October 30, 2015: Friday news roundup

Boo! We’re getting into the full Halloween spirit around here and looking forward to a weekend of gorging on Twix bars. Doesn’t get much scarier than that. Happy Halloween, folks!

Can coding bootcamps replace a computer science degree?

The answer, according to this article, is probably not. The author examines the appeal of bootcamps and talks to some graduates who talk about the value they got from the programs — and why they still felt the need to get their bachelor’s degree.

Everyone agrees: millennials have a lot to learn at work

Everyone might also agree that we’re getting a little tired of millennial-bashing… The difference here is that researchers at the Center for Creative Leadership asked millennials themselves, not their employers or older coworkers, what skills they believe they need to improve.

Why Oracle is building a public high school on its campus

In the midst of Oracle OpenWorld this week, the company announced its plans to build a STEM-focused public school to groom future generations for the demands of the 21st century workplace. Apparently, it’s been part of Larry Ellison’s vision for years, and Oracle employees will volunteer to spend time with students.

Keep learning and stay relevant

The shrinking length of time spent in a job before jumping to the next one is yet another trend contributing to the skills gap. This Gen X writer describes how being a lifelong learner is helping him keep his skill set relevant and marketable in a workplace he couldn’t have imagined at the start of his career.

10 edtech companies you need to know about

Guess who’s the first company listed in this roundup article? You got it — Udemy! We get high marks for being a marketplace that empowers anyone to create a course as well as for the customized training available through Udemy for Business.