There is an exponentially growing list of online education available today. Whilst on our trips, you are free to pursue education through any means you like, or indeed any other project that you think fits with what an Edumadic program offers, provided you can do so entirely online.
Before diving into some of the options we're aware of, we want to give a special mention to Class Central and Mooc List. Although these aren't course providers themselves, they act as somewhat of a search engine for online courses. If you've got a subject in mind that you want to study but aren't sure where there's an online course for it, these two websites are a great place to start looking.
Below we outline some options that may be appealing to you, although we encourage everyone to evaluate the universe of options thoroughly and find a course / method of study that best suits their objectives.
Accredited ONLINE COLLEGE Classes
More and more universities are offering the option to take classes online. Typically people use this option to work alongside their studies, or take on extra classes to graduate faster, but we’ve seen many of our past Edumads take a whole semester of online college classes so they can continue to move their degree forward while travelling with us.
There are two ways you can take online college credits while travelling with us.
Enquire at your current university about the availability of online classes. They may well have their own classes to offer you, in which case you can enrol in a semester of online classes through them.
If your college doesn’t offer online classes, or you aren’t currently enrolled anywhere we’ve got your covered! We’ve partnered with a couple of online universities to offer you their classes. You can sign up to take them during our program and transfer them back into your current degree at your home university. Or if you’re not currently enrolled, transfer them into your degree when you eventually do enroll.
If you want to learn more about the universities we’ve partnered with, fill out the form found through the button below!
A free online course has obvious appeal. There is no cost to the student other than their time. The one important consideration you must take with these is that most usually have limited or no interaction between students and instructors, although some do provide forums where questions can be discussed and answered by other students.
Both these websites provide a plethora of courses from many of the top universities in the world. You can register for classes offered by Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, and a whole host of other prestigious schools. These courses are as close as you’ll come to attending university, with structured class time and verified certificates on completion for a fee.
Free content through Universities:
Many universities publish academic content for free through their own portals. This means you can access the same information taught to students of the most elite universities in the world such as Stanford, Harvard, and MIT. Of course working through this material would not result in a degree. Obtaining that certification comes with an eye watering price tag, but if all you want is the actual education, then this is a great option.
Code Academy & Equivalents:
There are many free websites and resources like Code Academy, both in the programming space and many others. Often they operate a freemium model, giving away much of their information for free, and charging for accreditation, teaching support, or advanced information.
The creators of paid online courses usually have a much greater commitment to the success of their students. They’re more receptive to questions and give greater support to individuals enrolled.
Both Udemy and Udacity offer individual online courses that you can pay for access to. They have a wide range of subjects available. The difference between the two is that Udemy is an online marketplace. Anyone can register as an instructor and start selling courses. As a result there are over 40,000 courses to choose from! Udacity creates their own courses and has a much smaller selection at a higher price point. Their courses are usually created in association with well known companies such as Google and Facebook, with the intent of ensuring the curriculum is applicable to the real world.
Lynda & Skillshare:
Lynda provides thousands of video courses in software, creative and business skills. All instructors on the courses are employed by the company itself to produce the educational material. A small membership fee is collected on a monthly basis which allows access to all 4,637 courses on their site. They also provide corporate, university, and government memberships, which means access to their content could be free, so it’s worth checking whether your local Library, University or employer already has an account.
Many people who come on Edumadic programs could be defined as self-directed learners. This means that they create their own learning goals, topics of study, and timeline for meeting these objectives outside the framework of a structured course.
Past examples include writing a book, applying to master’s programs, developing an app, and building a portfolio for creative work.