Harvard, MIT, Georgetown, and more.
-Written by Vinny Guarino
I can’t even lie, the idea of this kind of blows my mind.
The website https://www.edx.org/ was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012 to offer “high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere”
Also, MOST of these classes are FREE.
Take advantage! Courses at your local college or university can suck thousands of dollars out of your bank account. And that is so unfortunate.
All you want to do is enrich your mind and learn a skill that will separate you from the pack, right?
So a quick look at their front page shows me some classes that you can currently enroll in:
A couple months ago I started Harvard’s “Introduction to Computer Science.” I watched the lectures and did some independent research to complete the first week’s assignment. The professor is exceptional. He actually makes the class kind of fun. I ended up getting a 100% on the project and that definitely felt great.
Confession, I haven’t gone back to that course because the second week of work was pretty difficult.
One good thing about most of these courses is they are self-paced. So I’m just going to log in to my edx page this weekend and continue taking the course.
But Vin, I want some type of degree! Give me a diploma paper thing showing that I can do hard work!
Alright, so no you’re not going to get a B.A. or B.S. from taking one of these courses.
BUT, they do offer special certificates if you complete the course with a passing grade. You just have to pay between $50–$100. This is still really cheap! And it’s pretty cool to have something in writing from Harvard or MIT.
Here’s the deal for a special certificate for the Computer Science course I enrolled in.
Not all classes are self-paced though. Some have hard start and end dates. Here are some courses that are starting soon if you are interested:
Well, you either want to learn for free or you don’t. If you made it this far, you should check out their site and see if they have anything up your alley.