Free distance learning programs
Online learning guide
It’s not very often that we are offered something for nothing but occasionally it does happen, while you certainly can’t get your MBS degree for free the internet does hold a vast amount of distance and online learning without it costing you a penny. Maybe you just want to test out a program or brush up on new skills or learn a few new interesting facts just for the fun of it, whatever your choice there are free online learning resources out there.
There are basically two types of online courses to choose from these are independent courses which are designed for the internet and open courseware that are designed with the classroom in mind.
The independent classes
The independent courses are specifically designed with those in mind that want to e-learn, courses such as these can be anything from learning poetry and verse to financial planning and debt management and a wide variety of colleges and universities offer them freely. The more popular schools and colleges which offer free courses and which can be found on Google search are:
Barnes and Noble University
Barnes and Noble offer dozens of online courses for free as well as offering premium courses which are moderately priced. They have a wide variety with something to suit everyone and include interaction with peers and instructors alongside books to help you get the most from your particular choice of course.
Brigham offer some free courses online which are available to the general public with courses also offered for credit to those students paying, they have specialised courses in genealogy and have several religious courses on offer.
About.com offer free courses by email, students choose courses and then learn through course materials sent by newsletter to their inbox. There are a number of courses available from cooking to learning debt management.
Stanford offers free lectures, interviews and material for learning which are available via I-tunes.
This site offers a wide variety of material for learning online, including courses with free online text books. Their IT programs are some of the best and give step by step instructions which you can follow easily to help you master computer skills.
The open Courseware
Open courseware was specifically designed to give help to students from all over the world by providing them with access to course materials which are actually used within the classroom. Colleges and universities which participate in the program post assignments, lecture notes, calendars, readings, and other study related material online making it easy for those studying from home to study in their own time at their own pace.
Open courseware do not charge for these materials or tuition however they also don’t award credits or give you access to interaction with a professor.