With job competition what it is today, we all want to give our resumés regular booster shots. The only problem is, taking an extra course here and there can add up fast! That’s why we’ve searched all over the internet to come up with a list of sites that offer free online classes.
Check them out:
Founded by Harvard University and MIT, EdX offers a variety of verified courses for free (as well as some courses that cost a nominal fee) from top-notch institutions. These courses explore programming, project management, test prep, philosophy, video game design, public education, career success, entrepreneurship and more. Typically the courses sporting a green line across the middle are free and those with a maroon line have a cost associated with them. You also have the option of purchasing a certificate after completing the course. The best part is, they’re typically self-paced courses, taken on your own schedule and time frame.
This site offers subjects for all ages, from elementary school to adults. Courses cover a wide array of subjects, from college and careers to science and engineering, computing, economics and math. They also offer test-prep services as well as resources on personal finance and entrepreneurship. The site is video-based, so you can watch lessons on the topics at your own pace.
This site offers quite a few free courses, as well as some accredited courses at a price. Some of the courses include not only videos, but also quizzes and assessments. The subjects explored include physics, agriculture, anthropology, languages, game development, business, public education, and more. Before beginning any course, you can view its goals and objectives, discovering what each particular module covers. Most of the courses here are provided by Australian universities.
Here you can explore hundreds of free courses and lectures provided by MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, Dartmouth, Harvard, Cornell and other well-known institutions, as well as some video electives. Each course is unique. Some of these courses come straight from MIT Open Courseware—an MIT initiative providing public access to a vast number of MIT course materials. Because of this, you can sometimes download the course syllabus, lecture notes, assignments, and exams. Other times, there will simply be video lectures to view. The courses are typically comprised of free access to the lectures and other materials, but no instructor involvement.
Boasting 10,000+ free online college courses, OEDb offers course materials including recorded lectures and reading material. They cover a wide variety of subjects including languages, art history, health and medical, business, math, engineering, computer science, and more. The institutions that provide this material are equally diverse. Some big names like Yale appear on the list, alongside smaller names such as Open University, Khan Academy, Utah State, and Taylors University.
Looking for something else? Open Culture has curated a list of links to free video and audio resources as well as courses on diverse subjects. Their list covers art, architecture, classics, economics, film, geography and much more! Plus, each class comes complete with a link for easy access.
Of course, don’t forget about iTunes U! With educational podcasts (including some free ones) from a variety of institutions including Stanford on and Harvard.
Lastly, check out your local library and Red Cross chapter. Sometimes these organizations offer practical classes or trainings right in your own backyard—for free!
With this list of resources, you can continue building your resumé without spending your money. It’s the best of both worlds!