Education is a great way to improve your job prospects. If you’re unemployed, you may finally have the time on your hands to go back to school, finish your degree or add a certification. But if you’re out of work, you may also have a hard time finding the funds to go to school. Organizations like WorkSource are there to help with funding education for demand occupations. But that’s not your only option. Many top universities offer free courses online. Education Portal.com ranks several of the best free university courses available for people who want to enhance their personal knowledge or advance in their current field. They include these and more. Find the list here.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (mit.edu)
- Free MIT Courses Online
If you are looking for a wide range of free courses offered online, MIT is your best option. More than 1,800 free courses are offered through the school’s OpenCourseWare project. Courses are in text, audio and video formats and translated into a number of different languages. Students all over the world use OpenCourseWare and 96 percent of visitors to this site say they would recommend it to someone else.
- Carnegie Mellon University (cmu.edu)
- Free Carnegie Mellon Courses Online
Carnegie Mellon University offers a number of free online courses and materials through a program called Open Learning Initiative. OLI courses are intended to allow anyone at an introductory college level to learn about a particular subject without formal instruction. Course options include such offerings as statistics, biology, chemistry, economics, French and physics.
- Tufts University (tufts.edu)
- Free Tufts University Courses Online
Like MIT, Tufts has OpenCourseWare that is available free to everyone. Courses are sorted by school (i.e. School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, etc.) and include assignments, lecture notes and other supplementary materials.
- Stanford (stanford.edu)
- Stanford Courses on iTunes U
Stanford University, one of the world’s leading academic institutions, has joined forces with iTunes U in providing access to Stanford courses, lectures and interviews. These courses can be downloaded and played on iPods, PCs, and Macs and can also be burned to CDs. If you don’t have iTunes, you can download it here for free.
- University of California, Berkeley (berkeley.edu)
- Free UC Berkeley Courses Online
UC Berkeley, one of the best public universities in the nation, has been offering live and on-demand webcasts of certain courses since 2001. Hundreds of UC Berkeley courses, both current and archived, are now available as podcasts and webcasts. Courses cover a range of subjects, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer programming, engineering, psychology, legal studies and philosophy.