Codecademy Launches the World’s First Interactive VR Course
Net native education leader seeks to support a more robust and vibrant consumer VR ecosystem with the launch of its new, immersive VR course: ‘Learn A-Frame’
[July 29, 2020] – Codecademy, a leading global provider of online education dedicated to building skills and employability in the 21st century, announced the launch of a new interactive VR course, Learn A-Frame. Designed for developers, designers, and non-technical creatives alike, the free course teaches users to build a 3D environment and preview it in real-time using a VR headset (or the traditional way, using a computer).
“It’s an immersive 3D learning experience that gives users the option to take the entire course inside of a VR headset and see the virtual world they’re building come to life as they code it. This is a first for VR courses, which are traditionally video-based and can only be taken on computers,” says Zach Sims, Codecademy CEO and Co-Founder.
Learn A-Frame begins with fundamentals such as HTML before diving into advanced topics, making it easy for novice learners interested in VR to get started. The course then progresses into the basics of A-Frame, a popular open-source web framework for building virtual reality experiences in a web browser, and enables learners to build out a virtual environment and create user interactions.
“One of our biggest motivations for designing this course was to push the VR/AR community forward by transforming a traditional 2D online learning experience into an immersive 3D one,” said Zach Sims, CEO and Co-Founder of Codecademy. “By the end of this course, you’ll be able to build your very own virtual world for your friends and families to explore, whether they’re using a VR headset, a Google Cardboard, or a computer.”
There has been a 1,400% surge in demand for AR/VR talent since last year, and the average annual salary for AR/VR developers in major US tech hubs is between $135K to $150K, according to a recent report.
“Without compelling software and apps driving VR headset sales, the user base will never grow,” said Sonny Li, Senior Curriculum Director of Codecademy. “We worked closely with the A-Frame team to design a state-of-the-art introductory VR course that could give aspiring developers the tools to fill the shortage. We hope that it will inspire others in the space to make other bold and innovative bets to fundamentally change the way people learn.”
While the Learn A-Frame course is free, it also contains Pro-exclusive content such as quizzes to test participant knowledge and a collection of Pro projects that let users apply what they’ve learned to build real-world projects such as the flower of life, solar system and a perceptual art memorial piece in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Since 2011, Codecademy has empowered over 45 million people in 190 countries to unlock their personal and professional potential through coding. To date, Codecademy has raised $42.5 million to make its vision of providing an accessible, flexible, and engaging online education a reality. Codecademy makes it easy for users to start learning instantly with free lessons. Codecademy Pro, a $20 – $40/month paid membership with over 100,000 subscribers, allows users to access Codecademy’s complete library of content. It also unlocks additional features, like Skill Paths and Career Paths that guide a user through multiple courses until they reach a long-term goal. The company, which is headquartered in NYC, is backed by top-tier investors like Naspers, Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Index Ventures, and Y Combinator. Codecademy has also partnered with governments like The White House, the UK, Brazil, Argentina, and others, and has worked with companies like Google and Amazon to create curriculum. Learn more at www.codecademy.com.