Codecademy, a global provider of online education dedicated to building skills and employability in the 21st century, announced today 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.