November 4, 2016
One of the best advantages of the Internet and web technologies is that they have levelled the educational playground making education and learning accessible to anyone anywhere in the world with a computer and Internet connection. Whether you want to pick up a foreign language or learn the basics of a craft from scratch, ‘you Google it and you find it’. With the widespread of open courseware and MOOCs, everybody now can have access to a plethora of high quality lessons and learning materials offered by distinguished scholars from top universities around the world. In the collection below, we are sharing with you some of the best platforms that provide open and free courses for learners.
1- Khan Academy
‘Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.’
‘Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. With more than 90 global partners, we are proud to count the world’s leading universities, nonprofits, and institutions as our members. EdX university members top the QS World University Rankings® with our founders receiving the top honors, and edX partner institutions ranking highly on the full list.’
‘MIT OpenCourseWare is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.’
4- Open Yale Courses
‘Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.’
‘Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take. Choose from hundreds of courses created by the world’s top educational institutions. Courses are open to anyone…Watch short video lectures, take interactive quizzes, complete peer graded assessments, and connect with fellow learners and instructors.’
‘The Open Learning Initiative offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach.
Our aim is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education’