February 25, 2018

Free Online Education

There is a growing movement amongst education providers to break away from  traditional forms of teaching and provide a range of FREE Distance Education Programs for students based anywhere in the world.

Now although there are some dubious operators out there offering so-called ‘Free Education’, generally these programs are totally worthless and a waste of your time and energy. What does make you sit up and take notice is when prominent professors from respected universities start providing training and access to Free Online Education courses.

One such free program is called UDACITY. The concept of Udacity is quite simple, to provide a range of high quality programs available to anyone, anywhere and taught by a team of highly skilled professors and software engineers.

Udacity was founded by three prominent roboticists, Sebastian Thrun, a Google fellow and former Stanford research professor, David Stavens, a research and instruction assistant at Stanford University and Co-Founder of Stanford Racing Team and Mike Sokolsky, a robotics research engineer at Stanford University and research associate at the University of Alberta.

The courses available include Building a Search Engine, Design of Computer Programs, Web Application Engineering, Programming Languages, Programming a Robotic Car and Applied Cryptography.

Although there are no restrictions to enrollment, students would benefit from having an understanding of higher level math, like linear algebra, probability theory and computer programming. As a sign of Udacity’s growing popularity there were over 160,000 students from more than 190 countries enrolled in their first class, “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence”.

UDACITY today is changing the world by providing a level of Distance Education to students and places that would otherwise be unable to benefit from this mode of learning.

Another great program is offered by COURSERA, world class education is provided through Free access to programs offered by some of the top universities including Princeton, Michigan and Penn University. Coursera offers high quality courses in a wide range of disciplines available to students all around the world.

The KHAN ACADEMY, although not a free university program, is definitely worthy of a mention because of it’s content. Containing over 3,200 micro lectures via video tutorials, this site has developed a massive following with now over 4 million pupils every month.If you haven’t yet discovered this fantastic resource then don’t wait any longer, you’ll be amazed at the diversity of information and the quality of the tutorials.

Founded in 2006 by Salman Khan, a gradute of MIT and the Harvard Business School, Sal Khan is the voice and brains behind the Khan Academy. With degrees in mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science, Sal has gradually morphed into a math, history and science teacher. Sal began by offering tutoring to a few friends and family but now The Khan Academy has grown from it’s humble beginnings to now providing free tutoring to more than four million students every month.

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization funded by donations from the likes of the Gates Foundation, Google and many others.

Lesson tutorials are provided in multiple languages with subjects including Math, Science, Finance and Economics, Humanities and Test Prep. You can access the tutorials through the Khan Academy’s YouTube channel or through their own website, KHAN ACADEMY , which also features extras such as progress tracking and practice exercises.

The Khan Academy is on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. So what are you waiting for?

There are a number of other Free Online Education providers worth looking at including the PEER 2 PEER UNIVERSITY, COURSERA, UNIVERSITY OF THE PEOPLE, OPEN CULTURE, EDX (First Courses by Fall 2012), ALISON, LEARNING SPACE – THE OPEN UNIVERSITY and MIT OPEN COURSEWARE

There are of course other forms of online learning, some of which charge nearly as much as traditional college fees, but there is an alternative. Although not free, there are courses available that are provided at a fraction of the cost of traditional education. The FLOATING UNIVERSITY is one of these providers.

Founded in 2011, The Floating University is a collaboration between The Jack Parker Corporation and Big Think, a global knowledge forum built upon the belief that success today and in the future is about knowing the ideas that allow you to manage and master this universe of information.

The inaugural course of the Floating University is called ‘Great Big Ideas’, and provides the key takeaways of an entire undergraduate education. Delivered through 12 lessons subjects include Psychology, Economics, Biomedical Research, Linguistics, History, Political Philosophy, Globalization, Investing and more. Each lecture is presented by top experts from some of the worlds top education institutions.

The Floating University also provides access to single eSeminar tutorials in your chosen subject or from one of the academic professors. Single lessons start from as little as $39.99

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