Monday, May. 22, 2017

online courses

  • OpenCourseWare Consortium
  • Free and open digital publication of college and university-level educational materials. Materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools. The site links to hundreds of member universities and their online courses.

  • Udacity
  • Offers open online courses and Massive Open Online Courses, or "MOOCs," for free.

  • MITx
  • An interactive online learning platform from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this site gives students access to online laboratories, self-assessments and student-to-student discussions. Access to the software is free. Those who complete a course will get a certificate of mastery and a grade, but no official credit.

  • edX
  • A partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, edX offers Harvard and MIT classes online for free. EdX is based on MITx and includes video lessons, embedded testing, real-time feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, collaborative Web-based laboratories, and student-paced learning. The resource focuses on free massively open online courses, or MOOCs, and like MITx, courses will offer a certificate but not credit. The University of California at Berkeley is also part of the venture.

  • Udemy
  • Online platform that lets people design and sell courses. Most courses on Udemy are free, but some are paid, and paid courses typically cost anywhere from $5 to $250.

  • The Faculty Project
  • An offshoot of Udemy, this site provides free online course offerings by allowing professors to upload free courses and supplementary course material. It also features online discussion boards that let professors interact with students, and students with each other.

  • Coursera
  • Created by two computer scientists at Stanford University, Coursera is an interactive online learning system that offers free massively open online courses, or MOOCs. Courses are available in a wide range of topics, including the humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, business, computer science and others. The platform breaks lectures into segments as short as 10 minutes and offers quick online quizzes as part of each segment. Universities that have partnered on the project and are offering courses on the site include the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University, among others.

  • OpenupEd
  • The first pan-European MOOCs initiative, about 40 courses are available for free in 12 languages. Course offerings include "Fundamentals of Economics," "Succeed with Maths" and "Start Writing Fiction." All courses offer either a completion certificate, a badge or a credit certificate that may count toward a degree.

  • Class2Go
  • This open source online learning platform from Stanford University offers free courses taught by Stanford faculty. The classes include videos with embedded quizzes, standalone problem sets and discussion forums.

  • HippoCampus
  • A project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, the goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge. The self-paced, learn-as-you-go platform features video and text on a variety of subjects, including Math, Natural Science, Social Science and Humanities. All content is free, though the site notes it does not offer full courses or credit. All provided content is created by other educational institutions and contributed to HippoCampus to distribute as part of its nonprofit mission.

  • Venture Lab
  • From Stanford University, this platform of MOOCs centers on video lectures, team projects and homework submissions. Courses offer a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor upon completion. The handful of courses on the roster for Fall 2012 included "Technology Entrepreneurship," "Finance" and "A Crash Course on Creativity."

  • Canvas Network
  • Offers about a dozen MOOCs in a variety of subject areas, including math, film, history, business and engineering. Course proctors range from professors to coaches to business leaders, who hail from a variety of institutions, including the University of Central Florida, Brown University and the digital journal Hybrid Pedagogy. Each course has different features and requirements, which are readily outlined. Some, for example, provide video lectures and use discussion forums, while others require you to work with a group of students.

  • Saylor.org
  • This platform offers more than 275 courses, each granting a certificate upon completion. It offers courses in all of the main subject areas: biology, chemistry, math, economics, history, literature, engineering, philosophy, psychology and political science. Credentialed professors create the course blueprints, and its comprehensive offerings comprise the knowledge equivalent of majors in fifteen popular disciplines. Check out the Content Matrix, where you can see, at a glance, a few details about the materials used in its courses, such as which ones require final exams or labs, or what activities are required of a particular course.


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