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8 Awesome Websites to Take Free College Courses Online

8 Awesome Websites to Take Free College Courses Online
The sites below offer free online college level classes to anyone willing to spend the time on them. Each differ – some have all of the materials online and some may want you to purchase (borrow?) a textbook to follow along with. Each of them offers complete courses with only one thing missing: the credit for the coursework to put towards a matriculated degree. MIT OpenCourseware Massachusetts Institute of Technology was a pioneer in offering online college courses and they still have the most diverse and in-depth collection of classes available anywhere. Carnegie Mellon OpenLearning Carnegie Mellon, based in Pittsburgh, PA, has a variety of courses available for anyone online. Khan Acadamy Salman Khan began putting videos on YouTube to help with tutoring a cousin. Today, there are over 1000 videos on KhanAcademy, which is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit. University of California at Berkeley Stanford University iTunesU Tufts OpenCourseware Open University LearningSpace Johns Hopkins OpenCourseware

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