effectively. Columbia Engineering’s long-standing partnership with edX and 2U has been instrumental in equipping learners from diverse backgrounds with an education that is at the forefront of technical innovation.”