New Self-Paced Online Learning Format Offers Maximum Flexibility Start Anytime, Study Anywhere — All at Your Own Pace
  • January 22, 2018
New Self-Paced Online Learning Format Offers Maximum Flexibility Start Anytime, Study Anywhere — All at Your Own Pace
  • January 22, 2018

Life for today’s working professional is extremely busy — and frequently unpredictable. Fitting school in with work, family and other commitments can be quite a challenge.

That’s why we’re offering a new self-paced online learning format for some of our most popular certificates, including programs in data analytics, data science, machine learning, project management and Python programming.

This innovative option, part of the Career Accelerator program, gives students the freedom to study at the pace that works best for them — and still get the same respected credential and high-quality learning experience offered by our other programs.

Learn at Your Own Speed

With the new self-paced online format, you set the schedule. Start anytime and study as much or as little as you want from week to week, completing the coursework at your own speed.

Once you've paid your registration fee, you have four months to finish your course, but you can pick up the pace and finish faster if you want. You have two years to complete all three courses in the certificate. The program cost is the same for all learning formats.

“The advantage of the self-paced model is that it’s based on an individual’s needs,” said Eliana Medina, an instructional designer and program management director at UW Professional & Continuing Education. “Maybe you don’t have the kind of schedule where you can study every week. With self-paced, you can do it in big chunks, take a short vacation and catch up when you come back, or study whenever you have downtime.”

The self-paced approach features the same expert-developed curriculum as our other formats. You'll stay engaged throughout the course through video lectures and regular assignments, allowing you to apply what you've learned. 

We’ve put a lot of thought and effort into making sure our students get the same quality with self-paced learning as they would with any other format.

Paul Del Piero, Assistant Director of Academic Programs

Support That Helps You Succeed

Just because you’re learning at your own pace doesn’t mean you’re on your own. You have a team behind you.

All self-paced online courses feature an instructional team that gives you comprehensive support throughout your program. The team grades your assignments, monitors your progress and sends reminders to help you stay on track. Someone is always available to answer your questions and address concerns, responding to inquiries within 48 hours. You’ll also be able to ask and answer questions of fellow students through online forums and discussion groups.

It’s all designed to make sure you have the resources you need to be successful and complete each course while getting the most out of the experience.

“We’ve put a lot of thought and effort into making sure our students get the same quality with self-paced learning as they would with any other format,” said Paul Del Piero, assistant director of academic programs and program manager for the Certificate in Project Management. “With the use of new technologies, instructional assistants and other support features, we’re still able to provide the outstanding educational experience that people expect from the University of Washington.”

Read about one student's experience with our self-paced learning format, which propelled his career to new heights.

Get Ready for What’s Next

Current self-paced offerings include the Certificate in Data Analytics: Techniques for Decision MakingCertificate in Data Science, Certificate in Machine LearningCertificate in Project Management and Certificate in Python Programming. Apply now, and get ready to keep learning.


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