Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, MIT and Harvard are some of the most well-known and reputable universities in the world. And now, the internet has made it possible for everyone to gain access to courses offered by these higher education institutions.
The concept of MOOCs, or "Massive Open Online Courses," has grown in popularity. These courses make it possible to learn from some of the best professors out there, without the pricey cost of tuition.
MOOCs are completely free for those who sign up, and they're taught in the same way regular courses are taught at the university. The only catch is that individuals taking courses in this manner aren't receiving any college credits to apply toward a degree or certificate. Essentially, you're just learning for the sake of learning.
Still, for many, these online courses are a great way to continue challenging themselves and increase their knowledge.
But where do you find the courses that are available? A site called Academic Earth makes it easy to locate the courses you're interested in.
Search the site for specific course levels, categories and subjects. Or, search by specific universities to see which courses they offer.
The variety of categories is impressive. Courses are available on nearly every subject matter including history, literature, criminal justice, environmental studies, and even biomedical engineering.
When you find a course you're interested in, simply click on the button that says "View Course" for more information. Some courses are compiled into a collection of videos, some provide access to the course reading materials, and some are actual online courses in which you can enroll.
If gaining all of this knowledge inspires you to continue your education and pursue a college degree, Academic Earth provides tools to research and compare various program options. There are also helpful summaries with information about career options and estimated salary ranges you can expect from the field you're most interested in.
Sounds great, right? To browse through the course options and get started, click the blue button below.