In January this year, Coursera announced Specializations, a new type of program that allowed students to develop mastery in a specific subject across a progression of online courses. Ten specializations were then announced, including a Data Science Specialization by Johns Hopkins University. The final course of each specialization was to serve as a capstone project, but little has been known about these capstone projects until today.
John Hopkins announced that they have partnered with SwiftKey for the final project of their data science specialization. SwiftKey is the maker of a popular keyboard replacement app for the Android. According to Androidpolice,
“The prediction engine is second to none, gesture typing is full-on awesome, and you can customize it to look however you want”
SwiftKey will work with the Hopkins Data Science Specialization team to develop the course project and weekly milestones, identify data sets, and interact with and provide feedback to students. Students will collaborate with SwiftKey engineers to learn the basic steps of developing text prediction systems. Through text analysis and cleaning, sampling, prediction, and evaluation, students will build a minimum viable product for text prediction. Below is an infographic summarizing some of the information associated with this specialization.
Dhawal is the CEO of Class Central, the most popular search engine and review site for online courses and MOOCs. He has completed over a dozen MOOCs and has written over 200 articles about the MOOC space, including contributions to TechCrunch, EdSurge, Quartz, and VentureBeat.