Best Online Coding Bootcamps of 2020

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For these leading online educators “online coding bootcamp” is a bit of a misnomer. This year’s top online bootcamps have invested in the best of in-class learning — live instruction, mentorship, ongoing feedback, and interactive engagement with peers, among much else — to ensure online learning platforms come closer than ever to replicating the real thing. If you’re serious about career development but unsure you have enough motivation to keep the learning curve steep on your own, then you’ll definitely want to check out what these online coding bootcamps have to offer.

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CareerFoundry 5/5

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General Assembly 4.85/5

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BrainStation 4.8/5

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University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies 4/5

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CareerFoundry

5 out of 5
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$ $ $ $

CareerFoundry offers mentored online courses in UX design, UI design and web development. The Berlin, Germany-based online educator is focused on helping beginners become tech professionals in as little as six months with help from dedicated mentors, tutors and career specialists. According to CareerFoundry, 96 percent of graduates land a job in their field within 180 days of graduation.

CareerFoundry’s Online Learning Experience   

CareerFoundry’s online learning environment lets students track their progress using a dashboard and connect in real-time with student advisors and tutors on a daily basis. Lessons are broken down into broad topics called Achievements, each of which is supported by a series of hands-on exercises designed to mimic actual work projects. Students work in close collaboration with a tutor toward building a robust portfolio.

What Students Are Saying

Career Foundry's UX design immersion course is a really really solid program for people who have a full time job and is looking for career change or development. Career Foundry's full time course is about $10K (which is similar to what you pay for Brainstation's 3 months full time course). It comes with a job preparation module and a specialization of choice (Voice, UI, or Front-end development). The duration is about 10 - 12 months with a mentor available on-demand throughout and a tutor you can Slack with regarding your course work. They also have a job guarantee (with very reasonable terms & conditions) which gives you money back if you can't find a job in 6 months. I find it's portfolio focus approach and flexible schedule a Must as I have a full time job to keep at the moment and I want to be portfolio ready when I finish the course. At first, I worried that Career Foundry is not very well know in Toronto though it has great reputation in Europe. But I interviewed a few alumni in person in Toronto and they now hold actual UX design courses after transitioning from a different industry. Overall I highly recommend this program. It's remote learning so you just need to be very self motivated and put in the time for your homework.

Haze Kwok, UX Design

Courses

CareerFoundry offers mentored online learning in UX Design, UI Design and Web Development.

Locations

Online

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General Assembly

4.85 out of 5
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4.85/5
$ $ $ $

General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. What began as a co-working space in 2011 has since grown into a global learning experience with campuses in 20 cities and over 35,000 graduates worldwide.

As individuals and companies struggle to compete in an increasingly technological economy, General Assembly provides award-winning, dynamic training to close the global skills gap.

General Assembly’s Online Learning Experience   

General Assembly, which acquired Toronto-based Bitmaker in 2016, brings an online learning platform to Canada that’s been built and tested with students around the world. General Assembly lets students dive deep with mentor guided Learning Paths designed for flexible schedules across a robust range of full- and part-time training programs.

 

What Students Are Saying

In my early years of my career I've had exposure to product management in a variety of tech roles, but at the company I worked for there was no discipline or structure on this. It appeared as though there were pockets of expertise on it spread across the org. I had a voracious appetite to learn more and found this essential to my career progression. I'm grateful to have taken the Product Management course with General Assembly as this helped fill in the gaps I needed to make the full transition into a Product Manager role. The course empowered me with the tools and knowledge I needed to take on a problem I was passionate about solving and transforming into a viable business product. I now feel a lot more confident and ecstatic to apply what I've learned in my current role and in my side projects. A BIG SHOUTOUT also to my teacher Andrew Kumar for helping carve out this new path for me.

Dan Tyrala, Product Management

Courses

General Assembly offers full-time immersive and part-time courses online for aspiring data scientists, coders, product managers, designers and marketers.

Locations

Online, Toronto, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, London, Paris, Singapore, and more.

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BrainStation

4.8 out of 5
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4.8/5
$ $ $ $

BrainStation is a global leader in digital skills training. BrainStation empowers individuals and organizations to achieve digital success through courses, workshops, events and corporate training.

BrainStation’s Education team of 250 industry professionals has trained over 50,000 people through campuses in New York, San Jose, Toronto and Vancouver.

BrainStation’s Online Learning Experience   

BrainStation’s online live learning platform, Synapse, broadcasts to professionals in more than 50 cities and 27 states, provinces and territories across North America.  Now available in two time zones (Pacific and Central), the platform offers synchronous learning and one-on-one instructor feedback using an intuitive interface that BrainStation just keeps on refining.

What Students Are Saying

I chose to enroll in the online UI course at Brainstation. With my work schedule along with other commitments, I thought that would be the best approach for me. I’ve learned a lot of technical skills about UI including InVision, Sketch, prototyping, wireframing and creating high fidelity screens in 10 weeks. My instructor were helpful and always made themselves available. I would say the one negative I had, is I wish we had more time to get more in depth with sketch. I know that it was a part time course, but it would’ve been better to have more practice in class. Overall though, I enjoyed my time at BrainStation.

Merissa, User Interface Design Online

Courses

BrainStation offers online live learning for all of its part-time subjects, which include data science, design, development, digital marketing and product management. For full-time diploma programs, check out in-class learning options at campuses in Toronto, Vancouver and New York.

 

Locations

Online, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Boston

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University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

4 out of 5
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$ $ $ $

UofT’s SCS Coding Boot Camp is a part-time Full Stack Flex course that equips students with the fundamental skills needed to become a full stack web developer. The cutting-edge curriculum not only covers the basics of coding, algorithms and data structure, but takes students through intensive training in JavaScript, Node.js, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Java, and more.

UofT Coding Boot Camp’s Online Learning Experience   

UofT’s flexible, self-paced, online coding bootcamp consists of three main phases in which student “build,” “apply” and “execute” on new knowledge. At each stop, students can tap into various channels for support including their Teaching Assistants (TAs), Program Support Manager (PSM), dedicated mentor, community Slack channel, or the online learner portal.

What Students Are Saying

I enrolled in the weekday course and find it challenging and extremely rewarding. I've read a lot of negative reviews about the program online (the program IS in its first year), but they all seem to be from the same class being run on the weekend at UofT. My instructor is an industry professional who is knowledgable and willing to do whatever it takes to help students become full-stack developers when they graduate. Having said that, I do think there are minor wrinkles to iron out: like finding bigger classrooms and more working outlets, streamlining assignment material, and making the online learning platform easier to use. A company called Trilogy Education is actually running this program out of UofT. Better coordination between Trilogy and the university might help. Ultimately, the curriculum is very good. If you're an independent learner who has a full-time job, then the SCS coding bootcamp will deliver in ways that other full-time front-end heavy bootcamps will not. The unique 24-week timeline and scope of topics are what really drew me to the course. On those points, it's delivered.

Dom, SCS Coding Boot Camp

Courses

UofT offers online program in full-stack development in addition to bootcamps in data science and cyber security at its campuses in Toronto.

Locations

Online, Toronto

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