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Massive Open Online Classes:New FREE Trend In Education

Updated on June 7, 2014

With so many students shackling themselves to rising loans to cover rising tuition cost, there is a new free trend that is taking the world by storm. A company has built a platform for FREE online courses taught by some of the most prominent schools in the country. Duke, MIT and even Harvard are offering a wide variety of courses in anything from Math, Finance, Astronomy, Statistics and so much more.

Courses will range from 6-12 weeks and no other material is needed. No books to buy, no classes to make, all you need for the classes is a willingness to learn, time and an internet connection. Classes requirements will vary, as will the recognition for the course. Some courses you will receive a certificate of completion, while others you will only walk away with knowledge and a sense of completion. These courses will usually have several 15 minute lectures, quizzes, assignments and even final exams at the end. These are college courses though, so don’t expect an easy breezy course, they will be thought provoking and the more you put into it, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind, MIT first’s free course was attended by over 154,000 students and only 7100 passed.

This year there are over 116 courses available from 16 different Universities. You will be learning from the best of the best, for FREE. Signup is a breeze, merely go to the website and view the many choices available. Click on your choice to get all the information needed and then put in your name and email and you are signed up. Easy as that!

I am taking a Sustainability course, as well as Astronomy, because I have always been interested. I already go to school for Accounting, but in a sea of numbers, something different may be refreshing. There are so many courses to choose from, I already know of several more I plan to begin when I am done with these first two. You may find your true calling, or just learn some interesting facts to pass along, either way…it’s FREE. Did I mention that yet?


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      kaiyan717 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Lol, Ajwrites, that is exactly what I did. I had too many real classes to take that I stopped a few weeks in, but I learned a little something on the way.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I'd probably start and forget to finish a course--lol. Thanks so much for reminding me--I've looked at MIT's courses, but not for awhile.

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Wonderful find! I miss classes, so I will check it out. My 4 year degree is an online education, so I know I can do well with it. It is so exciting there are some free classes to take. Sustainability sounds like a cool class.