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
What You Learn
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.)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.”
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.
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.
“Thank you again for your wonderful, inspiring, enlightening class. It was a great pleasure to be your student. I hope to hear from you during your journeys and I can show you
the land of nomads.”
“I just wanted to thank you so much for this semester. I have learned so much more than I expected and really value the time I spent learning, watching the webinars, and conversing with you over email.”
ERIKA, NEW YORK
“Being creative is very challenging to me. The Internet project took the most time and was the toughest for me. That's a good thing”
ARTURO, LOS ANGELES
"Thank you so much Fred. By far my most favorite online course I have ever taken because you treat it as a course you want to teach and not just a side gig like most online professors! Being a science major most of my course work is memorization of biological processes. Your class was a creative outlet and a way to use the other functions of my brain. Keep up the great work."