Not everyone has the opportunity to go to college, and those who did may not be satisfied with their degree. Online colleges have made it possible for people to expand their knowledge and even big brick and mortar institutions are throwing their hats in the ring. Many universities, like Carnegie Mellon and Harvard, have taken college online for cheap or even free. Thanks to the Open Learning Initiative, many universities now offer flexible online education to those who want it, with some classes being taught by successful CEOs and founders of some pretty incredible companies.
Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library
Want to up your business’ brand and social media game? Gary Vaynerchuk, the CEO and business wunderkind who rebranded his family’s liquor store from a $3 million-a-year storefront to a $60 million online wine retailer, teaches an online course via Udemy that demystifies the online branding process. In "Building a Personal Brand," Vaynerchuk teaches you how to craft your brand’s story and communicate it effectively across social media to bring in more dedicated customers to make your business boom.
Alan Joslin, Epstein Joslin Architects
Have you ever seen a building or public space that blends so well with the environment around it? Well, if you take "Architecture Studio: Building in Landscapes" from MIT’s Open Courseware, you’ll learn the fundamentals of analyzing a landscape and building the perfect structure for that location from a seasoned pro. Alan Joslin, founder of Epstein Joslin Architects, has designed amazing concert halls across America and feels that "there’s a magic we seek in them, something that really reaches for a higher level of experience, something that’s moving."
David Chang, Momofuku
For those foodies out there, Harvard offers an online course called Science and Cooking that allows you to learn how to cook from chefs like David Chang, founder of Momofuku Restaurant Group. Chefs walk you through some of their favorite recipes, and then a Harvard physicist and a Harvard mathematician dive into the science behind things like flavor and heat. Part of the course focuses on molecular gastronomy, which uses scientific tools and different chemicals to make jellies, emulsions and foams that take food to the next level.
Learning from the best in whatever business you’re interested in is easier and more affordable online. The continuation of your education is just a click away.