Universe College: How to Get Started at Our Open Access Online College for Evolutioneers and Universe Citizens

Getting Started at the Online Universe College

The Universe College is an "Open Access" learning environment designed to maximize your learning potential and help you create sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles and a better world. The college's courses are informed by the Universe Evolutionary Worldview, which is based on the most current evolution science.

Open access simply means that you donate whatever you think the course is worth after you after done with it. We've found that the open access, open-source model allows us to offer most of our classes in an open access format, leaving you free to decide how (and to what degree) to contribute in return to the Universe College, according to the value you have found in what you've learned. Whether that's by volunteering, donating, tutoring or sharing the information with others by teaching is totally up to you. Based on evolutionary science, we believe that applying the principle of fair exchange of value in an “open access” manner will help us maintain a high level of integrity in each class that we offer and ultimately empower you, while maintaining the sustainability of Universe College for future students.

Don't forget to check back often! We're always expanding our classes, and we're laboriously collaborating with partners and volunteers to open up more of our courses. We also love feedback! If there's anything you'd like to share with us about how we can improve your user experience, please let us know! You can email us at manage@universecollege.org

For more information on Universe College select from the links below!

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Universe College Curriculum: Our Open Access Basic Goals

Universe College is comprised of an integral life-education curriculum that teaches The Three Great Types of Knowledge that are essential to creating successful, sustainable and meaningful lives.

Our Basic Curriculum Goals Are:

1) To show students their natural place in evolution, both biologically and culturally, and to teach them about the evolution of the universe.

2) To teach our students new ways of living meaningful and successful lives --  individually and communally and if the student is so inclined, though the creation of a personal and personalized, universe science grounded spirituality.

3) To encourage design of individual and group livelihoods and lifestyles that prioritize sustainable prosperity and meaningful existence for all.

4) To create a mini-culture and network of informed and responsible Universe Citizens who will help to evolve a just and sustainable future for humanity for generations to come.

5) To have our students recognize the most important task facing humanity: to preserve our physical and biological environment and to steer humanity toward a healthier, more sustainable future.

If you have heard enough and you want to get started, you can look over the master list of all courses here to find out for yourself which course best matches your interests and needs. You can also click here to see what courses we recommend to start with.

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What To Expect From Your Open Access Universe College Education

We strive to create a learning environment where commitment to consistent effort and continual study will result in lasting personal and social improvement.

You can expect that our courses may shift your thoughts, feelings and attitudes into greater harmony with the patterns of the universe. This effect will then extend to your habits and behaviors and physical, economic, social and spiritual lifestyles, making you a more ethical and effective leader, consultant, facilitator, coach, advocate, activist or educator.

As a Universe College student you will be informed by the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview in all that you do, making you a more conscious Universe Citizen and Universe Evolutionary.

If you have heard enough and you want to get started, you can look over the master list of all courses here to find out for yourself which course best matches your interests and needs. You can also click here to see what courses we recommend to start with.

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Universe College Open Access Course Design

Overview

We design all of our Universe College courses to include as many different perspectives, styles and methodologies as possible, giving our students an integral and coherent view of the topic.

To address different learning styles we use a variety of media wherever possible, incorporating graphics, charts, videos and MP3s into our lesson plans.

Courses may include various types of exercises, some to build new lifestyle habits, others to deconstruct and reconstruct worldviews and information systems. All classes will include a discussion of the difference between objective and subjective claims about reality, and most will help students progress through Three Great Spiritual Adventures.

To learn more about the many practical art-of-living skills for successful and sustainable living we provide, click here.

Levels

All courses are arranged in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, which correspond to 100, 200 and 300-level courses, respectively.

Certifications

Upon completion of a course, a provisional certificate will be issued.

A full-completion certificate is offered to students after a period of time in which they have successfully demonstrated their use of new life skills.

Some courses, when completed, will result in certification as a facilitator, teacher, coach or consultant who can earn a right livelihood using their new skill set to assist individuals and organizations in a professional setting.

Course Support

We will possibly begin charging a course fee for some of our courses in the near future. These courses will have the benefit of an ample support system, including a course coach/buddy, teaching assistant and course teacher who will, through various means, answer questions and provide encouragement.

If you have heard enough and you want to get started, you can look over the master list of all courses here to find out for yourself which course best matches your interests and needs. You can also click here to see what courses we recommend to start with.

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Our Master Course List and How To Choose Your First Open Access Course

We strongly recommend that first-time students at Universe College begin with one of the following three courses:

1.) Co-Creating a Thriving World, Essential knowledge for empowered action. (SE 130) This course will empower you to start the First Great Adventure of Life, assist you in doing your part in Job One for Humanity and is great for anyone who wants to learn more about collaborating with others to preserve the planetary environment.

2.) Introduction to the New Universe Evolutionary Worldview (NUWS 101) Good for the fact-loving life-science type of student, this course moves you forward on the Second Great Adventure of Life.

3.) Introduction to an Evolutionary, Integral and Open Source Personalized Spirituality (USS 101) For the more spiritually inclined among us, this course also moves you forward on the Third Great Adventure of Life

*Please note that if you are equally interested in life and spirit, choices 2 and 3 are good first options. They will also give you a basic understanding of Universe Spirit, the organization from which Universe College stems. For more information on the Three Great Adventures of life click here.

Our Master Course Listings

After you have completed one or all of these three basic introductory courses, you may get a new course recommendation by emailing us at manage@universespirit.org . Be sure to let us know what your strongest interests and most significant life or spiritual needs are so that we may advise accordingly.

Or simply look over the master list of all courses here to find out for yourself which course best matches your interests and needs!

Also please keep in mind:

- As course numbers rise, the material becomes more advanced. 100-level are entry-level courses, 200 and 300-level are intermediate and advanced.

- Certification programs in facilitating, teaching, coaching or consulting usually have courses that need to be done in a specific order.

- We are always in the process of creating new courses, so check in regularly to see our new offerings!

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Open access online college, Universe College Costs, Scholarships, and Open Access Guidelines

The Mutual Exchange of Benefits

Participating in any of our free-access courses, services or events should provide you with real value and tangible benefits. These benefits and values can be in the form of a changed or improved perspective or attitude, a new commitment or even a new behavior.

They also can be an educational or personal support that helps you heal or develop and maintain some new habit to help you live better. For our spiritual courses, the general rule is that somewhere within the first one or two courses, you should experience some tangible and meaningful benefit. But research has shown that it generally takes about 6 months of both learning and practicing a new discipline to produce a personally significant and important change in one's life. 

There are many faces to both the small and large benefits that our courses, services and events can provide, but you always get to be the final judge of that when you decide what to exchange with us for any benefit that you receive! (If you want to look over a list of potential benefits from our courses, services and events, click here.

What Free Access to Courses Services and Events Means

For most of our courses, services and events, you do not have to pay something to start or attend, but that does not mean that they are free from some form of fair exchange if you are benefiting from them. Most courses, services or events that we provide are presented on a donate-what-you-think-is-fair or exchange-something-of-value-with-us basis. (We have only a few courses, services and events for which we must charge a fixed fee, but even those can be negotiated, as described below.)

This voluntary donation or exchange system is based completely upon what you feel is the value of what our services and materials have brought to your life as well as what is realistic with your current financial situation.

We often have a suggested donation for our courses, services and events. This is only a suggested donation level and is subject to the fair exchange principles in this summary regarding the importance of fair "energy" exchange with and within our community. Any suggested donation amount that we might list for a course, service or event is determined by several factors:

1.) The costs required to create and administer the course, service or event.

2.) Our best estimate of what a person at the average income median can reasonably afford in our area (We are in the San Francisco area of the United States).

3.) The value that we believe the course, service or event can reasonably deliver.

If you are located in a different country or in a different area of the U.S., this suggested donation amount that uses the average income median of your area would therefore change to be more or less expensive than the San Francisco area. Our suggested donation amount also allows you to increase that amount or decrease it if you have a greater or lesser income than the median income that we use to set the suggested donation amount in our area. This whole voluntary donation or exchange system is based upon your honor and a trust in your fairness of judgment.

For each course, service or event, you will be given a suggested fair exchange/donation amount. To make a donation for this amount, click on the donation link which will take you to PayPal or some other donation payment method. Be sure to type in the name of the course, service or event  in the Pay Pal Description box so that we know what you are paying for. Click here to pay the amount of your choice through our PayPal. If you want to make a donation greater than or less than the suggested donation amount you can, using the guidelines given above.

Creating Fair Exchange with Us

If you DO receive a real value or benefit from the courses, services or events you participated in and you feel that they have improved your life in some tangible way, please do support us by exchanging "energy" with us in some way so that we too may continue to exist and grow! Individuals who take our online and offline courses or services or attend our events do provide an important portion of the total financial support for our mission. And, your fair exchange for them helps support the vital right livelihood for all of those individuals who create, administer and deliver our courses, services and events!

As a mini-culture, living community system and a reflection of the deepest natural patterns and laws of the universe, our organization holds that maintaining fair and appropriate "energy" exchanges in life with all the sources that support one’s life is not just vital to our personal wellbeing. It is also vital to the planet on all levels! We realize that our members and visitors come from many different economic levels and completely trust that they will joyously donate to us according to both their means and the value that they have received in exchange from us. And, we will receive those generous and kind donations with equal joy!

Work Scholarships and Non-Monetary Exchanges For Courses, Services and Events Gladly Accepted

Some individuals cannot afford any monetary donation, but they always can exchange their labor or other services with us to maintain the healthy practice of fairly exchanging something of value for something of value. Therefore, we are flexible and always also open to hearing about special and authentic need situations where no exchange is possible at all and, where our organization can help with a full or partial work exchange scholarship. If you need to negotiate with us, email us at manage@universespirit.org and tell us your situation and what you propose. If you have specific skills, let us know that as well. We almost always need help in many areas.

Click here to learn more about how to donate and exchange energy with us to support our amazing mission and beautiful community.

For more information on the evolutionary exchange principle of life and how using it can dramatically improve you life’s success, click here.

For information about becoming a member, click here.

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What if You Did Not Get Anything of Value or Benefit from Your First Course, Service or Event?

Our community culture strongly supports fair exchange as a thoroughly proven basic evolutionary success law of life. Therefore, if you did not get some real value or benefit from our courses, services or events, please do not donate! To ask you to donate in this situation would demonstrate a real value incongruity and disconnect within our organization. But.... Try Out Our Services Once More… if you did not get a real value or benefit in your very first course, service or event. If after that second course, service or event you still do not receive some value or benefit to your life for which you want to joyously exchange energy and support with our organization, then we simply ask that you do not participate in any more of our courses, services or events.

The Big Reasons Why and How is Fair Exchange Relevant to Ongoing Involvement in our Open Access Courses and Events

To continue taking our courses, services or events is to say in essence that you are a member of our community or are becoming one. Being an authentic community member always requires effort, energy contribution and commitment. Supporting what is supporting you is part of being an authentic community member.

To continue taking courses, services or events beyond the second course, service or event without fair exchange according to the very flexible and situation-sensitive principles set out in this fair exchange summary would put an unfair drain on our community resources as well as our other authentic community members who are financially supporting our mission. Continuing to take any of our courses, services or events beyond the first or second without fair exchange would be to take advantage of both our organizational openness and to freeload upon our generous members and staff and is completely inappropriate in our both our online and offline communities!

We feel that to not openly educate visitors and potential new members to our community early on in their exploration of us about our shared and flexible community values concerning appropriate and healthy fair "energy" exchange practices would be both negligent on our part and, far more importantly, it would ignore the thoroughly proven spiritual and secular universal success law and principle about what makes life work, communities grow and missions flourish. It also prevents reciprocal fair exchange-related resentments, conflicts and even wars from happening!

Our openness about this fair exchange issue serves your highest success and empowerment as well as the highest success and empowerment of our community, as it serves the world. If the natural reasons for the above principles are not clear, we strongly recommend that you examine the critical information on this 13.7 billion-year-old, time-proven energy exchange principle and prove to yourself how using it can dramatically improve your life’s success. To do that, begin by clicking here.

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Submitting an Open Access New Course Proposal

If you would like to design or instruct a course that would fit well into the Universe College curriculum, send an email to manage@universespirit.org with "New Course Proposal" in the subject line and we will send you all the information you need to get started.

If you have heard enough and you want to get started on your own course, you can look over the master list of all courses here to find out for yourself which course best matches your interests and needs. You can also click here to see what courses we recommend to start with.

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How to Immediately Select and Enrol in an Open-Access Universe College Online Course

Immediate Course Enrollment

1.) Select the course you want to participate in by clicking the course name. It is a link on the master course listings page. Go to the master course listings page by clicking here.

2.) After you click the desired course link, it will take you to a new page where you will click the ‘enrol me’ button. You will now be taken directly into the course where you can start your first reading and assignment. (This enrollment process works for most courses unless other instructions have been given to you elsewhere or in the course description to the right of the course title.)

3.) You can now access the full course. And,

4.) Every time you return to the course you will only need to enter your Universe College registered user personal username and password in the logon form to get back to your courses.  

If you need help, please contact our staff at: manage@universecollege.org

Thanks for choosing Universe College and our online courses!

The Universe College Staff

 

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How to Immediately Select and Enrol in an Open-Access Universe College Online Course

Immediate Course Enrollment

1.) Select the course you want to participate in by clicking the course name. It is a link on the master course listings page. Go to the master course listings page by clicking here.

2.) After you click the desired course link, it will take you to a new page where you will click the ‘enrol me’ button. You will now be taken directly into the course where you can start your first reading and assignment. (This enrollment process works for most courses unless other instructions have been given to you elsewhere or in the course description to the right of the course title.)

3.) You can now access the full course. And,

4.) Every time you return to the course you will only need to enter your Universe College registered user personal username and password in the logon form to get back to your courses.  

If you need help, please contact our staff at: manage@universecollege.org

Thanks for choosing Universe College and our online courses!

The Universe College Staff

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Universe College First Time New Registered User Account Set Up Instructions

To enroll in our Universe College online courses, you'll need to take a minute to create a new user account for yourself. Here are the new user account sign-up steps.

How to Create Your New Account

  1. Fill out the New Account form below with your details.
  2. An email will immediately be sent to your email address.
  3. Read your email and click on the web link it contains.
  4. Your account will be confirmed and you will be logged in.
  5. Now select the course you want to participate in by clicking the course name, which is a link.
  6. It will take you to a new page where you will click the ‘enrol me’ button. You will now be taken directly into the course where you can start your first reading and assignment. (This enrollment process works for most courses unless other instructions have been given to you elsewhere or in the course description to the right of the course title.)
  7. Every time you return to the course you will only need to enter your personal username and password in the form on this page.

Ready to Start?

Go to the New Account Sign-Up Process. Let us know at manage@universecollege.org if you have any login issues or other feedback. (We love feedback.)

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