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Yale - 35 FREE Courses
Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets.

Khan Academy - Thousands of FREE Courses
A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Notre Dame - 72 FREE Courses
Notre Dame joins the OCW Consortium, "a worldwide community of hundreds of universities and associated organizations committed to advancing OpenCourseWare." Notre Dame's participation is consistent with its goal "to provide a forum where through free inquiry and open discussion the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity."

University of Michigan - 77 FREE Courses
Find stuff and use it. Freely. Welcome to our collection of openly licensed educational resources (OER) from the University of Michigan. Ranging from course materials to videos to software tools to student work—this content is ready for downloading and remixing.

University of Cape Town - 148 FREE Courses

Learning content: syllabi, full courses, modules, learning objects, lecture notes, presentation and data collections. Tools: content development tools, online learning communities, and software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content.

University of California - 247 FREE Courses
The University launched its OpenCourseWare initiative in November 2006. As the first West Coast university and UC campus to join the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), our OCW project is growing rapidly with the addition of nearly10 new courses every month.

Tufts University - 49 FREE Courses
Tufts University is committed to offering the world's learners free access to its many academic resources. Tufts OpenCourseWare (OCW) seeks to capitalize on the potential of the internet to eliminate borders and geographic distance as obstacles to the instantaneous exchange of knowledge and new ideas. Unlike distance learning programs that charge tuition, provide formal instruction and limit participation, OpenCourseWare offers all course materials free to everyone with online access.

Weber State University - 7 FREE Courses
Free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's OPENCOURSEWARE (OCW) project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses.

IE University - 10 FREE Courses
Open collection of educational resources organized by courses.

Capilano University - 23 FREE Courses
Capilano provides a solid academic foundation and is committed to developing new and innovative programs in response to market demand. It offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success.

Kaplan University - 11 FREE Courses
Kaplan University is a different school of thought.SM One that rewrites the rules of education with innovative technology and new ideas. One that develops talent. Your talent.

Jersey Institute of Technology - 20 FREE Courses
NJIT is a member of the worldwide OpenCourseWare Consortium. NJIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) site offers free and open digital publication of high-quality educational materials, organized as courses. Some courses can be viewed in video, while others are only in audio. Course lecture notes and presentations are also posted for some courses.

Novell, Inc - 20 FREE Courses
Free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses.

People's Open Access Education Initiative - 16 FREE Courses
Courses are based on the concept of open education resources (OER), freely available on the Internet. Peoples-uni develops a standardise educational context around these open resources.

The Open University - 606 FREE Courses

Try over 600 free online courses from The Open University. Available from introductory to advanced level, each takes between 1 and 50 hours to study. Complete activities to assess your progress and compare your thoughts with sample answers. Sign up for free to track your progress, connect with other learners in our discussion forums and find the tools to help you learn.

6.002x (Circuits and Electronics) is designed to serve as a first course in an undergraduate electrical engineering (EE), or electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) curriculum. At MIT, 6.002 is in the core of department subjects required for all undergraduates in EECS.

If you successfully complete the course, you will receive an electronic certificate of accomplishment from MITx. This certificate will indicate that you earned it from MITx’s pilot course. In this prototype version, MITx will not require that you be tested in a testing center or otherwise have your identity certified in order to receive this certificate.

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This is pretty awesome especially for someone like me who is always looking to learn new things.
This is fantastic!
I've signed up for a free online course through Stanford, they're doing the same thing.
B Sharp
i watch them on the Roku- works great; quality of lectures is extremely good.
OpenCourseWare started with MIT and it is missing in this list.
thanks for the collection
Excellent post, will share, thank you!
n te dejan comentar nada metete la policia,no la policia no el caño de la 9 en el orto.
There is no such thing as a free lunch. For education is the same... If it is free you get what you paid for. "I'm really thinking now to move in America which few days ago was not an option... Anyway, is funny and very romantic when one says free is useless. Unless you want to be a writer or an actor.....
When I hear a free education..I think in terms of earned..Scholarships are earned by effort in some cases..most cases..So payment would end up being in terms of hard work..long hours and dedication..but not currency. It can be done here in get your school paid and extra scholarship money for necessities.. Well education.
I've been on that sight..watched a Professor from Stanford discuss was interesting..
scholarchips is prepared for is important to survive.
great with all these free course, always good to learn things - however - it is still missing actual "real world usage" = a real degree at the end of it. When that is coming we're truly getting somewhere.
today..educational can been happened at everywhere...i can see all children start to develop when they got the education
then,,?how it gonna work to them?
Khan Academy . . . . My daughter uses this as a requirement for her 8th grade Algebra class . . . it even uses testing
Education should NOT only be for the wealthy! In other countries, collegiate studies are VERY affordable and not based on the commercialism of Athletic Programs...
yeahh..absolutely correct!!
learning process from education
I was thinking about creating a list of free courses offered by quality institutions; You beat me to it. Thank you! :-D
I've listened to several classes like these (usually via iTunes U) and have been impressed. These open courses are great for a few reasons: Personal enrichment, "auditing" a subject before committing to it (at a university), or supplementing a course you are already taking. Depending on the subject, these open courses can be a great tool for CLEP tests and the like.
No, I think people have a variety of opinions when it comes to education vs degrees..and somewhere in the middle. Discussion is good..we learn this way..what you think, what I think..what others think.. And a site that offers free courses is something special in my book. Do we ever stop learning in life? Only if we chose to.
Learning is free, but what you pay for is a diploma...
Yay! Free education by the people and for the people...and without the government!
Two welders are interviewed for a job. The first has a formal education in welding and has an associates degree to show for it. The other welder has had no formal education, lots of scars, and calloused hands. The first welder is told to weld two pieces together, but unfamiliar with the machine he cannot figure out how to get it to work. Frustrated and confused he gives up and is refused the job. The other welder, told to do the same, realizes the gas is turned off, turns it on, welds the pieces together, and gets the job.
Having the credentials is not the point.
Vi Hart does videos for them now. I swear I've learned more in her videos than I did in math class!
I have used this to pass statistics just recently, Its a high value site !
Westernized schooling is a joke.
Post one more time I'll DDT your ass!
I enjoyed free school, including a classy university. My family wouldn't have been able to afford it. Education MUST be free to all, otherwise only rich retards get to good schools and smart poor people will do cashiers in supermarkets.
I get so overwhelmed with all the things I'd like to learn. It's great that all that education is free for anyone willing to put in some time. Is there an app that will just download it into my head - like on Matrix?
DUDE!!! How did I not know about all of this?! I can fill up all the empty space in my brain!! :P
i wish that would happen in the Phillippines its so sad up there 70 students per class room and 1 teacher
+Derek Chance Not sure where that was at, but I worked HR for a company and without a degree, they wouldn't even let someone interview... very sad.
Well it pretty cool but dull!! Why?
Is it safe to assume that education would be much more affordable if university administrators didn't make 6 and 7 figure salaries?
Hell yes. Right now I'm brushing up on my Algebra so I can test out of all dem pesky academics.
i think education shouldn't be free, but it should de a decent price. If it was free how are those professors and custodians and everyone have money to support their families
+Brian Mayeshiba You cant get someone with a doctorate in Computer Science to teach programming for peanuts. The same goes for all of the engineering and medical disciplines, you have to pay these professors competitively or they will just leave. As far as the administrative costs are concerned, the university I currently attend has more than 20,000 students. You couldn't get me to take responsibility for that many under 20, newly free from parental control adults for any amount of money.
Don't forget MIT. I think that all the undergrad courses are free online. No credit toward a degree, but there are certifications.
I know so many people this would help
You mean I could have saved a ton of money by switching to these free courses? Then of course these were not around 10 years ago probably.
Wonderful stuff thanks !
How can i take advantage of some of those courses? My email address is
I have really enjoyed taking free online courses, +Michelle Marie, and I'm excited by the trend of making them ever more available. I think that these kinds of classes are going to do a lot toward equalizing the availability of education across countries and social strata, and I think that's a great thing.
As an employee of a traditional bricks-and-mortar college I say; "Nothing to see here! Keep moving!" ;-)
I don't know what to make of pictures created by tearing paper and pasting it on other paper along with bits of string, buttons, hair and whatever. Is it that we can create "art" out of anything? I don't mean to offend the serious artist, but I'm sorry I just don't understand.
Brick and mortar schools are only necessary if you need a piece of paper to convince those who don't understand self-education. If you just want to learn for the pure joy of it, this is the way to do it--no tests that evaluate what the teacher thinks is important (instead of what is important to you), no artificial schedules, no waiting for the other students to catch up to you (or slowing down the class yourself. I have been doing one of the Yale classes, taking my time and learning it my way at my pace. If I want to watch a lesson three times, I can. If I want to stop and read a book on the subject before I continue, I can. Self-education is the most powerful type of education, because the student must take responsibility for the learning and is more likely to remember what he learns, since he learned for joy and not to meet a somewhat random set of requirements. Society needs to learn more respect for it. I'm not opposed to teachers--I'm taking a traditional class for the fun of it as well--but I do think we also need to learn how to learn alone.
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In my experience, there is no such thing as "free". Somebody pays for it. Maybe not the student directly - but those paying for traditional courses do, or the taxpayers do.
But the selectivity and proclivity to which subject 'll be guided somewhat purely by curiousity or what tickles the senses.
The idea of formal (guided) education is to 'measure' 'development' not learning per se. However don't you think the constraints (be it in time) spurs adaptation, the goal of education? Or that the analogy of an extensive bred poultry versus an intensively reared one fits even if vaguely?
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i h8 skool
@ Terrie Lynn Bittner:
But the selectivity and proclivity to which subject 'll be guided somewhat purely by curiousity or what tickles the senses.
The idea of formal (guided) education is to 'measure' 'development' not learning per se. However don't you think the constraints (be it in time) spurs adaptation, the goal of education? Or that the analogy of an extensive bred poultry versus an intensively reared one fits even if vaguely?
Awesome list; thank you!
Too bad it doesnt come with freed college credit.
Thanks for all of the outdated (by years) material.
OCW is great and usable. but, the new wave of courses being offered by mostly Stanford and MIT recently (such as , , , and ...) are much better ideas than OCW. Best OCW, to my understanding, is MIT's OCW. but it lacks some lectures videos here and there and many materials are not there. IT is great, but not complete.

This new wave is great!
Thank you!
Now I can study physics.
God bless you!
Thank you so much for posting this!!!!!
What's the catch? How can Yale and Khan offer these courses for free? is a portal for free courses from many different universities. My favorite is Harvard's Justice with Michael Sandel.
Joe Dep
Hi there, what type of free course you people are offering. Can you indicate the outlines of the course's that you are offring. Boy from Papua New Guinea posting this comment
This is definitely the way of the future!!!
Uh...YALE? Wow. I never thought I'd drool over courses...especially after my own college experience. But...Wow. Great share!
So, perhaps all these links should be a Google "page" that everyone can add to, and also rate different courses... perhaps pages based on topic or focus of learning. Anyone want to be a moderator?
So let's see....they are college credit....hmmmmm.....

Sounds like seminars to me.

Take a course at Yale, MIT, et. al., for little more than bragging rights? Interesting. One can educate himself without these seminars.
Should someone not have posted this the URL for the Open Courseware Consortium is In addition to MIT there are over 100 colleges and universities that participate. And this is not a parochial effort but a worldwide collaboration. Some like MIT have posted an enormous number of classes others a more limited variety. But for seekers of knowledge (as opposed to to seekers of degrees and certificates) it is a vast resource not to be overlooked. (Michelle already has this in the list! Expand post first, read it all, THEN comment. So basic, so often forgotten.)
Wow amazing post, thanks a million any of these universities offer certificates?
Awesome find. Thanks for sharing :)
Thanks, I need to learn physics so I can catch up for circuits and electronics for MITx
Ike Ike
History has shown that most things (if not all things) that are given for free are usually not appreciated.
This looks like an interesting group of places to check out. Thanks.
I have never dreamed to be a student of Yale,it comes ture now,thanks for their sharing.
Excellent! This post just harnesses the power of the Internet and Social Media as we share and resource with one another! Thanks!
Well, thanks. It's really helpful for all. I'll try this at my spare times.
Do you guys think that's the problem now the government is giving to many things away for free now
Thanks for sharing the list - it is pretty useful.
education is much important...but in india education trend sucks...but sum r too gud ..mostly ppl here think going to school or college as if going to a jail for not doing evil things...i hate tis education environment...
What free education????? In Australia even public schools can be costly, Universities can cost tens of thousands of dollars to get a degree with no guarantee of a job. But without these degrees its almost impossible to gain meaningful employment.
hi the names LinkMi, I'm new on her was just buzzing around and landed on ur page, interesting, I was wondering did you take any of the courses?

Again nice to me you and everyone else!
do u get certificate of completion or some kind of transcript at completion.
...Its an offer or opportunity not a requirement. If learning is valuable to you only if you pay for it or only if you receive a certificate, degree, or a bill at some point during class then the post does not interest you... Do not sign up, just move on. But if you find free education to be beneficial at all (or even remotely interesting) go for it... I have been studying FREE online educational material since the initial M.I.T opencourseware program (2005); however, the opportunity is to help structure a path towards certain careers. Reverse engineering posted positions on the internet and helping people meet those skill sets is a real opportunity. What we hear from companies is that the unemployed skill sets don't meet the employers job requirements. If individuals are looking to study for intellectual recreation then just go and learn; however, I believe many are looking for a way to acquiring formal education because of economic circumstances. I have struggled to create an education career path ideology, it seems that reverse engineering actual posted positions could be a good start even though many of these companies want actual degrees before the will consider a candidate, so good legitimate skills/knowledge testing certification centers could legitimize self study programs.
Thanks for the list. I'm very excited about the potential in open education.
This is really great! Thanks a lot, Michelle!
These courses are excellent but they are not providing completion or participation certificates. If possible please tell who else is giving participation or completion certificate after completing a course...
Thanks a lot for the data Michelle, Its very useful for me, regards!!!! ; )
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