Most of you probably know what I’m going to talk about, but I’ll go ahead anyway. This article is all about free online education imparted by professors of world’s leading universities. You are allowed to study whenever you feel like. You just need an internet connection.
Coursera is one of the big players. It was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, CS professors from Stanford. It is a for-profit organisation, but currently, it isn’t generating revenue. You can take the world’s best courses on-line, for free! Currently 33 different colleges and universities from over 8 nations offer on-line courses via Coursera.
The grading policy differs from course to course. Each course includes video lectures on the topic, which are spread somewhat evenly over the entire course period, and assignments to be submitted, usually on a weekly basis. Most courses also require a student to take a final exam. Most courses give certificates to students if they get an overall percentage of 70% or more. A
A certificate from Coursera
Personal Recommendations -> Game Theory (UBC and Stanford), Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part I and II (Stanford), Introduction to Genetics and Evolution (Duke University). These courses are already in session. Game Theory and Genetics are already halfway through, so no point in enrolling now. But these courses will soon start again. Meanwhile, you can check out some other ones. Algorithms started 2 days ago.
Unlike Coursera, edX is not for profit. It was founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University to provide university level courses to a worldwide audience, and it does so absolutely free of cost.
Other than MIT and Harvard, 10gen, University of California, Berkeley and University of Texas System are prominent contributors. In December 2012, it was announced that Georgetown University and Wellesley College would become edX partners. edX plans to develop the learning platform as open source software and to make it more interactive.
Personal Recommendation -> The 6.00x (Introduction to Computer Science and Programming)