Start developing in Unity for your Oculus Quest with this 10-step setup
Last Updated: July 03 2019
When searching for online VR courses, you’ll come across countless YouTube and other online tutorials that are often not relevant to your goals, are inaccurate, or out-of-date altogether. Udemy has a wealth of online VR courses at low prices, but how do you avoid nickel-and-diming yourself for unrelated and obsolete information?
Let’s find out.
We’ll compare Udemy and Circuit Stream as education services, their expertise, price points, and support of students. Because Udemy offers many bite-sized short courses, we’ll be discussing Udemy broadly rather than each course individually.
Udemy acts as a platform for anyone to provide paid online tutorials. The tutorials offered range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate to expert, as well as in depth from surface level skills to complex understandings of processes.
Udemy does not require documentation to become an instructor, literally anyone can provide a course regardless of what level of expertise they bring. In other words, Udemy cannot guarantee an instructor’s knowledge in what they purport to teach.
Circuit Stream's instructors are experts within the VR industry. They have the education and practical experience building virtual reality applications, from games to training simulations to data visualization. Student support is a priority with live online classes and one-on-one sessions; if a student gets stuck, we answer their questions immediately.
VR Course Comparison
Udemy’s instructors provide a one-way street of knowledge through video tutorials and worksheets. If students have questions or problems understanding, they can comment on videos but there’s no guarantee of a response from instructors. Upon payment for course materials, students can learn at their own pace as they work through course videos. However, with the frequent changes and technological advances in Unity, other VR software, and the industry at large, these videos become obsolete quickly. There’s a risk of paying for education that is not relevant anymore.
The sheer amount of VR tutorials and courses on Udemy means students can pick and choose the concepts they want to learn about. These bite-sized courses mean students can take their time learning over a period of months. The quantity of courses makes it difficult to parse out the quality of education offered, as well as determining what course includes the information you are actually looking for.
Circuit Stream's 10-week VR/AR development with Unity course prioritizes our dedication to students through small class sizes and weekly one-on-one sessions. With small classes, instructors are able to tailor course content to be relevant to your goals. We provide you with the up-to-date answers and relevant information you are looking for. Our instructors adapt to your level of expertise, regardless of whether you’re a beginner or are familiar with software development. Our project-based course results in direct support of your goals and a working prototype at the end of 10 weeks.
|Course length||10 weeks||Variable|
|Time commitment||4 hours/week||Self-directed|
|Tuition||$2,500 USD (inclusive)||Approximately $10 USD per course|
|Open to beginners||Yes||Yes|
|Introduction to C# programming||Yes||Yes|
|Covers VR app development from beginning to end||Yes||No|
|Final project for portfolio||Yes||No|
|Instructor engagement with students||Yes||No|
|Courses up-to-date with technology||Yes||No|
|Instruction in variety of VR/AR devices||Yes||Yes|
The Bottom Line
On one hand, Udemy’s price point and self-driven courses are a compelling option for students learning virtual reality. However, there’s no guarantee of instructor expertise, no student support, and no direct assistance to achieve your goals. Because of the time to search for VR courses that cover the information you need and the time commitment to learn on your own, learning VR development through Udemy can potentially take you months before you complete a working prototype.
Circuit Stream, on the other hand, prioritizes your development goals and learning through part-time classes, weekly one-on-one mentorship sessions, course customization, and up-to-date information. Our expert instructors have real experience developing applications, and our live online courses facilitate networking and interaction with your cohort and people in the VR industry.
After 10 weeks, you’ll have a working VR or AR prototype and will be one step closer to achieving your development goals. Our price point may be higher than Udemy, but the value Circuit Stream provides in education, mentorship, and opportunities for networking in the VR industry speaks for itself. Plus our payment plans make our courses even more accessible.
If you’d like to learn more about Circuit Stream’s AR and VR courses, download our syllabus below or get in touch with us here.