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posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 02:19 AM
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So, I just discovered that MIT offers free courses online in virtually every deptartment. To be clear, you cannot earn credits or a degree or anything of that nature, this is simply for people that want to learn. I had no idea this existed until about an hour ago and have been drooling over all the topics I can learn trying to figure out where to start.

I know you don't get a piece of paper, but I would be willing to bet that more than a few of the courses they offer could help your job status if it needs help. From my experience in the last few years, in certain fields, employers are caring less about a piece of paper and more about your actual knowledge and ability to apply that knowledge. Having said all that, even if it doesn't affect your job situation at all, is it ever a bad thing to acquire more knowledge?

Also, mods, after coming across this site I did a quick search and found a thread mentioning it about a year ago. I just figured that maybe there were a lot of new people on here like myself that had no idea it existed. If you dont' feel this thread is needed, then by all means, you can remove it and I promise I won't cry.


Anyway, here's the link. Happy learning!

Free Online Courses From MIT

edit on 3-4-2011 by jnyblujns because: correction




posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 02:37 AM
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I'm on it! I can't wait to check it out! Thanks for the info OP!



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 02:44 AM
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Thank you for the information. I'm definitely going to take advantage of that. If you think about it though.. the *Idea* that you presented here could be applied across the Internet in any field that *you* the individual might be interested in.

Let's say I want to become a more skilled Artist drawing faces... I go to google... type in key words... *Learn to draw faces* and you get...



Over 2hundredThous-hits

I'm scared to put in, *Teach yourself to fly a 747* haha~

Anyways, the Internet has a wealth of information. Sometimes you have to waddle threw the crap...but eventually you do find what you're looking for and also what you thought you weren't looking for and you find things that you have to literally burn brain cells over so it doesn't scar you for life.....lol You could have a free on-line education but as you stated no certificate... Butt.. I got a friend in BroookLYnn..haha



Thanks again for the info



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 02:46 AM
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Everyone should be entitled to a free education.
As knowledge is power.



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 02:46 AM
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S&f I believe all higher education should be free to those who seek. I need no piece of paper telling me that I accomplished what I have learned. Thank you OP and MIT!



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 02:50 AM
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Originally posted by tracehd1
Thank you for the information. I'm definitely going to take advantage of that. If you think about it though.. the *Idea* that you presented here could be applied across the Internet in any field that *you* the individual might be interested in.

Let's say I want to become a more skilled Artist drawing faces... I go to google... type in key words... *Learn to draw faces* and you get...



Over 2hundredThous-hits

I'm scared to put in, *Teach yourself to fly a 747* haha~

Anyways, the Internet has a wealth of information. Sometimes you have to waddle threw the crap...but eventually you do find what you're looking for and also what you thought you weren't looking for and you find things that you have to literally burn brain cells over so it doesn't scar you for life.....lol You could have a free on-line education but as you stated no certificate... Butt.. I got a friend in BroookLYnn..haha



Thanks again for the info



You're definitely right, great point. I think I just found this to be really awesome, because you rarely find this much information, presented in a structured manner on so many different topics in one place. Then on top of that it's information from one of the most respected learning institutions in the country.



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 03:29 AM
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yep i use it for school. Except you need to get the books on the subject and read up or you are going to be left in the dark



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 10:51 AM
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Originally posted by pcrobotwolf
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yep i use it for school. Except you need to get the books on the subject and read up or you are going to be left in the dark


Yeah, you're right, some of them do, but not all of them. There are actually quite of few of the courses that have full written notes and a lot of them have videos of the weekly lectures.



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 05:25 PM
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This is a great resource.

Bumping for those who missed it.



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posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 06:05 PM
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Yes We have this link on our work intranet. Its a very valuable resource I have been doing hte Psychology and the audio lectures are great to listen to on the trip home after work!



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 06:05 PM
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Free online courses from India. All done in English.

education.newkerala.com...



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 06:15 PM
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Star and Flag for you and a bump for the thread. TOO bad ATS can't hang this in a prominent thread.

Education is so very important.
I am semi=retired and do kids entertainment. I try to knock it into those heads how important education is.

Whether it is a trade or an advanced degree. If you do not have something beyond high school you are not going anywhere. A lot of people think of education as college but a plumber, electrician, mechanic .... are just as important.



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 06:22 PM
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Public Lectures and Events on free Podcasts from London School of Economics and Political Science

www.lse.ac.uk...



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 06:26 PM
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I'm just drooling in awe!


I don't even know where to start.



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 06:36 PM
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A lot of colleges and universities do this. It sounds like a great way to review a class or subject before you spend money at the local college.



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 06:52 PM
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Finally a place where u can study for free since the United Corporate Socialist States of Amerika have charge school education with a ridiculous high price



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 06:55 PM
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very nice, i found another source not too long ago.
www.saylor.org...



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 07:42 PM
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There are a number of universities that have OpenCourseWare (OCW) available online. Here's a link that lists a few of them from Stanford to U of South Queensland.

More Universities with the Best Free Online Courses

There's also a ton of textbooks available on the web for drastically reduced prices....sometimes free. Here's the info from just one link:


Free Education Books and Textbooks

* Free Tech Books - This site offers a wide range of free computer science and programming textbooks, lecture notes and ebooks.

* Open Book Project - This site, which is dedicated to the free and open dissemination of knowledge, is a great place to find free textbooks and other educational materials.

* Textbook\Media - A wonderful selection of textbooks and educational materials are available for free download at Textbook Media. Students can get free access to these materials by choosing 'sponsored' books, which include brief 'study break' ads.

* Textbook Revolt - Students fight back against the high cost of textbooks on this site by offering up their used books for free or renting them for a low cost.

* Textbook Revolution - Textbook Revolution is one of the best sites on the web to find free textbooks and other educational materials.


Places to Find Free Books Online

TFN



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 08:01 PM
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There are a few prestigious institutions that offer similiar courses..I think Harvard may also offer something..



posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 08:10 PM
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Excellent find op. I am very interested in some of these courses. Too much knowledge, not enough time.





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