Learn WordPress and Dream Big: Academy Courses Now Available On-Demand

Learn WordPress and Dream Big: Academy Courses Now Available On-Demand

All courses in our online learning school, The Academy, are now available to enroll in and complete at any time!

Yes, we’ve scrapped start and end dates for courses and removed the week-by-week release of units. Now you can join a course at any time, work through the videos, tutorials and assessments at your own pace, and complete a course at a time that suits you.

We’ve had so many requests for our courses to be evergreen and we’re excited to finally make our courses available all year round.

There’s Just One Catch…

James’ course, Dream Small, Market Big & Don’t Do It This Way, is back by popular demand and is next scheduled to start next week on April 11.

Got a business idea but need some guidance to help get it up and running? Enroll in Dream Small, Market Big & Don’t Do It This Way and get one-on-one feedback on your business plan.

So enroll now and join the 302 other people who have already enrolled and waiting for the course to start.

Hang on, April 11? Yes, this is the only course in The Academy that is not available on-demand and will continue to run twice a year.

Since this course is very hands on and James gets involved in the weekly discussions with students and personally grades each and every assignment, we’ve made the call to only run this course when he can commit the time – the course just isn’t the same without his one-on-one feedback, after all.

Introducing: Self-Assessed Challenges

When we launched The Academy around this time last year, our aim was to provide WordPress-specific courses that were different from those offered by more established sites like Treehouse and Lynda.

We wanted The Academy to be more personalized, and we wanted students to feel like they were learning one-on-one. So we added assignments to our courses, which our course instructors manually graded, complete with feedback.

This worked really well for a while, but as we introduced new courses and the grading began to stack up, and the buzz from members who wanted courses on-demand grew louder, we realized something had to give.

So in order to make courses evergreen and ease the workload on our course instructors, we’ve removed the required final assignments from all courses (except Dream Small). Students are now encouraged to complete a self-assessed challenge at the end of most courses. Quizzes still remain for all courses and we’ll continue to review and improve how we assess student learning.

Whether you want to learn how to development websites, brush up on your coding skills, or learn the ins and outs of running a business, there's a course in The Academy for you.
Whether you want to learn how to development websites, brush up on your coding skills, or learn the ins and outs of running a business, there’s a course in The Academy for you.

Enroll in The Academy Today!

Whether you want to learn WordPress development or JavaScript, dig into the complexities of running a Multisite network, start your own business, or launch a new career, we’ve got a course for you.

IT’S BACK: Dream Small, Market Big & Don’t Do It This Way

Dream Small course

James Farmer has 10 years’ experience as an online entrepreneur and is co-founder of WPMU DEV.

In this course, James will help you come up with and examine your business idea, discuss how to develop, manage and market it into a real company, and help you figure out the next steps forward.

You’ll get the opportunity to discuss your business ideas and direction with James, expert facilitators, and your peers and complete the course with a fully-formed plan ready to hit the ground running.

WordPress Development for Beginners

WordPress Beginners

Becoming a WordPress developer involves so much more than just installing the CMS, customizing a few themes and setting up a bunch of plugins.

This seven-part course for beginners will teach you the fundamental concepts of WordPress development. Letting you make the leap from tinkerer to developer. By the end of the course, you will be able to create your own rudimentary themes and plugins, and flesh them out with your own features.

WordPress Development for Intermediate Users

WordPress Development for Intermediate Users

So you’ve learnt some PHP, created a basic theme and coded a couple of simple plugins. Now what?

In this eight-part course, instructor Rachel McCollin will teach you intermediate concepts of WordPress development, including testing and releasing themes and plugins, translating projects, queries and loops, and concepts such as metadata, taxonomies, and custom posts.

You’ll get the opportunity to run your code past Rachel, work on meaningful projects, and complete the course with a solid understanding of best practice WordPress development.

Advanced WordPress Development

Advanced WordPress Development

Are you ready to push your PHP skills and add even greater complexity and functionality to your WordPress plugins and themes?

In this six-part course, you’ll learn object-oriented programming techniques, how to write object-oriented plugins and work with transients, using the command line to improve your workflow, using Gulp to compile JavaScript and SASS, and automating WordPress with WP-CLI.

Run your code past course facilitators, work on meaningful projects, and complete the course with a solid understanding of best practice advanced development for WordPress.

JavaScript for WordPress Developers

At WordCamp US 2015, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg asked us to “learn JavaScript, deeply.”

In this six-part course, instructor Daniel Pataki will walk you through the basics of JavaScript, touching on jQuery and how to add interactions to WordPress. You’ll also learn about AJAX and then use what you’ve learned to create a custom plugin.

You’ll get the opportunity to run your code past course facilitators, work on a meaningful project, and complete the course with a solid understanding of how JavaScript and WordPress work together.

WordPress Multisite Masterclass

WordPress Multisite Masterclass

Multisite lets you create a network of websites, all running on a single WordPress installation. Setting it up is fairly simple, but the intricacies are in running a secure network with a community of users and sites.

In this seven-part course, let Multisite expert Rachel McCollin guide you through the basics, including how to install and configure Multisite and how to enable site and user creation, as well as advanced topics such as domain mapping and network management.

WordPress Careers Masterclass

WordPress Careers Masterclass

Starting out in WordPress and need some direction with your career? Using WordPress as a hobby and want to turn it into a full-time job? Or maybe you’re stuck in a career rut and need some help?

In this six-part course, you’ll learn about the wide range of WordPress career options available to you. Developer Rachel McCollin will help you identify your career goals and provide information, tips and advice to help you formulate your own career plan and follow it through. By the end of the course, you’ll have clear goals and know which path you need to take to forge a successful career with WordPress.

Introduction to Upfront

Introduction to Upfront

Drag, scale, position, customize and see every edit you make to your WordPress website on the front-end – in real-time – with Upfront.

In this five-part course, learn how to use the Upfront theme framework with fun lessons and practical examples you can try out on our demo website. By the end of the course, you’ll have solid experience in editing themes and will have your own stunning Upfront website.

Enroll in The Academy Today!

Enroll today – it’s free for WPMU DEV members, and if you’re not a member simply sign up for a free trial to access any of our Academy courses.

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