NextGenU.org uniquely offers free and accredited courses and degrees across the health sciences, including achieving our ultimate goal in May 2019, offering the world's first free degrees: a full Master’s Degree in Public Health, and the complete reading materials for a 4-year MedSchoolInABox, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and Graduate Medical Education (in Preventive Medicine). Starting with a focus in the health sciences, NextGenU.org now has registrants in 193 (of 195) countries, a $20 million endowment, 7 years of uniquely offering courses for credit for free, and funders and partners including CDC, Harvard, NATO, Stanford, and WHO. This free model has been successfully tested in North American medical and public health arenas with students, and in community health workers and primary care physicians in Kenya and in India -- showing identical knowledge gain and greater student satisfaction compared with traditional courses, positive effects on complex health worker behaviors (like counseling) and attitudes (like stigma), and the creation of a global community of learning and practice. Courses are competency-based, ranging from undergraduate and community health worker training through graduate medical education, and include a local or global peer community, along with skills-oriented mentorships. Please come learn more about us or have a look at our available courses and degrees.
NextGenU.org is the world's first portal where anyone, anywhere, can get free, accredited higher education. For now, we concentrate our trainings (courses, degrees, certificates, residencies, etc.) primarily in the health sciences, using expert-created competencies and resources. We work in partnership with experts and professional organizations for quality assurance and endorsement, and we use cutting-edge educational innovations, including computer-based learning resources, and local and web-based peer-to-peer and mentoring experiences.
NextGenU.org's learning model builds on educational best practices, including using high-quality online learning materials (e.g., text, videos, images), interactive peer activities (e.g., online chat rooms, and creating and assessing peer-generated case
studies, images, and multiple-choice questions), and hands-on mentored experiences (e.g., seeing and discussing patients). This model mirrors and expands on the traditional university experience through interacting with peers and experts in the field
of study, while learning basic knowledge on one's own via online learning materials. Our courses do not require traditional faculty involvement in lectures (that's part of how NextGenU.org can offer the trainings for free), although some competency
sets require mentor-supervised activities (and those are spelled out in each course). We also strongly encourage teachers and training institutions around the world to link to the resources we’ve collected, even including creating full degrees with
collections of our courses. We'd love to hear about it at info@NextGenU.org -- we're happy to provide you with data on your students if you're an institution wishing to adopt our training.
No costs or strings are attached, although we would like to evaluate and improve your experience and co-author peer-reviewed publications using de-identified data with you (we have considerable experience in doing so).
We are not a university. We do not grant credit or degrees; our university partners and other partners already accredited by their governments and professional societies give the credit for our courses (for free). Some people refer to us as the world's first free university, likely because no one else offers free university-level courses with free testing and certification for academic credit to the whole world, without limits of number or place.
Our business model is based on the efficient beneficence of grateful learners/inspired donors. Grateful learners include the many thousands of professionals who have freely posted the resources NextGenU.org links to, along with the course creators and
staff who have created this site, either as volunteers or typically earning no more than USD 25 per hour. We also expect that many of NextGenU.org's trainees will donate money and/or time to create additional trainings, or to serve as mentors. More
traditional donors have been key, as well -- inspired individuals, organizations, and governments that have collaborated with us, both financially and intellectually. Please click
or write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in joining these grateful and inspired people.
Many people have asked us why we don't charge at least a little. First, we (and, we
believe, the courts) don't think that it's legal or ethical fair use to charge a student to access material that we've neither developed nor posted, and which has been posted by others for free. Second, we have seen other organizations try different
(but always monetized) systems, and they've not been very successful. And third, we've figured out how we can give it away, so why should we charge? (That's the .org in us.)
Students, practitioners, and universities/Health Ministries/other training institutions (in every country but North Korea and South Sudan) that want trainings in areas not easily available or accessible.
Yes -- we are the first cost-free, barrier-free, advertisement-free, educational organization available to everyone around the world.
An abundance of free educational resources already exists, so our trainings are not expensive to assemble and create. The expert-derived competencies on which we base our trainings are already freely posted, as are the expert-created online learning resources (taken only from universities, governments, peer-reviewed journals, and professional societies) that address those competencies. We identify and pair the competencies with resources and with interactive experiences that we create for trainees to perform with mentors and peer trainees. Trainees also write reviews of each other's work and interact in automatically translated chat rooms, forming an engaging global and sustainable community of practice, all for free. Trainings are further checked for quality and only posted after our expert volunteer Advisory Groups and co-sponsoring accredited organizations approve them.
If you look here, you can see where we have tested and published on this free model in North American medical, public health, and undergraduate students arenas and with community health workers and primary care physicians in Kenya and in India, with as much knowledge gain and greater student satisfaction than with traditional courses, along with the creation of a community of practice that has learned to interact globally and productively.