I recently came across the Coursera website and was amazed at the quality of the resources available for free. Through this site you can enrol on free online distance learning courses on a massive range of topics from some of the top universities from all over the world.
Only one of the courses on which I have enrolled has started so far, but the quality is really impressive. Aside from the excellent learning resources, the tutors are regularly on hand to answer questions and the course community as a whole is very active in both the discussion forums and the course wiki.
As I have said, there is a really wide range of topics, including computer programming, equine nutrition, aboriginal world views, academic writing, maths, history, economics and business management. Participating institutions include the University of Edinburgh, University of California, Stanford University, University of Toronto, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Michigan and Princeton University, to name but a few.
It’s all free and definitely worth a look!
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