College From Home? Sure… At Least a Few Classes

The internet has changed a lot of things. Some for the better, and some not. One thing that is a huge benefit is the proliferation of ways to learn online for free or nearly free. One interesting development is that some colleges are posting entire lectures and classes online for anyone to access. I’ve come across several while working with the Excellence in Literature project, and I keep hearing of more.

One of the best-known resources is iTunes U, which can be found in the Apple iTunes store. If you visit the site, you’ll find the link to iTunes U in the top navigation bar. Mouse over it, and a menu of subjects drops down. A glance at the topics available in the humanities shows 18 pages of multi-part courses, including:

John Locke Lectures in Philosophy from Oxford University

Christian Apologetics and many others from Reformed Theological Seminary

Publishing from Stanford University

There are many choices there, all free. You may download them to your iPod or watch online. Either way, they can be used to supplement home study, prepare for a CLEP exam, or just learn something new and interesting. Obviously, the worldview varies, depending upon the source and topic, but the selection offers something for everyone.

Other sources of free knowledge include Open Educational Resources Commons and Academic Earth, as well as some individual college sites.

At OER, you’ll find thousands of courses in primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels in almost any academic subject you can imagine. There are tutorials available, and the site is easy to navigate, though it may appear a bit cluttered.

At Academic Earth, you can search by university, subject, or instructor. This site is clean, very attractive, and easy to use. I’ve already found several courses I’d like to try.

At MIT Open Courseware, today’s featured course is A New Use for Quantum Computing. Taking it online may not be quite the same as doing it on campus, but you can be assured of high-level learning and an interesting experience.

You can find more free online classes by Googling “free college courses.” No matter what you’d like to study, whether it’s physics or publishing, there’ll be something available. Enjoy!


1 Response

  1. Kimmie says:

    Thanks Janice…

    this will be fun to look into…my oldest (18) is currently taking course online and would love to find some more relating to writing/English.

    thanks from my family! (*that is growing!)

    mama to 7
    one homemade and 6 adopted

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