Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Go to College Online and for FREE

I’ve always been told you can never get too much education. Even at midlife, there are opportunities to improve on your existing skills or to gain new ones.

More and more Universities around the country are offering online courses to help those of us who are interesting in learning more than we already know. And the cool thing about these courses are they’re absolutely FREE. Although you won’t be awarded any college credits or a degree, you will gain some additional knowledge:

The University of Washington's FREE courses include Greek mythology, American Revolution and Heroic Fantasy.

Economics is being offered at the University of Nebraska.

Teach yourself sign language from Michigan State University.

You can study theology at Covenant Seminary; course offerings are delivered via a combo of free downloadable .pdf files and podcasts, and include subjects ranging from Church History to the Modern Reformation.

Learn mathematics with this extensive list of free online math courses from Whatcom Community College.

Visit Carnegie Mellon University and take Biology, Causal Reasoning, Statistics, and more, all for free.

The University of Washington School of Medicine offers free CPR classes online, complete with video and instructional guides. You can also take health courses from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; anything from adolescent health to population science.

Learn about bioterrorism and other hazards from the University of North Carolina.

You can also take advantage of Tufts University's open courses on dentistry, medicine, nutrition, and more.

Since you're already spending a lot of time on the internet, why not put it to good use?


Lara Nieberding, The Data Digger said...

Hi Beverly!
Thank you for this great list of educational resources. I also found Free-Ed.Net They are offering free education. I have not had the opportunity to try one of their resources. You have inspired me to give it a try.

Lucy Stern said...

I will have to check some of these out...Thanks

Anonymous said...


Thank you for compiling such a wonderful list of free educational offerings. I had no idea these were all available. Next time I find myself mindlessly channel surfing, I'm pulling up this post and enrolling in something that will build my brain rather than lull it so sleep!

PopArtDiva said...

I'm going to look into the Heroic Fantasy course at UW!
I've been writing on SuperHeroes as American Myth for a book to go along with my Retro Pop Culture Blog and this might fit in - unless it's more for women looking to have fantasies about heroic men, lol!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Beverly,

Wonderful information!

This is one of my favorite subjects. The internet is SOOOO good for us, and has provided more and more opportunities.

It is wonderful that we have so many opportunities to continue learning in our lives, and so much for free.

Thanks for putting this together!


Melodieann said...

I had no idea all of these classes were available online and FREE! I am definitely going to check some of them out AND pass this list on to others who might be interested. You are a never ending source of fabulous information. Thanks, Bev!

Karen O'Bannon said...

I've been wanting to learn sign language, and I'm really liking the word free. Thanks a bunch.