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If you’ve attended college, and lived on campus, you can probably relate to hanging out all night and somehow making it to class in your t-shirt, jogging pants, and house shoes. Well, now you don’t have to relive that experience again should you want to get your education, nor pay for it.
You can get your free education from the comforts of home through the Massively Open Online Courses or more commonly known as MOOCs. The most well-known are Coursera and Open edX, so I won’t bother discussing those much.
The following education platforms offer everything you could want: Finance, Science and Medicine, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Classics and Humanities, Law, Computer Science and Technology. In the end, you are the driving force behind your education. You might as well teach yourself for free. If none of these work, head on over to Germany where students (even international students) learn free!
As you know, I firmly believe everyone should have an entrepreneurial spirit. If you work in corporate America, it’s more the reason to. You don’t want to allow your family’s financial state to rest in anyone’s hand but your own. So my first free education site is an online business school, My Own Business, Inc. Here, you can take an online business administration course, free. You’ll learn how to create business plans, work on marketing tactics, handle your own accounting, and learn e-commerce strategies.
Similar to Coursera and edX, Udemy also allows you to build your own courses. You’ll have access to some of the top professors and content in the country. Before you get too excited browsing around, do note some of their content is at a cost.
I’d say it’s a 50/50 chance that you’ve heard of ALISON. It’s a great free educational website where students can earn certifications, online. You’ll learn health, business, technology, and languages. It’s one of the most recommended sites on the net amongst freelancers. So if you have a business and want to show off your skills, earn your certificate from Alison and post your achievement on your website. It’s a great way to impress future clients and give you a bargaining chip for your proposals and bids.
Yes, you read that right. iTunesU is another free online education platform. This, of course, is for you Apple product lovers because it does not integrate with Google, Windows, or Android devices. However, users can always download iTunesU app to their desktop! This is worth mentioning for those stuck on a train headed to work. You have no excuse! It’s easy to find what you want, by topic or genre, because it’s categorized similar to the iTunes store.
Let the rumors be put to rest! Yes, there are prestigious universities that place their courses online for you to access, free. Most of these universities offer their courses through Coursera or edX. You can catch their courses through RSS feeds also. These courses are the real deal as you can stream real videos of the campus lectures. They are easy to navigate courses, and you can find the professional certificate you’d like and learn that way! A few schools you can be a proud student of include:
- Stanford University, Stanford Online
- Harvard Extension
- Dartmouth University (new to the list this Fall semester)
- Open Yale Courses
- UC Berkeley
For the wanna-be computer geek inside of you, check out Codecademy and Code. These two online schools feature coding courses. Codecademy provides a live practice learning environment, so you’ll code while you learn. You can organize your lessons in modules so you can have continuous learning.
Code is similar, but it also offers kid-friendly courses. You also have access to other tech topics such as robotics and app writing.
Memrise is listed here for those who specifically want to learn a new language. There are many other courses available as well; it’s just that this is truly an excellent visual site.
Another site that’s been around for a while and worth note is LingQ. Here, they do offer free content as well, but once you upgrade you have access to unlimited lessons, and it’s a learn-as-you-go program. It will adjust to what you’ve learned already (yes, that means testing). Sign up for free to try out LingQ.
So hit the books (and next week we’ll talk about where you can get those for free as well).
~ Independent, Smart, Diva