This is Page 2 of 22 Places that offer Free Online College Courses, Classes and Training: Do you want to go to a College or University, or to even go back to College, but can't afford it? Ever wanted to say, "I take classes at Yale, Harvard and MIT"? Well now you can! Maybe it's neither of these things and you just need to sharpen your skills in a certain area for job growth or training, or you simply love to learn, or want to keep your mind sharp and active. Whatever your reason is, don't sweat the tech! Because there are many options other than paid Colleges and Universities that won't cost you a dime, and I've found a boatload of them for you. It's what I do! Some even offer Certificates when the courses are completed. It may not be a College Degree, but it is something that you can place on your Resume to show that your Education did not end with High School or a GED.
You will see many sites that refer to MOOCs - this means Massive Open Online Courses. MOOC basically means that any interested learner is able to participate. It's a beautiful thing!
For your ease in selecting which sites to visit, I have attempted to list the Topics/Categories that are taught for most sites, but please note that the lessons are subject to change. Also, many of these sites have Categories, then sub-Categories; or Topics, then sub-Topics; so the lessons are broken down even more-so in some cases. Most of these sites require that you register, join or become a member (all free) in order to access their free resources. I have always enjoyed learning and I hope you do too! And with these resources, you can take your time. Unlike when you were in school, now you can learn at your own pace and on your own schedule!
You cannot earn any Certificates by completing their courses.
You can also search by MIT Course Number or Department.
They offer over 500 accredited Free Online Courses in the areas of:
They offer 1100 free online College courses, over 1000 MOOCs, free movies, audiobooks, eBooks, free language lessons, free K-12 Education and more!
Open Education Consortium
They allow Teachers and Students to freely use and share materials. You can search by Course, by Institution, by Language and by Category. I've listed the main Categories below, which are then broken down into sub-Categories.
OEDb.org (Open Education Database)
They offer over 10,000 free online audio and video courses in the areas of Art, Business, Education, Engineering & Computer Science, Health & Medical, Liberal Arts, Math and Science.
Skip past "The Degree Finder" at the top of the page, and search for courses and topics in the "Explore Open Courses" section, or you can browse by subject.
Open Yale Courses
Yale provides free online College courses that are introductory materials, and access to educational materials. All lectures were recorded at Yale in classrooms and are provided in video, audio and text transcript formats. You will not receive any course credit, degree or certificates.
TED teaches and informs through short recorded talks (usually less than 18 minutes, but sometimes longer) that run the gamut of subjects, issues and ideas in more than 100 languages. The most popular topics include: Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science and Global Issues. Most lecturers are on a stage, at a podium, in a classroom and/or in front of some type of audience giving a presentation or lecture and instead of paying for the lecture, we are able to view it/them absolutely free. There are currently more than 1900 talks available.
The Open University
Select your Country and they will provide you with a list of subjects that are available.
They offer free courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, for the following categories:
Wharton University of Pennsylvania
With their free online College courses, you can even earn a Verified Certificate (if you choose) that shows that you've mastered each course's material.
Courses currently offered:
YouTube is one of the largest options for learning. You can find videos for almost any subject matter. Most people that teach or display skills on YouTube are not professors or teachers, but many are experts in their field. Of course you will run across many dud videos that simply waste your time, but there are so many decent ones sprinkled in, that you simply cannot ignore this free resource.