Have you heard of MOOCs? According to Wikipedia, “A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web.” And MOOCs seem to be gaining popularity but is it any wonder? Accessing classes at your convenience from home is great. If you can throw in free, you really have a winning combination!
Take Online University Courses Free
One of the most diverse and easy-to-use MOOC platforms is Coursera. Partnered with 70+ (and the list keeps growing!) top universities, Coursera envisions “a future where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few.” Through Coursera, you can take a wide variety of courses from big-name universities online for FREE. That’s right – FREE!
You can learn something new or deepen your knowledge of a subject that currently interests you – the choice is yours! Most courses are in English but over two dozen are offered in one of the following: Spanish, German, Arabic, Italian, Chinese or French. And they’re adding new courses frequently so even if there’s nothing of interest now, which I can’t imagine, there may be soon.
So what kinds of courses are offered? Here’s just a sampling of upcoming courses:
- A Brief History of Humankind – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Animal Behavior – University of Melbourne
- Think Again: How to Reason and Argue – Duke University
- Introduction to Sustainability – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Disaster Preparedness – University of Pittsburgh
- Information Security and Risk Management in Context – University of Washington
- Creativity, Innovation, and Change – Pennsylvania State University
- Introduction to Mathematical Thinking – Stanford University
- History of Rock, Part One – University of Rochester
And this is just a few of the dozens of courses that are starting in the next few weeks. There are many, many more! So whatever your interests, check out Coursera and see if there isn’t a class or two you just can’t resist. It’s free so what have you got to lose?
Crystal Marie lives by the philosophy that needing less rather than earning more is the key to happiness and financial serenity, which allowed her to “retire” from formal employment in health education at the age of 44. She can be found making the most of the second half on her blog, The Best 50 Years.