Free Stuff Friday: Courses and Lectures

There are many great free resources on the web. For the next five weeks we’ll be taking a look at some of them in our new series – Free Stuff Friday

There are a growing number of high quality resources for the self-motivated learner.

Here are a five sites to help those interested in self-directed learning:

MIT OpenCourseWare;

Academic Earth;

ITunes U;

Open Culture;

and Khan Academy.

As I started digging more into this subject I discovered that there is far too much to cover in a short blog post. Before today I’d never heard of Open Education Resources or University of the People, for example.

One significant difference between the sites listed above and a traditional education is the document you receive confirming that you have actually sat through the classes and done the work. However, if you’re more interested in the education than the paper, then this is a great time to have access to the Internet.

These sites are also a great way to bolster the more traditional education you may be receiving (i.e. college, university, or high school).


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