Billionaire Mark Cuban Takes Online Coding Classes to Sharpen His Investment Skills

IBL News | New York

Billionaire investor, host of “Shark Tank” and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban takes online courses to stay up-to-date on programming languages and evolving technologies and make him a savvier investor.

“I’ve been on Amazon doing the Machine Learning tutorials, I’ve taken Python online classes, and I just started JavaScript neural networks,” disclosed Cuban on an interview with Andy Serwer at Yahoo Finance’s Influencers space.

“I’m not trying to be great at that [coding or machine learning], but I want to understand it so I understand all the nuanced elements of it and how it works so that I have an advantage,” he explained.

Mark Cuban has poured his money into more than 120 tech startups over the years.

Watch the interview below.

Yahoo Finance: Why Mark Cuban Is Taking Coding Classes

Amazon Partners with George Mason University to Launch a Cloud-Based Degree

IBL News | New York

George Mason University (GMU) and Northern Community College (NOVA) are partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer students a pathway to earn a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree and pursue a career in cloud computing.

Both institutions worked with AWS Educate curriculum designers to create a degree program which will be mapped to in-demand technical skills required by Amazon and other employees in cloud services, cybersecurity, software development and DevOps.

Students will first earn an Associate degree at NOVA and transfer to George Mason to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree.

“This degree pathway marks the beginning of a ground-breaking initiative that will deliver innovative educational opportunities to students across the commonwealth. The collaboration with AWS helps give our students, and our region, a competitive edge,” said Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason University, at Campus Technology.

“We are delighted to be working with George Mason University and NOVA to turn the growing demand for cloud skills into pathways in technology for students from all backgrounds,” stated Teresa Carlson, vice president for worldwide public sector at AWS.

Amazon, which is building its second corporate headquarters in Northern Virginia, expects to bring 25,000 jobs to the region by 2030.

AWS Educate Free Courses

On the other hand, AWS Educate released three new credentialed, 25-hour, free courses. Campus Technology reports.

These courses are AWS RoboMaker, Amazon Sumerian and AWS DeepRacer.


Master’s Degrees which Can Be Completed Online

Over 36 degrees can be completed online through a MOOC platform, while several others have been announced but are not yet open for enrollment, reports, which has classified these programs into six categories.

In most cases, the final degree doesn’t indicate that the credential was earned online.



Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS), Georgia Tech via Udacity
Total Cost: $8,000
Duration: 24-60 months

Master of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
Total Cost: $21,000
Duration: 12-36 months

Master’s Degree in Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin via edX
Total Cost: $10,000
Duration: 18-36 months

Master of Computer and Information Technology, University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
Total Cost: $26,300
Duration: 24-40 months

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder via Coursera
Total Cost: $20,000
Duration: 24 months

Master of Computer Science, Arizona State University via Coursera
Total Cost: $15,000
Duration: 18-36 months



iMBA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
Total Cost: $22,000
Duration: 24-36 months

iMSA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
Total Cost: $22,050 – $27,170
Duration: 18-36 months

MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, HEC Paris via Coursera
Total Cost: $22,600 (20,000 EUR)
Duration: 18 months

MBA (various areas of focus), Coventry University via FutureLearn
Total Cost: $20,511 (15,900 GBP)
Duration: 24-60 months, part-time only

Master’s Degree in Accounting, Indiana University via edX
Total Cost: $21,000
Duration: 15-36 months

Master’s Degree in Marketing, Curtin University via edX
Total Cost: $18,926
Duration: 18-36 months

Global Master of Business Administration, Macquarie University via Coursera
Total Cost: $23,430 ($33,000 AUD)
Duration: 12-18 months

Master’s Degree in Leadership: Service Innovation, University of Queensland via edX
Total Cost: $17,914
Duration: 24 months

MSc Business and Organisational Psychology, Coventry University via FutureLearn
Total Cost: $17,222 (13,350 GBP)
Duration: 24-60 months

MSc Construction Management with BIM, Coventry University via FutureLearn
Total Cost: $19,415 (15,050 GBP)
Duration: 24-60 months

MSc Construction Project and Cost Management, Coventry University via FutureLearn
Total Cost: $19,415 (15,050 GBP)
Duration: 24-60 months



Online Master of Science in Analytics, Georgia Tech via edX
Total Cost: $9,900
Duration: 12-36 months

Master of Computer Science in Data Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
Total Cost: $21,000
Duration: 12-36 months

Master of Applied Data ScienceUniversity of Michigan via Coursera
Total Cost: $31,688 – $42,262
Duration: 12 months minimum



Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity, Georgia Tech via edX
Total Cost: $9,920
Duration: 24-36 months

Master of Cyber Security, Deakin University via FutureLearn
Total Cost: $18,659 ($26,280 AUD)
Duration: 24 months

MSc Cyber Security, Coventry University via FutureLearn
Total Cost: $19,425 (15,050 GBP)
Duration: 24-60 months (part time only)

Master’s Degree in IT Management, Indiana University via edX
Total Cost: $21,000
Duration: 15-36 months



Master of Public Health, University of Michigan via Coursera
Total Cost: $44,520 (maybe lower for Michigan residents)
Duration: 20-22 months

Global Master of Public Health, Imperial College London via Coursera
Total Cost: $25,000 (lower for UK residents)
Duration: 24 months

Master of Development and Humanitarian Action, Deakin University via FutureLearn
Total Cost: $8,158 ($11,490 AUD)
Duration: 12 months (full time)

MSc Nursing, Coventry University via FutureLearn
Total Cost: $16,125 (12,500 GBP)
Duration: 24-60 months

MSc Disaster Management and Resilience, Coventry University via FutureLearn
Total Cost: $17,222 (13,350 GBP)
Duration: 24-60 months

MSc Emergency Management and Resilience, Coventry University via FutureLearn
Total Cost: $17,222 (13,350 GBP)
Duration: 24-60 months



Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, University of London via Coursera
Total Cost: $13,014 – $19,520 (10,088 – 15,132 GBP)
Duration: 36-72 months

Bachelor of Arts (Multiple Subjects), University of Newcastle via FutureLearn
Total Cost: est. $77,280 (24 Programs x $3,220/Program)
Duration: 36 months or more


Class Central: 35+ Legit Master’s Degrees You Can Now Earn Completely Online

MITx Granted 1,277 Credentials on its Supply Chain MicroMasters

The flagship MIT’s Supply Chain Management MicroMasters on released new numbers:

  • 279,310 learners enrolled
  • 18,789 learners verified
  • 28,231 certificates issued
  • 1,277 credentials granted

This program, priced at $1,080, includes five online courses and a final comprehensive exam: Analytics, Fundamentals, Design, Dynamics, and Technology and Systems. These courses offer the same rigor and relevance as the material taught on the MIT campus. It represents the equivalent of one semester of coursework at MIT, from January through June.

The data above, disclosed during a talk at the Learn Launch conference last week in Boston, and exclusively reported by IBL News, reflects the success of this blended initiative.

The first class on the Supply Chain Management five-course MicroMaster program on was finalized by 1,900 students in 2018, according to data released in July 2018. A total of 622 students successfully completed the final exam, and 42 started the residential semester at MIT’s Cambridge campus in January 2018 to earn a full master’s degree.

This year another 40 students have been accepted to complete the full MIT Master’s degree on-campus.

Dr. Chuck’s MOOC on Python Is Now Also on

Is your course hosted on Coursera or edX? Well, it can be on both platforms.

Take Charles Severance (Dr. Chuck)’s Python for Everybody. This course has been a hit in Coursera for years, with over a million enrollments. Last week, it was posted on edX.

In both cases, it is a paid course. In Coursera it is part of a Specialization, and the free trial goes for seven days. In, an upgrade to the verified certificate level, at a price of $49, is needed to access graded exercises and to keep it open after two months.

The creator of the course offers some free options on his page, although these seem mostly oriented to computer science instructors who want to use the materials after setting a learning environment. This course content, including a free textbook and support materials, is also available on GitHub.

The Python for Everybody course was one of the first successful MOOCs in this computing language. Almost ten years ago, Charles Severance, who teaches at the University of Michigan, created the course aimed at beginners with no technical training or math knowledge.

“I created a course that does not try to teach Computer Science using Python but instead teaches a subset of Python that represented the essentials of programming. When I was originally building the course (in Python 2.0 at the time), I would not have predicted the exciting growth of Python and the success of the MOOC movement. Ten years later, PY4E [Python for Everybody] has reached more than 2 million learners to become the largest Python course in the world, graduating thousands of new Python programmers every week,” wrote Professor Severance on’s blog site.

• Course on edXProgramming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python) and Python Data Structures
• Course on Coursera: Python for Everybody Specialization

Georgia Tech’s Pioneer Master’s Reached 8,672 Students This Term

The legendary Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) reached 8,672 students this term and the number of graduates so far exceeds 2,000. It includes learners representing all 50 U.S. states and nearly 120 different countries.

“Each year over 1,000 are graduating and this number can reach 1,500 in two or three years,” explained Zvi Galil to IBL News — Galil is the Dean of the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing and creator of the OMSCS program.

The number of programs that are following in the footsteps of OMSCS now exceeds 40, as explained in recent research.

The number of undergraduate students on Introduction to Computing Using Python (or CS1301) who are taking it online is 297 compared to 247 who take it in the regular sections.

The Online Master of Science in Computer Science program started in 2014, and it was the first degree of its kind to operate entirely a MOOC platform for course delivery (Udacity). The program began with 380 students.

The Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) program was the first degree of its kind to operate entirely on the massive online, or MOOC, a platform for course delivery.

Its success inspired Georgia Tech to launch two additional degrees (on edX). The OMS Analytics degree began in Fall 2017 with 250 students; this semester’s enrollment is 1,500. The OMS Cybersecurity degree launched in January with about 250 students.

“OMSCS has been successful beyond our imagination. Our success really has rested on the faculty, who overwhelmingly approved OMSCS and then enthusiastically executed the program,” said Zvi Galil.

“This was all uncharted territory, and Georgia Tech has achieved accessibility through affordability and technology.”



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IBL News: 45 MOOC-Based Master’s Degrees Worldwide

Duke University Ditches Open edX and Moves to Sakai

Why not use WordPress or Drupal instead of Open edX?

Duke University have decided to shut down their Open edX platform, which empowered the Duke Extend service, arguing precisely this. Michael Greene, Associate Director of Learning Technology Services and Strategy, states: “If you don’t need the assessment features and just want to share your content with a wider audience, why not use a content management system like WordPress or Drupal?”

In terms of engagement, this is Duke’s reasoning: “If you want highly engaged discussion, why not use Slack or Microsoft Teams?”

“By using the catalog as our communication and marketing platform, we are now free to choose the most appropriate technology for delivering a Duke Extend learning experience.”

“We are very excited about the possibilities this change opens up for Learning Innovation and our partners,” wrote Mr. Greene.

For now, all active Duke Extend courses have been moved to Sakai. “The new look for Extend has a clean, streamlined design that will allow us to create a more guided learning experience for students,” literally said Heather Hans, Learning Experience Designer.

See the layout above.

“Duke Extends lives on multiple technology platforms. (…) We want to help high schoolers before they get to Duke, offer any current student the ability to level up with co-curricular learning, help graduate and professional schools expand their online education, and serve alumni in their lifelong learning needs,” said Michael Greene.

“As a department, we’ve rebranded and restructured ourselves to help achieve those goals. We also need technology infrastructure to facilitate them.”

The Open edX technology, universally used by top universities and consortiums, won’t be part of the equation.

Duke Learning Innovation: Duke Extend Is Dead. Long Live Duke Extend.



edX’s Tax Returns Form Shows an Increase in Directors’ Salaries

edX’s recently implanted paywall continues to be controversial. This time, because of the compensation of some directors.

Elearning Inside news service took a look at edX’s expenses, publicly available, and “wondered how necessary these measures may be”, given that some officers and directors “went from a volunteer position to making six figures”“edX has also been spending more and more on their less-essential employees as well,” writes the magazine.

In 2017, the total expenses at edX were $57,073,054, with a loss of $2,980,397, signaling an improvement from the prior year ($46,072,385 and $3,264,279, respectively). This data corresponds to edX’s tax returns for the fiscal year ending June 2017.

In terms of salaries, six officers who belong to the Board of Directors but are not involved in the day-to-day operations at edX, made over $700,000 in salary, when in the previous year they hadn’t received any compensation, according to data displayed by ProPublica.

Top 2018 HarvardX Courses: CS, Data Science, Buddhism, Pyramids and Architecture

Computer science, data science, architecture, and religion were the trending subjects on HarvardX’s courses (which function similarly to edX but focus solely on the Harvard community).

“People want technological skills today,” said Bharat Anand, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning at Harvard University. The rest of the most popular online courses, he added, “reflect the intrinsic interest and curiosity about the world we live in.”

This is the top 2018 HarvardX courses list, according to the institution, and published by The Boston Globe:

CS50 Computer Science courses. Since its creation in 2012, this collection has had over one million users. Two modules, understanding technology and computer science for business professionals, were added this year.

Data Science. Courses taught by Prof. Rafael Irizarry in R, visualization, probability, inference and modeling, productivity, wrangling, linear regression, machine learning.

• Buddhism through its scriptures. A four-week course about the beliefs and practices of Buddhists, including teachings from their scriptures.

• Pyramids of Giza: ancient Egyptian art and archaeology. An 8-week course to explore the archaeology, history, art, and hieroglyphs surrounding the famous Egyptian Pyramids at Giza, and how new technology is unlocking their secrets.

The architectural imagination. A 10-week course that analyzes the designs of historic buildings around the globe to assess the social impact of architecture.

Overall, HarvardX offers over 100 free online courses.





A How To Course on edX About Amazon SageMaker and Machine Learning

AWS has just launched an intermediate-level course on about how to use Amazon SageMaker to simplify the integration of Machine Learning into your applications.

Built by AWS experts, Amazon SageMaker: Simplifying Machine Learning Application Development is intended for application developers with no data science expertise who are upskilling in machine learning and AI.

The course is part of the AWS Developer Professional Series.

Machine Learning engineer is the #1 emerging job, with an annual growth of 10%, beating data scientists, sales development and customer success managers.  

TechRepublic is ranking machine learning as the top Artificial Intelligence skill. Meanwhile, Gartner said that AI is expected to create 2.3 million jobs by 2020, replacing the 1.8 millions it will eliminate.