It's our 20-Year Anniversary this Fall!
VU was one of the first sites built on the Web, and since 1994, we have
served five million learners in 178 countries! As we look to
the future, we're planning to:
- Focus primarily on creating FREE classes on a wide variety of subjects.
- Create a database with convenient links to free e-courses offered by educational
sites around the world and review to help our users decide which free e-courses are worth their time.
- Develop a template-based interface so that anyone can easily create a new e-course
or improve an existing class using Wiki tools.
- Allow students to create a Life Experience portfolio with self-serve access to document CEUs
earned at VU and elsewhere, as well as life experience credits.
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Learn to use your digital camera and take better landscape, people and close-up photos in this hands-on class.
Veteran photographer Ron Kness shares helpful tricks of the trade and explains how to shoot crisp images every time.
Keeping a journal about the people and events in your life can help you resolve problems, heal
relationships and chart a brighter course to the future. It is also one of the best and least
expensive ways to get to know yourself better!
Learn how to write a grant proposal from start to finish. Expert grantwriter Dr. Linda Sapp-Cox explains how to research funding sources, write a
winning proposal and the nine basic elements that must be included in all grant proposals.
Dr. Linda Sapp-Cox Nonprofit Specialist, Grant Writer
Explore how to write horror fiction that flows from beginning to end. Learn how to create tension, conflict and fear, develop
plot twists, heighten suspense and turn your horror novel into a potential bestseller.
Laurie Notch Novelist, Educator
Thousands of free classes are offered online today by e-learning sites and top universities
like Stanford, Princeton and MIT. We are now building a database of these e-courses
with links and reviews to help you decide which are worth your time. We'll also announce
new courses as they become available.
This project will require a huge amount of labor, and we're launching a crowd- funding
campaign on Kickstarter soon to help fund development and expand our server power.
You can help move this project forward.
a VU Subscriber and you'll enjoy full access to our database of free e-courses and reviews as it grows,
plus other benefits. Thanks for your support!
Learn the basic steps of writing a fantasy short story or novel. The course covers issues unique to this genre,
from creating worlds and creatures to building magic systems, plot development and marketing the finished article or book.
Discover helpful techniques for breaking through writer's block.
Overcome inertia and unlock a wellspring of creative ideas through proven techniques such as freewriting, brainstorming, clustering and
Self-paced, independent study course
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Starts April 2014
Bring the story teller within you to life! The memoir is the most popular literary form of our time, and this course reveals
how to record the unforgettable moments of your life.
Catherine Lamberg Community Volunteer, Mentor
Starts April 2014
Put your life on a path to happiness and reach your highest goals! This inspiring course how you can bring about change
in your life through positive thinking, insight and self-awareness rather than impulsive choices.
Richard De A'Morelli Author, Motivational Instructor
Starts April 2014
Writing is more than just a way to share ideas -- it's a tool we can use for self-discovery and healing. Explore a variety of popular genre and
techniques to use writing as a healing art.