“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss
Take some advice from the irreverent yet always-reliable Dr. Seuss – keep learning! Even if you graduated years ago, your classes are never truly over. They are all around us – the world is our class now.
Take another step and open up a whole new world of exciting information, just waiting for you online. Following are the top three educational websites online. All are free, and you don’t even need a textbook!
The mission of Coursera is simple: “We provide universal access to the world’s greatest education.” And boy do they deliver!
Coursera teams up with hundreds of universities and organizations all over the globe to provide you with free access to hundreds of courses. That’s right, you don’t pay a dime – and you can take classes in every subject you can think of – the arts, science, math, history, culture, humanities, technology, health, law, energy, economics and finance, music and film – the list is nearly endless.
Lessons come through multiple media including videos, interactive quizzes, reading materials, forums for students to collaborate, and more.
This educational website is very similar to Coursera. It is free, it offers endless amounts of subjects to study at your leisure, with videos, labs that are more like games than the kind you remember from school, and peer-to-peer social learning.
With universities like Harvard, MIT participating, you know this is quality education.
Launched in 2009, this video geared learning platform boasts classes from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT among others.
They offer online college courses, and lots of “elective” style videos you can use to brush up on your career skills, or just to pursue a subject that interests you.
This website differs from the first three listed because it isn’t about university-style coursework. This is a “how to” site with instructions on how to do everything from building a boat, to making an air trajectory machine, to making jewelry, to making the perfect jumbo pretzel or fruit tart.
Even better, you can explore and learn, and also document and share your OWN creations and ideas!
English biologist Thomas Huxley said “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.”
That’s some great advice! So clear off some time on your calendar and dive into the great world of free internet education. You have nothing to lose, and lots to learn.