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Education Simplified

A straightforward platform that shows you what you need to learn and verifies your mastery

Enroll

Find the degree that works for you and enroll.

Once you have a Teachur account, enrolling for a degree is literally one click away. Just click on your degree, and you are enrolled.

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Organize

Look through the degree requirements and objectives and mark off what you know.

Review the objectives for your coursework, and mark any that you have already mastered, then focus on the objectives you need to work on. You'll always have a visual reminder of which lessons you still need to master.

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Test

When you feel you have mastered the course objectives, take the test.

When you are ready to take the test, you'll work through a range of computer-scored questions, each tied to a specific objective. This can give you a sense for any objectives still needing work. You can review and re-test until you are ready to verify your mastery.

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Learn

Each section has a collection of resources that will help you master the objective.

Teachur is competency-based. You get credit for mastering objectives, not just spending time in class. Each objective includes relevant instructional media, like videos, entries in online encyclopedias, helpful websites, etc. to help you learn. You can also recommend different media. Study up until you are ready to test.

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Verify

Once you have passed your exams and completed your projects, meet us online and we will verify you have completed the work.

When you are ready to verify your mastery, you'll meet in a video conference with an expert who will ask more open-ended questions about the course materials. Once you have satisfied the expert that you have mastered the objectives, they will verify your mastery, and that’s it--you pass the course.

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Who would use Teachur?




Jane has a good job right out of high school, but really wants to get her degree.




Jorge has been working in his field for 15 years but feels limited without a degree.




Yuki just moved to the US and is finding it difficult in her field with a foreign degree.






  • The Teachur Manifesto

    (June 7, 2016)
  • Education should be available and accessible to every person on earth; intentionally making standard education inaccessible or exclusive is immoral. Education belongs in the same category as shelter, clean water, and basic food.


  • Education should be disconnected from geography. Students should be able to learn anything from anywhere on earth. With few exceptions, tying education to geography is a form of exclusion.


  • Education should be disconnected from a schedule. The most effective time to learn something is when the student is ready, not when the teacher or institution is available.


  • Education should not be admission- or permission-based, but freely available upon the asking. The current admission-based system is a vestige of a scarcity model that could only fit a limited number of seats in a classroom. No one should have to be admitted or ask permission to learn a subject.


  • Education should not have a prescribed completion time. The amount of time it takes to learn something shouldn’t be decided before hand; some students can learn something in minutes that will take others days or years to learn.


  • Education should not be set to a specific time period in a person’s life; it should be a process like eating, drinking, and exercise: continual, habitual, and evolving. Students should not be categorized or limited by what they have studied or learned to date.


  • Education should not be competitive or judged by other students’ achievements. Students should only be assessed on whether they have mastered the stated objective or ‘not yet’. Removing competition decreases the incentive to cheat or cut corners.


  • Educational records, including learning achievements, grades, transcripts, credentials, and degrees should be owned and managed by the student rather than an institution. Students should be able to move freely between any learning institution or organization at anytime or for any reason.


  • Educational records should include universally understandable, useful, and verifiable documentation of student mastery of explicit learning objectives, rather than an institutional stamp attesting to completion of a vague curriculum.


  • Education should not have a prescribed way of teaching. Prevalent teaching approaches are often culturally, gender or socio-economically biased. While clear and explicit learning objectives can be universally agreed upon, the manner in which these are achieved should be as diverse as the student body.


  • Educational learning paths should be personalized and as varied and diverse as the students pursuing them.


  • Education should not be at the service of institutions, but at the service of learning. Organizing education around institutional timelines, schedules, expertise, records, and convenience is efficient for institutions, but limits the student, and by extension humanity’s potential.


About Us

Josh Stanley

Josh Stanley

Josh holds Master's Degrees in Mass Communications and Digital Media Studies and is ABD in Instructional Design. With a background in media production/media theory/design and education, Josh has spent the past 15 years working in higher education as an instructional technologist and designer. While working at the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, he helped develop the case program at the J-school. More recently he has worked in public higher education where he has seen the good and the bad of the modern education landscape.

Ben Blair PhD

Ben Blair

Ben holds a PhD in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has spent several years teaching courses in foundations of education at the college level. He spent much of the last 20 years evaluating, developing, and aligning curriculum across a range of disciplines, including five years as Director of specialized curriculum with K12.com, a leading provider of online education.




Teachur was created because it was a tool that we wanted to use. Having worked in higher ed for the past 15 years, we saw the need for something that would not only cut down on the time it took to design course content, but also improve the quality.


As we worked on developing the Teachur platform, we found we could build lessons, courses, and degrees in hours or days instead of months. This led us to a realization that the exorbitant cost at universities were not reflective of the degree curriculum, but rather, some other costs. We decided to find out how much it would cost to build a stripped down degree program comparable to the essential objectives at other universities, but built on our platform optimized for this, and delivered and assessed online.


Our research took us all over the place, reviewing programs at conventional and online universities, as well as readily available disruptive resources like MOOCs, instructional online websites and videos, etc. When we looked seriously at the cost of actually verifying a student's mastery, once we have an optimized platform for hosting learning objectives (or intended learning outcomes) and assessments, our analysis ultimately settled around $1000 for a college degree. This conclusion was energizing for the potential to open and offer education to a much wider audience--and shift education from a scarcity to an abundance model. It was also disheartening to see that, while technology was enabling a much more expansive potential for educating the world, U.S. universities were still charging $120,000+, and there was no clear end to their raising prices. As a force for making quality education available and accessible to every person on earth, we're thrilled to share Teachur with the world.


We are committed to radically improving instructional design. Have a suggestion or idea that would improve Teachur? Email us at contact@teachur.co






  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • What equipment will I need to learn through Teachur?


    You will need access to a Windows- or Mac-based computer as well as a microphone, camera (these may be part of the computer, or separate devices plugged into the computer) and internet fast enough to handle streaming video. Learning can be done online or off-line. Tests and counseling sessions will be conducted through video chat on the Teachur site. No third-party software is needed. It is safest to consider the learning platform on Teachur in beta for mobile devices. While tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may allow for some completion of coursework, they are not guaranteed to work in all areas.


  • How do I enroll in Teachur?


    A student is enrolled once they have completed an account set up, “enrolled” in a degree or course (by clicking on the “enroll” button), and submitting payment information to begin the monthly subscription service.


  • How long will it take me to complete a degree?


    At Teachur, we believe that education should be disconnected from a schedule. The most effective time to learn something is when the student is ready, not when the teacher or institution is available. Education should not have a prescribed completion time. The amount of time it takes to learn something shouldn’t be decided before hand; some students can learn something in minutes that will take others days or years to learn.


    Some students will complete a degree in one-two years, while others will take four or more years. Both are acceptable time-lines. For the sake of comparison, if a student were to pursue a mostly full time load (average 3 courses per semester) over a typical 2 semester per year schedule, they would finish in 3-4 years.


  • How long will it take me to complete a philosophy degree?


    [See response above about our attitude toward educational schedules.] For the sake of comparison, if a student were to pursue a mostly full time load (average 3 courses per semester) over a typical 2 semester per year schedule, they would finish in 3-4 years, or 70 credit hours.


  • How long will it take me to complete an Associate’s degree?


    [See response above about our attitude toward educational schedules.] For the sake of comparison, if a student were to pursue a mostly full time load (average 3 courses per semester) over a typical 2 semester per year schedule, they would finish in 1-2 years, or 36 credit hours.


  • What are the graduation requirements to complete a bachelor’s degree?


    Each degree has certain required courses. Once these courses are completed, a bachelor’s degree will be granted (both online and a hard copy mailed to the student). Some courses taken at the end of the degree involve large projects or papers in order to grant completion.


  • What occupation will a philosophy degree from Teachur prepare me for?


    The philosophy degree on Teachur provides a background suitable for a wide variety of career options including law, business, politics, teaching, journalism, counseling, writing, etc. While many philosophy graduates pursue work upon completion of the bachelor degree program (such as director, manager, writer, or analyst positions in a wide range of business, community, or governmental organizations) most view the philosophy degree as a superb foundation for a wide range of graduate programs. Students with a philosophy degree are desirable for numerous careers given their strong background in logic and argumentation, excellent reading and writing skills, and highly-developed critical thinking skills.


  • What occupation will an associate’s degree from Teachur prepare me for?


    The Associate of Arts degree on Teachur provides a good foundation in the traditional core of higher learning: Science, English language arts, Social science, Fine Arts, Math, Health, History, etc. With an Associate’s Degree from Teachur, candidates would be qualified for a range of occupations, including: Business office manager, medical receptionist, dental office manager, administrative assistant, customer service agent, teacher assistant, etc.


  • What are the total costs to use Teachur? (tuition, books, supplies, special tutoring, late payments, graduation fees, counseling, etc . . . .)


    All courses and lessons are free on Teachur. If a student would like to work towards earning a degree, they will need to also do oral assessments and counseling sessions. These are the only features of Teachur that cost money. The monthly $29.95 subscription fee gives you access to counselors and proctors. If you complete your degree coursework in 3-4 years, this would amount to $1000-1500.


    When possible and advisable, we use free online textbooks for course work. Some courses have reccomended books that are not available for free online. While students are free to check books out from local libraries, etc. if a student were to purchase all such books and supplies for the Philosophy degree at current retail value (on Amazon) the cost would be approximately $300.


    Currently, all tutoring and counseling services are included in the monthly subscription fee. This may change as we get data on use rates and time in services.


  • Is there a registration or application fee?


    There is no registration or application fee.


  • Can I transfer credits earned from another university?


    While at this time we cannot accept transfer credits earned from another institution, you can test out of subjects or courses you already know and understand. Teachur is designed to help you understand what you don’t know, so that you don’t waste time on what you do know. Teachur is structured around demonstrating mastery of specific learning goals or objectives. Unfortunately, college transcripts currently only list courses and grades (which aren’t reliable stand ins for mastery of learning objectives) so for the integrity of our platform, we independently verify the learning mastery.


  • What is the refund policy?

    Students may receive a full refund within a five-business-day cooling-off period of their initial payment. No refunds are given for past enrolled months, but enrollees can cancel their Teachur subscription, or “enrolled” status at any time. Evidence of deposit of a written statement of withdrawal for delivery by mail or other means shall be deemed as meeting the terms of the cooling-off period. For more information see our Terms and Conditions.


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