To serve our users, we have developed:
Courses: most courses combine text, videos, and exercises. It can take several hours to finish a course, and they are free for everyone.
Paths: these are a combination of courses, projects, mentorship, and a community discussion section. It usually takes between six and twelve months to complete a full path. A path can lead you to a state-endorsed degree! You need a Premium Plus account to follow one.
Consider someone like Michael (see personas chapter). He's a student, so he doesn't have much money, and he's already in a business school anyway. He feels he needs more skills, so he's going to pick a few courses to learn more about programming.
On the other hand, Jennifer has a lot of interest in paths. She wants to prepare for a new job. She knows it will take time, but because she's a job seeker, she can dedicate the time and effort required.
Jennifer also likes the fact that OpenClassrooms online degrees are recognized. Her first question was, "How is it recognized?"
A course starts with a video trailer, followed by a short text introduction. You quickly see what you'll learn by following the course.
You should check out a video teaser to get a sense of the energy! 🌟
A course is usually divided into parts and then chapters. For example, this course has three parts and thirteen chapters:
A course usually has between two to four sections, with five chapters in each section. Naturally, this varies as each course is different.
There are exercises at the end of each section:
Quizzes: this is a fast way of checking if you have understood the previous chapters.
Activities: these are small assignments that you must complete.
We do our best to make these courses engaging, useful, and fun at the same time. That's why we look for teachers who are passionate about what they do. 😃
A path is designed based on the skills you need to do a job. On a path, you'll find:
Courses: which we have already discussed.
Projects: each project requires several weeks or months of work to finish. Completing them demonstrates that you have acquired the skills.
We offer several paths like these:
Each path has a short description to explain what you will learn, what the professional sector is like, and what you will need to do to complete the path.
If you scroll down, you'll see the list of courses and projects that this path combines:
A student has to complete all the projects to finish the path (and then possibly earn their degree). Courses are optional; however, they serve as a basis to help you complete the projects. This is what we call a project-driven approach.
Once you join a path, you get a mentor and access to the community discussion section on Facebook Workplace:
The key element of the vocational training is your weekly videoconference with your mentor, who will help you to stay on track, keep motivated, and focused! 💪
We hope this short introduction gives you a better idea of what we do! 🙂