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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

Participating Universities

  • Stanford University
  • Princeton University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
  • University of Pennsylvania

    

Interestingly Coursera Offers Wide range of courses, not just limited to CS

Computer Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Economics, Finance, and Business

Humanities and Social Sciences

Healthcare, Medicine, and Biology

Society, Networks, and Information

Students will have access to lectures, interactive elements like quiz questions interspersed throughout lectures to help students recall and retain information, and peer-grading for homework, essays and tests.

List of Coursera Courses

CERTIFICATIONStudents will not get academic credit from the participating institutions, but will receive a certificate of completion from the professor.

Some Pictures for Overview 

edX

Actually started as MITx and later collaborated with Harvard University and MITx is part of edX

President : Dr. Anant Agarwal

EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online for free.

EdX will support Harvard and MIT faculty in conducting research on teaching and learning on campus through tools that enrich classroom and laboratory experiences.

MITx first course is a Pilot course on 6002.x Circuits and Electronics

Edx will feature video lectures, embedded quizzes, interactive learning, online labs, and a lot of peer interaction.

List of edX Courses (TBA)

CERTIFICATION: Certificates of mastery will be given to students who demonstrate knowledge of course material.

Some Pictures for Overview 

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One Comment

  1. Nice aggregation of all online courses. Keep it up.


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