University Rankings for Technology OpenCourseWare
Looking for OpenCourseWare focused on technology? Even for self-taught students, not enrolled in a particular postsecondary school, there are cost-free coursework options focused on a variety of technology fields. Here's a ranking of universities that offer free technology courses.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers hundreds of free technology courses covering a wide range of topics. Courses combine audio, video and text and include materials such as lectures, labs, assignments, and exams. Available coursework includes classes in:
- Science technology
- Health technology
- Engineering system technology
- Electrical engineering and computer science technology
- Mechanical engineering technology
#2 Delft University of Technology
The free technology courses offered though the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands are fantastic for advanced technology students. Courses are mainly text-based, but they do include videos and other multimedia elements. Each course also includes links to supplemental technology education resources. Classes offered include subject matter relating to:
- Digital signal processing
- Advanced device physics
- Methods and algorithms for system design
#3 UC Berkeley
The University of California - Berkeley provides access to dozens of webcasts that focus on technology. Archived lectures can be viewed with a free version of RealPlayer or downloaded as an mp3 file. Students can find courses in several electrical engineering subjects.
#4 Utah State University
The Instructional Technology Department of Utah State University provides access to more than ten free technology courses through the university's OpenCourseWare program. A wide range of topics are covered in these instructional technology courses, including educational technology, interactive learning technologies, and information technology.
#5 Dixie State College of Utah
The Computer and Information Technology Department of the Dixie State College of Utah offers two great technology courses that are free to self-learners around the world. The comprehensive courses explore each topic in full and include lectures, assignments, quizzes, and much more. Interested students can take classes in:
- Artificial intelligence
- Systems design and administration
#6 Rice University
Rice University's Class Central offers a wide range of science and technology courses that are free to everyone. All content is divided into modules, which are manageable chunks of information, or collections, which are grouped modules that read like a textbook.
#7 University of Southern Queensland
The University of Southern Queensland in Australia provides access to a number of quality technology courses. Topics include everything from computer technology to technology policy. Courses are mainly text-based, but include other multimedia elements as well. Classes are available in:
- Communication, technology, and policy
- Technology and society
- Creating interactive multimedia
#8 The Open University
IT and computing courses are offered by the UK's Open University. The school offers a number of free technology courses at introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. Courses take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks to complete and include comprehensive text-based materials.