At a moment's notice, contestants from the Emmy-Award-winning show Top Chef appear in Top Chef University members' homes, ready to give one-on-one cooking lessons. Though users will meet stars such as Spike Mendelsohn and Stephanie Izard, they don't have to wipe down the counters or season their neglected cast-iron pans in preparation. That's because the school's 200 lessons are all online videos, streamable to any computer.
Top Chef contestants walk members through a slew of cooking methods in 12 one-month courses, each composed of videos ranging from 5 to 30 minutes long. The easy-to-follow curriculum starts with basic cooking techniques such as sautéing and braising, ending with more advanced recipes for modern and ethnic cuisines from Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais. Each video comes with a printable recipe to save and cherish, along with a Top Chef Certificate of Completion.
The Adobe- and Microsoft-certified instructors at Photo Art Studio prepare pupils for careers in graphic design, web development, and photography during 14-hour certification programs. The digital photography course drills novices in handling and cleaning their cameras, regulating light, and convincing jumping beans to hold still for track-team portraits. During Adobe Photoshop classes, students survey the program's myriad manipulation and touch-up options by applying such flourishes as modified hues and formatted text over their own compositions. Other courses in software such as Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver focus on animation, image design, and web development respectively. The studio also hosts in-depth classes on Microsoft Office software to instill practical administrative skills.
Bartending Schools Online broadcasts a wealth of helpful video-based lessons and interactive quizzes in an easy-to-use online format, boosting the barkeeping skills and job prospects of students all over the world. Pupils study their way through 50 drink-recipe clips and 14 lessons, tracking their progress through helpful games and challenging timed quizzes. Intuitive tools and supplements breathe life into bartending careers—helping clients craft professional portfolios with resumé-creation tools—and finally make juggling cool with bottle-tossing flair lessons.
Fandango entertains and informs film fans with trailers and movie clips, exclusive and original content, and insider news and expert commentary. It is easy to find and buy movie tickets with showtimes and ticketing to more than 24,000 screens nationwide. Fandango is available online, as well as through the award-winning mobile and connected-television apps, which have 40 million downloads and counting.
Instructor Joshua John Russell sketches a cake design inspired by modern fashion, then demonstrates how to imprint fondant to mimic lace, corduroy, and crocodile skin and how to pipe icing into swirls and puffy pearl-like shapes. His students follow along, step by step. Yet those very students are spread across the country, learning from their own kitchens, dressed in their own aprons and footie pajamas. That?s because Joshua?s class, Fashion-Inspired Fondant, is part of the Craftsy library.
The online education community has produced more than 340 engaging craft-making videos taught by expert instructors. In addition to cake-decorating classes, Craftsy offers classes in knitting, baking, quilting, jewelry making, and other fun and expressive media.
Once students purchase a class, they can view the video whenever and as many times as they?d like, easily rewinding to rewatch a particularly intricate skill and bookmarking favorite moments to return to later. Craftsy also offers workshops, supplies, downloadable patterns, and a gallery of inspiring member projects.
With more than 10 years of tenure in the music industry?including experience teaching, recording, and touring with bands such as Blessid Union of Souls?Bryan Billhimer knows how to shred. In his latest venture, Center Stage Guitar Academy, he's converted his knowledge into easy-to-follow, high-quality lesson videos designed to let students master the guitar at their own paces. Shot from multiple angles, the videos feature split-screen footage for ease of comprehension. With instruction broken down into over 300 lessons with new ones added each month, students can start with basic strumming and fingerpicking techniques, building up the motor skills and hand dexterity needed to tackle subsequent lessons in barre chords, 12-bar blues, and improvisation. Students are welcome to design their own lesson plans based around skill levels, techniques (including music theory), or genres of music, such as country, blues, rock, pop, and pop rock, which must never be mixed with Diet Coke.