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1 January, 1970

INTERNET UNIVERSITY

 

Of all the fruits bestowed upon us by the almighty internet- like hyper connectivity and endless cat videos- the most important and critical of all has to be the democratization of knowledge and information. Powered by search engine platforms like Google, Bing, and kind of Yahoo!, the access to information has never been easier. And thanks to capitalism, access to purchasing it has never been easier, too (or cheaper). In fact, just about anything you learn in a college class or job field can be learned or accessed through “The Oracle” formerly mentioned as Google. Which begs the question, why even go to college? Because most jobs require it. That’s why. But in all seriousness, the internet has numerous critical tools- both free and low cost- that you can use to enhance your college education or pick up a new career altogether. 

 

In recent years, a growing number platforms like SkillShare and Master Class that offer to teach skills for low cost have been developed. Each has a wide range of advantages and offerings. For SkillShare, “it’s an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.” Classes include but are not limited to graphic design, animation, accounting, data science, web development, and culinary. Right now, SkillShare classes are having a promotion for 2 months for .99. Not a bad price to pay for innovative, new world education. 

 

If you’re able to pay a little more, look at Master Class. While Master Class doesn’t offer quite as wide of a range of options as SkillShare, Master Class does have the absolute best instructors in the world. Aaron Sorkin, Gordon Ramsey, Malcolm Gladwell, Annie Leibovitz, RL Stein, Martin Scorsese and Marc Jacobs just to name a few all teach a Master Class you can take for $90 each.

 

If you’re not looking to pay anything at all, just use YouTube.  But beware of where you get your information. It’s best to use highly recognized channels- ones backed by verified and trusted brands or personalities- and look at numerous tutorial videos. Unfortunately, though, there are a lot of people who don’t what they don’t know out there, so it’s possible you are getting bad or outdated information. And that’s what separates free platforms like YouTube from premium or paid ones like SkillShare and Master Class who have well-trained, professional teachers. I guess sometimes you get what you don’t pay for. 

 

If you aren’t looking to necessarily take a class, but have questions about a field or are looking for mentorship, another useful platform is Papyrus.edu. With Papyrus, students videoconference with business leaders across a variety of industries and get real-time answers and mentorship to help focus their career path and goals. Papyrus’ platform does cost money to use, but the Papyrus Association does an excellent job of providing students with free and discounted credits to allow individuals from a variety of backgrounds gain access to these tools. 
Now, go get on the internet graduate from Internet University.