frequently

Asked

Questions

What is NextGenU.org?

NextGenU.org offers free courses with certificates, and curricula across the health sciences, making these materials available for free to learners, teachers, and institutions. Courses are focused primarily in the health sciences and STEM using expert-created competencies and resources.

Is NextGenU.org really completely free?

Yes — NextGenU.org is a cost-free, barrier-free, advertisement-free, educational portal available to everyone around the world.

Who uses NextGenU.org?

Students, professionals, universities, Health Ministries, and other training institutions and learning communities in every country.

How can someone use these materials?

Anyone, Anywhere, at Any time —

Anyone, anywhere can take these courses anytime they’d like at their own pace. If you’d like a certificate of completion, you must have obtained the prerequisite education (this is stated on each course page) so we can feel confident that you would have the foundational knowledge needed to understand the course content.

 

A Student Enrolled in a University —

Individua students who receive pre-approval from their institution and academic supervisors may take courses from NextGenU.org without paying NextGenU.org and if approved receive credit from their educational institution. All details must be discussed with the student’s academic supervisors before academic credit will be given.  

 

Educational Institutions and Learning Communities —

Educational institutions and learning communities may offer the NextGenU.org course directly. The NextGenU.org Team is happy to connect students and their academic supervisors within courses or allow learning communities to adopt the NextGenU.org resources for internal use. Many respected institutions around the world use this approach. NextGenU.org courses provide a baseline of excellence, and many learning communities enhance these courses with student facilitation. 

 

A Faculty Member or Dean at a Traditional University —

Maybe you are a Professor or Dean at a School of Medicine and you want to teach your students pre-clinical and clinical sciences, but you can’t afford to hire another basic scientist or clinician. Or, your new faculty hire wants/needs to spend most of their time researching and/or seeing patients. A potential solution to this would be using NextGenU.org’s online materials to teach facts and create significant interactions with an international community of mentors and peers interested in the course topic. Additionally, a university could identify local mentors and peers to help students acquire and practice skills, with scarce faculty members made available to answer higher-level questions.

 

A practitioner who’d like to learn more —

You may need additional education or perhaps you’d like to grow professionally, but barriers like cost and time away from home and work always seem too high.  For those courses with a hands-on component, NextGenU.org provides resources for you to interact with a mentor that agrees to work with you.

These are just our suggestions, but you might have different ideas or experiences. Please let us know how you use NextGenU.org (email info@nextgenu.org).

What are the admission requirements?

There are no admission requirements to take any course. Anyone who wishes to take any NextGenU.org course may do so, free of barriers. If you wish to take a course for credit, however, you have to be currently registered at a university that has agreed to give you credit for the course. If you’d like a certificate of completion, you must be prepared to provide proof of the prior degree if requested. (For example, for our Master’s in Public Health, you need a diploma with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from a certified university.) Some courses also require that to receive  a certificate of completion, you need to obtain a local or remote mentor who will guide you through skills-based training components (e.g., practicum/capstone projects). If a course requires a mentor, that will be stated on the course webpage, along with any educational or experience requirements they need to be qualified as a course mentor.

How can I sign up for a course?

Each course has a link to register for the course, as well as any suggested or required prerequisites. If you are taking the course for personal learning, and don’t want a certificate at the end, nor to do the peer activities or tests, you do not need to register. Rather, you can just dive in and access the materials for free.

Why/when do I need a mentor?

Learning online can be very efficient and convenient, but it also can lack the advantages of human contact. Many courses have established competency requirements created by experts in the field. Many times, this includes some one-to-one mentoring so that you can directly learn from and interact with someone possessing experience in the subject. This is often a critical component of an active, high-quality learning environment and is therefore often offered as an optional activity even when competencies don’t require it. This mentored component can be done in person or, in some cases, remotely through Zoom/Skype/etc.; we hope and expect that this person will become a permanent part of your professional network.

How can I become a mentor?

Thank you for wanting to serve as a mentor! You can let us know of your interest here. Mentoring can take a lot of different forms. You can supervise a medical student as they take care of patients; mentor an academician in training and co-publish (at NextGenU.org) a case study on an interesting patient; help a public health student by co-authoring a letter to the editor of a local paper. There are a variety of possible mentoring activities in our courses. Mentoring could also involve serving as a volunteer to remotely monitor chat rooms or supervise a learner via phone/Skype/Gchat. mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

How do I get matched up with a peer online?

If you need help finding a peer, some courses have peer groups to make peer identification easier. Contact us here if you have questions.

What is NextGenU.org?

NextGenU.org offers free courses with certificates, and curricula across the health sciences, making these materials available for free to learners, teachers, and institutions. Courses are focused primarily in the health sciences and STEM using expert-created competencies and resources.

Is NextGenU.org really completely free?

Yes — NextGenU.org is a cost-free, barrier-free, advertisement-free, educational portal available to everyone around the world.

Who uses NextGenU.org?

Students, professionals, universities, Health Ministries, and other training institutions and learning communities in every country.

How can someone use these materials?

Anyone, Anywhere, at Any time —

Anyone, anywhere can take these courses anytime they’d like at their own pace. If you’d like a certificate of completion, you must have obtained the prerequisite education (this is stated on each course page) so we can feel confident that you would have the foundational knowledge needed to understand the course content.

 

A Student Enrolled in a University —

Individua students who receive pre-approval from their institution and academic supervisors may take courses from NextGenU.org without paying NextGenU.org and if approved receive credit from their educational institution. All details must be discussed with the student’s academic supervisors before academic credit will be given.  

 

Educational Institutions and Learning Communities —

Educational institutions and learning communities may offer the NextGenU.org course directly. The NextGenU.org Team is happy to connect students and their academic supervisors within courses or allow learning communities to adopt the NextGenU.org resources for internal use. Many respected institutions around the world use this approach. NextGenU.org courses provide a baseline of excellence, and many learning communities enhance these courses with student facilitation. 

 

A Faculty Member or Dean at a Traditional University —

Maybe you are a Professor or Dean at a School of Medicine and you want to teach your students pre-clinical and clinical sciences, but you can’t afford to hire another basic scientist or clinician. Or, your new faculty hire wants/needs to spend most of their time researching and/or seeing patients. A potential solution to this would be using NextGenU.org’s online materials to teach facts and create significant interactions with an international community of mentors and peers interested in the course topic. Additionally, a university could identify local mentors and peers to help students acquire and practice skills, with scarce faculty members made available to answer higher-level questions.

 

A practitioner who’d like to learn more —

You may need additional education or perhaps you’d like to grow professionally, but barriers like cost and time away from home and work always seem too high.  For those courses with a hands-on component, NextGenU.org provides resources for you to interact with a mentor that agrees to work with you.

These are just our suggestions, but you might have different ideas or experiences. Please let us know how you use NextGenU.org (email info@nextgenu.org).

What are the admission requirements?

There are no admission requirements to take any course. Anyone who wishes to take any NextGenU.org course may do so, free of barriers. If you wish to take a course for credit, however, you have to be currently registered at a university that has agreed to give you credit for the course. If you’d like a certificate of completion, you must be prepared to provide proof of the prior degree if requested. (For example, for our Master’s in Public Health, you need a diploma with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from a certified university.) Some courses also require that to receive  a certificate of completion, you need to obtain a local or remote mentor who will guide you through skills-based training components (e.g., practicum/capstone projects). If a course requires a mentor, that will be stated on the course webpage, along with any educational or experience requirements they need to be qualified as a course mentor.

How can I sign up for a course?

Each course has a link to register for the course, as well as any suggested or required prerequisites. If you are taking the course for personal learning, and don’t want a certificate at the end, nor to do the peer activities or tests, you do not need to register. Rather, you can just dive in and access the materials for free.

Why/when do I need a mentor?

Learning online can be very efficient and convenient, but it also can lack the advantages of human contact. Many courses have established competency requirements created by experts in the field. Many times, this includes some one-to-one mentoring so that you can directly learn from and interact with someone possessing experience in the subject. This is often a critical component of an active, high-quality learning environment and is therefore often offered as an optional activity even when competencies don’t require it. This mentored component can be done in person or, in some cases, remotely through Zoom/Skype/etc.; we hope and expect that this person will become a permanent part of your professional network.

How can I become a mentor?

Thank you for wanting to serve as a mentor! You can let us know of your interest here. Mentoring can take a lot of different forms. You can supervise a medical student as they take care of patients; mentor an academician in training and co-publish (at NextGenU.org) a case study on an interesting patient; help a public health student by co-authoring a letter to the editor of a local paper. There are a variety of possible mentoring activities in our courses. Mentoring could also involve serving as a volunteer to remotely monitor chat rooms or supervise a learner via phone/Skype/Gchat. mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

How do I get matched up with a peer online?

If you need help finding a peer, some courses have peer groups to make peer identification easier. Contact us here if you have questions.

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