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Free Online Courses from Top Universities (no kidding!)

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

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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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Love that site.

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

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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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Thanks for the additional links! I am trying one to test the waters so to speak!:) wish me luck!

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

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

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Wow. Thanks for posting.

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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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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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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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I recently finished KNOW THYSELF which was a philosophy course. The lecturer was awesome and the material thought provoking...

https://www.coursera.org/course/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(?).

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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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To be honest, I don't see how you can have a course without books. It's understandable if it is not an expense you want to take on, but also understandable that you need books to take a course.

 

Also, if you call the Yale Coop, they may have used books. Harvard Coop is more dicey, their bookstore is now Barnes and Noble. Try the MIT branch.

 

I stopped buying new books after my freshman year (not at Yale, G-d forbid)!

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