Even if you are not going to school at the moment because you already graduated it doesn’t mean that you can’t embrace the spirit of the season. Now days, thanks to all the developments in technology, you can learn pretty much anything online. And the beautiful thing is that most of those online classes are also free and they are offered by some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world. You can continue your education by using these online resources or by taking these online free courses. Here are 7 ways to get schooled online:
1. Khan Academy
I love their motto: “You only have to know one thing: You can learn anything.” and they couldn’t be more right. You can take control of your learning by working on the skills you choose at your own pace with free online courses. You can sharpen your skills with interactive exercises and you can learn anything from math, computer programming, science, to history, art or even literature.
Coursera features actual college professors teaching courses optimized for online learning. The classes are set up just like at any regular university. For example, you should attend a lecture at least once a week, you must take routine assessments, and you must even attend office hours.
4. Course Hero
This website will allow you to browse millions of study resources so you can find exactly what you need. You can ask tutors for help since they have subject-matter experts available 24/7. They also encourage you to share your study materials so they can build a better learning community.
5. TED Talks
Who hasn’t heard of the world-renowned TED-Talks? The acronym stands for Technology Entertainment Design and it’s the name of a week-long conference held at first in southern California (now you can find TED conferences all over the world) that brings together notable thought leaders from different domains.
This website calls itself a “community marketplace for classes” and it acts as a hub that will help you find local classes or “hybrid” classes (online classes with local workshops) associated with your school interests. They allow you to explore thousands of online classes in design, photography, business and more.
If you want to listen or watch lectures from top universities (including Ivy League schools like Stanford or Harvard) you should visit iTunesU. They will bring your classroom together on your iPad. You can listen to these lectures on your daily commute to work or even when you are taking a break while working.
Now days you can find a lot of helpful resources online that will help you continue your education. I just mentioned a few in this little article but I’m sure that there are many more I could add to this list. Do you know any other ways to get schooled online? Please tell us more about them in the comments section!