How Education is Important
As we all know education is the process in which we acquire skills, knowledge, and values. As a result, it’s important that we invest in this process in order to know how to do more things, i.e., to be more independent, to help others, to provide services our even build products.
Also and broadly speaking, I believe that education can transform and evolve our current society into a more tolerant and constructive space. I trust that this could help solve problems for people leaving us with a better place to live.
Free and Self-paced
UNESCO estimates that the number of universities is about 17 000 in the world. Although this is an excellent contribution to the process of education, thanks to the internet, we now have a lot of online courses where we can learn important skills and even earn a degree.
Some are free, others have fees but normally a lot more inexpensive than physical universities. Thus you don’t have to get yourself into debt to finance the process of learning new things. This is noteworthy because now people that don’t have money can access to good (and free) courses, as long as they have access to a computer with internet.
Another excellent feature is that some of them are self-paced. Therefore you can have them while working for example. Or even while studying in a physical university (complementing your education).
Here is my list of websites with FREE courses
With over 2000 courses, Coursera is one of the best websites to learn some new subjects. Additionally, they have 149 university partners.
Udacity has one particular strategy, that is project-based online classes, this means that when you finish a degree, you will actually have some projects to show.
Also, they have 15 Nanodegree programs, most of them with leading companies as partners.
3. Khan Academy
Khan Academy has thousands of solutions in areas ranging from Maths, Computing, Science & Engineering, Economics & Finance, etc. Therefore you have here another excellent alternative to start learning.
One thing I love about Udemy is that you can see the ratings that other learners gave to the course. So if one of them has 4.5 (Rating 1 to 5), among 2000 ratings, it will probably be valuable!
EDX is a platform where you have excellent partners like MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, etc. They are a provider that is both nonprofit and open source. In terms of courses, they have over 1300.
6. Code Academy
The place to learn to code. Over 25 million learners have joined this platform.
In Alison you can chose between 800+ courses. More than 10 million learners already tried this platform.
MIT list of courses that you can take. Enjoy!
9. Open Culture
Free Online Courses, movies, audio books, eBooks, textbooks, etc. A great place to start learning.
Provides a free and open access to introductory courses. “Financial Markets” with Robert J. Schiller is truly amazing. Recommend to absolutely everyone.
From the website: “The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public.”
12. TED Talks
Short and powerful talks where you can learn about everything.
13. Draw Space
Draw Space, where everyone can draw.
14. Kutz Town
The Kutztown SBDC offers 25 Online Learning Programs. Subjects like: Accounting, Business Planning, Finance, Legal, Marketing, and Management Development.
15. Open Learn
Over 1000 free courses from The Open University.
16. BBC Languages
Learn a language with BBC Languages!
Another place to learn a language.
18. Justin Guitar
Free guitar lessons.
For anything creative!
More Free courses. Open2Study is backed by Open Universities Australia (OUA).
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