Times are changing. Information that we used to look up in encyclopedias is now always within arm's reach. And now respectable course offerings, taught by renowned professors from our most prestigious institutions, aren't just in the classroom. They're online. It gets even better when you realize that most of these offerings are 100% free! If you have the ambition to learn more this year, start with these online courses.
If you have the perception that online classes are taught by inferior, less accredited professors, think again. Many of the country's top minds are getting behind initiatives to take education beyond borders, beyond institutions and beyond people who can afford the rising costs of college tuition. The online education services below are all backed and taught by leading professors from institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. Take, for instance, Coursera, which was founded by two Stanford professors, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, who both now teach classes full time on this platform.
It's also hard to ignore the social media implications of online education, which allows us to have classmates across the world — Spain, New Zealand, Africa, Japan, Australia. It provides a chance to connect, learn, and get exposed to new views, all through devices we already own and use. Get started on your New Year's resolution with some of the offerings below.
From their website: "We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.
Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in."
From their website: "EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders are creating a new online-learning experience with online courses that reflect their disciplinary breadth. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning — both on-campus and worldwide."
From their website: "We believe university-level education can be both high quality and low cost. Using the economics of the Internet, we've connected some of the greatest teachers to hundreds of thousands of students in almost every country on Earth. Udacity was founded by three roboticists who believed much of the educational value of their university classes could be offered online for very low cost."