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Free Education Online From University Professors

Updated on August 22, 2016

Brick and mortar used to be the only way to get an education other than life's hard knocks, but today there are virtual universities and teachers available to anyone with a desire and a connection to the internet. Oftentimes it is possible to take whole college courses for free if you know where to look for them. This hub gives some legitimate resources for those interested in pursuing education for education's sake, or to support your traditional learning.

Traditional Education

Online Education

Excellent Teachers Sharing Knowledge Online

Marian Diamond of UC Berkeley (dubbed the grandmother of all cyberprofs) exudes enthusiasm in her human anatomy classes. She is 84 and still going strong:

Salman Khan of Khan Academy offers a plethora of courses - all free! He takes great pains to make it simple enough for younger students all the way up to advanced. He offers courses in math, science, humanities as well as test preparation videos.

Michael Sandel of Harvard University shares insights about controversial subjects.

About Khan

Paul Bloom of Yale University shares his knowledge of Psychology:

Richard Feynman of Cornell University - Bill Gates recommends Feynman's lecture on physical law in 1964.

These are just a few of the available educators and professionals who share what they have spent a life time learning. As you can see, they are from prestigious universities and freely give of their expertise. How lucky we are to have these resources.

Whatever your interest, you are sure to find a way to become more well read in that field. Sure, there are plenty of amateurs pretending to know about a subject, but there are some accredited universities which also offer free courses. If you are like me, I learn better when I see videos rather than just hear a lecture.

One great thing about learning online is that you have a front row seat. Oftentimes in the universities, you are amongst 100 plus students in a class. You can see well what is written on the board and hear it well. You do not have to get up in the wee hours of the morning, drive across town through hectic traffic or worry about being graded (my favorite part!). You can just learn all that you want and leave the rest. Why sit through lectures that you have no interest in?

If you enjoy philosophy or need answers to your yearning questions, go to You can post your question and get an answer from a group of philosophers.

You can also learn languages, learn to draw, download documents, and watch lectures on a plethora of subjects at the following sites:

Now you will probably not be back for a while, since I have given you some terrific sites that are the best in offering free courses. That is okay, since you can only grow from the experience.

Happy Learning!


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