Massive Open Online Courses: Free Learning For Everyone

MOOCIf you have not heard about the current revolution taking place in higher education, please take some time and research the word MOOC: Massive Open Online Courses. MOOC's are online courses that are typically free of charge and open to everyone around the world. What makes MOOC's so cool? Professors are transforming education through top elite universities by teaching classes that were once set aside only for certain students. Now, anyone who has an internet connection can sign up for courses that were once considered unattainable. There are no barriers, no entrance exams, and they are free, open, and ready for anyone who wants to learn anything from knitting to quantum physics.  If you are a self-learner and want to take a course from an elite university, now is your chance. MOOC's were not originally created for higher education credit; however, some universities are now starting to offer them as a way for students to test drive a degree.

Here are links to all of the current MOOC offerings, along with their institutions:

1. Yale
2. Harvard
3. Carnegie Mellon
4. Duke
5. MIT
6. UC Berkeley
7. Stanford
9. Itunes
10. Udemy
11. Coursera

Looking for free online learning for kids? No problem. Check out Khan Academy. Kids can choose videos by interest, and this is a great way to add a bit more of free learning and motivation to their academic plate.

Please keep an eye on education as it is truly transforming right now. I'm off to learn a little PHP.

Happy learning!

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    Robyn is currently the Creative Director at Dreams for Kids. She is a certified elementary teacher and ESL teacher in Illinois, who has taught 4th-6th grade, middle school ESL, and ESL to adults. She specializes in the fields of writing, ESL, technology and higher education. She is an academic and career professional advisor for the state of Illinois, the Managing Editor of ED News Daily, and a blogger for Chicago Now. She has been published and/or profiled on Linkedin Today, Edudemic, Reading Horizons, BG Patch, fhytimes, Edutopia, Elmer's Glue, Xavier University News and more. Robyn was recently featured on Linkedin's corporate blog: An Unexpected Journey: 10 Ways Linkedin Changed My Life In One Year. Humbled and honored, she was also interviewed by Xavier University, discussing her life's dedication and work in the field of education, as part of their "American Dream Project," the only collection of American dreamers to date. In addition to her passion for writing, she also has a great love of higher education. She launched and managed the first graduate advising program for National Louis University, supporting over 2,500 teachers. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in ESL.

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