Scott Young's MIT Challenge; micro-credentials vs traditional universities

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The 4th Industrial Revolution, an era defined by terms like machine learning and cloud computing is here. As it is also commonly referred to, Industry 4.0 comes with a lot of changes, especially in how people work and up-skill. 

Continuous learning has become more important than ever to keep up with the economic demands. This has led to the manifestation of “micro-credential” programs since professionals are increasingly opting for alternative and ‘convenient’ training programs. 

Here is Scott’s story to give you a better perspective of what micro-credentials are. In 2011, Scott Young took on a challenge to complete a 4-year MIT Computer Science degree in 12 months without enrolling in the university. He was only going to use free materials posted online by MIT, sounds crazy? Wait till you read this. To replicate campus experience, Scott designed a curriculum, completed the required assignments and exams that MIT students did and graded himself using the marking scheme that MIT made available. 

At the end of his challenge, Scott who already had a business degree had ‘completed’ an equivalent of what an MIT Computer Science degree without setting a foot in class and paying tuition fee. His only expenses were the textbooks he bought. 


Scott is a perfect example of individuals who desire to broaden their skillset but don’t want to commit to a four-year degree in traditional universities hence use micro-credentials acquire new skills by taking online courses or attending boot camps. 

Could this be the way to go, considering the ever rising tuition fees and how employers are increasingly looking beyond college graduates? Which micro-credential would you take to complement your core qualification?


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    Onzi | July 12, 2020 19:56

    So Encouraging & i want be Enrolled to achieve a certain level please kindly receive this attachments

    LILIAN | February 27, 2020 14:34

    I have been following Scott H. Young's philosophy on ultra-learning and can't wait to read his book with the same title. I think that in this day and age with the abundance with information and technology, getting micro-credentials by creating a personalised syllabus is possible with MOOCs like Udemy, Skillshare, Coursera, edX etc. Another person self-taught expert (and might I add a millennial) is Ryan Holiday who has managed to make a career out of reading a lot of books on American history and stoicism. Scott H. Young echoes Cal Newport's principles of deep work- where he encourages people to reduce their time on social media in order to get the important work done. My issue with micro-credentials is explaining them to (traditional) employers especially when you take the audit track (because its always feasible to pay $99 for an online certifcation). How do you state them on your CV/resume and how do you explain them in an interview?

    Michaeal | February 26, 2020 05:33

    I want to enroll please.

    maganda | February 24, 2020 09:24

    Am interested, how can i enroll

    FRANCIS | February 23, 2020 19:21

    so amazing & interesting

    Onzima K | February 23, 2020 09:00

    So encouraging, how can I be enrolled

    Daniel Emusino | February 23, 2020 07:27

    I will be happy if my dream comes true

    Shadrack | February 22, 2020 19:14

    I like it

    Chimwemwe | February 22, 2020 05:25


    Joshua | February 21, 2020 19:08

    Joshua- more information please!

    Gladys | February 21, 2020 16:07


    Isaiah | February 21, 2020 14:10

    it is amazing

    Isaiah | February 21, 2020 14:08

    i have registered what is the next step

    LOISE | February 21, 2020 12:06

    It's amazing. The way to go

    GILBERTWANGOBOYA | February 21, 2020 09:12

    interested, how i wish you shared the enrollment procedure and expected expenditure

    Peter | February 21, 2020 06:03

    Way to go.

    Awori | February 20, 2020 22:33

    so great but how can one enroll for it because its so amazing

    Muwanguzi | February 20, 2020 16:41

    Am interested

    ssali | February 20, 2020 16:37

    Your comment l want to get in

    alex | February 20, 2020 16:26

    Interested I would like to do IT and computer science

    Nakayenze | February 20, 2020 16:23

    Wow that's great,,but is it ffor free

    HEZBON | February 20, 2020 15:03

    I am currently taking Artificial Intelligence,Machine Learning and Programming. Am amazed that I can write cool computer programs and make a computer to think and make predictions. My background is business degree.

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    SAMUEL | February 22, 2020 05:55

    Hi Hezbon, I'm interested in exactly what you're doing. Kindly advise on the methods/sites you're using to learn all this.

    gladys | February 20, 2020 14:55

    can I do a course on front office

    mugabe | February 20, 2020 14:26

    That's awesome

    BRIAN | February 20, 2020 12:57

    I would take Business Information Technology and Strategic Management respectively.

    MARY | February 20, 2020 10:10

    How can i make it possible? Please advice.


    Fuzu | February 20, 2020 12:35

    Hi Mary, what would you like to make possible?

    Gilbert | February 20, 2020 10:09

    am intressted is it for free

    WINFRED | February 20, 2020 09:54

    That is amazing.

    Maxwell | February 20, 2020 08:56

    With the convenience, however, comes the scams: the reality that technology inevitably brings along. I'd more like to hear what one should to look out for, the situatioal awareness.


    Fuzu | February 20, 2020 12:40

    Hi Maxwell, you'll be safer taking online courses from credible providers. You can check out their success stories or who they are endorsed by.

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    Onzi | July 12, 2020 19:53

    Very encouraging and want to be enrolled please

    Ashabahebwa | February 20, 2020 08:51

    Too good to be true.

    KARITHI | February 20, 2020 08:46


    cyru | February 20, 2020 08:40

    how can i enroll

    Kelvin | February 20, 2020 08:00

    Programming for me.

    Linnet | February 20, 2020 07:58

    waoo.... that was great, really amazing.

    Abel | February 20, 2020 07:51

    Need more information.

    Morris | February 20, 2020 07:45

    Hey ,how can I read through online and get a degree

    Kazungu | February 20, 2020 07:19

    I am interested

    JACKSON | February 20, 2020 06:59

    How is this possible?

    Namuli | February 20, 2020 06:23

    How do I enroll

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