Back to the Future of Distance Learning

Have you ever wished for a site that offered self-help courses, technical training, computer technology and classes to bolster your creative endeavors all in one place?  And cost only $10 per class?  If so, the answer just might be Udemy. Udemy offers as many as 40,000 courses in thousands of subjects taught by experts and everyday people like you.   But don’t just shop the site, shop through the Groupon portal and apply money saving coupons to the classes you want to take.  Tuition costs are a major barrier to higher education and a two or four-year degree may be more than you need if you already have the basics and just want to refresh your skills or try something new.

That’s why searching for a class that’s right for you on Udemy makes sense.  You can save as much as 75% off their most popular courses or select the ones tailored to your needs and realize discounts and unlock promo codes to save even more.

The explosion of online learningcourses might lead some to think this idea of access to education via online delivery is something new.  Not exactly.  Accredited education outside the classroom has been around since the 18th century.  Well before the American Revolution, the first example of a correspondence course ran in the Boston Gazettefor a course on shorthand.  The instructor, Caleb Phillipps taught his students by exchanging letters with them.  Thus, the correspondence course was born.

About 150 years later, The Society to Encourage Studies at Home was founded and branched out to several locations around the young nation.  After that, the University of Chicago began offering correspondence courses; the first traditional educational institution to do so.  As the technology changed to support it, so did opportunities for distance learning.  Radio then television were viable means of transmitting courses and by the 1960’s one could earn a high school diploma from the University of Nebraska’s correspondence high school.  Udemy offers massive open online courses,  (MOOC) and there’s sure to be one that fits your needs.

Not everyone can move to the city where the college of their dreams is located.  If you want to learn a new skill without paying high fees and tuition or don’t have years to devote to night school, search Groupon for money saving deals from Udemy.  Unlike students in the 1800’s you can send a virtual apple to your teacher.