Welcome to another OddLearning post!

We love to keep learning, thus we are always searching for resources and information.

As we browsed through some online communities, many asked each other; Where could they find Online college courses for free?

Sometime we cannot afford to get post secondary education when we want to, maybe you will work for a few years to be able to afford it, or you just simply want to take courses without pressure and keep acquiring knowledge.

So I’m happy to share a few websites we have personally tried and can provide you with plenty of choices, some even include a certificate of completion valid to add on your curriculum.

The first one and one of our favorites:

Coursera

Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

We envision a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life by accessing the world’s best learning experience.” 

How awesome is that? 

They truly provide great resources, worksheets, not to mention the video lessons that go thoroughly into the topic you are learning.

I took a Korean Grammar course and was impressed by how easy i could understand it, considering my mind drifts off constantly. 

The teacher in the videos is a native speaker, so you truly can learn pronunciation and grammar at its fullest.

You have the option to take many courses for free, but as many other sites, they have seen the need to add some fees for some of their programs to be able to keep providing these resources.

They have:

25 MILLION

LEARNERS

149

UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

2,000+

COURSES

180+

SPECIALIZATIONS

4

DEGREES

As shown on their website:

On Coursera, you have access to:

How We Help You Succeed

Mobile learning; Through our Apps for iOS and Android.

How We Help You Succeed

Academic and technical support; From our dedicated community of Course Mentors and our knowledgeable Learner Support team.

How We Help You Succeed

Shareable Course and Specialization Certificates; That you can add to your resume and LinkedIn Profile.

How We Help You Succeed

An inclusive experience; Designed for a diverse global audience, including video subtitles in over 30 languages.

For more information, check out their website at:

https://www.coursera.org/

Our next website is:

JHSPH OPENCourseware

Public health knowledge for the world.” 

As informed in their About page:

What is JHSPH OpenCourseWare?

OCW makes JHSPH course materials used in the teaching of actual courses freely and openly available on the Web. You may share and adapt the materials on OCW under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Why is JHSPH doing this?

JHSPH sees OCW as an important component of the School’s mission (Protecting Health, Saving Lives – Millions at a Time). OCW is true to JHSPH’s values of excellence, innovation and leadership. JHSPH OCW contributes to the “shared intellectual commons” in academia, which fosters collaboration across JHSPH and among other scholars across disciplines and around the world.

How does JHSPH OCW differ from JHSPH Online Courses?

JHSPH Online Courses involve the active exchange of information between faculty and students, assessment opportunities, and verification of learning outcomes. Furthermore, academic credit is awarded for successful completion of JHSPH Online Courses. To explore JHSPH Online Courses, visit http://distance.jhsph.edu/.

JHSPH OCW is not meant to replace degree-granting higher education or for-credit courses. Rather, the goal is to freely and openly provide the content that supports an education.

Will JHSPH OCW always be free and openly available to anyone in the world?

JHSPH is committed to JHSPH OCW materials remaining freely and openly available. Even as we continue to grow and evolve, our OCW materials will always remain free and open to all. Along with this commitment to remaining free and open, JHSPH OCW is also committed to the ideas that JHSPH OCW is not a credit- or degree-granting initiative and that users will never have to register to view course materials.

How is JHSPH organized academically?

There are ten academic departments that make up the School. Below is a list:

  • Health, Behavior & Society
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy & Management
  • International Health
  • Mental Health
  • Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
  • Population, Family & Reproductive Health

When i first encountered this website I thought it would not be useful for me as im not going on the public health career path, but I was wrong. As you saw above, they go over subjects that everyone should learn about.

For us here at OddLearning we like to go through how important is to care for you, your mental health, your well being and we are thankful we could gain a deeper understanding with these courses.

It might not be what you are looking for, you might think it won’t be useful, but you can never go wrong with learning what you thought you didn’t need.

For more information check out their website at:

http://ocw.jhsph.edu/index.cfm

Our third awesome resourceful website is:

Open Yale Courses

“Open Yale Courses provides 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.” 

  • All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats
  • Registration is not required
  • No course credit, degree, or certificate is available through the Open Yale Courses website. However, courses for Yale College credit are offered online through Yale Summer Online including OYC professors John Rogers and Craig Wright.”

We haven’t personally tried this site, but we have heard great things about it. You probably know of the high reputation Yale has had through the years, many times you either hear from yale or harvard as a couple of the top Colleges recognized World wide.

I would list the online courses they provide, but the list is quite extensive so it would be better for you to check it out, I leave you the link: https://oyc.yale.edu/courses

As listed on their website:

What is Open Yale Courses?

Open Yale Courses (OYC) provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.

  • Registration is not required
  • No course credit, degree, or certificate is available through the Open Yale Courses website.

The online courses are designed for a wide range of people around the world, among them self-directed and life-long learners, educators, and high school and college students. The integrated, highly flexible web interface allows users, in effect, to audit Yale undergraduate courses if they wish to. It also gives the user a wide variety of other options for structuring the learning process, for example downloading, redistributing, and remixing course materials.

Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are provided.

Who Leads Open Yale Courses?

Diana E. E. Kleiner, Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics and former Deputy Provost, is Founding Project Director and Principal Investigator of Open Yale Courses. Professor Kleiner brings to the project a wealth of experience in the development of Internet educational offerings as well as her long-time experience as Yale professor, scholar, and administrator.

Who is Supporting Open Yale Courses?

Open Yale Courses is supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, CA. Through its Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative, launched in 2001, the Hewlett Foundation “seeks to use information technology to help equalize access to knowledge and educational opportunities across the world.” The initiative supports “the development and dissemination of high quality content, innovative approaches to remove barriers to the creation, use, re-use and sharing of high quality content, and projects that seek to improve understanding of the demand for openly available content.” Visit http://www.hewlett.org.

For more information check out their website at:

https://oyc.yale.edu/

How about we add a fourth one to the list, our next one is:

MITOPENCOURSEWARE:

MASSACHUSETTS  INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

“The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” 
Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering.

Unlocking Knowledge

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity

Empowering Minds

Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication.

This site is one of my favorites, as it has the option not only for English speakers but for:

  • Traditional Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Korean

It has a wide collection of courses and they continue to update it, some example are:

School of Engineering:

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences:

I could list all of their subjects but i would rather you see for yourself, as its impressive the variety they provide for free.

For more information check out their website at:

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

These are the best websites we have personally used and can write positively about, but do not worry, we will continue to update this post as soon as we try others and hopefully they are useful to you or someone you know!

 

(All the information written and used here is with the sole purpose to inform you or someone you know, all credits go to this websites and the amazing opportunities they are providing to anyone with internet access.)

 

If you have any questions, please let us know on the comments or email us directly, we would be happy to help.

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