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MOOCs: Free Online Education With Elite Universities

By David S. Chang

Looking to invest in yourself and your education? One of the best ways is to take advantage of MOOCs. What is a MOOC? MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses.  There have been free online courses for years, but with the quality, quantity, and elite higher educational organizations becoming involved, the stigma has rapidly changed. This has changed the face of education, with anyone anywhere can take advantage of courses only elite students had access to. 

In The New York Times article Instruction for Masses Knocked Down Campus Walls, author Tamar Lewin stated, “in the past few months hundreds of thousands of motivated students around the world who lack access to elite universities have been embracing them as a path toward sophisticated skills and high-paying jobs, without paying tuition or collecting a college degree.”

Elite universities such as Yale, Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and dozens of state universities are now offering MOOC. Unfortunately, there is no diploma and students have to be self-disciplined to follow the course work. But it is free, voluntary, and no penalty of dropping or postponing classes. For those who would like a free elite education and have the motivation to do follow-through, the following includes the:  Top Sites for Information about MOOCs:

  1. Udemy – Udemy is an example of a site allows anyone to build or take online courses.  Udemy’s site exclaims, “Our goal is to disrupt and democratize education by enabling anyone to learn from the world’s experts.” 
  2. Coursera – Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
  3. Coursetalk – CourseTalk, has a comprehensive search of MOOC’s and open enrollment courses freely available to anyone. Through the site, students can enroll in programs, communicate with professors and other students and rate & review courses. 
  4. edX – ed X combines the power of top universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and University of California Berkeley to create top-notch open classes.
  5. Udacity – Udacity is a unique collection of MOOCs, mostly related to computers and robotics. The company was originally founded by roboticists teaching “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.”
  6. ITunesU Free Courses – Apple’s free app “gives students access to all the materials for courses in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations.”
  7. Stanford Free Courses –  From Quantum Mechanics to The Future of the Internet, Stanford offers a variety of free courses. Check out Stanford’s Engineering Everywhere link.
  8. UC Berkeley Free Courses – From General Biology to Human Emotion, Berkley offers a variety of courses.  Check out:  Berkeley Webcasts and Berkeley RSS Feeds.
  9. MIT Free Courses – Check out MIT’s RSS MOOC feed.  Also see:  MIT’s Open Courseware.
  10. Duke Free Courses – Duke offers a variety of courses on ITunesU.
  11. Harvard Free Courses – From Computer Science to Shakespeare, students may now get a free Harvard education. “Take a class for professional development, enrichment, and degree credit. Courses run in the fall, spring, or intensive January session. No application is required.”
  12. UCLA Free Courses – Check out free courses such as their writing program that offers over 220 online writing courses each year.
  13. Yale Free Courses – At Open Yale, the school offers “free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.”
  14. Carnegie Mellon Free Courses – Carnegie Mellon boosts “No instructors, no credits, no charge.”

David S. Chang

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Wealth Manager and CEO | Chief Editor, Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant ArtofThinkingSmart.com | Political Consultant | Army Officer National Guard | Living To Fulfill Needs, Solve Problems, and Live Passionately!

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