Online School Reviews

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In the age of online information, anyone can learn and earn a degree online. A recent survey revealed a 4.7% increase in people taking up online classes, with a slight decrease in enrollment in community college.

The survey, also showed that the recession years before had affected enrollment, and because online courses were cheaper and more flexible, many students opted to take them instead.

Long-distance learning isn’t a new thing, but it’s a trend that’s certainly seeing major growth. It used to be that online students would drop out after only a few days, unable to manage their time, but innovations and a better understanding of online students and methods have attracted more students to take courses online.

Master of Project Academy Review

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Master of Project Academy Overview

Offers tons of online classes and was primarily aimed at those working in the business industry. It’s certified by Project Management Institute, ITIL Training Organization, and the American Academy of Project Management. The Academy hosts courses for business certification and professional development.

Although it’s the newest in the Project Management online field course, Master of Project Academy has its own in-house instructors, but also allows other experts to publish their own classes.

The Academy’s outside instructors are experts in their fields and have had years of experience, and hold multiple relevant certifications like Lazaro Diaz, a veteran network engineer who has a successful and popular class on Cisco CCNA.

One of the things that make Master of Project Academy popular is that it has a 30-day money back guarantee. It’s applicable to individual courses, bundles, and subscriptions. What’s more is that MPA offers an All Courses Bundle for just $99 per month, or $999 for a lifetime access subscription.

What courses/subjects do they offer?

MPA offers subjects in Project Management, Agile Project Management, Project Management Professional, Certified Associate in Project Management, Quality Management, Microsoft Project, ITIL Foundation, and Scrum Framework Certification Prep.

How many courses do they offer?

They have around 34 courses, many of which are bundles containing 3, 6, and even 26 courses!

How do they offer their courses?

All their courses are offered online, but students can download materials (handouts and videos).

What kind of learning environment do they have?

Their classes are intensive and rigorous, taking 10 to 30+ hours, with 50 to 300 lectures. All their classes are self-paced.

How much do their courses cost?

The Master of Project Academy offers individual courses anywhere from $9 to $15. Bundle courses can be $20, $35, or $99 for monthly subscriptions, but a lifetime access can be around $199 to $999.

Are there FREE courses offered?

There are 5 free courses, with 4 classes from the in-house instructors. MPA offers PMP Overview, Agile Scrum Overview, ITIL Foundation Overview, CAMP Overview, and Introduction to Cisco CCNA (200-120).

How many enrollees and past participants do they have?

The site has over 500,000 enrollees from more than 100 countries around the world.

Do they offer degrees, certificates, or diplomas?

The site doesn’t offer degrees, but does offer certification trainings. They also have lectures and overviews on Cisco and certifications.

Do they have an offline campus?

No, all their classes are held online.

How long are they in business? Where are they located?

It began in 2012, so it’s been in business for 4 years. Students can reach the administration through email, or simply visit their offices at 435 Roosevelt Street, 94107, San Francisco or Buyaka Is Kuleleri, Kule 3 Giriş Kat 34771, Istanbul.

Is there financial aid for students?

There is no financial aid.

 

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The Shaw Academy Overview

An online school that offers several courses that range from nutrition to digital marketing to financial trading.

There are a few courses, but the school is recognized and certified by the International Compliance Association, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and the NCFE.

All the courses are accredited by NCFE Diploma Level 4. Only those who complete the final exam or assignment can avail a certificate of completion or an NCFE certified diploma (with the hard copy at $39).

There are live video lessons and recordings, but they can’t be downloaded or stored into the learner’s computer. Classes are published from in-house instructors.

What courses/subjects do they offer?

The Shaw Academy offers both personal and professional development courses in only the most popular industries: health and fitness, finance trading, graphic design, digital marketing, mobile app development, photography, and sales.

How many courses do they offer?

Currently, there are 10, but the academy continues to add new courses every now and then.

How do they offer their courses?

All courses are done live, with video conferencing.

What kind of learning environment do they have?

Although lessons are done through live videos, the courses are largely self-paced so students can set their schedules. The online learning experience is designed so that students can interact frequently with their instructors, and where they can take online exams.

How much do their courses cost?

Classes are around $395 – $450, but the school sometimes gives discounts, with courses costing around only $2.

Are there FREE courses offered?

There are no free courses offered on the site, but you can get one when you subscribe to their blog.

How many enrollees and past participants do they have?

Their courses has many graduates, the most being beyond 220,000 with Diploma in Photography, and the lowest being 1,211 with Diploma in Career Advancement.

Do they offer degrees, certificates, or diplomas?

The school only offers diploma courses.

Do they have an offline campus?

No, all courses are offered online through the website.

How long are they in business? Where are they located?

It was founded in 2013, and has main headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, but can be contacted here or at their 40 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0BT, United Kingdom office.

Is there financial aid for students?

There is no financial aid, but they help students with a payment plan. Others can pay on the spot a fixed amount, while others can make deposits and pay monthly.

 

Gifted and Talented Review

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Gifted and Talented Overview

An online learning program for younger students, developed by Stanford University. This used to be Stanford’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), and was developed for over 25 years.

Gifted and Talented students learn under one of several tutors in the subject they choose. All the tutors are experienced in teaching and have multiple certificates and have acquired higher education programs in the field they’re tutoring.

Any student can join a program, whether for remedial classes, or for preparing for an exam. New users on the site can use the Course Wizard to see which course fits their needs.

According to the site, their students get “advanced test scores twice as high as national average”, and that 90% of them have won in academic competitions. The program has been awarded and recognized by Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and more.

What courses/subjects do they offer?

Gifted and Talented only offer English, Math, and Science subjects for younger students. Their math classes are from kindergarten to 7th grade, and 8th to 12th; English classes are for 2nd to 7th, and 8th to 9th; and science classes are for physics and computer programming.

How many courses do they offer?

They have around 7 subjects.

How do they offer their courses?

Students can study on their own through the website portal, but they can also get live help from tutors.

What kind of learning environment do they have?

There are self-paced learning courses, and students get a one-on-one session with a tutor. There are progress reports, and learning is designed so that a student learns on his or her own level.

How much do their courses cost?

Grades K to 7 programs are $495 per quarter for one course with tutor support, and $60 for independent study. Grades 2 to 12 only have independent study, for $495 per quarter.

Are there FREE courses offered?

There are no free courses.

How many enrollees and past participants do they have?

Currently, the school has seen 950,000 student users.

Do they offer degrees, certificates, or diplomas?

No, because Gifted and Talents acts much like a tutorial, remedial, and enrichment site for young students who want to develop their skills in English, Science, and Math.

Do they have an offline campus?

The school doesn’t have an offline campus, but interested parties can inquire at the Stanford University in Stanford, California.

How long are they in business? Where are they located?

It started as EPGY, but was upgraded on 2013, when Stanford changed some of its programs. Inquires can be done here or at the Stanford University, where the program is housed.

Is there financial aid for students?

Students who enroll in the quarterly subscription program can get a 10% discount.

 

Pluralsight Review

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Pluralsight Overview

Offers online learning for people in the information and technology industry. The company was listed in the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies in the country.

They have more than 1,000 course authors, and leaders who are chief executives of their own successful companies.

The company started with 4 founders who contributed money for their startup. Years later, the company is consistently growing into a multi-million dollar business, without any outside funding support. Pluralsight has acquired many companies like Smarterer, PeepCode, and more, and has worked with computer giant Microsoft.

One of its authors, Scott Allen, earned over $1 million in royalties from his courses at Pluralsight. The company offers a subscription model, so for a monthly or annual fee, students can avail of many courses out of thousands.

What courses/subjects do they offer?

They have courses on architecture and construction, manufacturing and design, business, information technology, and cyber security.

How many courses do they offer?

They have over 5,000 courses.

How do they offer their courses?

Courses are offered through videos, which can be downloaded on students’ desktop or through a mobile app.

What kind of learning environment do they have?

Teams starts with tests to know what skills they need to enhance. Pluralsight shows the user a path to the courses they can take, and when any learner encounters difficulty, he or she can ask help from a mentor in the Pluralsight pool.

How much do their courses cost?

The cost depends on subscription instead of individual course pricing. Standard price per month is $29, but students who want more features can avail the Plus Monthly subscription for $29, and Plus Annually for $299.

Are there FREE courses offered?

No, but they offer free trial for individual users, and free team pilot for businesses. Also, adults have to pay for courses, but younger children can learn for free.

How many enrollees and past participants do they have?

They have over 750,000 registered users, and 6,000 business clients.

Do they offer degrees, certificates, or diplomas?

The courses are mainly for training and enrichment, however students can get a certificate-of-completion from the Pluralsight support team.

Do they have an offline campus?

There is no offline campus.

How long are they in business? Where are they located?

It started in 2004, but only became an online video training site in 2007. It has three offices, with its main headquarters at Farmington, Utah.

Is there financial aid for students?

There is no financial aid offered.

 

360 Training Review
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360 Training Overview

A classroom-delivered online learning company that works with over 1,500 partners in e-learning to bring young professionals standard and non-standard courses. It started small when it was founded in 1997, but quickly grew over the years, with over 500 employees.

In 2013, it became one of the Top 20 online learning companies by Training Industry. There are over 800 authors who have published courses on the website. The company has paid over $2 million to its authors, since its inception.

Its authors or educators can soon avail of live classroom events instead of the usual video recordings.

The company is popular for offering training courses that can help professionals qualify for licensure and card renewal.

The company serves bigwigs like Amazon, Costco, Shell, and more. The courses have different prices each, but students can also avail of a bundle of courses that are paid through monthly or annual subscriptions.

What courses/subjects do they offer?

The company focuses on training employees and future professionals for the information and technology workforce, for career certification and advancement, and for learning management software. There are other fields popular in 360 Training, like real estate education, human resources, food and beverage programs, and environmental safety among others.

How many courses do they offer?

There are more than 6,000 courses offered in over 7 different fields and industries.

How do they offer their courses?

Courses can have videos, text, and activity sheets for the learner to view and use.

What kind of learning environment do they have?

The courses are self-paced, so students can study and complete their requirements when they have time off from work.

How much do their courses cost?

Each course has a different price, ranging from $135 to $3,000. There are also subscriptions based on monthly and yearly subscriptions, where students can expect to pay anywhere from $5 a month to $100 or more.

Are there FREE courses offered?

There are 32 courses offered free of charge, although most are in the engineering industry. There are some in the business and computer fields, though.

How many enrollees and past participants do they have?

There have been over 4,054,419 registered students from 176 countries around the world.

Do they offer degrees, certificates, or diplomas?

Every learner can avail of their certificate of completion for any course. There are also courses that offer nationally-recognized certification.

Do they have an offline campus?

360 Training delivers all its courses only online, but has several off-shore support offices around the world.

How long are they in business? Where are they located?

360 Training has been in business since 1997. Its main headquarters is at 13801 N. Mo-Pac, Suite 100 in Austin, Texas.

Is there financial aid for students?

There is no financial aid for students.