What Kinds of Free Schooling Are Available Online?

For students who are interested in learning extra information in a variety of subjects, many universities offer college level classes for free. While these courses are generally non-credit, they are valuable for students who want to learn or want to advance their career.

Overview of Free Online Schooling

Many universities offer free online courses for university students and non-students who are interested in learning about science, literature, art, engineering and many other areas. Some of the universities that offer free courses include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, the University of Notre Dame, New York University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Important Facts about Free Online Schooling

Programs Non-credit
Prerequisites Certain computer, software and Internet specifications may be needed to access learning materials
Common Courses Gender studies, engineering, genetics, writing
Possible careers Computer science, technology,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The OpenCourseWare (OCW) Project at MIT consists of free online classes with materials from 2260 courses in engineering, the humanities, architecture and planning, science and management. The courses represented through this project reflect a majority of the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. Enrollment in the program can begin at any time of a student's choosing. No degrees or certificates are issued through MIT's OCW Project because none of the courses offer credit.

Tufts University (TU)

TU also participates in the OCW Project, offering free online courses in nutrition science, veterinary medicine, design, biology and many other areas. Much like MIT's project, the program at TU doesn't grant any degrees or certificates. The courses that are available online are representative of the classes offered at TU. Six schools are currently participating in the project. It is funded by the university, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Kurtz Family Foundation.

University of Notre Dame (UND)

Notre Dame's OCW Project offers free online courses from 25 departments. Some of the departmental areas include Latino studies, mathematics, philosophy, anthropology and political science. The project can be accessed by students, faculty and non-students. Like other OCW projects, the UND project doesn't grant any degrees or certificates.

New York University (NYU)

Currently, NYU offers free lecture notes, videos and tutorials on mathematics. These resources are accessible to anyone with an interest in the subject. The website also lists free online mathematics textbooks, such as Basic Concepts of Mathematics, by Elias Zakon and Design of Comparative Experiments, by R.A. Bailey. Resources on the site include information on general mathematics, abstract algebra, graph theory, number theory and many other related areas.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at CMU offers free online courses in statistics, foreign language, chemistry, modern biology and many other areas. The difference between the OLI and other free online resources is its feedback process that continually enhances user experience and satisfaction. The OLI is currently working with the U.S. Department of Education to help develop a National Education Technology Plan.

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