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Happy October! For those who may have missed our newsletter hitting your inbox last week, we wanted to keep everyone in the loop.

For starters, we opened enrollment in four new classes! These focus on contemporary skills blended with programming concepts and computer science subject knowledge. To enhance the classes, we’ve brought in leading tech companies and fantastic researchers / practitioners to teach with us.

  • HTML5 Game Development: This class, brought to you by Google, will teach you HTML5 programming, centered around creating your own browser-based games. HTML5 is an emerging platform for building engaging and immersive web applications.
  • Introduction to Parallel Programming: In this class, brought to you by NVIDIA, you will break out of your linear approach to programming and learn how to harness the power of GPUs and parallel thinking to create lightning-fast programs.
  • Interactive Rendering: What is it about the surface of an apple that makes it look so different from the surface of an orange? In this class, brought to you by Autodesk, you will learn the basics of 3D computer graphics, including the math, physics, and programming necessary to model three dimensional objects.
  • Functional Hardware Verification: Computer scientists often forget about the importance of, well, computers (and the chips inside them). This course from Cadence straddles the interface between hardware and software, and will teach you how to verify whether hardware behaves as expected.

On the tech side, we are also busy working on supporting new languages in our own in-browser coding environments. HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and CUDA are in the works, as is an integration with Mathematica from the fine folks at Wolfram. You will have no programs to install or to run, but will be able to learn, think, do directly in your Udacity class!

We look forward to seeing you in meetups, admiring your projects, and most importantly, in the new classes we are launching. Stay Udacious!

Clarissa Shen
Clarissa Shen
Clarissa Shen is the Chief Operating Officer for Udacity. She joined as Udacity’s first business hire leading all business functions. Prior to Udacity, she co-founded a K-12 start-up, led digital change at Apollo Group, and advised Fortune 500 and government clients throughout Greater China, Asia, and Europe as a management consultant with Deloitte/Monitor Group. Clarissa has also managed a Google Top 10 digital marketing team, and led an internationally-renowned touring contemporary dance company. Clarissa graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Williams College, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.