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#1 CrankyMe

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:24 AM

Nope, I have no vested interest in this site, other than I find it fascinating and am pretty much sharing it everywhere I can.

https://www.coursera.org/

They offer free online courses on a huge variety of topics - economics, biology, geo-sciences, etc, etc, etc. Most of them also use free online textbooks or no textbooks at all, just provided class notes. So it really is free-free.

You will not get college credit for these courses, although some offer certificates proving you took the course.

Participating universities include Duke, Princeton, U of Michigan, and many other well known colleges and universities.

Some courses are more advanced than others and require background education on subject matter, but there are a LOT that are entry level learning.

My only problem so far is picking something. So many sound interesting to me - Sustainability, Human Physiology, Science of Social Networking, and so on. Several courses are starting in September so now is a good time to sign up!

Hope it helps someone!

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:52 AM

Thanks for posting. There's some interesting classes in there.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:03 PM

Harvard and MIT [I thihnk it's mit] are now starting an actual certificate program that you can participate in for free online. If you go to their sites you can find the info.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:21 PM

Love that site.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:58 PM

Thank you for the link! I like the idea of real courses with no pressure since you don't get a credit.
I used to use the openware courses from MIT to help supplement my understanding of certain subjects (in school or just for my own personal knowledge.)


It's http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm but you probably have already found the site before!

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 01:51 PM

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

MIT has great humanities departments, much to people's surprise. And one of the best business schools in the country (Sloane).

http://www.extension...ning-initiative

The heroic myth course by Prof. Nagy is awesome, and not that hard. We called it "Heroes for Zeroes," the entire football team took it. But it is a GREAT course.

Prof. Garber is a really renowned Shakespeare expert, and I really loved her course, but I wouldn't watch every lecture again. "Measure for Measure" I've bookmarked, because it is my favorite.

http://www.opencultu...eeonlinecourses

I'm not that familiar with this site, but there are free Hitchcock movies!

http://www.youtube.com/stanford

There are lectures on neuroscience. David Sapolsky, whose lecture is pinned to Depression, has a course online here.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:24 PM

Thank you so much for sharing additional resources. The internet is truly amazing.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 12:20 PM

thanks, you guys, for posting these resources. my boyfriend was telling me about colleges offering free online courses a couple of weeks ago. i was interested but did not do any follow-up research on my own. so again, thank you for posting!
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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:05 PM

Thanks for the additional links! I am trying one to test the waters so to speak!:) wish me luck!
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Some days are better than others, but I do what I can.

How I'm doing now: I am down and am suicidal. I want to stay in bed forever. I never want to leave the apartment. The voices have been really bothering me. They also put thoughts in my head that aren't mine. They do this to torture me constantly. It is never silent.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 12:34 PM

http://webcast.berkeley.edu/


loads of things on iTunes under the heading "itunesU" almost all of it is free.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:29 PM

There's also this website - Academic Earth, where Harvard, Yale, Berkeley and others post lectures from select courses.
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#12 kittyloaf

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:06 PM

If you have an Apple device there is a free app called ITunes U that has free courses from many disciplines.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:50 AM

So cool! I just signed up for 2 courses to take :D

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:55 AM

Wow. Thanks for posting.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:36 AM

If you have an Apple device there is a free app called ITunes U that has free courses from many disciplines.

 

I've "taken" two Yale courses through iTunes U and the problem with it (or maybe just the ones I chose, I dunno) is that they don't choose free textbooks, articles, journal volumes. They do link to places where you can purchase them, but it kind of, I don't know, is really limiting since people are doing this for personal knowledge/pleasure or to supplement their other courses and I already have a hard enough time paying for the classes I take for academic credits, so. Again, maybe it was just the two I looked into, or maybe just the courses Yale offers through iTunes U. It's cool nonetheless. I used to listen to the lectures while commuting to decompress and relax before my "real" classes.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:43 PM

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 06:36 PM

I signed up for some at the University of Austin Texas for September but im not sure if I will actually take them as I may be moving home.


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 02:42 AM

another option is check your local public library- mine has a bunch of DVDs that are basically college profs teaching an entire course, made for home learners.  No textbooks required.  I watched a really great series on astronomy by one of the best astronomy profs out there, it was awesome.  They're Great Courses series, made by http://www.thegreatcourses.com/ really expensive to buy but check if your library has them they're really good


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 06:23 AM

I recently finished KNOW THYSELF which was a philosophy course. The lecturer was awesome and the material thought provoking...
https://www.coursera...rse/knowthyself

It's not currently on but you can add it to your WATCHLIST which hopefully means they should tell you when the next one is on(?).

#20 Forbidden91

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 12:52 AM

Seems really cool, but as radicalfeminist pointed out do you have to purchase textbooks for the courses provided or are they free...I will definitely pass this on.


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