You Could Study at Harvard, MIT, Yale…

Did you know you can get an Ivy League education for free, in your living room? The Internet is beginning to make high quality education available to anyone with a computer. It’s being done through something called MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses). It’s pronounced moo-k, like a cow moo with a hard K on the end.

World-class universities are starting to see the potential of opening learning to anyone who wants to try. You don’t need great high school marks, or even a diploma. You also won’t get university credits or a degree. If you’re willing to pay anywhere from $40 to $200 and do the work, you can get verified certificates.

Harvard University

It’s never too late or too expensive to get a world-class education, with free and inexpensive on-line courses.

In some subject areas, you can also earn a specialization certificate by completing several related courses. Some areas covered are history, business, education, computer science…there’s even one for municipal water treatment. The specialization programs have the same cost per course. You only have to pay for a course that you are actually doing, though.

These certificates are starting to become recognised by employers and others as proof that you have studied a subject and were tested on it by a competent school. Some people have taken this programs and used it to start new careers or to get a promotion.

There are two very large websites that have partnered with universities and colleges around the world. They are Coursera.org and EdX.org.

Coursera and EdX are very similar. You can take courses from either of them, or both. It’s up to you. Both have partnered with world class schools like Princeton, McMaster, University of Zurich, MIT, and Harvard. That’s just a few.

Both Coursera and EdX have also formed partnerships with industry leaders, like the Linux Foundation, The International Monetary Fund, and Microsoft. Between the two of these sites, there’s a huge world of free learning out there for you.

Every course has its own forum and encourages you to share and talk with other people taking the same course. You could make friends and network all around the world.

Whatever you’d like to know more about, visit these two sites and see if it’s there. If not, don’t worry, there are plenty of other sites like these out there. These are just two of the most popular ones. Happy learning!

First Published: The Guysborough Journal, Vol . 21, No. 25, June 24, 2015
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