WanderSight

online courses for

curious travelers

Arts  -  Humanities  -  Globetrotting

we teach where we travel

What We Teach

Ways of Travel
Ways of Travel
"The easier it becomes to travel widely,...the harder it becomes to travel wisely." Phil Cousineau. And so it has been thoughout history.
Cultural Histories of the Southwest
Cultural Histories of the Southwest
The Art and Culture of America's Outback. From Native American, Hispanic to Anglo.
Authoring Digital Humanities Projects
Authoring Digital Humanities Projects
Learn how to combine digital technology to transform thinking and eduction in the arts and humanities.
Right Now, It's Like This: American Buddhism
Right Now, It's Like This: American Buddhism
"Right Now, it's like this." A clarion call in Buddhist practice to embrace the nature of reality at this very moment.
Globetrotting for Art and Culture
Globetrotting for Art and Culture
Bruce Chatwin wrote about our inherent wanderlust and the need to collect things along the way. Why do we collect; what do we need?
Looking at Ancient Cultues
Looking at Ancient Cultues
Stones have been used to mark journeys. For the Inca, stones were a sculptural medium to see into the numinous world of the earth.
Following Globetrotting Explorers
Following Globetrotting Explorers
Not all explorers walk into the unknown. As Stephens and Catherwood did in the 19th century, many follow the well-worn path. We often do the same.
Digital Tools for Online Advocacy
Digital Tools for Online Advocacy
Learn how to use Slide Decks, Photography, Video, Podcasts, Blogs, and other digital tools to turn ideas into visual and audio content to effect change.
Journeys Through Asian Art
Journeys Through Asian Art
There is no such thing as Asian Art. There is art from China, art from Indonesia, and art from Afghanistan. We follow a journey through Asia to see the diversity of visual expression.

We can change the world while we also change ourselves...through a continuing education and advocacy of the arts, humanities and globetrotting.

 

People want more from their learning than what they can get from a book or rambling through a search engine.

 

 People seek knowledge that can be shared through an interactive community.

 

Usable skills in research, technology and advocacy

Encouragement to explore your own imagination and creativity and

Support for developing ideas and the means to share them.

 

This is some of what you can take away from

your interactive study with

 

WanderSight eLearning

What You Learn

About Advocacy

  • Advocacy for the Arts Across the Globe
    Advocacy for the Arts Across the Globe
  • Advocacy for the Arts Across the Globe
    Advocacy for the Arts Across the Globe
    Through China to Java. The Himalayas to the Andes. Our courses in art and architecture are part culture, part art history, and all about the journey. Learning is a path, and these courses guide you through the places not as tourist sites but as stops along the way that encourage us to meditate and piques our curiosity. Knowing these places is the first step in protecting them. (photo of the artist Win Win, painter of Buddha images in Bagan, Myanmar.)
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  • Engaged Buddhism
    Engaged Buddhism
  • Engaged Buddhism
    Engaged Buddhism
    There are many great online courses that introduce learners to Buddhism. You can take many online courses in meditation. Where appropriate, our courses give you the basics of Buddhist history and philosophy. We are more interested in Buddhism in action. Engaged Buddhism. And the places of Buddhist practice. We travel around the United States visiting Buddhist centers and getting to know the teachers and students. In Asia, we travel to and create learning materials about Buddhist temples, monasteries and the lives of everyday Buddhists. We are pilgrims. (photo Monastery abbot, Myanmar)
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  • Cultural Preservation
    Cultural Preservation
  • Cultural Preservation
    Cultural Preservation
    Many of our courses follow the explorers and artists who have historically journeyed through the American Southwest, Mesoamerica, India or China. We visit modern-day Native American and Hispanic cultures and record their lives today. During our travels we visit the religious centers and the media we produce is brought into our courses for further understanding. (photo Hubbell Trading Post, Ganado, Arizona)
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  • Responsible Tourism
    Responsible Tourism
  • Responsible Tourism
    Responsible Tourism
    All of our media content in the WanderSight elearning is produced by us during our globetrotting. And oh, man, the things we have seen with tourist attitudes and behavior. As a movement and advocacy, Responsible Tourism is more than having good manners. It is about adopting ways of seeing that give the traveler insight and appreciation for local ideas and customs. And accepting that we are always "strangers in a strange land." (photo Machu Picchu, Peru)
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  • Education Equality
    Education Equality
  • Education Equality
    Education Equality
    A backpack educator is someone who teaches their courses online from far-flung locations. Travel is what motivates these educators. “He who is not educated first will not be educated while traveling.” Since not everyone can travel, the Backpack Educator bridges the gap. Educational equality, however, also means that everyone should be able to have the same tools available to be educated. Of the six areas of advocacy outlined here, it is education provided by a global teacher that can help tie these together. That is why most of our courses are made on location, lending them the authenticity of “being there” for the benefit of those who are not. (photo Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Khleang, Cambodia)
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  • Environmental Protection
    Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Protection
    Environmental Protection
    Engaging in arguments about climate change, land exploitation such as deforestation, and crowded urban centers with those who have not ventured far afield is difficult. Many people do not have first hand points of reference. You just have to be there sometimes. (photo from Cambodia. Sign warns of deforestation and hunting endangered species)
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It takes skill to work on behalf of others and the principles that guide a civil discourse.

 

Skills in advocacy are developed by a knowledge of the issues made possible by a study of the arts and humanities.

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How Our Program Works

Learn Anywhere on Any Device

Membership Gives You Access to All of Our Courses and Networks for One Low Monthly Price

Qualified Instructors Who Are Available to Work One-on-One and Live Chat with Learners

Studio-style media projects shared with fellow learners and your social networks

Scheduled Live Streaming and Webinars from Around the Globe

Content Produced by

eLearning Media on Location

Interactive and creative features that reinforce what you are learning

Planning a journey? All of our courses feature cultural and historical information about your destinations for download

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Baudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu
Baudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu
Shwedagon Pagoda. Yangon, Myanmar
Shwedagon Pagoda. Yangon, Myanmar
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Big Goose Pagoda. Xi'an, China
Big Goose Pagoda. Xi'an, China
Panjiayuan Market. Beijing, China
Panjiayuan Market. Beijing, China
Museum Puri Likisan. Ubud, Bali
Museum Puri Likisan. Ubud, Bali
Kiva. Chaco Canyon. New Mexico
Kiva. Chaco Canyon. New Mexico
Petroglyphs. Valley of Fire, Nevada
Petroglyphs. Valley of Fire, Nevada
Iglesia, Chichén Itza. Yucatán, Mexico
Iglesia, Chichén Itza. Yucatán, Mexico
On the road to Chinchero, Peru
On the road to Chinchero, Peru
we teach where we travel

Fred Advocates eLearning

Fred is a pioneer in online learning. In 1998, he was on the ground floor when his college began its web-based programs. Since then, as a Professor of Global Art History and documentary filmmaker, his courses have been taught to hundreds of students through the Internet. This has made it possible for Fred to present courses in the arts and humanities from locations such as Peru, the Yucatán peninsula, the American Southwest and from around Asia.

 

As Fred travels he creates content to share through his teaching and lecturing activities. Video, audio narrations, image galleries and recording of ambient and local sounds funnel into course lessons. Through interviews with travelers, artists, Buddhist practitioners, global educators and more, he brings you their conversations as part of the course content.

 

“During my first trip to Myanmar in 2005, I had the privilege of meeting Muang Muang; a photographer in the northern town of Bagan that some have referred to as the “Ansel Adams of Myanmar.” His work is a pictorial and historical depiction of this country where foreigners were once seen with much suspicion. Now, with tourists returning, he maintains a small outdoor gallery at the Ananda Temple, alongside sellers of lacquer ware and Buddhist souvenirs for those who visit this sacred site.

 

One afternoon after discussing film photography, we retired to his home, out of the afternoon heat. There he showed me his wet darkroom, complete with Omega enlarger, sink, trays and empty chemistry bottles. A safelight still hung over the sink. He can no longer get the chemistry and papers, much less photographic film itself. The space is a preservation of his memory from when his world was different, when the practice of photography was slower, contemplative and printmaking was a craft. He longs for a return to using his cameras loaded with Tri-X.”

Fred Sigman

 

Download Fred's Interactive eBook

Digital Field Work

 Anyone can share a YouTube video.

All of our content from eBooks to Video

to Interactive Media is produced by us.

We are original.

With so much educational content online, why WanderSight?

We Are Backpack Educators

You will learn from people who do not simply have their university degrees in the course subjects. Your courses are guided by educators, artists, writers and filmmakers who travel to the places and meet the people you are learning about. We care.

Unique Content Not Found Elsewhere on the Internet

The lesson materials you receive are engaging, informative,

and well-researched. Includes downloadable interactive eBooks.

Real Time Teaching for Real World Learning

 "You Are There" sessions are scheduled as instructional webinars and Live Streaming from on location.

Want a face-to-face conversation with Fred?  We can Skype or use one of our other video platforms. Included in your membership.

Testimonials

As a university professor Fred has long appreciated the feedback and evaluations of his courses and teaching that his students provide.

Here are a few comments from previous learners.

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