Thanks to the Internet, eager learners can easily access resources offered by educational institutions around the world. In addition to free museum materials and digitized library books, this phenomenon has culminated in a wealth of free online college classes, with MOOCs at the forefront.
A MOOC, or a Massive Open Online Course, is a cost-free class you can take online in order to “accelerate your future.” MOOCs are available in a range of subjects, from humanities like language to data and computer science, and are offered by some of the world’s top universities. Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and even Paris’ Sorbonne University are just some of the 876 schools that have hopped onboard the MOOC bandwagon. In fact, 190 universities have just recently added 600 free online courses. (The full list is available here.)
While these online courses won’t end in a degree, they’re a great option for those looking to broaden their horizons or hone their craft. As an added bonus, MOOCs are built to revolve around your schedule, unlike traditional programs. This means that you can take the courses on your own time and at your own pace, making them excellent for people with busy, inflexible, or tricky timetables.
If you’re interested in taking a MOOC, head over to Class Central, where you can search and sift through your options. You can also sign up for free on the edX website.
Time to hit the (digital) books!