20 Free Online Courses from Traditional Colleges and Universities 6

Free Online CoursesThis is a guest post from Karen Schweitzer.  She writes about top online colleges for OnlineColleges.net (RSS).

More and more traditional colleges and universities are beginning to offer free online courses to self-learners around the world. Although most of the courses are of the non-credit variety, these freebies do provide quality online education through lectures, readings, assignments, and other self-study materials.  [Nate: You might be able to get college credit for these classes using portfolio assessment.]  Here are 20 free online courses worth checking out:

  • Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning – The University of California-Irvine offers nearly one dozen free courses, including this timely course on financial planning.

  • Small Business Tax Course – Kutztown University’s Small Business Development Center offers a comprehensive ten-lesson course on small business tax.

  • Making the Academic Adjustment to College – This Notre Dame course presents text lectures on reading, learning, and goal-setting strategies for new college students.

  • Introduction to Family History Research – This genealogy course from Brigham Young University includes four lessons that teach students how to get started on a family history research project.

  • Start Writing Fiction – Of the hundreds of online courses offered free through the Open University’s OpenLearn project, this 12-hour introductory course is the most popular.

  • Shakespeare’s Comedies – This three-part course from the University of Washington examines a Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night.

  • Media Art I – This studio art course from Capilano College is the first in a series of four free media art courses.

  • Furniture Making – MIT’s Furniture Making course provides an overview of furniture history and video lectures that demonstrate furniture-making techniques.

  • Practical Electronics – This course, also from MIT, introduces students to basic electronics concepts through videos, labs, and lectures.

  • Elementary Astronomy – This College of Eastern Utah course introduces students to astronomy through a series of printable course handouts.

  • Geometry I – This free geometry course is just one of dozens of free mathematics courses offered through the University of Oxford.

  • Calculus I – The free calculus course from the University of Massachusetts-Boston is the first in a series of three free calculus courses.

  • Introduction to Humanities – The free humanities course offered through Dixie State College uses PowerPoint presentations and other materials to introduce students to ideas and developments in Western culture.

  • Social Psychology – This course-in-progress from the University of Berkeley examines self and society through audio and video lectures.

  • Introduction to Health Policy – This four-module course from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health introduces students to issues in health policy and management.

  • Modern Biology – Carnegie Mellon offers several free online courses through their Open Learning Initiative, including this intro-level course in modern biology.

  • Medicine I – The many schools at Tufts University offer free courses through the university’s OpenCourseWare program. One of the most popular is this Medicine I course.

  • Nutrition – Designed specifically for online learners, this Western Governors University course provides a comprehensive overview of human nutrition.

  • Teaching Students with Special Needs – This course from the University of Southern Queensland is for special needs teachers who want to learn more about behavior management in the classroom.

  • Intellectual Property and Information Law – The University of Michigan only recently made this course, which includes extensive lectures and assignments, available online to self-learners.

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6 thoughts on “20 Free Online Courses from Traditional Colleges and Universities

  1. Reply Susan Gaissert Mar 24,2009 8:08 AM

    Thank you very much for sharing these resources.

  2. Reply Kim Anderson Mar 24,2009 9:26 PM

    Great resources! My readers will be glad to learn of them! I’ll be linking to you!

  3. Reply Liz Hatchett Apr 15,2009 7:17 AM

    Thanks for making a list of these classes. I recently graduated but I am a total nerd and love taking classes. This is a great way to take a class or two and save a ton of money. I might try the Law class first.

  4. Reply Biology Clep Tips Jun 12,2009 5:48 AM

    Your site and posts are very interesting ! Thanks for providing such a great resource. With so many junk sites out there it’s refreshing to find one with valuable, useful information ! I’ll be back to read regularly !

  5. Reply Karl Johanson Mar 24,2010 7:59 AM

    Cool article,
    Free classes would be awesome, just wondering if you still need the books

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  6. Reply Trident University Jun 15,2011 4:17 PM

    It’s amazing how many educational resources there are available for students who want to learn. These university courses are great.

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