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8 websites offering free online courses

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When I started this blog, the very first post I wrote was about websites where you can learn computer programming for free. I believe in the concept of free education for everyone. And recently, many websites/universities have started offering their courses to the world for no cost! So here am listing down 10 such resources where you can learn what you want, for free!

1. Coursera

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This is one of the largest website databases for University open course ware. These courses are at a set time (usually lasting for 10-14 weeks). The main USP of this website is the huge number of courses they are offering. On the date of writing this article, coursera was offering 453 courses, from 88 universities, with the number of subscribers reaching more than 4.9 million!

2. Udacity

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Udacity is a digital university that specializes in computer science courses. Navigation of the website is extremely user-friendly. Each course is arranged in video lectures – each of approx. 5 mins each – which are free of cost! In addition to the class, Udacity offers an online forum where students can collaborate together, study, and work in groups.

3. Udemy

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Udemy is an online institution that offers courses taught by leading experts. It has both free and paid courses. So you will have to carefully check the cost of the courses you need to take. Udemy also allows everyday experts to create their own class, so you will have to be selective about the courses you want to take as anyone can create a course.

4. Khan Academy

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Khan Academy has a variety of video lessons for free. The course subjects are broken down into particular lessons, which is great for students who are looking to learn one principle without taking an entire course. If you prefer reading to watching, this site may not be for you as the lessons are all video based.

5. MIT Open Courseware

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For those looking for courses that will test even the brightest student, MIT is sure not to disappoint. You can download all the course material, which is nearly identical to the course taught at MIT (it even gives you the year and semester it was taught). Being an on-demand course, you don’t have any ability to connect with others who are taking it. It is simply an independent study for you to study on your own.

6. Open Yale Courses

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Open Yale courses offers a great website that is easy to navigate and comprehensive. There are a variety of subjects offered, which can either be downloaded as a zip file, or viewed online. Each lecture has a video (which was recorded during the actual course on campus), plus a transcript and a PDF of slides used during the presentation. There is no need to sign up or create an ID. Yale has made it easy to take their courses.

7. edX

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edX offers an array of courses from different universities. The classes are of specific length and duration. You can register for classes offered by Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, and other prestigious schools. You will first need to setup an edX account to access the courses. But if you are looking for a class you can do on your own time, this isn’t the website for you.

8. OpenCulture

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OpenCulture has compiled a list of University free courses. In their list, they identify what form the lecture comes in (iTunes, Web video, YouTube, etc.). In addition to course listings, they also offer lists of free audio books, free textbooks, and free language lessons. This site does not offer its own curriculum, but rather it compiles resources for easy navigating.


Have you done a course from any other website for free? Do let us know in the comments!

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