Video screenshot via Woz U
Just last year, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announced a more affordable online coding curriculum called ‘Woz U’ that he had created so tech enthusiasts could receive adequate education without breaking the bank.
The syllabus spanning 33 weeks supposedly entails insights that the programmer had picked up throughout his career, and is priced at US$13,200.
“Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” he described. “People often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how.”
Unfortunately, despite the impressive credentials tied to the program, a number of former pupils have reportedly been left disappointed by its apparently lackluster quality.
Recounting his experience with CBS News, ex-student Bill Duerr said that the content was ridden with typos and was seemingly “not proofread.” Since these mistakes were found in codes, he often stopped to wonder why his completed work did not pan out as intended.
He also took issue with how the course’s “live lectures” were really pre-recorded lessons that were behind the times. Further, student mentors seemed unqualified; he was even left without a tutor at one point.
Duerr described the program as “a US$13,000 e-book,” and that “it’s broken [and] not working in places,” despite being associated with such a prominent tech leader.
A good portion of the syllabus, he said, were “just hyperlinks to Microsoft documents [and] Wikipedia.”
CBS News said it then corroborated Duerr’s claims with over two dozen current and former students and workers from ‘Woz U’.
Tim Mionske, a former enrollment counselor of the program, admitted that he had qualms about the quality of the course “everyday.”
When asked if he regretted working for ‘Woz U’, he said he was apologetic for “[students who were] spending this money… But on the reverse side, I have to support my family.”
‘Woz U’ president Chris Coleman later issued a statement acknowledging that there were errors in the bootcamp’s content, and that the organization is now undergoing a quality control system to rectify them. He added that Wozniak “reviews the curriculum.”
Wozniak declined to comment on the apparent dissatisfaction shared by students and employees, though Business Insider reporter Kif Leswing tweeted that he received a statement from the Apple co-founder saying that he was not in the position to answer queries as he’s “not involved in any operation aspects.”
Steve Wozniak comment on Woz U report: "I’m not involved in any operations aspects so I can’t answer your questions. I don’t know anything about those aspects."
— kif (@kifleswing) October 1, 2018[via 9to5Mac, cover image via Woz U] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/401777/Apple-Co-Founder-Steve-Wozniak-s-US-13K-Course-Gets-Heavily-Critiqued-By-Pupils/
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