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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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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I have taken online courses and have actually found them more difficult than the normal courses. I guess because you have a harder time getting help with your questions. But I agree, it may well be the new wave of the future. Thanks for your comments pmccray.

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    8 years ago from Utah

    I'm so glad you shared this knowledge. As with many things found online you have to be vigilant with those that offer education. I for one feel that online courses or schooling is a sign of the future. Many don't need the interaction of teacher and student. I as of many have been scared by this type of communication. Voted up

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    So glad to be of service imatellmuva. That's great!

  • imatellmuva profile image


    8 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

    elayne001, you may have helped people more than you realize. You've given people direction, and for many, including myself, that's just what we need! Voted UP!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I am glad you found my hub helpful Hello, hello.

    I know college courses can be very expensive - too bad you cannot use the ones that are free for your courses, but then each teacher is different. Good luck with your graduate program LianaK.

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    8 years ago

    Great information. I am currently attending the University of Utah here in Salt Lake City in a graduate program. Every semester we have at least one or two classes online. Unfortunately, they are not free. In fact, I have found that the online courses take more time and energy than the classes in which I actually have to be physically present. Great hub.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    That is not only a terrific hub but also a helpful one. Thank you so much.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Me too dahoglund. Lucky you can do both! Thanks for commenting.

    Have fun dtchosen. I am enjoying the free educational videos too.

    Glad you are enjoying the links Pamela. It is easy to get lost with such great presenters.

  • Pamela Kinnaird W profile image

    Pamela Dapples 

    8 years ago from Just Arizona Now

    This is amazing information. I've really enjoyed looking at two of the links. (Professor Kahn's first.) Professor Diamond of Berkeley had me watching for an hour and I can hardly wait to get back to it. And I've barely scratched the surface of the links you've provided. Mahalo nui.

  • dtchosen profile image


    8 years ago from Dumaguete City, Philippines

    Thank you so much elayne001, this is just what I'm looking for. Off to some of the links now.. see yahh!!

  • dahoglund profile image

    Don A. Hoglund 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I've taken some courses on line. I might do more. There are times when I like the atmosphere and feedback of a classroom.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks dallas93444 for your additional information regarding online educational resources. Very insightful. I admire those who can achieve on their own, without the traditional education. It must take so much self discipline and motivation to study online for grades. If it is just for self improvement, education is very enjoyable, but to push oneself to learn a topic that is not interesting would be more difficult. I agree that you do not need social interactions - in some cases, friends and boring can be a deterrent to learning. Aloha.

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    Dallas W Thompson 

    8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    Those who have not experienced "online" education have a perspective that is not valid. I did my PhD dissertation on comparing and contrasting "brick and mortar" vs. "Click and mortar."

    Although each have their strengths and weaknesses, there is not a definitive difference in the ovedrall outcomes in terms of jobs obtained, applied knowledge, and effacy.

    The above comment where learning comes from "personal interaction" is valid. However, it is not an exlusive source for learning. There are those who are home schooled with no apparent "social interactions" and they have become community leaders with succesful careers...

    The online process is not for everyone. It is a choice one should research and determine if online education suits your needs...

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    It is great that these online courses can complement what is already being taught in the universities. Yes, I am also impressed with Khan who had the foresight to start his Academy. Thanks Twilight Lawns for your comments.

  • Twilight Lawns profile image

    Twilight Lawns 

    8 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

    I believe in the need for interaction, but also see the efficacy of being able to pause and replay. Many of my pupils have been unable to "keep up" and have fallen behind (or would have) if they hadn't been picked up. But Salman Khan! Wow, what a concept.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Peter. I am sure it will be a long time, if ever, before most education is obtained online. You are right that there is must to be gained by interaction with students and teachers. Good thoughts.

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    Peter Owen 

    8 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

    To learn a specific subject or function, I think online is fine. But not for an overall education. Over half of what we learn in school comes from the persoanl interaction with other students, how to negotiate, how to argue a point without getting angry, respect, reading body and verbal language, etc. Technology is isolating us, not opening us up to the world. Nice hub.


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