One of the most obvious advantages of the internet is that information becomes more accessible, redefining communication, publishing and information sharing.
In learning, the concept of massive open online course (MOOC) revolutionized e-learning and distance education. Making history not only with great accessibility and convenience but with open source and tuition-free online courses.
Below are the institutions providing tuition-free online courses you may want to add to your personal development plans for the year 2017.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Course Ware (MIT-OCW)
According to MIT School of Engineering professor, Dick K.P. Yue, the concept of MIT Open Course Ware is “To publish all of their course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” MIT-OCW offers a variety of courses from business, energy, engineering, fine arts, health and medicine, humanities, mathematics, sciences, social studies and many more. Try a look at their courses and get the top of line education straight from MIT. GO TO MIT WEBSITE.
Stanford University Tuition-Free Online Classes
Stanford Online Learning Initiatives offers variety of professional education opportunities, and tuition-free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to students worldwide. GO TO STANFORD WEBSITE.
University of the People
University of the People (UoPeople) is the first in the world to be an tuition-free online university! University of the People aims to provide an accredited choice for higher education for those who can not afford a brick and mortar school. UoPeople offers business administration courses, computer science and health science courses. Their accreditation is provided by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) since the first quarter of 2014. The university, located in Pasadena, California, provides a free tuition to hundreds around the world. GO TO UNIVERSITY OF THE PEOPLE WEBSITE.
EDX Free Online Courses
Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality tuition-free online classes from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. GO TO EDX WEBSITE.
Iversity is the Europe’s digital learning platform for higher education and professional development. It enables universities, nonprofits and knowledge-based companies to share tuition-free online classes, awarding recognized credentials with participants from around the globe. Iversity’s objective is to make education more accessible, more affordable and more personalized by providing opportunity to take courses from institutions all over Europe, to everyone where ever you are. GO TO IVERSITY WEBSITE
Founded in Galway Ireland, ALISON is a global social enterprise dedicated to providing tuition-free online classes, certified education and workplace training skills to any individual, anywhere, anytime, on any subject over the web. With 8 million learners in 250 countries, ALISON is changing how the world learns. With some 1 million people all over the world have graduated from free certificate and diploma courses, ALISON has increasing global reach and reputation in the field of online learning. GO TO ALISON WEBSITE.
Likewise, below are some of the specialized institutions providing specific skill-based learning.
Microsoft Virtual Academy
Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is a cloud-based learning framework providing hundreds of tuition-free online courses to improve your computer or IT skills. The free online courses are taught by renowned experts helping students to become a certified developer, IT Professional, Data Professional, and expert of its chosen IT career. MVA provides its users with a virtual university experience where students can select a course to study, watch and read the instructional materials and then complete the self-assessment. After completion, you will get your certificate signed by Microsoft. GO TO MICROSOFT VIRTUAL ACADEMY WEBSITE.
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