August 12, 2021

CS101 by OpenLearning Partners with Global SaaS Cloud-Native Solution, Chronosphere

Media Release

Sydney, 12 August 2021 - CS101 by OpenLearning is pleased to welcome Chronosphere as an industry partner, combining CS101’s learner-centric approach towards teaching computer science with Chronosphere’s experience in building world-class software that enables organisations to operate reliably at scale and make data-driven decisions to bridge the computer science skills gap for working professionals from diverse backgrounds.

As our society becomes increasingly dependent on technology, research has highlighted a growing skills gap in the next five years, particularly in areas of computational thinking and analysis, complex problem-solving and skills in self-management such as active learning, resilience and flexibility.

On average, companies estimate that around 40 percent of workers will require reskilling for six months or less; and 94% of business leaders report that they expect employees to pick up new skills on the job, a sharp increase from 65% in 2018. (Source: World Economic Forum 2020)

The partnership between CS101 and Chronosphere will provide new opportunities for learners to be exposed to cutting-edge technology from the industry leader in cloud-native monitoring and apply the skills they develop in CS101to large scale data analytics. Chronosphere’s SaaS monitoring solution provides deep insights into every layer of a technology stack to enable precise, data-driven decision making and is rapidly being adopted by Fortune 500companies.

“We’re proud to partner with OpenLearning on the CS101 program. Not only is this an excellent program that will help address the growing technical skills gap, but we also see this as one way Chronosphere can help change the tech landscape – by diversifying the future workforce through education opportunities and new entry points into tech for those with non-traditional tech backgrounds.” --Martin Mao, CEO and Co-Founder, Chronosphere
“We are thrilled to welcome Chronosphere as an industry partner for CS101. Chronosphere is the clear leader in cloud native SaaS monitoring, developing leading-edge solutions for some of the world's largest companies. As cloud solutions such as Chronosphere are widely adopted, working professionals in fields such as project management, operations and business analysis will need to develop computer science skills to get the most out of technology and increase their productivity.” --Adam Brimo, Founder and Group CEO, OpenLearning Limited

CS101, short for 'Computer Science 101', is designed for industry and by industry, under the guidance ofOpenLearning Founder and CTO David Collien, it brings together leading technology companies, computer scientists and learning designers with the goal of enabling anyone to learn computer science. The program equips working professionals with core theoretical and practical skills so they are able to ‘learn how to learn’ and adapt to new programming languages and technologies to meet the evolving needs of society.

The program is delivered on OpenLearning’s lifelong learning platform and adopts a socially constructive approach to learning with activities and projects that are designed to foster a vibrant community of practice with support from facilitators and virtual small weekly consultation groups for learners to exchange ideas and solve problems together.Upon successful completion, learners will receive an OpenCred in the form of a digital credential that includes both a badge and a certificate that can be shared on social media.

CS101 comprises three online short courses, each of which can be completed in just 12 weeks part-time. The first course, CS101: Programming and Computational Thinking, has no prerequisites and starts on the 18th October 2021.