Monday, February 25, 2013

Free Continued Education (Elementary Through College) - I Can Article

If you have ever wanted to go back to college or, just learn something new here is a list of places you can learn for free! Don't take these lightly just because they are free these places can teach you a completely new trade, talent, or art and they can do it for free! If there is an astride next to the name I have or am currently using this site! This is a million dollar post (really) don't loose it!

Websites Dedicated to Continued Education Classes:


*Coursera - This site will blow you away! Offering over 300 courses in everything from Algebra to Economics and Sociology all of which are taught by professors from major universities for free! The classes are live and interactive, and you can even receive a certificate for many of them saying you completed the class! Use it on your resume or to help clep college courses at your local university! I am currently enrolled in 2 classes Human Physiology and The Science of Super Heroes (SUPER FUN). See more here...

Kahn Academy - This started as a project for Kahn's nieces and turned into a  full time job! with video's and lessons on hundreds of topics ready to roll this is one of the most comprehensive sites for study material on the web! See more here...

Commodity Trading - The side it actually called Trading Charts but they have the first 12 lessons on trading commodities for free! Then for even more learning go to EZ trading and practice paper trading  My mother learned to trade commodities years ago and paid over $600 for the same information you can find in these two sites! That's an amazing freebie!

*iTunes U - Download and listen to professionals talk and teach tons of subjects! I have listened to the entire course on the Art of Dying and also several others! I love listening to these while working out or when I'm at work doing reports where I'm just copying information and don't have to pay much attention to it. They packed full of great information and completely free if you have an iPod, iPhone, iPad or even iTunes on your computer! See more here...

*Ted Talks - You can find Ted Talks online, they have an app, they are you tube and other places. Including the Ted Talks website. These are interviews with professionals, leaders in various fields, and some extremely interesting people! Enjoy them here... (PS I use the Ted Talks App)

Colleges that offer free courses online: here is a list of colleges that offer free classes online, most of these do not give you any credit but will give you a great new knowledge!

Education Portal - you can find dozens of classes here, such as: GED prep classes, English, Math, Science and more! These are all core classes but there are tons to choose from. See more here...

Learner - This site has tons of free clasess and some that charge a rental fee for the DVD's most though you can watch online for free. There is no credit given but again tons of topics you can learn about for free. There are also tons of teacher classes for brushing up on topics you maybe teaching. And, student classes for additional resources on topics you maybe testing on. See more here...

Colleges That Offer Open or Free Classes:


Berkley University - Follow Berkley's webcasts for new classes, lectures, and topics regularly! There are already tons of classes on their webcast such as Foundations of American Cyber Culture and Soft X-Rays and Extreme Ultra Radiation. Along with many core topics and sciences such as Astronomy, Geology and more. Check out their webcast page and follow along here...

Harvard Open Courses - Harvard offers several dozen courses online for free. These are Harvard professor sand elite topics all at your finger tips day or night! Enroll anytime (takes about 2 minutes) and complete the class at your own pace. There's no official recognition for doing so but many companies recognize the achievement on your resume, and these courses can easily help you clep out of a class or two towards your degree. I also have used these (and will start using other's on this list) to learn about topics my kids are asking about so I can answer them, or help them with homework! See more here...

Oxford Open Education - Same deal as with Harvard open classes, enroll and finish anytime! Use these to learn about topics you'd otherwise spend years studying and may still not completely understand! Great classes such as Physics and Philosophy  and Judgement and Justice. understand our political system better, the supreme court, history or tons of other topics! you wouldn't miss the chance to attend Oxford for free if someone gave you a scholarship would you? So why not go for free when they have offered that to you? See more here... 

Yale Open Courses - Another university that you just wouldn't pass up the opportunity to go to for free! So don't misplace this link, instead head over and sign up for a class or two! Topics range from: American Revolution to Media Planning. See more here...

Utah State University Open Course Ware - Use the great software created y Utah State University to enroll and participate in over a dozen free classes! Anthropology, Wildlife, Economics, Education, Language Courses, Family Development and more! This site is packed full of great free classes! See More here...

University of Notre Dame Openware - More more and more universities are opening up free openware classes for everyone and anyone to take! rather you are like me and trying to figure out a way to clep a few classes and finish off an associates, or rather you just want to know about something... anything... there is somewhere online teaching it right now for free! At Notre Dame you can take classes on topics such as: Latino Studies, Latin, Peace Studies, Physics, Political Science, Poverty Studies and dozens more! See more here...

University of Michigan - Offers both openware and a global learning hub! Where students, faculty  and anyone else enrolled can share information and knowledge! Learn about their course and global learning environment here...


Carnegie Mellon University Learning Initiative - Proof based learning they have great resources and classes for anyone to participate in and also information on how to teach core based subjects!  There are currently 18 free classes on this site including idea classes such as: Logic and Proofs, and core subjects such as Introduction to Biology. Go here to learn more...

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MitOpenCourseware - Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers free lecture notes, videos, and exams! WOW! For anyone who didn't put together the abbreviation this is MIT we're talking about here... yes these courses are worth taking! Especially with free exams you can use to prepare yourself for CLEP tests! Learn about techonology, energy and more! They even have translated free courses in Portuguese, Chinese, Thia, Korean, Spanish and more! Learn more here... 

TUFTS University Open Courseware - TUFTS University offers courses in Dental, Medical, Nutrition, Veterinarian Medicine and more for free! Find out more and browse courses by the school here. I am impressed by the huge range fo courses I haven't seen offered anywhere else for free. They have great introduction courses as well as more indepth courses such as Veterinary Respiratory Psychopathology!

University of California Irvine - They have more than just a few courses, in fact I got to about 80 and realized I wasn't even halfway through so I stopped counting! I would be willing to wager there is well over 200 on the site all offered for free! everything from Arts, Law, and Physical Science to Social Ecology. Go here to see more...

University of Massachusetts Boston - They have 18 topics with courses in each one! Including Nursing, Counseling and School Psychology, Early Education Development, and Special Education! This will be one of the first sites I use on my summer long goal to take courses from each site online and review their format, the knowledge received etc! To find out more about UMass Boston go here... 

Turning free classes into real college credit: 


First you can do what I've done and take a class (example algebra) then go to your local community college and schedule a Clep Test. the test costs anywhere from $45.00 to $300.00 (still way cheaper than the class). Pass the test with 80% or more (some schools and tests may vary) and you are awarded college credit with a 'P' for pass in place of a grade on your official transcripts!

Finally here is a site that gives you all the details on how to turn these free classes into college credit (3 to 12 credits per exam) at over 1,700 testing centers nation wide! The exams are 90 minutes long each and cost just $80.00 (verses paying $120 to $500 per credit at a university)! There are currently 33 exams covering core topics in math, english, science, history and more! Since these exams offer college credit upon passing you can actually achieve an associates degree by taking free online courses and then passing exams and or clep tests on all the classes needed for a general studies associates degree!

So use these classes and universities above to better your own education, get a jump start on getting through college with out student loans... helping your children though school, or as resources in teaching! But the best freebie you can get this year... will be a better education!


Summer Projects & Continued Series: 


This is the first post in a summer long series continued education posts. I plan to take classes from as many of these colleges as possible and reviewing what I got out of it. I also plan on posting on "free certificates you can achieve online" and "free specialty education" with in the next couple weeks! 

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