Elite Universities Offering Free Online Courses

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Elite Universities Offering Free Online Courses

What would you think if I told you that you could take courses from Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, and many more of the top universities in the country for free? You would probably think I was crazy, or you would think it was some sort of scam. Well, I’m not (crazy) and it’s not (a scam).

Recently, maybe you’ve heard the term MOOC, or “massive open online course,” and wondered exactly what that meant. A MOOC is an online course aiming at large-scale participation and open access via the internet. Although typically these online courses do not offer academic credit, a small number of institutions are offering degree credit for MOOCs. It’s possible that more colleges could start offering degree credit if they determine that the digital classes meet their academic standards.

The two leading providers of MOOCs are currently Coursera and edX, and both of these providers are adding new institutions this year in and outside of the U.S. EdX (founded by Harvard and MIT) will add 6 new institutions and Coursera will add 29 institutions (16 outside the United States).

Here is a sampling of some of the universities you can take online courses from through Coursera and edX:



  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Berkeley University of California
  • The University of Texas System
  • McGill University
  • Wellesley College
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Toronto
  • Rice University
  • See edX university partners and view courses »

Other sites offering MOOCs include Udacity, Canvas Network and Blackboard Inc.

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