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Most everyone is looking for some form of free online classes but what about free a high quality college class online?  If you’re one of the many looking to take an online college class then these providers are for you!  I’ve written before about Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which are online courses provided by a growing group of top academic institutions.  This list of institutions is growing rapidly and is a treasure trove of knowledge for those that are seeking to learn and gain an exceptional education from these free online courses.

Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can be used to provide Tier 1 training with zero investment cost.  What is more important to you?  Learning and paying back significant student loans that includes a piece of parchment or Learning what you want from high quality institutions on demand while you venture out and build something great.  This is a question that is becoming more and more difficult to answer especially when you are faced with the quality institutions that are producing these offerings.

Coursera – original partners Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania.  As 17 July 2012 The following institutions joined Coursera California Institute of Technology, Duke University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, University of California, San Francisco, University of Edinburgh, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, University of Washington.

Open Learning Initiative (OLI) –  a grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University, offering innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Their aim is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education.

TedED – creating lessons worth sharing.  An extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas.

MIT Open Courseware – a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Codecademy –  offers self-paced hands on learning of JavaScript, Web Fundamentals, JQuery, and a basic Code Year.

Khan Academy – a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

Udacity – learn by solving challenging problems and pursuing udacious projects with world-renowned university instructors (not by watching long, boring lectures)

Udemy – helps students make moves. Whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, further a passion, or just accelerate your life, Udemy helps you learn from the amazing instructors in the world, so that you can get there and get there faster.

edX – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, University of California – Berkeley.  Nothing like free online classes from Harvard right?

What do you plan to learn first?  My recommendation is some form of Computer Science or Programming….now which to choose… Enjoy!



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