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Do you want to expand your horizons, learn a new skill or help you increase your knowledge for your job?  In the past you would have a few options but most of them cost an arm and a leg.  Community colleges are great but take time and cost money.  Workshops and seminars are great but can be pretty expensive and might not be as specific or as beneficial as you would have liked.  Youtube channels are free but how do you know the content is accurate?

Learn anything online with these free resources for online classes from free stuff friday and fiscal fitness phoenix

We have compiled a list of different online learning platforms that offer courses online that are generally free.  Enjoy!

 

edX

edX is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including some courses at no charge.  It is a non-profit organization and runs on open-source software.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University created edX in May 2012. More than 70 schools, nonprofit organizations, and corporations offer or plan to offer courses on the edX website.  As of 24 March 2016, edX has more than 7 million students taking more than 700 courses online.

EdX courses consist of weekly learning sequences. Each learning sequence is composed of short videos interspersed with interactive learning exercises, where students can immediately practice the concepts from the videos. The courses often include tutorial videos that are similar to small on-campus discussion groups, an online textbook, and an online discussion forum where students can post and review questions and comments to each other and teaching assistants. Where applicable, online laboratories are incorporated into the course. For example, in edX’s first MOOC — a circuits and electronics course — students built virtual circuits in an online lab.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Some courses and the organization presenting them (along with price) are listed below:

-Becoming an Entrepreneur, M.I.T. (Free)

-Digital Branding and Engagement, Curtin University (Free)

-Hollywood: History, Industry, Art.  University of Pennsylvania (Free)

-Design and Development of Games for Learning, M.I.T. (Free)

-English for Doing Business in Asia: Writing, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Free)


 

Udacity

Udacity is a for-profit educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky offering massive open online courses (MOOCs).  According to Thrun, the origin of the name Udacity comes from the company’s desire to be “audacious for you, the student”.  While it originally focused on offering university-style courses, it now focuses more on vocational courses for professionals. (Source: Wikipedia)

Udacity has two types of coursework that all seem to focus on IT, computer programming and software development: nanodegrees and free individual courses.

Per Udacity, “A Nanodegree program is an innovative curriculum path that is outcome-based and career-oriented. Every program has a clear end-goal, and the ideal path to get you there. Courses are built with industry leaders like Google, AT&T, and Facebook, and are taught by leading subject matter experts. Students benefit from personalized mentoring and project-review throughout, and have regular access to instructors and course managers through moderated forums.

Graduates earn an industry-recognized credential and benefit from extensive career support. The ultimate goal of a Nanodegree program is to teach the skills you need, for the career you want, so you can build the life you deserve.”

Nanodegree programs cost between $199 and $299 per month and some programs include: iOS developer, Mobile game developer, Senior web developer and Android basics by Google.

Free courses include:

-Intro to Data Analysis

-JavaScrip basics

-Intro to HTML and CSS

-App marketing


 

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman “Sal” Khan with the aim of providing a “free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”.  The organization produces short lectures in the form of YouTube videos.  In addition to micro lectures, the organization’s website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world. The main language of the website is English, but the content is also available in other languages. (Source: Wikipedia)

Courses include but are not limited to:

-US History,

-World History,

-Math,

-Computer programming

-Chemistry

-They also have math coursework based on school grade from K-2nd to 8th grade and test prep courses for SAT, MCAT, AP Art History and more.