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Take a free online course from leading world universities.

Updated on August 13, 2016

Take any course under the sun

You can take any course that catches your eyes, mind and soul. There are just too many to choose from. And all are amazing tempting.
You can take any course that catches your eyes, mind and soul. There are just too many to choose from. And all are amazing tempting. | Source

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Introduction


Many people would like to further their education but there is nearly always this financial constraint. Now leading, world universities have organized themselves in a way so as to offer free courses online. These courses can take four to, even in some cases, thirteen months to clear. There are usually two options of study to choose from. The totally free course option, and the option where you are required to pay a nominal fee.


You will gain job hunt confidence

With good education you will not suffer from inferiority complex. You can confidently go into any office in the world for job hunt.
With good education you will not suffer from inferiority complex. You can confidently go into any office in the world for job hunt. | Source

The totally free option

Here the learner is entitles to all the materials of the course. These include the lecture videos, lecture notes and hand-outs, exercises, quizzes and final exam. You also get an opportunity to submit labs and projects for marking. There are no direct contacts with the lecturers but one is contented with timely responses to their queries through the forum section of the website.

Mouth watering courses on menu

The mix of courses available is amazingly sweet. You will be heard wondering aloud, " Where have I been all this time?"
The mix of courses available is amazingly sweet. You will be heard wondering aloud, " Where have I been all this time?" | Source

Do you incur any costs in this option

Here you are required to have access to a reliable computer. Your own is better than relying on those from cyber cafes. Why do you require your own personal computer? One, it will be much cheaper to take your course through your own machine. Those of cyber cafes come at exorbitant costs notwithstanding that some of their machines are old and unreliable. They just don’t work as well and fast as you would like. You are also required to download some programs . It is impossible to do that in cyber cafes because they have this way to ensure no one downloads stuff into their machines. Then again even if you were to download the thing, how on earth are you sure next day you will trace the computer with these downloads? The courses are online therefore requiring you to be connected. Then there are course eBooks. If you don’t purchase them, my friend, you will float.

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The minimal fee option

Here you end up receiving a signed certificate after successful completion of the course. Those of the free option are not signed by anyone. Unlike the free version where you are not sure whether they will append their logo on your certificate, no problem in that direction here. Like the free option however, your communication channel with the lecturers and peers is limited to forum section though again the queries are nearly always taken care of on a timely basis. You are paying through your electronic card. You therefore must ensure it is a safe transaction you are performing. In this direction your own computer is much much safer. You are sure to frequently update the operating system especially where it involves software to protect you from malicious access to personal data and computer.

Take course from anywhere internet is available

So long as there is internet connectivity, you don't have to be confined to a particular location. You will be flexible.
So long as there is internet connectivity, you don't have to be confined to a particular location. You will be flexible. | Source

The certificates

After successful completion of the course an e-certificate appears in your profile page. You are required to download the document. Cyber cafes do a very good job of downloading through color photo printers and binding the stuff so that it resembles the ones you right now have in your closets from your previous institutions. OK, there is nothing like a graduation ceremony. What happens if you were to misplace your downloaded stuff? No worry whatsoever. You can repeat the process as numerous times as required. Today the certificates are can also be linked to your LinkedIn account. This greatly improves the quality of your profile making your job search endeavors much easier.

You have freedom of scheduling your study

Any holiday opportunity coming up will not be held back by study schedule. This is because you are at liberty to schedule and reschedule your study program.
Any holiday opportunity coming up will not be held back by study schedule. This is because you are at liberty to schedule and reschedule your study program. | Source

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What are the qualifications for the courses

Everyone is invited. They don’t like look at your CV to consider whether they would let you in. You can try out any course under the sun. So long as you apply and earn passing grades, no one will deny you the certificate. It means you can be a Jack of all trade. You are also able to set your own course plan because all you have to do is consult the rich schedule of the courses menu, choose what you need and just enroll. Simple as "abcd" if I was to be asked.

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Lamb in Nunspeet, the Netherlands
Lamb in Nunspeet, the Netherlands | Source

In conclussion

Don’t be left behind in this this new way to acquire quality education. As much as it keeps your curriculum vitae constantly updated, it also keeps you busy and informed of any new development in your field of interest. Financial constraint is no longer an excuse of not having good education. If you don’t take up this opportunity others will. You will keep wondering where on earth they got all that knowledge they possess, from.

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