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5 Campuses

Toronto

460 King St. West, Toronto, ON
Digital MarketingIn PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

You’ll learn how to create a comprehensive digital marketing campaign using industry tools and a defined content strategy. - How to define your brand with a brand strategy - An overview of the social media various platforms and strategies, both organic and paid. - Intro to E-mail Marketing - Build targeted campaigns and learn about CASL compliance. - How to build an SEO strategy. - Search Engine Marketing - Create paid search and display campaigns with Google AdWords. - How to collect data and make strategic decisions using Google Analytics.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Product ManagementIn PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

You’ll learn how to successfully take a product concept from ideation to launch. Assessing the Market - Finding product opportunities. Develop a Business Case - Learn how to showcase the merits of your product idea to Stakeholders. Customer and User Validation - Take your findings and integrate them into your product design. User Personas - Decide who your product caters to using best-practices like journey mapping. Agile & Lean - How to use these to principles and introduce to your team. Product Design - Create a prototype to take your concept and turn it into a reality.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Front End, HTML, jQuery, CSSIn PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

This web development course is for complete beginners who want to build beautiful websites from scratch that scale across all devices including smartphones and tablets. Learn web development skills that will help you clearly communicate your ideas to all stakeholders to authentically manage a technical team. Learn HTML, CCS, jQuery and more to start your journey to becoming a freelancer or build your business for the web.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Design, Product Management, User Experience DesignIn PersonPart Time40 Hours/week

Through BrainStation's full-time UX Design program, you will create user-centric digital products within a comprehensive design project cycle. You will conceptualize, wireframe, design, and prototype responsive website designs with leading industry professionals. Additionally, you will learn to formulate your own user experience research and strategies, as well as apply design thinking methodologies towards your final project. At the end of the 10 weeks, you will have an in-depth understanding of visual design fundamentals, as well as the hard-skills required to create beautiful user experiences and user interface designs using software such as Sketch, Photoshop, and InVision.

Course Details

Deposit
$1,000 + HST (CAD)
Financing
Available
Payment Plan
Full payment upon course start date OR pay over 3 instalments
Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner Friendly
Prep Work
Prep course is given to students prior to course for background information and quizzes.
Python, Data ScienceIn PersonPart Time30 Hours/week30 Seats

If you are interested in or are in a field that requires collecting, organizing, and understand large volumes of data, BrainStation’s Data Science course can help you start to make sense of this data. The course is also great for those who want to start to learn how to program or use programming to solve problems. By abstracting away design elements that are typically seen in Web or iOS Development, students can focus on just the fundamentals of programming using familiar statistical concepts. The latter part of the course then starts to investigate models and algorithms using code and larger data sets. By the end of this course students will have an understanding of how to import CSV’s of data into a Python environment and perform analysis. Additionally, students will learn more about the online Data Science communities and how people share and study data collaboratively.

Course Details

Deposit
$500 CAD
Payment Plan
Yes
Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Intermediate
Prep Work
Yes
Cocoa, Xcode, Mobile, SwiftIn PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

You'll learn how to build your very own mobile app from scratch. Swift - Learn how to write code using programming fundamentals and advanced concepts. Mobile Software Architecture - Best practices around structuring your applications code. Storyboarding and Gestures - Prototype your application using XCode design tools. iOS SDKs - UIKit, Foundation and Cocoa Touch. Interface Builder - Build rich, interactive interfaces. Persistent Storage - Collect, store, and use data in your application.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Recommended experience with variables, control flow, functions, data structures and objects; May be suitable for beginners
Digital Marketing, SEOIn PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

The SEO/SEM & Analytics course is tailored to those with a marketing background who want to sharpen their digital knowledge by learning advanced Search Engine Marketing and analytics skills. As a more in-depth version of the SEO/SEM & Analytics segment from our Digital Marketing course, this course cultivates professional digital marketing execution techniques, whether it be for business or a personal brand. The part-time course breaks down four key digital marketing components, with each section led by a specialized industry expert: Google Analytics, Analysis & Reporting, Search Engine Marketing (SEM) with Google AdWords, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Throughout the course, students will be given a project to apply each lesson’s key learnings, thereby giving them the opportunity to build out a comprehensive strategy to showcase their newfound skills. The course is hands-on and focuses on active learning through case-base study and collaborative project work. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the core fundamentals of SEO/SEM and Google Analytics with advanced analysis, optimization and campaign management skills.

Course Details

Deposit
$500 + tax
Financing
Available
Payment Plan
Available
Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Design, User Experience DesignIn PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

In 10 weeks, you'll learn how to apply the principles of User Interface Design to create beautiful and responsive digital products. - Sketch - Key Design Trends - Responsive Design - Colour, Typography & Accessibility - Prototyping - Mobile Design

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
User Experience DesignIn PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

You’ll learn how to create killer digital experiences using key UX Design processes and tools. Design Empathy - How to design with the user in mind. User Research - Learn how to identify user personas. Design Strategy - Take your user persona findings and translate it into a plan. Information architecture - How to organize content for usability and discoverability. Wireframing - Develop the design foundations of your digital product. Prototyping - Use InVision to turn your wireframes into clickable prototypes.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Yes

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner

The BrainStation Web Development Full-Time program introduces you to all of the skills and technologies required to produce a modern web application. The 10 week program focuses on project-based learning, creating an environment where students spend the majority of the time working on projects and assignments. Over the duration of the course you will learn how to build a complete software solution for the modern web through iterative lessons and labs that build on each other. The program is taught in one programming language, JavaScript, utilizing the NodeJS runtime, to help you develop a firm grasp of programming concepts. You will also be introduced to ReactJS for building dynamic client side User Interfaces, and JavaScript based ORM’s for database management. The goal is to empower you to become full-stack Web Developer with an in-depth understand of how software for the web is built. Along the way you will also be introduced to auxiliary topics such as alternative CMS’s (such as WordPress and Shopify), computing topics, and modern technology discussions challenging our current world.

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner, some experience with HTML & CSS recommended
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
Yes
MySQL, SQL, ExcelIn PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

BrainStation’s Data Analytics course is tailored to beginners who want to learn how to utilize data more effectively. The part­-time course breaks down data analytics into 4 components: Understanding Data, Analyzing Data, Databases, and Communicating Data. Throughout the course, you will work on a project to apply each lesson’s key learnings, thereby giving them the opportunity to build out a dashboard to provide insight into a publicly available set of data. Data collection and analysis may seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. This course will present, in easy-­to-­understand terms, what it takes to be a Data Analyst or work effectively with data. You will walk away from this course feeling comfortable working with large sets of data as well as using data effectively in the decision making process. The principles taught in this course can be used in the fields of marketing, product development, project management, or general business administration. You will learn why data is one of the crucial elements of the decision making process and its significance in the operations of organizations both large and small.

Course Details

Deposit
$500 + tax
Financing
Available
Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner

The BrainStation Web Development Full-Time program introduces you to all of the skills and technologies required to produce a modern web application. The 10 week program focuses on project-based learning, creating an environment where students spend the majority of the time working on projects and assignments. Over the duration of the course you will learn how to build a complete software solution for the modern web through iterative lessons and labs that build on each other. The program is taught in one programming language, JavaScript, utilizing the NodeJS runtime, to help you develop a firm grasp of programming concepts. You will also be introduced to ReactJS for building dynamic client side User Interfaces, and JavaScript based ORM’s for database management. The goal is to empower you to become full-stack Web Developer with an in-depth understand of how software for the web is built. Along the way you will also be introduced to auxiliary topics such as alternative CMS’s (such as WordPress and Shopify), computing topics, and modern technology discussions challenging our current world.

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner, some experience with HTML & CSS recommended
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
Yes

Vancouver

455 Granville St #400, , BC V6C 1T1
Python, Data ScienceIn PersonPart Time30 Hours/week30 Seats

If you are interested in or are in a field that requires collecting, organizing, and understand large volumes of data, BrainStation’s Data Science course can help you start to make sense of this data. The course is also great for those who want to start to learn how to program or use programming to solve problems. By abstracting away design elements that are typically seen in Web or iOS Development, students can focus on just the fundamentals of programming using familiar statistical concepts. The latter part of the course then starts to investigate models and algorithms using code and larger data sets. By the end of this course students will have an understanding of how to import CSV’s of data into a Python environment and perform analysis. Additionally, students will learn more about the online Data Science communities and how people share and study data collaboratively.

Course Details

Deposit
$500 CAD
Payment Plan
Yes
Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Intermediate
Prep Work
Yes
In PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

In 10 weeks, you'll learn how to apply the principles of User Interface Design to create beautiful and responsive digital products. - Sketch - Key Design Trends - Responsive Design - Colour, Typography & Accessibility - Prototyping - Mobile Design

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
In PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

You’ll learn how to create a comprehensive digital marketing campaign using industry tools and a defined content strategy. - How to define your brand with a brand strategy - An overview of the social media various platforms and strategies, both organic and paid. - Intro to E-mail Marketing - Build targeted campaigns and learn about CASL compliance. - How to build an SEO strategy. - Search Engine Marketing - Create paid search and display campaigns with Google AdWords. - How to collect data and make strategic decisions using Google Analytics.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
In PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

This web development course is for complete beginners who want to build beautiful websites from scratch that scale across all devices including smartphones and tablets. Learn web development skills that will help you clearly communicate your ideas to all stakeholders to authentically manage a technical team. Learn HTML, CCS, jQuery and more to start your journey to becoming a freelancer or build your business for the web.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
In PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

You’ll learn how to successfully take a product concept from ideation to launch. Assessing the Market - Finding product opportunities. Develop a Business Case - Learn how to showcase the merits of your product idea to Stakeholders. Customer and User Validation - Take your findings and integrate them into your product design. User Personas - Decide who your product caters to using best-practices like journey mapping. Agile & Lean - How to use these to principles and introduce to your team. Product Design - Create a prototype to take your concept and turn it into a reality.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
In PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

You'll learn how to build your very own mobile app from scratch. Swift - Learn how to write code using programming fundamentals and advanced concepts. Mobile Software Architecture - Best practices around structuring your applications code. Storyboarding and Gestures - Prototype your application using XCode design tools. iOS SDKs - UIKit, Foundation and Cocoa Touch. Interface Builder - Build rich, interactive interfaces. Persistent Storage - Collect, store, and use data in your application.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Recommended experience with variables, control flow, functions, data structures and objects; May be suitable for beginners
In PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

You’ll learn how to create killer digital experiences using key UX Design processes and tools. Design Empathy - How to design with the user in mind. User Research - Learn how to identify user personas. Design Strategy - Take your user persona findings and translate it into a plan. Information architecture - How to organize content for usability and discoverability. Wireframing - Develop the design foundations of your digital product. Prototyping - Use InVision to turn your wireframes into clickable prototypes.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Yes

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week

Through BrainStation's full-time UX Design program, you will create user-centric digital products within a comprehensive design project cycle. You will conceptualize, wireframe, design, and prototype responsive website designs with leading industry professionals. Additionally, you will learn to formulate your own user experience research and strategies, as well as apply design thinking methodologies towards your final project. At the end of the 10 weeks, you will have an in-depth understanding of visual design fundamentals, as well as the hard-skills required to create beautiful user experiences and user interface designs using software such as Sketch, Photoshop, and InVision.

Course Details

Deposit
$1,000 + HST (CAD)
Financing
Available
Payment Plan
Full payment upon course start date OR pay over 3 instalments
Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner Friendly
Prep Work
Prep course is given to students prior to course for background information and quizzes.
In PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

BrainStation’s Data Analytics course is tailored to beginners who want to learn how to utilize data more effectively. The part­-time course breaks down data analytics into 4 components: Understanding Data, Analyzing Data, Databases, and Communicating Data. Throughout the course, you will work on a project to apply each lesson’s key learnings, thereby giving them the opportunity to build out a dashboard to provide insight into a publicly available set of data. Data collection and analysis may seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. This course will present, in easy-­to-­understand terms, what it takes to be a Data Analyst or work effectively with data. You will walk away from this course feeling comfortable working with large sets of data as well as using data effectively in the decision making process. The principles taught in this course can be used in the fields of marketing, product development, project management, or general business administration. You will learn why data is one of the crucial elements of the decision making process and its significance in the operations of organizations both large and small.

Course Details

Deposit
$500 + tax
Financing
Available
Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
In PersonPart Time3 Hours/week

The SEO/SEM & Analytics course is tailored to those with a marketing background who want to sharpen their digital knowledge by learning advanced Search Engine Marketing and analytics skills. As a more in-depth version of the SEO/SEM & Analytics segment from our Digital Marketing course, this course cultivates professional digital marketing execution techniques, whether it be for business or a personal brand. The part-time course breaks down four key digital marketing components, with each section led by a specialized industry expert: Google Analytics, Analysis & Reporting, Search Engine Marketing (SEM) with Google AdWords, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Throughout the course, students will be given a project to apply each lesson’s key learnings, thereby giving them the opportunity to build out a comprehensive strategy to showcase their newfound skills. The course is hands-on and focuses on active learning through case-base study and collaborative project work. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the core fundamentals of SEO/SEM and Google Analytics with advanced analysis, optimization and campaign management skills.

Course Details

Deposit
$500 + tax
Financing
Available
Payment Plan
Available
Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week

The BrainStation Web Development Full-Time program introduces you to all of the skills and technologies required to produce a modern web application. The 10 week program focuses on project-based learning, creating an environment where students spend the majority of the time working on projects and assignments. Over the duration of the course you will learn how to build a complete software solution for the modern web through iterative lessons and labs that build on each other. The program is taught in one programming language, JavaScript, utilizing the NodeJS runtime, to help you develop a firm grasp of programming concepts. You will also be introduced to ReactJS for building dynamic client side User Interfaces, and JavaScript based ORM’s for database management. The goal is to empower you to become full-stack Web Developer with an in-depth understand of how software for the web is built. Along the way you will also be introduced to auxiliary topics such as alternative CMS’s (such as WordPress and Shopify), computing topics, and modern technology discussions challenging our current world.

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
Available

Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner, some experience with HTML & CSS recommended
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
Yes

New York City

San Jose

Online

1410 Broadway, New York, NY 10018

This program will be one of the most rigorous, rewarding learning experiences of your life. The BrainStation Remote Web Development program offers students all over the world access to our flagship full-time Web Development curriculum taught through a state-of-the-art Learning Portal. From day one you will learn alongside and collaborate with like-minded classmates, constantly being challenged and learning how to problem-solve in unique and exciting ways. Daily lectures are taught by industry expert Educators who are able to translate their years of real-word development into engaging digital classroom experiences and valuable hands-on projects. With the help of your Educators, Mentors and Support Team, you will graduate ready to embark on a new journey in technology, whether it be as a Web Developer, Product Manager or Entrepreneur.

Course Details

Deposit
$1,000 + tax
Financing
Available
Scholarship
Women in Development Scholarship, University & College Student Scholarship, Entrepreneur in Technology Scholarship, Scholarship for Non-Profit Employees, Merit Scholarship
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Some experience with HTML & CSS is recommended
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
Yes

1 Scholarship

$500 BrainStation Scholarship

Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive BrainStation scholarship for $500 off tuition!

Eligibility

This offer is only valid for the full-time web development program. Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship.

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  • Full-Time Web Development Program (Toronto)

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Our latest on BrainStation

  • The New Remote Web Development Course at BrainStation

    Lauren Stewart12/14/2017

    New wave technology school, BrainStation launched a new full-time Remote Web Development Course in 2017 as part of a goal to empower one million people with digital skills by 2025. BrainStation Educator and professional software developer Jamie is involved in building the curriculum and figuring out how to make the online experience as successful as the on-campus experience. We asked Jamie how BrainStation helps students stay engaged and motivated, what the online learning portal looks like, and how online students find jobs when they graduate.

    Q&A

    What’s your background and what inspired you to teach at BrainStation?

    Programming is a passion of mine, and I'm lucky enough that it's also a job. I spend most of the year working as a consultant, actually writing code, so I'm very up to date with the industry. I have been teaching some form of computer science for a number of years now. Most of my time in digital education has been centered around people who are new to the topic – I started out as a TA in university working with fairly junior students.

    BrainStation was a great opportunity for me to take a couple weeks out of the year to go into the classroom, and help train people to be the best that they can be. Teaching is a nice break, and as a working professional, it helps students when I can give anecdotes about what my day as a developer normally looks like. BrainStation is really flexible with me teaching part-time and full-time courses as my schedule allows.

    I'm a huge advocate for digital literacy and I’m constantly talking about how important it is. I love being in class, getting to know the students, and I love the programs I teach. I've had a huge part in the development of curriculum so I look forward to coming in to BrainStation each day for both the full-time course and the part-time course. It's been a really good experience all around.

    Did you know about the bootcamp model before you came across BrainStation?

    The first coding bootcamp launched when I was in my first year of university. It seemed really cool at the time, but I didn’t feel the concept was developed enough for me to leave school and do it. I was originally studying Biomedical Engineering and then ended up loving programming so much that I switched. By the time bootcamps became super common, I was done with university so I missed the boat on that one. BrainStation was definitely my first experience with a coding bootcamp.

    Why did BrainStation decide to launch an online full-time course? When did it launch?

    BrainStation launched the Remote Web Development Course in October 2017. The biggest motivation was that we're at a point where technology has developed and allowed us to create a true online classroom environment in a fairly seamless way. A few years ago, technology was so terrible that you couldn't have sat people in a room for eight hours a day, working remotely, and make this work. The BrainStation team spent a lot of time thinking about it over the last couple years, and we're now comfortable with making the online move.

    BrainStation has a goal of empowering one million people by 2025. There’s a huge limitation for that with an in person course. We're limited by our geographical area and the physical resources in the space. Building campuses in New York, Toronto, San Jose and Vancouver was not an easy thing to do.

    What are the benefits to bringing the curriculum online? How is the BrainStation online course going so far?

    The remote web development course has been really effective because we're now able to open BrainStation doors to people we normally wouldn't have been able to – those coming from very far away, or other countries etc. It makes that one million goal so much more attainable, while at the same time asserting our place in the market by being capable of teaching anybody, anywhere. We’ve put everything we have into this program and are now delivering cutting-edge content to students from Houston, Green Bay, Virginia Beach, Ottawa and Montreal.

    BrainStation's goal of empowering one million professionals requires us to constantly develop more options and opportunities in order to meet it. We have to keep pushing for more. The online course is going very well so far and it's been a couple months without a hitch. We're really happy.

    Describe the online web development curriculum. Is it the same as in-person BrainStation courses?

    The online curriculum is the same as in person, but it's been adapted for the online environment. For instance, there are some things we needed to change in delivery, but not in the curriculum. The way that content is delivered to online students varies, as certain assignments are easier to facilitate in person. For example, whiteboarding is something that can be a challenge online. So we've got different methods to teach certain topics.

    We're not going to move away from JavaScript anytime soon since it is the most popular language in web development right now, and growing very quickly. Node and React are great, which is why we teach them both. So we're going to stick with that curriculum for sure. In terms of timing and what’s learned over the 10 weeks, it's the same as in person. BrainStation doesn’t want the curriculums to diverge based on how you're attending class.

    Should students take a prep course before the BrainStation online full-time course?

    Yeah. There are lots of asynchronous learning opportunities out there for free. Those are good if you're not sure if this is the field for you, because you've got a pretty short period of time to make that determination after acceptance into a full-time program. If you know that it's for you and you’re interested in the actual content, I don't think it's necessary to take a prep course besides the BrainStation prep course. You can join this program with no previous experience.

    How does BrainStation ensure students stay engaged in the online course?

    When the instructor is not instructing, we had to consider student engagement. We use video conference software and the students are online all day from the time they sign on until the time we shut the meeting down at the end of the day. Instructors will often stay on the camera, even during work time. We're present the entire time – we're always there.

    BrainStation also uses Slack to communicate, so the students are able to speak with each other and instructors. So far I've been surprised at how easy it's actually been to maintain that kind of engagement. We've got a lot of awesome students and I think that's a huge part of it – people are very encouraged and engaged and it's our job to keep that up. All of our educators are very high energy, so it's super easy to translate that through the digital medium. The online learning experience is different, but it's definitely something we've been able to accurately replicate in comparison to the in-person course.

    What is the structure of the full-time remote course? How flexible is it?

    The online course is just like a normal classroom. The curriculum is synchronous and the same for every student, and everybody is in class at the same time, learning together. Our current cohort runs from 10am to 6pm Eastern Standard Time, and we are looking into offering the cohort in other time zones. The online course has a lot of time for breakout sessions and review so that if people start to fall behind in a certain topic it's really easy to work with them one-on-one as an educator and bring them up to speed.

    It’s important for us to keep everybody there all day, online, using these tools to more accurately represent the in-person experience. It’s a challenge for educators to keep everybody on the same page. BrainStation has three educators for the current cohort; our goal from the beginning has been to replicate an in-person environment as much as possible, which involves making sure people are present during the course.

    We also have one-on-ones, when students can schedule individual meetings with educators. We run these at the end of every week or every two weeks depending on the cohort.

    Show us what the BrainStation online learning platform looks like:

    There is the Homepage, and a course progress section to show you how far you are through the course. You can see right now our current cohort is at week 8 of 10. If we have events scheduled, things like power hours, we can chat about that under the Next Event tab. In the Recently Viewed Content tab are certain assignments.

    This is sort of a digital classroom. When the lecture opens in the morning, you can join in from here. Then we've got the daily schedule, where you can browse through curriculum for future weeks. We also have the course content and information that contains descriptions, the syllabus, and all that handy stuff all in one place.

    The community tab is where students can see profiles for other students, colleagues or educators. Normally when we have one-on-ones scheduled, they'll show up here. For stuff like chat, students communicate with educators and each other through Slack. In the portal, if you have an issue, you can request help and that will go to one of the educators.

    How often will you update the online platform?

    We're constantly updating the online platform. Since this is the first online cohort, we'll receive lots of feedback to improve upon. Students can expect to see a change cohort to cohort. The same general features will be there, but we may change how they're implemented to make the student experience better.

    The in-person course uses the same portal, so we have to ensure that it supports both mediums, but so far it's been awesome for us as educators. The platform has done everything we needed it to do and the students love it.

    How does BrainStation deal with student goals, assessment, and feedback?  

    Our online process is identical to the in person process. Our student to educator ratio is quite low, so we will always maintain a close working relationship with students.

    As a professional developer, it's easy for me to look at somebody's skill level to see if they're meeting completion goals, but what we really want to know is if their personal goals are being met. Everybody comes into the course with different objectives and that's why it's very difficult to evaluate students without properly understanding their individual goals.

    For every student, we figure out why you are here, and what you’re looking to get out of the learning experience. Educators are very aware of student goals as we go through the course, and we make sure that each student gets feedback based on that.

    What if a student is falling behind in the online course?

    When students start to fall behind, there's lots of support from the educators and the rest of the BrainStation team. The entire team steps in to make sure that we have the resources available to get people back on board. There are very few cases where we've struggled to get somebody back on track. We've always been able to set up one-on-ones and breakout sessions to explain concepts. Having that one-on-one time, supporting the student, and knowing what their personal goals are, can help us meet any student expectations as they come in.

    Is there an opportunity for online students to collaborate and work together on projects?

    Yeah. Students can collaborate up to their preferences. When we're in the video conference, they can unmute and have a chat with each other. Even if the educators have gone to grab a coffee, it's up and running and students discuss their work. Students can all share and view each other screens; they can also take control of each other's screen so they can help each other. Students have the same privileges in the software at the educators.

    The remote web development course includes a few group projects as well as some pair programming, which is where two people work very closely on one project. We normally try to do a larger project that features the whole class when we're learning things like Git, which is all about working together collaboratively. However, evaluated assignments at this point in time are submitted individually.

    You've been teaching at BrainStation for a while now. Can you describe your personal teaching style?

    Like I said, I've been teaching computer science for a while and it's sort of second nature by now. I always hold the belief that learning digital skills is different to acquiring other skills. Normally when you're learning you learn in a slow linear upward trend and it's a smooth curve of getting better and better. If you think of something like playing guitar or carpentry you just slowly get better at these things. Digital skills, especially in programming and software engineering, have these discrete jumps where something clicks and you get it. As an educator, my goal is to push everybody until it clicks.

    I use a lot of analogies, sometimes hundreds of analogies for a certain topic, and I'll use explanations that are relevant to students’ personal interests and stuff they do outside of programming. I roll in all of these different ways of explaining one topic until I see it click for each individual.

    In the online environment, we can see students when we're teaching so we see the “aha” moments where people just relax because they get it now. That's a really exciting part of teaching for me. One of the things that I'm always chasing as an educator is helping people break those barriers. Later on you'll increase in speed and general understanding, but at these beginning stages, there are these huge jumps in learning.

    How has your experience working in the tech industry translated into your teaching style?

    Having been a professional developer for a while, I'm very familiar with that feeling and having those “aha” moments. My personal style is based on that idea that we learn in incremental steps when we're learning digital skills, and that’s something that people aren't used to. They think that they can just practice and practice to make it better, but if there's an actual concept missing, that's got to click before you can really run with it. So for me, it's all about just making sure that the information is clicking.

    In terms of the remote program, is there an ideal student that BrainStation is looking for?

    Bootcamps are tough, really intense environments. We want to make sure that somebody is motivated before they start, and can remain motivated during the program. There's no background or programming experience required at all. There's a short prep course to test your aptitude for basic digital literacy skills.

    To me, ideal BrainStation students are people who are excited about this digital transition of our world, get encouraged seeing problems being solved by technology, and want to be a part of it. If somebody comes in with an honest desire to learn to code, the program is designed in a way that it's going to carry you through.

    When admitting people our job is to make sure that they have the drive and passion when they join. Because the bootcamp is so intense, if those motivating factors are lacking, students will struggle and get discouraged. Students who are really excited fly through the course. Everybody has roadblocks here and there but generally, it's a pretty smooth process.

    Describe the remote program admissions process. Is it the same as the in-person course?

    The remote program admissions process is the same as in-person. In both scenarios, potential students pay a deposit/application fee for the cohort of their choice. At that point, someone from our Student Success Team reaches out to schedule an admissions interview. The potential student has a prep course to go through before the interview date and upon completion of these steps, the Program Manager decides if it's the right fit. Over time, the caliber of students at BrainStation has continued to get more competitive and with the introduction of Online, I don't see that slowing down anytime soon. Our Program Managers suggest applying two months before the beginning of the program to give enough time to complete the prep course and go through the admissions interview process completely.

    Explain the career services for online students.

    The BrainStation career services works the same way for online students as it does for in-person. During the course we provide career development workshops and seminars to help people improve their professionalism and soft skills. The team does resume and LinkedIn reviews and workshops, we talk about building GitHub portfolios and personal web portfolios, and we do mock interviews.

    Most people come to the course for a career change, so that means that we need to start figuring out what sort of jobs will work for students before they even start the course. We ask questions in the admissions interview and continue to work and develop these things until students graduate.

    Do you think online students will get the same types of jobs as in-person students?

    When students are looking for jobs, we work with our Student Success Team based out of our campuses in New York, Toronto, Vancouver and San Jose to find opportunities that fit their goals, whether those are remote roles or something geographically closer to them. We work closely with students to plan their next step because your first tech job is a tricky thing to get; and a tricky thing to get right – you have to love it as much as your employer loves you. At Brainstation we want to make sure we're exposing students to as many opportunities as possible and providing the resources to help students through the process.

    Our huge BrainStation alumni network is constantly in touch on the alumni Slack channel, posting job and remote work opportunities. It’s awesome to see the community involved.

    What’s the biggest lesson that the BrainStation team has learned throughout the time of operating this remote bootcamp?

    The biggest lesson we've learned so far is the difference in time that it takes to deliver certain pieces of content. It's caused us to pivot in the way that we schedule certain lessons, allowing more time for some topics and less time for others. We’ve solved this going forward by making sure time is properly managed.

    We've also added some more structure to parts of the course that were previously unstructured. During periods where people are working on big projects on campus, it's very flexible because everybody's here and we can have an ad hoc procedure. Online required us to build in a little bit more structure to make sure people still feel engaged.

    What's your advice for prospective students thinking about attending an online coding bootcamp like BrainStation?

    It's totally up to the individual to get the most out of this program. People often ask, "If I'm spending this money and taking this time out of my life, how do I get the most out of it?" My answer is always the same: You have to give it absolutely everything you've got because you only get one shot, and it’s only 10 weeks. You have the best-suited people to teach you programming at your fingertips, so it's about making sure you can make the commitment, buckling up, giving it 100% from day one, and pushing through for 10 weeks. When you're in class, be present, sit up straight, own it, and you'll definitely get the most out of the course.

    It's about seeing yourself in the larger picture. Have a bit of an out of body experience and see that in the scale of your life, this is just 10 weeks. Sure, you’re tired today, but if there's a lesson that you want to redo or something else that will help you, just do it. I went to university for six years and it was very difficult to keep up morale for that long. If somebody had told me that I could’ve done it in 10 weeks, I absolutely would have. Listen, learn, and love it every minute, then you'll naturally get the most out of it. There's no way that you couldn't.

    I'm really excited about the course and I want people to at least look at it as an opportunity. Our next court launches in January 2018.

    Find out more and read BrainStation reviews on Course Report. Check out the BrainStation website for more course information.

    About The Author

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    Lauren is a communications and operations strategist who loves to help others find their idea of success. She is passionate about techonology education, career development, startups, and the arts. Her background includes career/youth development, public affairs, and philanthropy. She is from Richmond, VA and now currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

  • September 2017 Coding Bootcamp News + Podcast

    Imogen Crispe9/28/2017

    Need a rundown of everything that happened in the coding bootcamp industry this September? You’re in luck! We’ve collected all the most important news in this blog post and podcast. This month, we kept up with the status of the bootcamp industry, learned about how bootcamps are thriving in smaller markets, and explored different ways to pay for bootcamp. Plus, we added 7 new schools from around the world to the Course Report school directory! Read below or listen to our latest Coding Bootcamp News Roundup Podcast.

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  • Why This CEO Learned Online at BrainStation

    Liz Eggleston10/30/2017

    Graeme Davis is the CEO of Brüha, an online ticket provider in Ontario. But when he began working in startups, he found his lack of tech skills impeded. So Graeme started learning web development and iOS at BrainStation, and says he’s now able to contribute to the technical conversation. Next up for Graeme? He’s attending BrainStation’s new online Data Analytics course to learn how to tell a better story with data. Learn more about why Graeme believes technical skills make him a better CEO, and how BrainStation is helping get him there.

    Q&A

    Unlike some coding bootcampers, you didn't do BrainStation to change your career. Tell us why you decided to start learning web development and iOS.

    When I started working at a tech startup in 2012, I found it extremely debilitating not being able to understand the code and especially the finer points of code – how databases work and how to fetch data. I actually hired a tutor in 2013 to work with me one-on-one and teach me the principles of code. I started to see the nitty gritty of code, how to build a website, how to build an app, etc.

    Jason, the CEO of BrainStation, and I both went to Queen’s University, although we didn’t meet until he started the school. I was a big advocate of BrainStation and I had the opportunity to start taking courses. I took Intro to Web Development and Intro to iOS Development in February 2015.

    Now, as the CEO and co-founder of Brüha, an online ticket provider, being technical means I'm able to participate in all parts of the business, and any good CEO should be able to do that.

    After learning some programming with a tutor, why did you feel the need to learn in a classroom at BrainStation?

    When I learned with a tutor, we met two nights a week. The one-on-one experience was great, but he created a curriculum for me that was derived from a computer science university course. I learned Java and very conceptual projects. The reason I decided to do BrainStation was that I wanted to really build something modern and relevant to my work. It was interesting to learn the conceptual and theoretical blocks of programming, but I wanted to know how to deploy an iOS app and how to build a website.

    Could you build a website and put it live by the end of the BrainStation course?

    Totally. For one class project, I built a website for my friend who owned a gym. Plus, I got a free gym membership out of it. It was a cool opportunity. At the end of it, I thought, “Oh look, I can build a modern website that a real company can benefit from." I thought that was super valuable and it was totally a result of the Intro course. Even though BrainStation is teaching the basis, they show you the door and then you can take it upon yourself to expand further.

    Because I work in the tech space and am constantly engaging our dev team, everything we learned about at BrainStation always translated back into my day job. It was inevitable that I would keep learning.

    What do you want to learn next at BrainStation?

    I’m going to take the online Data Analytics course in Winter 2017. I couldn’t pass it up. At Brüha, we've been in the marketplace for a year, so for us data is everything. Whether it's customer acquisition, site performance, project scheduling, or project controls, we're always tracking data. So I thought that this course would be very relevant. In looking through the curriculum, I’m most excited to learn to query SQL databases. The curriculum also covers data analysis, Excel, relational databases, and Tableau for dashboards.

    Why did you decide to take an online Data Analytics course?

    The Intro Web and iOS courses took two nights a week. I would catch a train from Hamilton to Toronto, so I had about an hour to work on homework. Back then, Brüha was heavy in R&D, so it was a lot, but it was feasible. I don't have that feasibility anymore. As with any startup, I’m always working so I can’t make that commitment. Taking the course online allows me to go at my own pace and take the course part-time. There are weekly deliverables like homework – I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to manage it yet, but I’ll plan to set aside one hour each day as my “learning time.”

    We're a small team with a small budget, so we try to do as much as we can in-house, and I feel like taking this course will be perfect for that. Our mentality is to be makers rather than consumers as much as we can.

    What are you doing to prepare for the online course?

    I haven’t really started preparing yet. There hasn't been anything sent my way. With the iOS and web courses, they sent over a few links to familiarize myself with. For this course, I haven’t gotten that prep work yet.

    A note from the BrainStation team:
    The Data Analytics course doesn't require student preparation because it's designed to take students from having little to no experience using data to become comfortable using large or small data sets to extract and present insights. With that said, the more prepared students are, the more they will be able to take advantage of our educators by digging deeper into the subject matter. BrainStation’s free prep course helps students with the following:

    • Understanding the practice of Data Analytics and its significance in all businesses today
    • Reviewing case studies of effective and inventive use of analytics
    • Gaining exposure to the Data Analytics process
    • Learning about the tools used in various applications of Data Analytics
    • Understanding the types of problems data analysts solve and how they approach these problems

    How have the skills you learned at BrainStation made you a better CEO?

    The most prevalent benefit is the ability to be part of the problem-solving. Any decision I make is going to affect the business overall, but especially when dealing with technical challenges. For example, if we’re discussing how to interface with a different currency, that’s going to impact part of the business.

    As technical challenges arise, the most significant benefit of being literate in programming is that I can be a part of that conversation and help to brainstorm or provide suggestions. It's cool to be able to hop into code if you ever need to.

    Do you ever get to create new code in your current role at Brüha?

    I rarely will create code at Brüha– we have a very competent CTO that handles that. But understanding the code has been beneficial. We built all of Brüha native (not sure we’d do that again). So we have iOS and Android native apps and we also use HTML/CSS and PHP for web. All of the concepts that I learned at BrainStation, I can 100% apply to Brüha.

    However, in my personal life, I’m happy to use those skills – my brother needed something done on his website, and I could help him with that.

    What do you hope to bring to Brüha after taking the data analytics course?

    One thing I'm hoping to improve is my ability to model data. SQL queries are really cool, but from the Brüha angle, my role is engaging potential funders and financiers and even customers. No matter the channel or the end user, at the end of the day, I'm making a pitch and that pitch is very heavily about our data. It involves our sales metrics or our ability to increase tickets. I need to take that data, model it, and try to tell a story with it. So I'm really hoping that this experience at BrainStation builds on my ability to do that in a very efficient manner.

    As a CEO, would you ever hire a Brüha developer from the BrainStation bootcamp?

    Short answer: yes, for sure. Long answer: as an employer, you have to really weigh it out and make sure your company is in a place to take that on. We've actually been very active in hiring co-op students (a type of subsidized internship popular in Canada) from local universities and colleges. It’s a huge advantage for a startup that doesn’t have a ton of money.

    The tradeoff that we’ve discovered is that the success of a co-op developer is so depended upon the ecosystem they’re coming out of. The university grade co-op devs don't really learn a lot of hands-on training in school, so they're coming into our company super green and it takes a lot of resources to train them. The only advantage that bootcampers have is they are actually doing hands-on work. The 3-4 months that they spend at a bootcamp is pretty much like getting trained at your first company.

    What advice do you have for other founders and CEOs? Should all CEOs know some code?

    If you’re a CEO at a tech company, then 100% yes! When I give keynotes at MBA programs, I meet so many MBA students that want to get into startups but they just don't have any software experience.

    My advice is always that it’s never too late. I studied philosophy and art in college. I realized at a later age that if you want to be taken seriously, then you have to speak the language. It’s like being dropped off in a foreign country and not being able to communicate. Your first priority should be to become code-literate. From there, you can truly be a contributing member of your team.

    Do you recommend BrainStation for learning Web Development, iOS, or Data Analysis?

    Yeah. One thing I love about BrainStation is that they really went for quality over quantity. Their mission was always to teach small groups with multiple, quality instructors. They’re not just focused on filling up a classroom.

    The instructor who taught us iOS was the Lead iOS Developer for Wattpad, which is a very successful tech startup at Toronto. He was working for a company that's grown fast and he knew how to scale technology quickly. The information you're getting goes beyond “PUTS” commands; you're getting access to knowledge that will be valuable to anyone who wants to work in tech or startups.

    Read more BrainStation reviews on Course Report, and check out their upcoming Web Development, iOS Development, and Data Analytics courses, all of which are available in-person and online.

    About The Author

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    Liz is the cofounder of Course Report, the most complete resource for students considering a coding bootcamp. She loves breakfast tacos and spending time getting to know bootcamp alumni and founders all over the world. Check out Liz & Course Report on Twitter, Quora, and YouTube

  • Remote Web Development at Brainstation

    Liz Eggleston5/9/2017

    With students all over the world asking to learn with BrainStation, it was clear to the founders that they needed to unlock their courses to remote learners. BrainStation has graduated thousands of students in design, development, marketing, and product at their New York, Toronto, and Vancouver campuses since 2012. We sat down with Jason Field, Founder & CEO of BrainStation, to learn more about their new Remote Web Development bootcamp that launches Summer 2017.

    Our takeaways:

    • Delivered online, BrainStation’s Remote Web Development bootcamp is a full-time commitment mirroring their in-person bootcamp running from 10am-6pm Monday to Friday for 10 weeks
    • Their online campus is as close to in-person as it gets. Expect the same amount of support as you would in their in-person bootcamp: career guidance, networking opportunities, and access to global hiring partners
    • You’ll learn through BrainStation’s custom online learning portal, which includes scheduling, video, chat and curriculum materials

    First, tell us about why BrainStation is launching Remote Web Development.

    From the beginning, BrainStation has aimed to be a global player in digital skills empowerment, and the last five years have really given us the opportunity to interact with students in an in-person environment. We’ve tested what works with students, experimenting with different course options, topics and skill sets, but we've always had the ambition to unlock our courses to the entire world. We talk to students who we aren’t able to reach in our campuses in New York, Vancouver, and Toronto, and our new Remote Web Development bootcamp lets us work with those individuals and empower them.

    On top of that, our in-person students have asked when we’ll be offering e-learning or online learning because it’s something that they want access to after graduating. A lot of little indicators and validators continuously poked us and said we needed to start teaching online sooner rather than later.

    Over the past year, our educational product team has worked extremely hard and launched the Full-time Remote Web Development bootcamp. The inaugural summer cohort is kicking off on June 19th.   

    What lessons have you learned from teaching web development in-person that you’ll bring to the remote bootcamp?

    It’s really important that we started with in-person education in order to validate all of our initial assumptions around how humans learn and how people learn digital skills specifically. We’ve learned a few important things:

    The connectivity of students in that social learning environment is so important. We talk to potential students all the time that have already done tons of learn-at-your-own-pace online learning, and I think that's fantastic. But they come to BrainStation and say, "Okay, I'm ready to take it to the next level." The accountability you get from learning with others and networking is huge.

    We also see that the back-and-forth dialogue between fellow students and educators is important. In BrainStation’s Remote Web Development bootcamp, the learning style will be synchronous so that students and Educators are able to talk in real time as they follow a very strict schedule. I also think a hands-on and project-based teaching style is mission critical. Projects are much more meaningful when you have people to actually bounce ideas off of and get feedback, either good or bad. Harsh feedback will refine your skill set to the point where when you head into an interview or when you're in a job as developer, designer or technologist, you're confident and sure of yourself.  

    Are you looking for anything specific in Remote applicants? Will you use the same application process as the in-person Web Development bootcamp?

    At the moment, it's similar to in-person, which is already pretty rigorous. Students can come from all sorts of different backgrounds. There is a 30 to 40-hour prep course (the material depends on the individual's background), and that prep course is needed to prepare potential students for the admissions assessment and the official admissions interview with our program coordinators.

    The most successful candidates have ambition; they’re very focused and have a previous life or career that indicates their drive.

    The initial full-time Remote Web Development bootcamps will be held in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. It's 10am until 6pm every day, Monday to Friday. So it's a total of 400 hours online. It’s intense.

    Is there something inherent about learning to code that almost lends itself to learning online?

    I do think that the subject matter is aligned well with online learning. Web development and coding in general is subject matter that fits into the online format a whole lot better than others. I could see some complications introducing a subject like UX Design, but we're definitely going to challenge our own assumption there.

    Learning to code online can depend on the individual. I’ve met students who don’t need in-person learning; they don't need the accountability or network, and it's actually in their best interest not to go through a full-time immersive bootcamp because they save themselves a lot of money. But the vast majority of people that I’ve interacted with over the past five years want to learn on this roadmap with mentorship support, with all the extra layers. The searching costs of learning on your own are immense and a bootcamp is totally the right fit for most people who are looking to learn something new at an accelerated pace.

    I think that learning online is the direction that our actual workforce is going as well. If you're working for a progressive technology company, you spend a lot of time meeting people virtually and online. Our full-time remote students will get introduced to skills that they will need to use when working with development teams or technology teams remotely.

    Have you built out an online learning platform? Tell us about the tools you're using to teach students.

    We've been working especially hard over the past eight months to build the BrainStation Learning Portal. The learning portal itself contains everything the students need – video conferencing, chat, and all of their material. And once they graduate the bootcamp, everyone has access to the curriculum, even as it evolves. We continually add features to it, iterate and update our content, exercises, labs, etc. This helps our students to continue learning and fine tuning their skills with a supportive community of graduates and get them ready to interview for their desired job in development or launch their own company.

    Will there be any interaction between in-person students and the remote cohort or are these going to be completely separate?

    Online and in-person are completely separate. The first cohort will have 24 students, and an Online Campus Team that is designated to those students. The mentors, teaching assistants, and educators are only interacting with the online students.

    With that being said, we've been talking about adding some interactivity between the in-person Web Development and User Experience Design students in our campuses globally. Skill sharing from one class to the other class further solidifies what they've learned, so we’ve talked about ways to make that happen for the online learners as well. Also, an initial thought came to our minds: "How do we tie this all together and have all of the cohorts globally connecting on projects?" Whether you're on the West Coast or East Coast of North America, or in Europe, etc, you'll be able to connect with that cohort some way or another. Our team is working towards a solution at the moment because the potential is amazing.

    Will the remote learning experience look the same as the in-person student experience?  

    We're going to approach it the exact same way. We want to make sure that every graduate from our full-time program – whether they're tuning in online from thousands of kilometers away or whether they're visiting one of our campuses in the heart of that respective ecosystem in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, etc... – we want to make sure that when they graduate they get the same experience. So we're going to keep the structure consistent, but again, we're constantly validating our assumptions and making sure that we're innovating. I think it makes sense to provide a consistent experience regardless of if you're in person or online so that our hiring partners know what quality to expect

    There's a mix of different content types, lectures, readings, labs, pair programming and it's Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm for 10 weeks.

    There will be some hurdles and iterations to be done – how are you preparing yourself to that feedback?

    Our online Learning Portal is already live and it’s been used in the field by our in-person students. It’s undergone two and a half years of iterations, like chat functionality, content updates, quizzes, all of that already lives there. The only new addition is adding the video conference functionality and putting it all together with a slick UI.

    We've also been testing out the online Learning Portal internally with different team members from different campuses globally and all is well. With that being said, things are always going to happen as they have in the past, and it's always a very quick fix. BrainStation is part of Konrad Group, a family of businesses that include a leading North American full-service tech consultancy; that means we can respond to things a lot sooner than if we were just focused on education.

    How will you approach job placement for your students who are now looking for jobs outside of your strongest networks where your campuses exist?

    We have been building our networks remotely by developing global hiring partners; since day one we knew we would have locations around the world, as well as the Online campus. We offer career resources such as interview prep, resume building tips, networking advice, and suggest events and Meetups specific to our students’ location. We also work with our students to help build their online presence, whether it be through GitHub, LinkedIn, etc. These are really important tools for getting hired in tech, and we want to make sure our students graduate the program effectively showcasing all that they have accomplished to hiring partners and recruiters.  

    How has your employer network reacted to this new online cohort? Are they excited, concerned, or both?

    We've brought it up with some of our key hiring partners and partners in the ecosystem, and they're excited. When we open up our program with only 24 spots to the entire Eastern Standard Time Zone, I think the caliber of applicants will be really high.

    Our hiring partners have already seen the quality of the students in our in-person classes, so I think they’re excited. There are companies who are forward-thinking when it comes to working remotely, and we have some students who only want to work remotely. There will be companies who align with that.

    Read BrainStation reviews on Course Report and be sure to check out the BrainStation website!

    About The Author

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    Liz is the cofounder of Course Report, the most complete resource for students considering a coding bootcamp. She loves breakfast tacos and spending time getting to know bootcamp alumni and founders all over the world. Check out Liz & Course Report on Twitter, Quora, and YouTube

  • Episode 10: January 2017 News Roundup + Podcast

    Imogen Crispe1/31/2017

    Welcome to the January 2017 Course Report monthly coding bootcamp news roundup! Each month, we look at all the happenings from the coding bootcamp world from new bootcamps to fundraising announcements, to interesting trends. This month we applaud initiatives that bring technology to underserved communities, we look at employment trends, and new coding schools and campuses. Plus, we hear a funny story about an honest taxi driver. Read below or listen to our latest Coding Bootcamp News Roundup Podcast.

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  • Which Coding Bootcamps Have Been Acquired?

    Liz Eggleston7/24/2017

    Since the first bootcamp acquisition in June 2014, we’ve seen several bootcamps acquired by for-profit universities and even other schools. These acquisitions and consolidations should come as no surprise. With rapid market growth in the bootcamp industry, for-profit education companies are beginning to take note. And as existing coding bootcamps think about expansion, consolidation through acquisition is certainly on the horizon. We’ll keep this chronologically-ordered list updated as bootcamps announce future acquisitions.

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  • Front End Development vs Back End Development: Where to Start?

    Lauren Stewart11/15/2017

    Do you want to be a front end developer or a back end developer? Understanding your career goals at the end of a coding bootcamp can make it easier to narrow down which school is best for you. This can be a tricky task if you aren’t familiar with these terms – but no need to worry now that you have this guide. Let’s dig into the difference between front end web development and back end development: which programming languages you’ll learn, which coding schools teach them, and what to expect from a career as a back end or front end web developer!

     

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  • Brainstation Web Development Immersive Summer 2015

    Harry Hantel8/25/2015

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    Harry is the Community Manager at Course Report, Rockets fan, and writer living in New York City. 

  • Guide to Coding Bootcamps in Canada

    Nick Toscano11/22/2017

    Canadian bootcamps are working hard to develop the talent needed to keep up with Canada’s growing tech hubs. StartUp Genome ranks Toronto and Vancouver amongst the top 20 startup ecosystems in the world. The Canadian tech economy as a whole is being fueled by thriving companies such as Shopify, HootSuite, Kik, Wattpad, and Erkem. Their success has generated a lot of interest among investors.

    In 2016, $157 million was invested into 418 Canadian companies by angel investors, according to the National Angel Capital Organization 2016 Angel Investing Report.

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  • Learn Digital Marketing at These Part-Time Bootcamps

    Harry Hantel6/11/2015

    Coding bootcamps offer a chance to learning the finer points of building digital products, but what about when the product is finished? Digital marketing has risen to become a fundamental part of most businesses as they try to reach more people, more effectively. These 5 digital marketing programs teach the fundamentals of creating and managing campaigns, as well as the necessary tools to understand what is and isn’t working.

     

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  • Learn Product Management At These 5 Bootcamps

    Harry Hantel3/7/2017

    While coding bootcamps can produce stellar developers, Product Management is another integral part of a company's technical team. It’s an organizational function that entails a combination of marketing, development, and analysis. The ability to get into the nitty gritty of coding is obviously a powerful skill, but product management ensures that the code is maximizing the effectiveness of that power and thus, maximizing profit. These product management bootcamps can turn you into an effective product manager by teaching you skills to contribute meaningfully to the big decisions that guide the lifecycle of of a product.

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Jason Cassidy, Brainstation

    Liz Eggleston5/7/2015

    Jason Cassidy is the digital marketing manager at Cara Operations, Canada’s largest full-service restaurant company. He was recently named to Marketing Mag’s "30 under 30," but Jason realized the importance of technical skills in marketing and saw the potential to unlock new opportunities at his company. After attending a marketing seminar at Brainstation, Jason decided to take their 10 week Intro to Web Development course. Now approaching the end of the course, Jason chats with us about his experience and why he’s already planning on taking another Brainstation class.

     

    Tell us about your job at Cara.

    I’m the Digital Marketing Manager at Cara Operations, Canada’s largest full-service restaurant company. I did an undergraduate degree in journalism and political science and a master’s degree in communications with a thesis on content marketing.

     

    What course are you taking at Brainstation and why?

    I’m taking the Intro to Web Development course because I thought Web Development would be a good prerequisite. I specialize in social media marketing and email marketing, so web development seemed like a really crucial pillar. My main goal was to be able to better manage potential developers. The second goal is that I will hopefully open my own digital marketing agency, so having some expertise will help if I ever need to hire developers.

    I also think that having these skills will help me develop creative ideas when I start my own business.

     

    Did you have any programming experience before you started at Brainstation?

    No; Brainstation gave me a 40-hour Codecademy prep course to complete so I did that 6 months before I actually signed up and learned quite a bit from that.

     

    Since you were working while taking the part-time Brainstation course, was your company supportive?

    I was working for a different company when I decided to do the Brainstation course and I actually pitched them to cover the tuition. They didn't see how it would directly apply to my current role, but they were supportive.

     

    What was your pitch to get your employer to cover the course?

    My main angle was to invest in growing my marketing skill set. Most companies just don’t know the full possibilities of digital marketing. They still see it as a skill that you tack onto traditional marketing but they’re realizing there’s so much more there.

    I also pitched it to my brother who owns his own gym and I offered to build his website if he paid for my course. He didn’t have the capital to invest, but I’m thinking of doing an Intermediate Web Development course; since he’s already seen how far I’ve come in the intro course, I might take a second crack at it!

     

    How did you find out about Brainstation?

    Brainstation hosted a social media marketing seminar with Twitter and a couple of other tech firms. I checked out their website and thought it looked cool.

    I researched other bootcamps like Bitmaker Labs and Lighthouse Labs. The prices were very similar and the other schools looked very credible but I felt a personal connection to Brainstation after having been there.

    Brainstation held a contest to win a free class and I won half off, so I went with Brainstation.

     

    What was the student:teacher ratio in your class?

    There are usually 4 instructors for 25 students but only 12 students signed up for my course, therefore they only had 2 instructors. It’s a good ratio.

     

    How often do you meet in person?

    Once a week for 3 hours.

     

    Was your class diverse in terms of background and experience?

    There is a wide range of people. I was working as a digital marketer, another woman works as a full-time copywriter, there was a Bell technician with no experience at all, and a few people who had some prior experience.

     

    Who was the head instructor for your class?

    Rares is the head instructor and Alan facilitates and moderates the class

     

    Did you have assessments or tests in the Brainstation course?

    We got a bit of homework at the beginning of the class, but their whole spiel is that there’s no grades or tests- it’s very welcoming.

     

    What technologies did you focus on at Brainstation?

    We learned HTML 5, CSS 3, pretty much everything about those two. We learned Twitter Bootstrap. We are moving at such a quick pace that we started learning some JavaScript.

    They give us a free membership to Treehouse as part of the course so it was really good to have secondary material. They strongly encourage you to watch these Treehouse videos. So I went home and in the first week consumed about 50 hours’ worth of content.

     

    What types of projects did you work on?

    You have a few minor assignments along the way and then halfway through you’re asked to build a website for a coffee shop. I built one for a gym instead, for my brother’s business. It’s a 6-7 page website that will be fully responsive.There’s a final project in the last 2 weeks, which we present to the class.

     

    Even though you weren’t necessarily looking for a new job, how did Brainstation approach job preparation?

    Brainstation tried to prepare us to actually start selling our services. So were learning how to do wireframes and how to show those to potential clients. They work with high-potential students on getting jobs. They sent a couple of job postings our way and the class’s way.

     

    Do you think that what you’ve learned will help you at your current job in marketing?

    I can now think more in-depth about sites and I’m inspecting everything now and just understanding how they work. I think I’m close to being able to actually save our company a bit of money.

     

    Did you have any feedback for Brainstation and was that feedback taken seriously?

    I’ve been pretty open and honest with them. I thought they needed to be a little tougher on students and push everyone to go home and consume every bit of video content and tutorial information- that will make the class better.

     

    Would you take another Brainstation course?

    Yeah! I started in this course as a way to round out my skill set. Right now I’m enjoying those new skills and seeing if there can be opportunities to do more courses while still working.

     

    To learn more about Brainstation, check out their School Page on Course Report or the Brainstation website. Catch up with Jason Cassidy on Twitter!

  • Learn iOS at These Mobile Developer Bootcamps

    Harry Hantel6/19/2017

    Apple’s newest, beginner-oriented programming language Swift has made developing for the iPhone a possibility for new and experienced developers alike. iOS developers earn over $100,000 on average, so it's a perfect time to learn to program for the iPhone. With the help of one of these iOS bootcamps, you could find yourself developing mobile apps utilizing Objective-C, Cocoa Touch, and Swift. 

     

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  • Interview with Jay Field, Facilitator at Brainstation

    Liz Eggleston3/7/2014

    Brainstation is a part-time school in Toronto that facilitates small class sizes and hands-on, project-based learning. Jay Field joined the Brainstation team after working in marketing and business development, and he shares Brainstation's teaching philosophy, their plans for expansion into back-end & mobile courses, and how he feels about recent attention from regulatory agencies. 

    Oh, did we mention he's also a student in the first cohort? 

     

    What brought you to BrainStation?

    I was learning personally, through Codecademy, Codeschool, Treehouse, when I was able to link up with the BrainStation team. I have a background in business development, community building and marketing, so I came on to assist in that respect. Through that I was able to contribute in the hiring process to bring on our amazing educator team. I'm actually one of our students in the first cohort!

     

    BrainStation has a good amount of classes now- Front-end, Back-end, Mobile, Data Science. Which class did you start with?

    The Front-end class is the first cohort, which is now in Week 6.

     

    And it’s a part time commitment. What is the general time commitment that students are signing up for?

    For me personally, I had approached the concept of using something like Course Report to find an intensive, immersive bootcamp in Canada or the States. I couldn’t make the time or money commitment at that point, so there was no real option in Toronto for someone like myself, who had a 9-5 job and wanted to dabble in coding. We aim to provide that opportunity. Our student base is interested to the point where they want to take a part-time course. We have some entrepreneurs in our course working on their own projects, and young professionals, looking to be better at what they do. Technology is everywhere, so having a background in web development is useful in marketing, finance etc. We teach on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm for 12 weeks. So there’s 72 hours of in-class learning.

    Someone working in finance may wake up at 6am, go to work, commute to our class, and be here until 10pm. That’s a long day, so we’re pretty understanding. When they come to class, it’s just project building. We’ll have a 30-minute overview of the material and the curriculum is based on their individual goals (versus an end goal for the class). So the time commitment depends on the individual, but we have students spending upwards of 15 hours/week, and others spending 5-10 hours outside of class. Overall, it’s 15-20 hours of work per week, with 6 of those hours being in-class.

     

    What’s the cohort size for this first course?

    It’s 18 students. Our standard is a 6:1 student to TA ratio. In this first cohort, we’re trying to make sure everything runs seamlessly, so we have higher than 6:1. Our cofounders are all in the classroom as well.

     

    What are you looking for in potential students? Do applicants need to have programming or technical background?

    It depends on the course. What we envision is that the front-end program is the most beginner friendly. It’s the intro to web development- you dive into HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Responsive Design, SEO and Analytics. It’s not necessarily the fully immersive bootcamp where the goal is to get a job.

    That being said, we do aim to facilitate hiring if a student wants that. We're finding that students that came in with an original intent to get a promotion at work or authentically manage their technically team better are more interested than they thought they'd be. It’s cool to see them wanting to shift.

    The backend or mobile program is a bit more technical. It would be perfect for someone who has taken our front-end course or someone with coding experience. All of our programs begin before you get to class. We have a 50+ hour prep course laid out for you to complete before day one begins.For the mobile course, you need to be able to pick up Objective C, so you will want to have programmed before.

    Did you get a lot of applications for your first cohort?

    We did. We cap our cohorts at 24. We didn’t necessarily turn people down, but we had genuine conversations with them about the course. It’s not your typical “night class.” It’s going to be intense and quick. We chose 18 solid students who have been able to commit, and that’s been awesome.

     

    Do you have a refund policy in place in case a student doesn’t realize the pace until it’s too late?

    We have a $500 deposit, which is nonrefundable and holds your seat in the class. We had one student who was given a full refund, Andrew, because he was given a promotion at work and he wasn’t able to continue. We’re not looking to make this difficult- obviously we want to fill the cohort as a business so that we can provide the best experience possible, but life happens. That’s one thing I’m learning as a cofounder and a student, since I’m in their shoes.

     

    Of your 18 person class, how many are male vs. female?

    7 out of 18 are female. We offer a $500 automatic scholarship for women. The co-founders and our educators are passionate about getting more women into technology, and it seems that they want to also. Toronto is holding it down for the ladies! If you’ve been part of the Canadian Armed Forces or are in the US Military, we offer an automatic $500 scholarship as well.

     

    Can you give us a quick run down of the curriculum in the Front-End course?

    The topics we cover are mainly HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. On top of that, we go through UX, responsive design, typographies, popular APIs like Facebook and Twitter. Alex is one of our cofounders and also a lead educator in the classroom, and he’s made the curriculum very adaptive. We just had project week in Week 5, and now they’re shifting the curriculum based on where students are. We don’t want to get into one set curriculum- the whole point is that it’s agile. We also have some very high potential students who are constantly asking for more work. The students will come back and say, “I spent 25 hours on Sublime Text this week.” For students who can commit that amount of time, we’ll have work for you, but we don’t want to intimidate students who can’t dedicate that amount of time.

    As a student, I would be expected to do three chapters of reading, then I need to do some exercises (~5 hours) in Treehouse and Codeschool. Everyone has a personal project that we also work on. We have one student, Oliver, who has a men’s e-commerce brand. That’s really cool, because you can see that he’s so committed to building his website. We try to give projects that can be implemented into what an entrepreneur’s goals are.

     

    How are you helping students find jobs? Are you doing interview training, building a portfolio etc?

    Throughout these 12 weeks, they’re pushing everything to Github, so at the end, they’ll have a portfolio of projects. That’s sweet. We have some students who are content with their jobs, but want to enhance their learning and maybe freelance on the side. The extreme case is that a student wants us to open their eyes to the companies who are hiring in Toronto.

    The most interesting thing is when you get someone who is now a “switch-hitter”- they have an accounting background but they know how to code, so they can work for an accounting-based software company like Wave. Or someone in Marketing who can now handle a technical team. The doors open up.

    Because we’re part-time, we don’t need our own location, so we run our classes out of a coworking environment and rent out the space at night. We're running our courses out of 2 co-working spaces; Project: RHINO and The Fueling Station, as well as an accelerator, Extreme Startups.

    These spaces have small startup companies as well as more mature businesses, which is cool because in Toronto, the startup scene is something that you need to be exposed to. Coming out of university, startups weren’t a publicized option for me- the typical options are business, doctor, lawyer. This opens up their eyes to possibilities that they never knew existed. Salesforce, Pivotal Labs, Wave Accounting, Shopify, 500px, the list goes on of awesome companies that I wasn't exposed to until I began coding.

     

    If you place a student with a company, does BrainStation get a recruiting fee or does the student get a refund?

    I know that’s how a lot of the bootcamps operate. That is not how we’re going to operate. If we’re able to help students make a positive shift in their lives, that’s great. You can tell from our marketing that we don’t focus on selling the concept of getting a job. We want to focus on the education. It’s not something that will make or break our business, and we don’t expect to generate any revenue from that.

     

    Is there a demand for developers in Toronto like there is in New York and San Francisco?

    Yes! For every 7 technical jobs in Toronto, there’s only 1 qualified individual available to fill the job. The gap is there, hence all of these coding bootcamps popping up.

     

    Are you feeling pressured to get accredited or work with regulatory agencies in Canada?

    No sweat there. Since we're part-time and professional development focused, we're in the clear. We approached the Ministry of Ontario Education, in our province, just to be proactive. Last May Bitmaker Labs went through the same issues that Californian boocamps are going through now, it's brutal. Clearly Bitmaker was making a positive impact on Toronto's economy and filling the gaps that exist. Two of our founders were on the founding team at Bitmaker, which is why we were proactive right away. I get why the regulations are in place- to protect consumers- but there’s a fine line between protecting consumers and harming the economy and innovation. All of the bootcamps I've talked to in Canada are legit and there's room for all of them. Be sure to check out my Open Letter to Technology Educators, it was recently published in Techvibes. 

     

    Does Brainstation sound like the school you've been looking for? Check out their website or their School Page on Course Report!

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