Udacity Students Review the Self-Driving Car Program
Part of what makes Udacity special is how seriously we take student feedback, and I think how transparent we are about it. For the Self-Driving Car Nanodegree Program, we solicit student ratings at the end of every lesson, we talk with students in our Slack community, and we have a Waffle on which students report issues for us to address.
Students are our partners in building the world’s best autonomous vehicle educational program, and we’re always eager to learn what they think.
With that in mind, here are four reviews of the Udacity Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree Program.
Vishal collects all of his Term 1 projects and reviews the key topics for each, as well as some of his results from the program so far. Great music underscoring his YouTube videos!
Milestones achieved so far:
Successfully completed Term 1
Got two interview calls for SDC job profile based on the skills learnt in the program
Started a small Artificial Intelligence Community in my current organization to share knowledge and make developers aware of these cutting-edge technologies.
Will commence Term 2 in the month of July.
Mithi walks through each module of Term 2 and describes the good (the material is rigorous and exciting!), the bad (C++ is hard), and the ugly (there are still some issues we need to fix). This type of enthusiastic and constructive critique is super-valuable to us in improving the Nanodegree Program.
Some people think that the first term had more material covered than this term and that you don’t need as many hours per week. I personally think I spent significantly more hours in this term than last term. Maybe it’s because I’m not as experienced in C++ and I didn’t do the `bonus challenges` of last term.
Darien provides an interesting perspective as a student who has been working with signal processing for many years. He is really impressed at the image processing power provided by newer tools like Keras, TensorFlow, and OpenCV. It’s a lot of fun for us to read about students who enjoy the material this much.
This course was a lot of fun. Multiple new techniques explained and understood… to some extend at least for me. This is just the tip of the iceberg on this field. It was a great experience, and I am looking forward to next term starting next week. It was a lot of work(more than the 10 hours per week forecasted by Udacity) but it worth every cent.
This isn’t precisely a “review” of the Self-Driving Car program, but Frank has put together a comprehensive list of student blog posts about each project in the Nanodegree Program. If you’re interested in reading about how different students approached a project, check it out!