You Are Not A Widget.
You Shouldn't Be Treated Like One.
If you take control of your education,
you take control of your LIFE.
Only YOU know how to do EDU for YOU.
Your EDU should be as unique as YOU.
Because information is free,
Your EDU should be inexpensive.
Take Control of Your Education.
VirtualStudent.com is a community of independent learners who are:
Are you a VirtualStudent? Let's find out.
Because The World Is Your Campus.
Schools have three purposes:
- They offer a platform where you can acquire and demonstrate knowledge.
- They validate learning standards for education.
- They define and organize credentials.
You can virtualize all three. You can be your own "institution." No system required.
Welcome to School. Unbundled.
Self EDU in Three Parts
The three levels of Self EDU:
- Cosmology, or the way we see the world;
- Effectiveness, or the way we navigate the world;
- Domain, or the way we help build the world.
Cover these three and you will be as well educated as anybody in the world. Your Virtual Student experience helps you build knowledge and capacity in each area.
Virtual Students pursue the VBAC, a Virtual Baccalaureate Charter that defines your educational pursuit around:
The VBAC is "baccalaureate" since it is designed around the standards for post-secondary education.
It is a charter, since it is not an academic degree. Yet it serves as a meaningful map of your educational journey.
How It Works
It Starts With You
Education is not about grinding through a study program based on somebody else's priorities. It's about a learning process designed around your talents, values and contributions to the world.
- We start by learning your essential talents (your innate, natural traits) and values (your preferences)
- With that knowledge we craft a personal VBAC Individual Education Plan (IEP) built just for you.
- Then you undertake an adventure in learning guided by your IEP.
Be Educated. Be Independent.
"School" as a source of knowledge was a good idea when knowledge was rare.
Today, knowledge is everywhere but real "education" is rare.
Independence, in fact, is the first sign of a truly educated person. Independence of thought, of opinion, of skill, of life direction.
Be educated. Be independent.
Life changes too fast for "education" to last much longer than it takes for the ink on a diploma to dry.
Virtual students chart their own path through the ever-shifting landscape of life.
They collaborate, build great projects and solve problems using the wealth of knowledge all around them.
What's The Cost?
Our mission is to provide a platform where you can gain a unique, premiere education for the lowest possible cost.
We do not charge enrollment or membership fees. Some of our courses require tuition. From time to time, you may choose to enroll with one or more of our partners.
These investments in yourself will pay off for the rest of your life.
Is This Legit?
Like all real education, it's as legit as you make it. Take your studies seriously, set high standards for yourself and look for ways to demonstrate your learning and you will get a world class education.
Unlike traditional education, there is no fixed rate of tuition. So we have no reason to trap you and keep you paying.
If you are receiving value, stay with us. And tell your friends, of course.
Can I Get a Degree?
Some day, this is exactly how students will get degrees. Perhaps very soon.
For now, we promise that your pursuit of the VBAC will be a useful, challenging and valuable alternative to overpriced, irrelevant education.
The VBAC is a practical credential, not academic education. Your Lifestream acts as a transcript to demonstrate your learning. We believe it's at least as useful as most academic degrees.
Your moment is now
Welcome, Students of the World.
There is an emerging, global network of Virtual Students, knit together by independence, learning and contribution. We would be honored if you would join us.
What It's All About
The Virtual Student's Universe
IEP & LifeStream
Starting with your Individual Education Plan (IEP), your LifeStream is your guidepost to a lifetime of learning. It acts as part guideline, part transcript to help you stay on track and document the ground you have covered.
Design Your Own Education
The value of your education is based on your growth in three areas:
- The things you learn
- The problems you solve
- The person you become by taking on challenges in 1 and 2.
No one can assign a real value to your education except you. Shouldn't you get to determine your own path?
*Earn Credit via the ILU
Knowledge is everywhere.
As a Virtual Student, you can select from the world's best learning resources and bring them together to complete your VBAC requirements.
Using our unique Independent Learning Unit (ILU) formula and open transfer policy, you can earn credit anywhere and apply it to your VBAC here.
The world really is your campus.