By Kelsey Jones
After my cousin, a biochemist with his doctorate, posted a link to a free nutrition class from Coursera,I knew I had to share this great resource. Coursera is an organization that works with top universities, like Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania is teach real college classes online to anyone. For free. The majority, if not all, of the classes feature recorded lectures or videos that students watch each week. Some classes require reading and students take quizzes, finals, or midterms—just like a regular college course.
Here are some of the the classes currently open to sign up that might be of interest to internet marketers or others working in the digital industry.
From the University of Michigan. This started last week, but you may be able to still sign up.
From the University of Pennsylvania. Covers how connected with are with our technology and each other via social media. Starts September 2012.
From the University of Michigan: “This course will use social network analysis, both its theory and computational tools, to make sense of the social and information networks that have been fueled and rendered accessible by the internet.”
There are several other courses available in a variety of topics on the Course Explorer page. Many of the college course professors will provide students with a certificate of completion once they finish the course; which gives these classes real world benefit, especially if they are applicable to your industry.
Here are a list of other online organizations and resources offering free college courses (not all follow the same format at Coursera; many may just post lectures online for free):
- OpenCulture: 500 Free Courses Online
- MIT OpenCourseware
- Carnegie Mellon OpenLearning
- Khan Academy
- University of California at Berkeley
- 200 Free Online Classes to Learn Anything: This link provides a list by courses, most of which are listed on the above sites.
Have you taken any free online courses? Do you feel like you got a lot from it? Let us know in the comments!