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1300 FREE online courses from the world's leading universities

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Found 12th Nov
Hi all, it is that time of year again. Lots and lots of online courses have been refreshed, updated and released. I have made a quick FAQ below for those interested.


  • Who releases these courses?
  • Are they accredited?
  • Do I get a certificate?
  • Are they valuable?
  • How do I enrol?
  • Are these MooC's that I have heard about?

Who releases these courses?

They are largely from the top universities in the world; primarily in the USA but also from the UK, Central Europe and some Chinese and Japanese institutions. The list includes Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player. Over 45,000 hours of free audio & video lectures, await you now.

Are they accredited?

The majority of the material is accredited in that it is the exact same teaching material that is used on the Undergraduate and Master's degree programs. However, that does not mean that completion of the course means you are accredited. Simply that the material is highly regarded.

Do I get a certificate?

All of the courses are free and the vast majority do not get you a certificate. You might get a statement of accomplishment. In America this is referred to as "Auditing" a course. It means you take the course for enjoyment and personal learning but you do not have to sit an exam. However, a lot of the institutions let you pay a small fee (between $25 and $200 to gain a Verified Certificate which means you have passed an exam/test or completed a Capstone Project). Occasionally a series of Certificates will get you an Accredited award from Microsoft or other well respected organisation.

Are they valuable?

Hell yes. Consider that the first courses were in technology subjects including programming; there are almost no technology jobs which require a degree or a certificate. All you are required to do is demonstrate technical and vocational ability. Working in the Digital sector is one of the truly meritocratic domains left. If you are self-taught you are arguably more valuable then someone with a degree since you show genuine love for the field and initiative.

If you are looking at the more niche courses (Music, Humanities) then those are more for general interest and to enjoy life more through education.


How do I enrol?

Each course is offered through one of many platforms such as Coursera, eDx, Udacity or via the University directly. The link above has all of the courses.

Are these MooC's that I have heard about?

In many cases, yes but in some cases no. Some courses are simply complete dump of all of the teaching material made available to you to better yourself.


Which courses are interesting?

That depends on you but top favourites are always

Top comments

Also check out Khan Academy, eDX and Coursera, the last two all have free exceptional courses from the world's leading Universities.

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thomasleep7 m ago

You should read something by Noam Chomsky


Why? Chomsky was the leading expert on linguistics in his early career and became famous for his political activism. What do you think links him to the inner workings of Financial Markets other than a broad left-wing political advocacy?

When I want to know about derivatives and the bond market; Noam Chomsky is not someone I turn to. If I want to know about the inner geopolitical reasoning behind the Balkan intervention then perhaps. Interest rates? Not so much.

thomasleep11 m ago

Hence why I have muted the clown concerned!!! so why if you see a …Hence why I have muted the clown concerned!!! so why if you see a situation that is no concern of yours do you feel the need to but in, and if this is your view of aggression you must be a fetus. and mute again and please god do the same


By definition the person who you're referring to is not a clown and has shown no indication of this, maybe you have Freudian fear of balloons? The word you're looking for is butt. If I lack the intelligence to give opinion on aggression, it would seem to be a fallacy inversely proportional to your irony. God is a noun and hence requires capitalisation, speaking of Capitalism did you know that Financial Markets from Rob Shiller is very good?

thomasleep6 m ago

my suggestion to you would be to work out what happens when one mutes …my suggestion to you would be to work out what happens when one mutes another 'person' on here, not like real life. The abusers do not get the last say


I think there's little value in your conversation on here. For some reason you've adopted an aggressive attitude. Agree to disagree and move on. For me there is no stop on learning, the reason I live is that I learn, I'm currently learning Chinese because that's what I want to do. I see no reason to demerit the fact that a certain course was recommended, you seem to have taken that out of context and countered it objectionably with a recommendation of your own. People recommend things based on their experience and their values, there's nothing wrong with this and nothing wrong with your recommendation but you could have so easily changed your approach whereby this negativity never arose.
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Thanks

Thanks

Also check out Khan Academy, eDX and Coursera, the last two all have free exceptional courses from the world's leading Universities.

Financial Markets from Rob Shiller is very good

zungybungy31 m ago

Financial Markets from Rob Shiller is very good


You should read something by Noam Chomsky

Maybe take a look closer to home the Open University is a world class institution also, I could bore you with alumni and how many times they have won university challenge but this link goes to a whole lot of UK based and recognised courses hotukdeals.com/dea…244

Original Poster

thomasleep7 m ago

You should read something by Noam Chomsky


Why? Chomsky was the leading expert on linguistics in his early career and became famous for his political activism. What do you think links him to the inner workings of Financial Markets other than a broad left-wing political advocacy?

When I want to know about derivatives and the bond market; Noam Chomsky is not someone I turn to. If I want to know about the inner geopolitical reasoning behind the Balkan intervention then perhaps. Interest rates? Not so much.

stevenfeeney1 m ago

Why? Chomsky was the leading expert on linguistics in his early career …Why? Chomsky was the leading expert on linguistics in his early career and became famous for his political activism. What do you think links him to the inner workings of Financial Markets other than a broad left-wing political advocacy?When I want to know about derivatives and the bond market; Noam Chomsky is not someone I turn to. If I want to know about the inner geopolitical reasoning behind the Balkan intervention then perhaps. Interest rates? Not so much.


Read Occupy then get back to me

Heated.

Original Poster

thomasleep5 m ago

Read Occupy then get back to me



I have read a lot of Chomsky. I have a copy of Rogue States - Rule of Force in World Affairs sitting right in front of me on my desk. My point still stands; he is not an authority on the Financial Markets. He is a left-wing political activist.

If I want a popular financial theorist with the qualifications to back it up I will take Joseph Stiglitz thanks. Don't tell people not to take legitimate educational courses and only surround themselves with echo chamber books.

Have you ever read anything criticising Chomsky? I doubt it given your blase dismissal.

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thomasleep25 m ago

Maybe take a look closer to home the Open University is a world class …Maybe take a look closer to home the Open University is a world class institution also, I could bore you with alumni and how many times they have won university challenge but this link goes to a whole lot of UK based and recognised courses https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/nearly-1000-free-courses-at-the-open-university-2702244


Every free OU course is listed in the link I posted. I even highlighted one myself. If you are talking about the paid courses then I will pass thanks since they absolutely jacked their prices and continue to do so with no subsequent improvements in delivery or tuition. Not to mention the constant cross-pollination of their modules. Almost every degree shares 1/3 or more of it's modules with any other degree. OU is a respectable organisation but they jumped on the HE gravy train with every other UK provider.
Edited by: "stevenfeeney" 12th Nov

stevenfeeney7 m ago

I have read a lot of Chomsky. I have a copy of Rogue States - Rule of …I have read a lot of Chomsky. I have a copy of Rogue States - Rule of Force in World Affairs sitting right in front of me on my desk. My point still stands; he is not an authority on the Financial Markets. He is a left-wing political activist. If I want a popular financial theorist with the qualifications to back it up I will take Joseph Stiglitz thanks. Don't tell people not to take legitimate educational courses and only surround themselves with echo chamber books. Have you ever read anything criticising Chomsky? I doubt it given your blase dismissal.


If anybody is blase and dismissive, well look at what you have written and you work it out. It could be all to easy to return the denigrating comments but I will leave you to your own devices. I am sure you do not care either way about anybody other than yourself and your own goals, whatever they may be and however hurtful or destructive to others that may be.

And mute!! ta tah
Edited by: "thomasleep" 12th Nov

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thomasleep3 m ago

If anybody is blase and dismissive, well look at what you have written and …If anybody is blase and dismissive, well look at what you have written and you work it out. It could be all to easy to return the denigrating comments but I will leave you to your own devices. I am sure you do not care either way about anybody other than yourself and your own goals, whatever they may be and however hurtful or destructive to others that may be.And mute!! ta tah


What? Hurtful and destructive? Because you ordered me to read a book you read once and I told you he is not an authority? Wow...victim much?
Edited by: "stevenfeeney" 12th Nov

Get the idea I can no longer see what garbage you post, kudos on the pathetic vote on my though, shame you do not hear the words and just walk along blindly, they do say ignorance is bliss.

Original Poster

thomasleep55 s ago

Get the idea I can no longer see what garbage you post, kudos on the …Get the idea I can no longer see what garbage you post, kudos on the pathetic vote on my though, shame you do not hear the words and just walk along blindly, they do say ignorance is bliss.


wow. wow. wow!

thomasleep1 m ago

Get the idea I can no longer see what garbage you post, kudos on the …Get the idea I can no longer see what garbage you post, kudos on the pathetic vote on my though, shame you do not hear the words and just walk along blindly, they do say ignorance is bliss.


my suggestion to you would be to work out what happens when one mutes another 'person' on here, not like real life. The abusers do not get the last say

Original Poster

thomasleep6 m ago

my suggestion to you would be to work out what happens when one mutes …my suggestion to you would be to work out what happens when one mutes another 'person' on here, not like real life. The abusers do not get the last say


Since it is a public conversation, others can see this, hence I don't mind if you have muted me. But, also, I don't believe for one second you actually have. You don't have it in your locker. You have to keep replying.

thomasleep6 m ago

my suggestion to you would be to work out what happens when one mutes …my suggestion to you would be to work out what happens when one mutes another 'person' on here, not like real life. The abusers do not get the last say


I think there's little value in your conversation on here. For some reason you've adopted an aggressive attitude. Agree to disagree and move on. For me there is no stop on learning, the reason I live is that I learn, I'm currently learning Chinese because that's what I want to do. I see no reason to demerit the fact that a certain course was recommended, you seem to have taken that out of context and countered it objectionably with a recommendation of your own. People recommend things based on their experience and their values, there's nothing wrong with this and nothing wrong with your recommendation but you could have so easily changed your approach whereby this negativity never arose.

thomasleep8 m ago

my suggestion to you would be to work out what happens when one mutes …my suggestion to you would be to work out what happens when one mutes another 'person' on here, not like real life. The abusers do not get the last say



Abusers ?
You advised him what should he do , and when he caught you with your pants down, you labeled him as abuser and muted him to shut down the debate !

I honestly could not think of more stereotypical , victim , leftie end of conversation

fishmaster2 m ago

I think there's little value in your conversation on here. For some reason …I think there's little value in your conversation on here. For some reason you've adopted an aggressive attitude. Agree to disagree and move on. For me there is no stop on learning, the reason I live is that I learn, I'm currently learning Chinese because that's what I want to do. I see no reason to demerit the fact that a certain course was recommended, you seem to have taken that out of context and countered it objectionably with a recommendation of your own. People recommend things based on their experience and their values, there's nothing wrong with this and nothing wrong with your recommendation but you could have so easily changed your approach whereby this negativity never arose.


Hence why I have muted the clown concerned!!! so why if you see a situation that is no concern of yours do you feel the need to but in, and if this is your view of aggression you must be a fetus. and mute again and please god do the same

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fishmaster9 m ago

I think there's little value in your conversation on here. For some reason …I think there's little value in your conversation on here. For some reason you've adopted an aggressive attitude. Agree to disagree and move on. For me there is no stop on learning, the reason I live is that I learn, I'm currently learning Chinese because that's what I want to do. I see no reason to demerit the fact that a certain course was recommended, you seem to have taken that out of context and countered it objectionably with a recommendation of your own. People recommend things based on their experience and their values, there's nothing wrong with this and nothing wrong with your recommendation but you could have so easily changed your approach whereby this negativity never arose.


Forgetting the other stuff; how are you learning Chinese and how are you getting on? Always interested in Brits that are attempting this. Are you using any online resources or just books?

thomasleep11 m ago

Hence why I have muted the clown concerned!!! so why if you see a …Hence why I have muted the clown concerned!!! so why if you see a situation that is no concern of yours do you feel the need to but in, and if this is your view of aggression you must be a fetus. and mute again and please god do the same


By definition the person who you're referring to is not a clown and has shown no indication of this, maybe you have Freudian fear of balloons? The word you're looking for is butt. If I lack the intelligence to give opinion on aggression, it would seem to be a fallacy inversely proportional to your irony. God is a noun and hence requires capitalisation, speaking of Capitalism did you know that Financial Markets from Rob Shiller is very good?

stevenfeeney6 m ago

Forgetting the other stuff; how are you learning Chinese and how are you …Forgetting the other stuff; how are you learning Chinese and how are you getting on? Always interested in Brits that are attempting this. Are you using any online resources or just books?


I have a friend who is Chinese and she helps me. The estimation is 2,000 hours work to achieve a natural fluency so 5 hours a day would be 88 weeks. In reality a good 8-10 years should do it

Will any of these courses be eligible for NUS Extra card?

Original Poster

troubleshooter17 m ago

Will any of these courses be eligible for NUS Extra card?


No and rightly so. But as I understand it you don't actually need a course to get an NUS card. Just put in any old rubbish into the website and they send you one. Seriously. Try it.

Thanks a lot. I have a recently found interest in game theory, that should be an interesting course Do you have any idea where I could find anything on clinical medicine? Thanks.
Edited by: "jfkm" 12th Nov

thomasleep2 h, 21 m ago

You should read something by Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky is good I take it?, or ... (genuine question) :-)

thomasleep2 h, 20 m ago

Maybe take a look closer to home the Open University is a world class …Maybe take a look closer to home the Open University is a world class institution also, I could bore you with alumni and how many times they have won university challenge but this link goes to a whole lot of UK based and recognised courses https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/nearly-1000-free-courses-at-the-open-university-2702244


Useful too, thanx. :-)

Ive just farted

Thx

TN5671 h, 6 m ago

Ive just farted


Didn't see flatulence for beginners in the course list!

Basically, if you just want to learn sth, many university like Yale has open course just published on YouTube.(recommend Early modern history of England, social history with detail)
Edited by: "LiPeilin" 13th Nov

Anywhere I can get Sql or data analysis for free?

Original Poster

Kindsaver40 m ago

Anywhere I can get Sql or data analysis for free?


It is in the list I posted.

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jfkm6 h, 32 m ago

Thanks a lot. I have a recently found interest in game theory, that should …Thanks a lot. I have a recently found interest in game theory, that should be an interesting course Do you have any idea where I could find anything on clinical medicine? Thanks.


In the list I posted.

stevenfeeney7 h, 51 m ago

No and rightly so. But as I understand it you don't actually need a …No and rightly so. But as I understand it you don't actually need a course to get an NUS card. Just put in any old rubbish into the website and they send you one. Seriously. Try it.


dont talk shite - you are just trolling your own thread

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usetheforceluke36 m ago

dont talk shite - you are just trolling your own thread


Nope. The NUS thread was posted on here a few days and lots of HUKDers were saying the same thing. Simply put in the address of any educational institution and voila...card in the post. No course purchase necessary. Some people just made stuff up on the form. Read the thread.

If you choose not believe that then it is on you *shrug*
Edited by: "stevenfeeney" 13th Nov

Banned

thomasleep10 h, 36 m ago

You should read something by Noam Chomsky


I'm a big fan.

Banned

you pay a small fee (between $25 and $200 to gain a Verified Certificate which means you have passed an exam/test or completed a Capstone Project)

Small fee ??
Edited by: "FloraNordin" 13th Nov

stevenfeeney37 m ago

Nope. The NUS thread was posted on here a few days and lots of HUKDers …Nope. The NUS thread was posted on here a few days and lots of HUKDers were saying the same thing. Simply put in the address of any educational institution and voila...card in the post. No course purchase necessary. Some people just made stuff up on the form. Read the thread. If you choose not believe that then it is on you *shrug*


Where is the thread?
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