During the last two years the number of free online University courses exploded on the web. Today it is possible to attend prestigious courses by important USA and UK Universities and receive a final certification without spending a cent.
The good news are that these courses are interesting, well structured and you have a real possibility to increase your knowledge if approach them in the right way.
The first time you look for the free online University courses you are disoriented by the number and the many different topics they cover. The problem is to make the right selection in order not to waste time and energies for something you (and you career) don’t actually need.
How to select the right courses
1- Make a first selection between courses choosing only that are really interesting for you
2 – Check if you will receive a participation certificate if you complete the course
3 – Honestly evaluate your real, deep, interest for the courses that will not provide any written certification. I mean: “Do you really think that they will increase your knowledge and will be determinant for your career or life?”
4 – Don’t overestimate your capacities. Read very carefully the required background to attend the courses
5 – Don’t underestimate the time you need to attend the courses and do all the “homework” and the suggested readings
6 – Finally, select two (or more) courses and “Create” your free aside University career. Try to choose courses that have logical and “career path” connections between them. The important thing is what you are really learning on particular related topics you consider important for your career, not the number of disordered certification you can write on your resume.
A list of free online University courses in USA and UK
3 – http://gtmooc.com/how-it-works/
6 – https://6002x.mitx.mit.edu/
7 – http://www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com/course
8 – https://code.google.com/edu/security/index.html
Please, add a comment to this post to inform or recommend other courses we have not mentioned here!! Thank you!