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Ever thought of how education will be in Top Universities of the planet, but now you can also experience them. Yes, the world’s Top Universities are offering Online Education for free to the world.

Thanks to the Internet.

Of course , Online education is not new, MIT’s Open Courseware was established 11 years ago putting all the syllabi, lecture notes, problem sets and solutions, exams, reading lists, and event video lectures from more than 2,000 MIT courses online to be accessed by anyone.

Simply MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Official Website :ocw.mit.edu

Following the same line , Some 6 years ago NPTEL(National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) was launched which is Joint venture of seven IIT’s and IISC ,Funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The main motto is to provide learning materials, digitally taped classroom lectures, supplementary materials and links to state-of-the art research materials in every subject possible.

Offical Website: nptel.iitm.ac.in

Youtube Channel

The Limitation of above said programmes are they are simply an publication of recorded Classroom lectures.

  • They Don’t provide any Certificate or Credential.
  • Don’t track or record the performance of the student accessing the content as NO evaluation tests are conducted.

Revolution in Education

Last fall i.e. Oct 2011 , a group of Stanford professors decided to offer a few courses online free of charge and were overwhelmed when hundreds of thousands of students signed up for their courses.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Introduction to Databases

That experiment has spawned the growth of similar endeavors.

Here’s a guide to some of the newest free education sites and what they offer.

UDACITY

Founder :

Sebastian Thrun, Research professor at Stanford, a Google Fellow and Vice President.

Founder and head of Google X, which is home to projects like the Google self-driving car a.k.a Driver less Car and the recently announced Google Glass.

They do not operate under the auspices of a university, although some of their guest-lecturers do teach at other universities. Their course offerings are aimed at practical computer science skills, like how to build an app or search engine.

Udacity style is first solve style, it has lots of embedded quizzes , real time graded programming exercises and weekly Homework’s and Final exam

List of Udacity Courses

CERTIFICATIONStudents receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course signed by the instructor.

Some Pictures for Overview

COURSERA

Founders :

Andrew Ng is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University Coursera is an interactive online learning system that offers free courses from

Daphne Koller is the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University

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