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dhawalhs 01-06-2013 11:30 AM

List of 73 free online courses/MOOCs from Standford, Harvard, MIT, and others that you can start this month
 
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List of all the courses

The entire list is reproduced below:

EdX (3) [edx.org]
CS169.1x: Software as a Service [edx.org]
Jan 7th | 5 weeks long
HLS1x: Copyright [edx.org]
Jan 28th
Stat2.1x: Introduction to Statistics [edx.org]
Jan 30th | 5 weeks long



Others (3)
Learning from Data (Introductory Machine Learning course) [caltech.edu]
Jan 8th | 10 weeks long
Introduction to Inforgraphics and Data Visualization [utexas.edu]
Jan 12th
University Spanish Level 1 [spanishmooc.com]
Jan 21st | 12 weeks long
Introduction to Complexity [santafe.edu]
Jan 28th | 11 weeks long



OpenLearning (1) [openlearning.com]
Services Marketing - Selling the Invisible [openlearning.com]
Jan 14th | 3 weeks long



Class2Go (1) [stanford.edu]
Introduction to Databases [stanford.edu]
Jan 15th | 10 weeks long



NPTEL (2) [ac.in]
Basic Electrical Circuits [ac.in]
Jan 15th | 14 weeks long
Digital System Design [ac.in]
Jan 15th | 15 weeks long



10gen (2) [10gen.com]
M101P: MongoDB for Developers [10gen.com]
Jan 21st | 7 weeks long
M102: MongoDB for DBAs [10gen.com]
Jan 21st | 7 weeks long



CourseSites by Blackboard(1) [coursesites.com]
The Emancipation Proclamation: What Came Before, How It Worked, And What Followed [coursesites.com]
Jan 28th | 7 weeks long



Canvas Network (14) [canvas.net]
Art Appreciation [canvas.net]
Jan 1st
History of Ancient Civilization [canvas.net]
Jan 1st
English Composition I [canvas.net]
Jan 1st
U.S. History 2 [canvas.net]
Jan 1st
International Health Systems [canvas.net]
Jan 7th | 16 weeks long
Introduction to Openness in Education [canvas.net]
Jan 7th | 15 weeks long
Game Design Concepts [canvas.net]
Jan 7th | 10 weeks long
Algebra+ [canvas.net]
Jan 7th | 10 weeks long
Strategic Innovation and Ideas [canvas.net]
Jan 7th | 8 weeks long
Writing History [canvas.net]
Jan 7th | 16 weeks long
College Algebra [canvas.net]
Jan 14th | 14 weeks long
Improving Your Spanish Pronunciation [canvas.net]
Jan 21st | 7 weeks long
Digital Media One [canvas.net]
Jan 21st | 4 weeks long
Marathon Training [canvas.net]
Jan 21st | 4 weeks long



Coursera (47) [coursera.org]
Computing for Data Analysis [coursera.org]
Jan 2nd | 4 weeks long
Introduction to Genetics and Evolution [coursera.org]
Jan 4th | 10 weeks long
Calculus: Single Variable [coursera.org]
Jan 7th | 13 weeks long
Calculus One [coursera.org]
Jan 7th | 15 weeks long
Scientific Computing [coursera.org]
Jan 7th | 10 weeks long
Information Security and Risk Management in Context [coursera.org]
Jan 7th | 10 weeks long
Building an Information Risk Management Toolkit [coursera.org]
Jan 7th | 10 weeks long
Computational Methods for Data Analysis [coursera.org]
Jan 7th | 10 weeks long
Game Theory [coursera.org]
Jan 7th | 6 weeks long
Galaxies and Cosmology [coursera.org]
Jan 7th | 9 weeks long
Principles of Economics for Scientists [coursera.org]
Jan 7th | 10 weeks long
Cryptography I [coursera.org]
Jan 14th | 6 weeks long
The Modern World: Global History since 1760 [coursera.org]
Jan 14th | 15 weeks long
Introduction to Computer Networks [coursera.org]
Jan 14th | 10 weeks long
Programming Languages [coursera.org]
Jan 14th | 10 weeks long
Image and video processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a stop at the hospital [coursera.org]
Jan 14th | 9 weeks long
Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning [coursera.org]
Jan 14th | 6 weeks long
Microeconomics [coursera.org]
Jan 21st | 10 weeks long
Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering [coursera.org]
Jan 21st | 12 weeks long
Science from Superheroes to Global Warming [coursera.org]
Jan 21st | 10 weeks long
Data Analysis [coursera.org]
Jan 22nd | 8 weeks long
Health for All Through Primary Care [coursera.org]
Jan 23rd | 5 weeks long
An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health [coursera.org]
Jan 23rd | 6 weeks long
Computer Vision: From 3D Reconstruction to Visual Recognition [coursera.org]
Jan 28th
Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part 1 [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 6 weeks long
Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 6 weeks long
Contraception: Choices, Culture and Consequences [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 5 weeks long
The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 6 weeks long
Control of Mobile Robots [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 7 weeks long
Energy 101 [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 9 weeks long
Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 6 weeks long
Artificial Intelligence Planning [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 5 weeks long
Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 5 weeks long
Introduction to Philosophy [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 7 weeks long
Equine Nutrition [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 5 weeks long
Critical Thinking in Global Challenges [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 5 weeks long
E-learning and Digital Cultures [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 5 weeks long
Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part I [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 5 weeks long
Microeconomics Principles [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 8 weeks long
Introduction to Finance [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 15 weeks long
Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 10 weeks long
Health Informatics in the Cloud [coursera.org]
Jan 28th | 10 weeks long[b][url=https://www.edx.org/]

wikipost 01-06-2013 11:30 AM

This post can and should be edited by users like you :)
 
To clear things up, some FAQ

A number of different initiatives are offering university-level education for free. Some of the bigger initiatives covered are as follows:
  • Coursera founded by Stanford Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng.
  • Udacity founded by three roboticists, including Sebastian Thrun, a research professor of computer science at Stanford University and currently leads the development of Google’s driverless car.
  • EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Anant Agarwal, former Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, serves as the first president of edX
What are MOOCs?

From Wikipedia - A massive open online course (MOOC) is a type of online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in the area of distance education, and a progression of the kind of open education ideals suggested by open educational resources.

Q. How is this different than MIT Open Courseware or any of the previously offered free online courses?

The courses provided by these online learning initiatives have an element of feedback, student-to-student and student-to-professor communication and provide structured deadlines like a university course. By engaging students in quizzes and exams they go above the normal methodology of online courses

Q. What type of the courses are offered?

A wide range of courses are being offered belong to fields of computer science, medicine, music, humanities, business, management and more!

Q. Do I get university credit?

No, university credits can not be earned but you might be able to get a statement of accomplishment or a certificate.



MOOC Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization--Registration is closed [utexas.edu] (more than 5,000 people registered) [utexas.edu]

**********
instructions to sign up for a free student Canvas account

here [instructure.com]

=======> Reviews and ratings: http://coursetalk.org

nostrada 01-06-2013 11:43 AM

Thumbs up for hard work, but shouldn't this be in Free Stuff instead?

mirai 01-06-2013 12:35 PM

It is Stanford, not Standford :P

wannabecheap 01-06-2013 12:42 PM

Thank you! Will sign up for something. It's harder and harder to train the memory, that's a great way to do so!

MikeE21286 01-06-2013 12:54 PM

Awesome

verymetal 01-06-2013 01:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nostrada (Post 56662372)
Thumbs up for hard work, but shouldn't this be in Free Stuff instead?

personally I find the "Free stuff" forum of little interest, since 75% of the posts are for "free post it notes" or "free jar of baby food", etc.

I'd never have found this post if it was hidden in Free Stuff. Thanks OP!

sklar 01-06-2013 01:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mirai (Post 56663186)
It is Stanford, not Standford :P


I guess someone missed a class.

sklar 01-06-2013 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by verymetal (Post 56663660)
personally I find the "Free stuff" forum of little interest, since 75% of the posts are for "free post it notes" or "free jar of baby food", etc.

I'd never have found this post if it was hidden in Free Stuff. Thanks OP!

I feel the same way. I don't have the time to look through a whole bunch of different forums. But then I can also make it more than 5 minutes between hand washings...

alany611 01-06-2013 01:11 PM

are these transferable for college credit? :D

xveganrox 01-06-2013 01:14 PM

Thanks OP, my calc is getting pretty rusty, I think I'll revitalize it this semester :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by alany611 (Post 56663850)
are these transferable for college credit? :D

Lol no.

vairox 01-06-2013 01:15 PM

just go buy a book about whatever and read it, none of these "classes" offer any credit, useless unless you can't afford a $10 book on any of these subjects.

Nocens 01-06-2013 01:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xveganrox (Post 56663902)
Thanks OP, my calc is getting pretty rusty, I think I'll revitalize it this semester :)



Lol no.

I was thinking the same thing. These are great refresher courses.

PooMBA 01-06-2013 01:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alany611 (Post 56663850)
are these transferable for college credit? :D

Never.....Nice try!!

couponhunter 01-06-2013 01:18 PM

Not trying to TC, but don't we have threads like this?

http://slickdeals.net/f/4255152-Free-Online-Courses-and-Course-Materials

http://slickdeals.net/f/4806032-online-course-by-Google-Power-Searching-with-Google-FREE

pawnstars 01-06-2013 01:35 PM

nothing really interesting

mirai 01-06-2013 01:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vairox (Post 56663934)
just go buy a book about whatever and read it, none of these "classes" offer any credit, useless unless you can't afford a $10 book on any of these subjects.

i think for many people taking a class is easier and keeps them on track than just reading a book.
besides these are top universities and the instructors might do a better job conveying the knowledge than an average book. and you can walk away telling people you've taken classes from all the top schools!:D too bad you can't put them in your resume..or can you?

Quote:

Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
this one sounds interesting

JosephGrovers 01-06-2013 01:41 PM

What the hell is Standford? Is that like a ripoff of Stanford with evil plans to trick people into going there?

JeffSimpson 01-06-2013 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by couponhunter (Post 56663996)

Well... we do.. we one of those is like 8 months old. Probably not a whole of people checking those out, unless you are realllllly bored.

Thanks OP!

redpoint5 01-06-2013 01:44 PM

Stanford; heh. I have a Harvard education.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBdfcR-8hEY

profitone 01-06-2013 01:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mirai (Post 56663186)
It is Stanford, not Standford :P

Really- Im sending my kids to Hardvard so I hope this isnt an issue...

vairox 01-06-2013 01:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mirai (Post 56664406)
besides these are top universities and the instructors might do a better job conveying the knowledge than an average book. and you can walk away telling people you've taken classes from all the top schools!:D too bad you can't put them in your resume..or can you?

You get a piece of paper that says you did/took/participated in the class so I suppose you could say you took a class from any one of these universities, of course the next question will be "did you graduate" or "were you a student" LMFAO...I wonder if you just send them a check for $1500 afterwards if they will give you the 3 credits, seems that is the only thing that separates the difference between having completed it and having completed it with credit.

keainanhai 01-06-2013 01:49 PM

Thanks for the post! I'm in for Equine Nutrition!

Kiev 01-06-2013 02:03 PM

Library card is free too =D

localdeals 01-06-2013 02:05 PM

Thanks and Repped for the hard work!

bigdinkel 01-06-2013 02:11 PM

I take Computer Science at Udacity. It's free and highly recommend it.

scythen60 01-06-2013 02:11 PM

I did the intro. to databases class with Jennifer Widom the first time it was offered in 2011. Applied to a few DBA jobs afterwards and got one. Still working there - the course was a great prep.

milko 01-06-2013 02:20 PM

too bad the infographics one is already full. :(

SkyyPunk 01-06-2013 02:20 PM

Bah! Two classes I would really like to take but both occur during the same time. While very interesting I am not that dedicated :P Game theory it is!

hypnero 01-06-2013 02:29 PM

I tried enrolling for canvasnet but after I hit enroll it just takes me back to the enrollment page and never allows me to actually enroll or create an account. Anyone else having this problem.

vdotnet 01-06-2013 02:31 PM

Thxxxxxx

SergeN 01-06-2013 02:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pawnstars (Post 56664356)
nothing really interesting

"How to Seduce Women" starts next month.

mdawane 01-06-2013 02:46 PM

Thank you for your hardwork in putting the list should be useful to someone TU

LaylaStryker 01-06-2013 02:58 PM

Thank you. I signed up for some basics I'm rusty.

Robert16 01-06-2013 02:58 PM

Waste of time IMO...If you want to take the classes do it for credit.

ucbengr 01-06-2013 03:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mirai (Post 56663186)
It is Stanford, not Standford :P


:woot::woot: Here in Berkeley we spell it "Stanfurd" especially during Big Game time.:bounce::bounce:

milko 01-06-2013 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SergeN (Post 56665614)
"How to Seduce Women" starts next month.

PUA in disguise?

69firebird 01-06-2013 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vairox (Post 56663934)
just go buy a book about whatever and read it, none of these "classes" offer any credit, useless unless you can't afford a $10 book on any of these subjects.

Not everyone is able to learn by reading. Some of us learn from hands on, and some of us learn through vocal instruction.

wannabecheap 01-06-2013 03:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 69firebird (Post 56666332)
Not everyone is able to learn by reading. Some of us learn from hands on, and some of us learn through vocal instruction.

Indeed! we all learn in different ways!

maxim730 01-06-2013 03:36 PM

Infographics and Data Visualization full :(

sard 01-06-2013 03:46 PM

So this is an actual class? (but without credit)

So we have to attend at the exact time, etc...
Its not "log in when you want and watch a video of the class, etc....do it at your own schedule, etc..."

Thanks

thereal54 01-06-2013 03:48 PM

Nice list but nothing of interest, if I wanted to learn something I'd google it and skim the first few results. Hours of work in "learning" saved :)

Thriftness 01-06-2013 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vairox (Post 56663934)
just go buy a book about whatever and read it, none of these "classes" offer any credit, useless unless you can't afford a $10 book on any of these subjects.


Learning is useful, forget credits.

Robert16 01-06-2013 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Thriftness (Post 56666704)
Learning is useful, forget credits.

Says that guy that is fine with making $10/HR for the rest of his life.

inquisitive 01-06-2013 03:58 PM

these free courses have been around quite some time...i was just too lazy to take some...was interested in the finance stuff

Rhondakay 01-06-2013 04:12 PM

OK. dumb question maybe, but my Amazon Prime for students ran out... can I maybe get an .edu email address with any of these?!

askgonzo 01-06-2013 04:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mirai (Post 56663186)
It is Stanford, not Standford :P

but it is jackass right:D

isugoat 01-06-2013 04:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sard (Post 56666638)
So this is an actual class? (but without credit)

So we have to attend at the exact time, etc...
Its not "log in when you want and watch a video of the class, etc....do it at your own schedule, etc..."

Thanks

the majority of these are asynchronous. you'll have recorded lectures and tests/assignments that you have to complete by some specific date, but you'll know about it ahead of time so you can plan. one of the goals of MOOCs is flexibility, so it should fit your schedule a bit better than a more traditional course.

kiara2425 01-06-2013 04:58 PM

Enrolled in the University Spanish 1 course.. since having a real grade in the end (regardless of if its a worthless one) will motivate me to learn more than using my Rosetta Stone on my own. ;)

xtrm990 01-06-2013 04:59 PM

Taking the University Spanish Level 1 just to keep my Spanish working :P Thanks!

Parabolic 01-06-2013 04:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Robert16 (Post 56666776)
Says that guy that is fine with making $10/HR for the rest of his life.

I'm guessing you're one of those "books are a waste of time" type people. Some of us enjoy the pursuit of knowledge, there doesn't have to be a monetary payoff.

dvsdimsum 01-06-2013 05:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rhondakay (Post 56667016)
OK. dumb question maybe, but my Amazon Prime for students ran out... can I maybe get an .edu email address with any of these?!

:lmao: this is for personal education, not credit. getting an email address for Harvard or Stanford will likely require an admission application, and a "small" amount of tuition. On the bright side, you WILL get credit and it'll likely be transferrable to a number of institutions.

mcmark 01-06-2013 05:06 PM

Sick list.

krazymop 01-06-2013 05:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xveganrox (Post 56663902)
Thanks OP, my calc is getting pretty rusty, I think I'll revitalize it this semester :)


I teach HS AP Calc and I'm taking Prof. Ghrist's course on coursera. I'm always looking for novel ways to present the concepts to my classes.

immoyo 01-06-2013 05:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pawnstars (Post 56664356)
nothing really interesting

What would be interesting to you? This is a diverse list of courses, I'll be taking on at least one this month.

This is my last semester in college though and with only two courses left before I graduate, I'll be using these free, online courses to fill up my extra time. Everyone should be aware of this option!

dg1129 01-06-2013 05:17 PM

Input! Need more input!

borntovin 01-06-2013 05:20 PM

good intention to share the courses. Knowledge is power, leaning something new and having someone to teach you for free is a best thing that could happen. thanks for putting this list together.

Nickeyno 01-06-2013 05:24 PM

thank you & repped

karab 01-06-2013 05:26 PM

:thanks: great list!

Jutzfliege 01-06-2013 05:33 PM

is this a one-time thing?

if i dont sign up for any of these will i still have the chance to access the videos a yr from now?

KoGa 01-06-2013 05:45 PM

Excellent list. I'm currently doing CS50 on EDX which is excellent and already completed Stanford CS144 which is great too. Looking forward to Databases.

EdgarD 01-06-2013 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krazymop (Post 56667822)
I teach HS AP Calc and I'm taking Prof. Ghrist's course on coursera. I'm always looking for novel ways to present the concepts to my classes.

Just a question. I have already passed Algebra 2 and should be taking Pre-Cal next. However I took Algebra 2 close to 2 years ago.

Should I take Algebra as a refresher course and then Pre-Cal? or should i jump in straight to Pre-Cal?

cyfan 01-06-2013 05:50 PM

I love the attitude of some people toward free online college classes: "So I don't get credit?" I'll suggest that if your only purpose is to get credit, and not to learn, that go back to playing Angry Birds.

Quote:

Originally Posted by EdgarD (Post 56668482)
Just a question. I have already passed Algebra 2 and should be taking Pre-Cal next. However I took Algebra 2 close to 2 years ago.

Should I take Algebra as a refresher course and then Pre-Cal? or should i jump in straight to Pre-Cal?

From what I recall, Calc is very different than Algebra. If you know Algebra basics very well, you'll have what you need for Calc.

KoGa 01-06-2013 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vairox (Post 56663934)
just go buy a book about whatever and read it, none of these "classes" offer any credit, useless unless you can't afford a $10 book on any of these subjects.

You are dead wrong. Why it's true you don't get a credit these are much more than books. You get video lectures, quizzes, problem sets, you get to interact with fellow students, etc. Very useful if you're interested in a subject but not sure whether you should enroll somewhere and spend thousands of dollars just to find out it's not for you or if you want a good overview of a topic, need to take a refresher. And last but not least you can actually learn new things...

taschwar 01-06-2013 05:55 PM

Good list! Just signed up for the Stanford database course.

Cubeeless 01-06-2013 06:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scythen60 (Post 56665110)
I did the intro. to databases class with Jennifer Widom the first time it was offered in 2011. Applied to a few DBA jobs afterwards and got one. Still working there - the course was a great prep.

Great! I am planning to take this class this term. Can you recommend anything regarding this class?

daregan 01-06-2013 06:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sklar (Post 56663760)
Quote:

Originally Posted by mirai
It is Stanford, not Standford

I guess someone missed a class.

Well, it's free, so maybe it is Standford!

I have mixed feelings about these free courses. If you have the free time and it's just for fun, then maybe it's right for you. But if you ultimately want to get somewhere with it, you may be better off taking the class at a relatively inexpensive jr. college to get transferable credit.

kavemanSAE 01-06-2013 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scythen60 (Post 56665110)
I did the intro. to databases class with Jennifer Widom the first time it was offered in 2011. Applied to a few DBA jobs afterwards and got one. Still working there - the course was a great prep.

Just signed up for this hoping to get a decent background on databases and SQL!

One question though... for these Stanford courses, do we have to take all the quizes/exams and do all the lessons on time or is it kind of like a go at your own pace course?

Thriftness 01-06-2013 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Parabolic (Post 56667690)
I'm guessing you're one of those "books are a waste of time" type people. Some of us enjoy the pursuit of knowledge, there doesn't have to be a monetary payoff.

I agree, Thank you!

vairox 01-06-2013 06:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KoGa (Post 56668662)
You are dead wrong. Why it's true you don't get a credit these are much more than books. You get video lectures, quizzes, problem sets, you get to interact with fellow students, etc. Very useful if you're interested in a subject but not sure whether you should enroll somewhere and spend thousands of dollars just to find out it's not for you or if you want a good overview of a topic, need to take a refresher. And last but not least you can actually learn new things...

That's wasting time, I do that and get credit for it. If I'm gonna give my time, I'm gonna get something back from it, yeah knowledge is "something" and maybe for your own personal self efficacy it's all good and great but it doesn't mean jack squat anywhere else... just the sad reality.

jwilder66 01-06-2013 06:36 PM

Great list, thanks for putting it together.

Anyone who thinks free knowledge isn't valuable probably doesn't collect much of it.

Shelter 01-06-2013 06:39 PM

Thank you!!!!!! Please keep this thread up, it's great! I signed up for a few classes and started one tonight!

scythen60 01-06-2013 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cubeeless (Post 56668928)
Great! I am planning to take this class this term. Can you recommend anything regarding this class?

The forums and students are a great help. There is no reason that you should not be able to solve a problem (assuming you put in effort). In the real world there are many things that aren't even touched upon in this course; most namely: stored procedures. I believe the course picked some arbitrary software to run queries (database master pro?). I would recommend just getting SSMS + SQL server or mysql/postgres+navicat.

Also I remember there being a ton of nested queries or subqueries that were required to solve the logic in the harder problems. Running those complex queries are very rare in my case, mostly because they would take so long to run against a large dataset - and are harder to debug.

Oh, hrmm.... The XML/DTD stuff wasn't very helpful for what I do, but they added in the JSON section which sounds like a fantastic addition.

judowoman 01-06-2013 06:47 PM

Thanks!

garfield00 01-06-2013 07:00 PM

thank you OP, repped for consolidating them into one post.

defenestrater 01-06-2013 07:00 PM

Great find
 
Thanks, OP

got my only lousy grades in the statistics courses I took.

Going back to figure out what I can do better!

OldTarHeel 01-06-2013 07:03 PM

Thanks always good to brush up or learn something new.

starcaptor 01-06-2013 07:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vairox (Post 56669372)
That's wasting time, I do that and get credit for it. If I'm gonna give my time, I'm gonna get something back from it, yeah knowledge is "something" and maybe for your own personal self efficacy it's all good and great but it doesn't mean jack squat anywhere else... just the sad reality.

Im not sure how you would quality "time wasting." The true "sad" reality is that increased pay or job offers from having course credits are middle men to getting to the same place as learning will take you: a more secure and positive self-concept. This creates confidence which makes anyone want to hire you, if you are talking about strictly dollar signs. Oh...in addition to being confident...you also know more stuff, haha.

If any of you read Mark Cuban's interview transcript from his recent foray on twitter, youll see that he said that an MBA means jack compared to people who actually get up and learn stuff themselves and apply it. True words. He is a jerk, that is for sure...but he is a billionaire jerk :lmao:

I dont speak about any of this from a purely idealistic perspective either. I am an extreme pragmatist and currently getting additional teaching certifications so that I can stay competitive (yes it requires money). Im a Stanford alum, and when you stand at that campus, you really feel like you sit on the shoulders of giants. Sadly, if you dont love learning, you can graduate and get your degree and get nothing for it (I speak from experience). These online classes give you nearly the same experience without having to pay $138 a day for the privilege :bounce: and keep you up to date to boot.

However, every single job I have gotten, it has been from the positive reaction of employers who have heard that I enjoy taking free online courses, reading books and academic articles about my specialties to stay sharp, and participating in the academic community (I go to TEDx conferences as much as I can, and they are free and PRICELESS. I HIGHLY recommend everyone go to one).

My most recent job I got, my credentials were identical to everyone elses, perhaps inferior because I was just out of grad school. However, I noticed that the interviewer had some books on his mantle: A copy of "A Different Mirror" by Ron Takaki (Asian American canon), and a copy of "Brain Rules." The interviewer was obviously into learning and culture, so I start talking about my thoughts on the topics, bringing up contemporaries whom I have read in the same fields. Later on, he admitted that the impression I made on him about how I like to learn to for the heck of it was why I got the position.

Talk to someone who actively and passionately learns "for free" as much as they can. I guarantee you that they are successful.

erazz61 01-06-2013 07:43 PM

Very cool, signed up for the Cryptography and Infosec classes....thanks!

Visioneer 01-06-2013 07:52 PM

Thank you so much. I love the "real course" structure and the signed certification at the end! I will be using this for a lot of catchup/refresher for math and other various subject as I get ready to head back to school at the end of this year.

its4me 01-06-2013 08:20 PM

Thank you so much.signed up for intro to database

krazymop 01-06-2013 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by EdgarD (Post 56668482)
Just a question. I have already passed Algebra 2 and should be taking Pre-Cal next. However I took Algebra 2 close to 2 years ago.

Should I take Algebra as a refresher course and then Pre-Cal? or should i jump in straight to Pre-Cal?

In Pre-Calc you'll be reviewing many of the concepts you learned in Algebra II. If you are willing to work hard, you should be fine going into Pre-Calc even with that 2 year layoff. Take advantage of khanacademy.org when you run into any issues.

nanare 01-06-2013 08:47 PM

Thanks OP.signed up for finance course.

johnlau 01-06-2013 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by scythen60 (Post 56665110)
I did the intro. to databases class with Jennifer Widom the first time it was offered in 2011. Applied to a few DBA jobs afterwards and got one. Still working there - the course was a great prep.

Wow is that class really enough to get a DBA job?

scythen60 01-06-2013 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by johnlau (Post 56672408)
Wow is that class really enough to get a DBA job?

Well, it doesn't hurt that I'm skilled elsewhere with computers too.

whenry83 01-06-2013 10:27 PM

Thanks OP. I knew about coursera and EDX, but never heard of the others. I might try out the spanish 101.

carloo 01-06-2013 10:52 PM

Thank you for sharing. Great information and I did sign up for couple of classes. It is great to learn more everyday.

- Introduction to Computer Networks
- Introduction to Finance
- Microeconomic

They are great subject and thank you again.

IshNET 01-07-2013 03:47 AM

I am soooo in Heaven right now! Thanks for letting us all know!

Truth-Serum 01-07-2013 04:21 AM

Most of these topics you can learn on your own by doing simple google searches...

Ernin 01-07-2013 04:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Truth-Serum (Post 56675400)
Most of these topics you can learn on your own by doing simple google searches...

??? Yes, and you can Google guitar chords too. You can even look up nuclear fission. Doesn't mean that's better than learning in a structured setting with listed objectives. Come on, you have to admit your comment is ridiculous.

PooMBA 01-07-2013 04:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Truth-Serum (Post 56675400)
Most of these topics you can learn on your own by doing simple google searches...

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ernin (Post 56675456)
??? Yes, and you can Google guitar chords too. You can even look up nuclear fission. Doesn't mean that's better than learning in a structured setting with listed objectives. Come on, you have to admit your comment is ridiculous.

They don't call them Manchester Football Hooligans for nothing.:D

iluvminivans 01-07-2013 05:51 AM

Threadcrapping
 
[QUOTE=couponhunter;56663996]Not trying to TC, but don't we have threads like

But you are threadcrapping. If it doesn't interest you, then move on.

ViciousTide 01-07-2013 06:25 AM

Wouldn't it be faster reading the used textbooks in the library to refresh? :-)

ViciousTide 01-07-2013 06:28 AM

I wonder if failing a course or withdrawl failing will show up on your "Employment" Report? Kind of like a Credit Report but for your career.

PooMBA 01-07-2013 06:29 AM

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Originally Posted by ViciousTide (Post 56676808)
Wouldn't it be faster reading the used textbooks in the library to refresh? :-)

Most of the people lack the discipline to read and learn themselves. When one signs p for a course like this, one is more inclined to follow the material, lectures, and learn along the way. And it is especially true if one is shelling out moocho dinero from their pocket for the process.

cmpe 01-07-2013 06:41 AM

I like it. Repped.

Signed up for a few courses that I was always interested in learning about.


Then I saw couple of courses that I hated in college and shuddered. ;)

KoGa 01-07-2013 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by vairox (Post 56669372)
That's wasting time, I do that and get credit for it. If I'm gonna give my time, I'm gonna get something back from it, yeah knowledge is "something" and maybe for your own personal self efficacy it's all good and great but it doesn't mean jack squat anywhere else... just the sad reality.

Don't forget, this is free and not everyone needs the credit or like me, cannot do anything with the credit (as I don't live in the States).

PooMBA 01-07-2013 09:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vairox (Post 56669372)
That's wasting time, I do that and get credit for it. If I'm gonna give my time, I'm gonna get something back from it, yeah knowledge is "something" and maybe for your own personal self efficacy it's all good and great but it doesn't mean jack squat anywhere else... just the sad reality.

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Originally Posted by KoGa (Post 56681312)
Don't forget, this is free and not everyone needs the credit or like me, cannot do anything with the credit (as I don't live in the States).

While you are fortunate to have different viewpoint, there are lots of SDers who think they are the center of the universe and the sun should revolve around them. They fail to understand that while certain offers, not suitable to them, still means a lot to someone who can make use of such incredible educational opportunity.

Rhondakay 01-07-2013 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by dvsdimsum (Post 56667726)
:lmao: this is for personal education, not credit. getting an email address for Harvard or Stanford will likely require an admission application, and a "small" amount of tuition. On the bright side, you WILL get credit and it'll likely be transferrable to a number of institutions.

I know what a college credit is... I have a college degree. I don't need college credits. I know the difference between Harvard and an online class for personal education. My question was simply wondering aloud if anyone knew if an edu email account was attached to these free classes. We're on slickdeals, and I for one loved my amazon prime account. :)

po-90260 01-07-2013 01:32 PM

They would love to sell you their extremely overpriced books!

dvsdimsum 01-07-2013 01:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rhondakay (Post 56687778)
I know what a college credit is... I have a college degree. I don't need college credits. I know the difference between Harvard and an online class for personal education. My question was simply wondering aloud if anyone knew if an edu email account was attached to these free classes. We're on slickdeals, and I for one loved my amazon prime account. :)

No, you won't get an "*.edu" email account, because you are not a registered student with the school you are signing up to take a class from (hence, you are getting their materials, but they don't ask you for any serious/valuable credentials). As far as I can tell, during the registration steps, it only asks you to pick a handle; there's nothing about giving you an account. This is all I can tell for CalTech and Standord, no idea if they rest can offer it, but I highly doubt it.

cak165 01-07-2013 01:47 PM

For people looking for jobs or still in school, this is one of the best things you can do to stay relevant and show that you value learning more than collecting a piece of paper.

I'm always evaluating new hires for my work, If I get similar applicants with similar qualifications, I always tend to give the person who invests in themselves (by taking courses like this) an extra look, and it's always paid off. It's impressive to see a CV with extra courses, even if they're online MOOC, it is more than the credits and the grades. It's the future of education, especially with those with lesser means or attending lower tier colleges and universities.

BTW, I highly recommend coursera. For those interested in learning more about it, I recommend this video by its founder: http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_k...ation.html

impsteven 01-07-2013 01:51 PM

Signed up for Finance class. Should come along well with the Economic and Accounting classes I'm currently taking at my university.

Rhondakay 01-07-2013 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dvsdimsum (Post 56688156)
No, you won't get an "*.edu" email account, because you are not a registered student with the school you are signing up to take a class from (hence, you are getting their materials, but they don't ask you for any serious/valuable credentials). As far as I can tell, during the registration steps, it only asks you to pick a handle; there's nothing about giving you an account. This is all I can tell for CalTech and Standord, no idea if they rest can offer it, but I highly doubt it.

Thanks! I suppose I won't be taking any online classes right now! :shake:

notablanda2000 01-07-2013 02:14 PM

I signed up for a Spanish I class after discovering that the algebra classes are both filled. Maybe I'll be able to communicate with some of my neighbors now ;-)

Thanks to the OP for putting this list together. I was looking for a way to keep my education going on the cheap as I'm already in hock for two degrees.

dooctur 01-07-2013 04:44 PM

So you would rather take algebra than talk to your neighbours? lol. Kidding, I myself am interested in learning Spanish. didnt realize that was an option. thanks for the headsup

Quote:

Originally Posted by notablanda2000 (Post 56689100)
I signed up for a Spanish I class after discovering that the algebra classes are both filled. Maybe I'll be able to communicate with some of my neighbors now ;-)

Thanks to the OP for putting this list together. I was looking for a way to keep my education going on the cheap as I'm already in hock for two degrees.


ucbengr 01-07-2013 05:29 PM

instructions to sign up for a free student Canvas account

here [instructure.com]

juryrigger 01-08-2013 10:26 AM

Signed up for a class, but it doesn't say what time or what days it's on? Just that it starts on the 28th?

xKiDDOx 01-08-2013 12:22 PM

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Originally Posted by ViciousTide (Post 56676862)
I wonder if failing a course or withdrawl failing will show up on your "Employment" Report? Kind of like a Credit Report but for your career.

I would like to know this as well. Would dropping out of a course or failing it somehow negatively affect me (besides hurting my self-confidence)?

genxchick 01-08-2013 12:26 PM

Thank you so much for this! I really appreciate it.

milko 01-08-2013 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by xKiDDOx (Post 56713672)
I would like to know this as well. Would dropping out of a course or failing it somehow negatively affect me (besides hurting my self-confidence)?

It's for self-enrichment. No, you are not going to put this on your resume. No, you are not going to say you attended Stanford, Harvard, MIT , so no it will not negatively impact your career.

ViciousTide 01-08-2013 01:09 PM

Look there is a Pornography Films Class 101 at Stanford online!

CallMeTraitor 01-08-2013 01:29 PM

Thanks!! :]

ffranky 01-08-2013 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by milko (Post 56713932)
It's for self-enrichment. No, you are not going to put this on your resume. No, you are not going to say you attended Stanford, Harvard, MIT , so no it will not negatively impact your career.

I dont see why you couldnt put it on your resume, and I dont see why you couldnt say you attended Stanford if you took a class provided by them.

The only difference between this and actually receiving credits is $2,000, nothing more.

kaseyjakes 01-09-2013 09:13 AM

this is awesome. signed up for a statistics refresher, sure beats having to pay full price to reaudit a class i've already taken. Thanks OP!

PooMBA 01-09-2013 10:01 AM

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Originally Posted by kaseyjakes (Post 56734456)
this is awesome. signed up for a statistics refresher, sure beats having to pay full price to reaudit a class i've already taken. Thanks OP!

Just curious, couldn't you just refer to your old notes or textbook, instead of spending so much more time taking this class?

lemontart 01-09-2013 10:52 AM

Go stanford.

OP's title says standford, hee hee.

ek9cv5 01-13-2013 03:07 PM

Nice thanks

Angellique 01-13-2013 09:14 PM

thanks

tylerann 01-21-2013 05:38 PM

Here are a couple that I didn't see listed...

http://alison.com/

and

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

Thanks OP!!


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