Want to get quality education from the comfort of your own home? Or what if you can’t afford to go to these universities because some of these prestigious schools are expensive and have really rigorous admission standards? Fret not, you can still take their classes… for FREE. But you probably already know that.
In the last 6 years or so, over 800 universities around the world have offered over 10,000 online courses (mostly free, some partially) – these courses are called MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. These courses range from Computer Science, Health & Medicine, Art & Design, Engineering, and more. Plus, many of these are completely self-paced, so you can start taking them at your convenience.
If you’re thinking about what the down side is – while the education is free, getting graded assignments and even your completion certificate are chargeable. Of course, you can still sign up just for the course totally free.
You can literally learn anything from languages (Celtic, Norwegian, or even advanced English and Chinese) to sciences (from biology to black holes) and even emerging technology like AR, VR, Gaming, and more.
You can sign up for these courses on Udacity or Coursera (here’s an article on how to do that).
Here’s just some of the courses that may interest you (by category):
Programming & Engineering
CS50’s Introduction to Game Development from Harvard University
Engineering the Space Shuttle from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Blockchain Technology from University of California, Berkeley
Social Sciences & Humanities
Groundscape Architecture Design Lab, re-thinking cities underground from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Develop Your Cultural Intelligence from Purdue University
Media Literacy and Representation from University of Newcastle
Sciences, Health & Medicine
The Health Effects of Climate Change from Harvard University
Nuclear Energy: Science, Systems and Society from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Astro 101: Black Holes from University of Alberta
Biohacking Your Brain’s Health from Emory University
Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes from Wageningen University
Art & Design
UX Design Fundamentals from California Institute of the Arts
Music Psychology: Why Does “Bohemian Rhapsody” Feel so Good? from Griffith University
Avatar Psychology for Designers from Michigan State University
Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health from Harvard University
Managing My Money for Young Adults from The Open University
Social and Digital Media Analytics from Purdue University