Ever wondered what it would be like to learn at Harvard University? Well you can now. Many of the top American colleges are now offering free courses that you can take from the comfort of your own home. Even the University of Melbourne and University of Queensland are stepped to follow in the next couple of years.
The internet is rife with free courses that you can undertake. Maybe there is a topic you have always wanted to learn more about, or maybe you want to dip your feet in to see if there is a degree you would like to pursue.
Free courses with iTunes U
Apple now has an app for its iPads, iPod touch and iPhones with access to courses from many of the top universities. There are over 500,000 free lectures, videos, books and more from educational and cultural institutions in 26 countries. Some of those include units from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford and the New York Public Library.
Learn a language for free
Freelanguage.org allows you access to materials and resources to learn up to 70 different languages from the most common to the most obscure. You can also visit the BBC website at www.bbc.co.uk/languages for tutorials on some of the more popular languages.
Educational resources for students, parents and teachers
ABC splash is an educational website developed by the ABC and Education Services Australia which is completely free. The content which includes videos, audio clips, games and more have been directly linked to the Australian Curriculum in areas of English, Mathematics, Science and History.
Free university courses
www.coursera.org has courses from over 33 leading universities from around the world some of which include Brown, Stanford, Duke, Princeton, University of London, University of Melbourne and more. You can study anything from Economics, Maths, Law, IT, Medicine, Business, Management, Biology the list goes on. Courses range in different lengths but are like actually attending university. You also receive certificates from the instructors (who are professors and lecturers from the universities) on completion.
www.edx.org is another website which has courses available for free from more leading universities. Some of their educational institutes include Harvard, Berkeley and MIT. The structure is the same as above although there are fewer options at this point in time.
Harvard, Berkeley, Yale, University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts, Utah State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Tufts University and MIT also run more course options from their own websites and have been listed as some of the top institutions to provide free online courses.