"This summer, you can engage in some meaningful professional development right from the comfort of your couch for the low, low fee of absolutely nothing! Thanks to companies and organizations who are providing free online courses from reputable universities, you can now be a part of thousands who are engaging in real learning on the web."
Get free online courses from the world’s leading universities. This collection includes over 250 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Download these audio & video courses straight to your computer or mp3 player.
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"With GitHub, Stack Exchange, Coursera, Udacity, etc, do you really need a CV?"
"Whether you are looking for a master’s degree program, computer science classes, a K-12 curriculum, or GED study program, this list gives you a look at 50 websites that promise education for free."
"UBC is joining forces with the US-based company Coursera to provide high quality, non-credit courses free of charge to a worldwide audience – bringing the university’s expertise within reach of anyone with Internet access."
Stanford Unveils Free Platform To Run Your Own Online Courses http://t.co/7hkysb1j via @zite
"Treehouse launched last November with an admirable (or terrifying) goal: To teach the world how to design and develop for the Web, iOS, and now Android. Essentially the lovechild of Lynda.com and Codecademy, Treehouse is building an educational platform that employs video, quizzes, and a little gamification to help aspiring programmers and app developers learn the trade — whether or not they have any prior experience."
"The resulting diagram is below and it’s available under Creative Commons license for re-use and, preferably, improvement. I say improvement because I’m not entirely happy with it and I think some relationships are missing or could be re-interpreted. Inevitably, it is trade off between presenting complex ideas and relationships in as simple a way as possible. I’d welcome suggestions for improvement or you’re welcome to it yourself."
"Today, the IITs stand atop the Indian educational system and, like their peer institutions in the US, they’re making a point of putting free courses on the web. "
"Do you want to learn to make iPhone or Android apps? If so then you’re in luck, as the internet is full of 100% free-to-take programming courses that can get you well on your way. This article will list 25 of these, and will tell you a little bit about each."
In the last decade, the Creative Commons philosophy of freely sharing information and the pervasiveness of the Internet have created many new opportunities for teaching and learning. MIT OpenCourseWare spearheaded the sharing of high-quality, university-level courses. While these materials were not originally designed for individuals engaged in self-study, approximately half of OCW's traffic is from these users.6 Recently the use of learning management systems (LMSs), such as the proprietary Blackboard or open-source Moodle software, has become ubiquitous
At P2PU, people work together to learn a particular topic by completing tasks, assessing individual and group work, and providing constructive feedback.
Those of us interested in exploring the myriad free courses available online will appreciate the work being done at P2PU. It’s perhaps a funny name when you first say it out loud, but P2PU’s approach and original learning content are for real.
When some of the world’s most prestigious universities – including Harvard and MIT in their edX venture or Stanford and Princeton through Coursera – start putting courses online for free, it tells you one thing for sure – whatever they are selling, it is not their course content.
Someone asked if that’s a good thing to place the tools in the hands of anyone who wanted to create a course. It’s a good question. But is it the right question?
Budding digital animators and game programmers will soon have another option for learning those skills — through Seattle Public Schools’ new Skills Center.
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