When you think about colleges and universities, what is your first thought? Do you think of some ivy league school like Harvard University or Oxford University? Or do you think of your local college campus or even your local community college.
The reality is that all colleges are not equal, but that does not have to stop you from finding the right one that fits you and your career goals. What matters most when choosing the right college or university might surprise you.
1) The Name Brand – If you are like most people, you will not make it to Oxford, however having a Name Brand University can mean the difference between getting a job or not. Imagine someone interviewing two people. The first person graduated from University of Phoenix in Medical Assisting. The second person graduated from Fort Smith City College with the same degree. You have a better chance in the job market when starting out, if you have a degree from a name brand.
2) Your Interest in the Program – More than the actual college itself is you. How motivated are you to obtain a degree in a particular field. Do you want to be known by that title for 10-20 years? Finding a college that specializes in your career path is far better than a generic university with a mediocre program.
3) Obtaining the Degree – Put simply, employers look for someone who has actually received a degree. Why? Because it tells the employer that your are a person that can fulfill a commitment, that you can accomplish what you set your mind to, and that you are dedicated.
Are you eager to broaden your horizons, but don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on an expensive degree program? If so, you’re in luck. Over the last decade, many prestigious universities and Ivy League schools have begun putting lectures, practice assignments, and other course materials online. The best part is, it’s all free!
Below you will find a list of some of the top schools in the country, all offering online education programs. The nature of these courses varies from school to school. Some offer classes through Apple’s iTunes U application, while others use YouTube to post full class lectures. Additionally, several schools have course management systems on their own websites, where you can read class materials or download homework assignments.
Take a look at the free online courses offered by some of the best universities in the country:
Take some time to explore each of these websites. Different schools offer courses on different subject matter, and it will be rare to find one school with everything you are looking for. But since you’re not participating in an official degree program, you won’t have to deal with homework deadlines or rigid class schedules. You can learn at your own pace, when it’s convenient for you. And most importantly, all without spending a dime.
Mix and match courses from different schools and trying creating a semester’s worth of free online classes.
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LearnHub – Combines user generated content with social networking, all focused on academic education.
LectureShare – An e-learning environment which allows instructors to manage their course content so students can easily access course information.
Arabicollege – The leading provider of online Arabic courses using the most advanced technology.
ePals – A collaborative learning and literacy community, focused specifically on fostering reading, writing and critical thinking skills across the curriculum.
Supercool School – A web based system that allows users to coordinate and hold live and interactive online classes.
Knetwit – A proprietary platform that uses the Internet to enhance the existing educational process for students and professors.
TutorJam – An e-learning environment where K-12 students can connect with a tutor, anytime, 24/7, to get one-on-one homework help in math, science, English, and social studies.
Livemocha – An ad-supported language learning website that allows users to subscribe and complete language courses at various levels of expertise for German, English, Spanish, French, Hindi, and Mandarin Chinese.
Guaranteach – Provides students with quick and easy access to a variety of explanations on any given math topic.
learnpipe – Whatever you need, if it is learning related, learnpipe will help you to connect with the companies / people who offer the products and services that you require.
open course ware, free online classes, etc
Education on YouTube
UC Berkeley – The University of California, Berkeley is the preeminent public research and teaching institution in the nation.
Discovery Networks – Amazing stories and experiences from the world of science, natural history, anthropology, geography, and engineering.
TED Talks – TEDTalks shares the best ideas from the TED Conference with the world
AtGoogleTalks – Featuring everyone from newsmakers to bestselling authors.
CareerTV – CareerTV is a website aimed at helping college grads and undergrads get their career off on the right foot.