Find Free Online Courses (Not for Credit)

FREE online materials of entire courses (syllabus, presentations, assignments, and assessments) published by select universities are available for you. You can use these resources to supplement the learning materials for the courses you are currently taking or learn what you need and want on your own.

Simply click on a major topic heading and browse through the MERLOT collection of Free Online Courses:

Open Education Consortium: A Worldwide Collection of Free Online Course Curriculum

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Higher education institutions around the world have been posting their curriculum for entire courses online and providing people permission to freely use and to use for free the open courseware.

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Heres a few quick links to OCW provided by other higher education institutions

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s)

A MOOC is a type of FREE 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.

  • Coursera– Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take Coursera classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of Cousera’s classes, you’ll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you. Coursera’s courses are designed based on sound pedagogical foundations, to help you master new concepts quickly and effectively.
  • edX– Courses offered by edX are designed to be interesting, fun and rigorous. edX states that their courses “are the best courses, from the best professors and the best schools, spanning dozens of subjects. Some edX courses now offer ID verified Certificates of Achievement. A new way to demonstrate your achievement and showcase your knowledge” EdX offers MOOCs and interactive online classes in subjects including law, history, science, engineering, business, social sciences, computer science, public health, and artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Udacity– Courses offered by Udacity are highly interactive with activities, quizzes, and exercises interspersed between short videos and talks by instructors and industry experts. You can watch the videos and try the quizzes as many times as you like without any penalties. The quizzes are a tool to help you learn. Usually after a lesson, there will be a problem set with exercises for you to check if you have learned the material in that lesson. Problem set completion may be included in the requirements for a certificate for the course. However, just like with the quizzes, you can try them as many times as you like without penalty.

ADD Free Course Materials You’re Using or Authored Into MERLOT

Are you using free course materials you found on the web in your teaching or your learning? Have you posted free course materials online that are open for others to use? We invite you to catalog these online course materials you use or authored in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!

IT’S EASY!

First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).

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