You can learn almost anything you want to online. From superconductivity, to how to argue, to how to build a social network and how to deal with issues of death. And yes, you can do this for free!
There are now hundreds of courses offered on-line for free that provide access to a selection of courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at universities from all over the world. The aim of this is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.
Here are our top recommendations of places to get a free online education….
Itunes U: Many universities put up lectures and podcasts on Apple’s Itunes store. A good number of them are open to the public and you can subscribe to these.
Courses you might like: ”Writing for the Web”, taught by University of Glasgow and ”Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders”, offered by Stanford Technology Ventures Program.
Udacity was founded by three roboticists who believed much of the educational value of their university classes could be offered on-line. A few weeks later, over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled in their first class, “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.”
Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with top universities in the world to offer courses on-line for anyone to take, for free. They envision a future where these top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. We highly recommend Coursera out of personal experience. They are currently working with over 30 of the world’s top universities.
MIT OpenCourseWare: OCW makes the materials used in the teaching of MIT’s subjects available on the Web.
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats
Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Their mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free on-line courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all there.
Open Culture also has a list of 200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More.
You can find their list of the top ten places to get a free business education on-line here