Quality Free Courses

The concept of teaching and learning has evolved over the years. Technology has also impacted the way we teach and learn and addresses some issues such as pace and styles of learning. With the advent of Internet 2.0 the resources available on the Internet are vast and can be overwhelming. Here I’ve compiled a list of resources I would recommend that provides good quality free courses.

GCFLearnFree.Org – over the years GCF has grown and expanding their offerings from merely IT related courses to a wide range of professional courses.

Alison – today Alison has over 5 million learners and over 750 courses! I’ve found the quality of the courses here to be pretty good. Courses now include diploma level courses and you also receive an electronic certificate once you complete a course. I’d caution though to read the descriptions careful before selecting a course. Alison keeps a history of course you’re registered for and tracks your progress over time.

Coursera – Coursera overs courses in physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, and other subjects from some of the top universities in the US. Though you must pay for certificates, in most cases the knowledge is free of charge and the quality is the same as you’d get in one of the partner universities.

MITOpenCourseware – The concept of open courseware began in late 1990s. MIT was one of the early adopters to Open Courseware and today still provide quality content free of charge to anyone who wants to learn.

W3Schools – for the new and sometimes seasoned IT professional, this resource is a must have in your arsenal. They provide tutorials for many of the web development languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL to name a few.

CreativeLive – classes are broadcast live and presented by the world’s top experts. Broadcast courses are free, but be prepared to pay if you miss a scheduled broadcast. Courses are placed in useful categories to help you get started: money and life, photo and video, craft and maker, art and design and music and audio.

Please comment and share resources you’ve used.

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