Top 10 Universities Offering Free Online Learning

Good news for those who want to advance their education but lack money for tuition! It is possible to earn a degree from a highly reputable university free of charge. Below is a list of the 10 best free university courses (in no particular order) available for you:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (mit.edu) – MIT is ideal for those looking for a wide range of free courses offered online. The university’s OpenCourseWare project has more than 1,750 free courses that are in text, audio and video formats. OpenCourseWare is used by students worldwide, most of whom say they would recommend the site to other students.

2. Stanford (stanford.edu) – Stanford University, one of the world’s top universities, has teamed up with iTunes U to offer access to Stanford courses, interviews and lectures. Available courses can be downloaded and played on iPods, Macs and PCs and can also be burned to audio CDs and played in CD player.

3. University of California, Irvine (uci.edu) – UC Irvine, recently teamed up with the OCW Consortium to offer free university level courses online. Although currently there are only a few courses to choose from, the list is rapidly growing. Course materials include lecture notes, assignments as well as exams.

4. Open University (open.ac.uk) – Open University’s (UK) OpenLearn website offer both undergraduate and graduate learners free access to learning materials. The materials cover a wide range of topics, such as IT and computing, education, mathematics and statistics, science, health, business and more.

5. University of California, Berkeley (berkeley.edu) – For almost a decade, the University of California, Berkeley has been providing live webcasts of a number of courses including IT, legal studies, engineering, philosophy, psychology and astronomy. Many of the university’s courses, are currently available as podcasts and webcasts.

6. Carnegie Mellon University (cmu.edu) – Carnegie Mellon University’s program called Open Learning Initiative (OLI) offers several free online courses. OLI courses are aimed to allow introductory college level students to learn about a particular subject without formal instruction. Courses cover a wide range of topics, such as economics, biology, French, statistics and physics.

7. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (kutztownsbdc.org) – The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania has a resource centre, Small Business Development Center, that boasts the web’s largest collection of free business programs.

8. Utah State University (usu.edu) – Utah State University is also a good choice for those looking for free online courses. The university offers a number of download-able text-based courses ranging from physics to anthropology and theatre arts.

9. University of Southern Queensland (usq.edu.au) – University of Southern Queensland, Australia, offers free online courses through its OpenCourseWare initiative.

10. Tufts University (tufts.edu) – Tufts University, a private research university in Medford/Somerville, near Boston, Massachusetts, has OpenCourseWare that is available free to everyone. Course materials include lecture notes, assignments and other supplementary materials.

Learn Spanish Free Online – Is it Possible?

Nowadays, it may seem conceivable that you can save money if you learn Spanish online for free, which you can, to a degree.

Learning Spanish online has replaced traditional methods of learning Spanish like the evening class and the audio course. With the busy schedules many of us have today we need to have the flexibility and freedom that an online Spanish course offers.

With the economic situation the way it is right now, cost effectiveness is a big issue in whatever we do and when you choose to learn Spanish the cost IS important. For example a course of evening classes that you would need to achieve a good level of fluency could cost you as much as $2000 and private tutors are no less expensive, so no wonder people start to look to learn Spanish Free online.

There is an abundance of free learning material online to help you with learning Spanish, and there are even free courses that will get you up to a basic level of Spanish, the trouble is many of them are not structured and although you could probably put together a course that would enable you to learn Spanish free online it would be very segmented meaning you would be jumping between many different websites.

The better option is to purchase an online course; these can range from $100 up to $500, but if you are dead set on not spending any money a suggestion would be to check out the BBC website (it is a .co.uk domain).

The Beeb, as it is lovingly known in the UK, have an excellent language site that covers Castilian Spanish (the Spanish as spoken in Spain). Although the site material is designed to accompany their educational TV programs there is plenty to help you begin to learn Spanish, should you be unable to access the TV programs.

If you want to learn Spanish effectively, and to be fair, learning Spanish is far easier and more effectively learned when you are taught rather than attempting to teach yourself with a mish-mash of free material. But in the quest to learn Spanish online for free there are some gems that have been uncovered.

An excellent course that offers a free initial 6 day course is Rocket Spanish, it concentrates on conversational Spanish which is fantastic as this will help you learn Spanish much quicker as it is a much more enjoyable way to learn the language. If you wisely decide that you would be better off buying a course rather than trying to learn Spanish free online then this has got to be your first choice.

The course is excellent value for money as it costs around the $100 mark and it is also covered by a money back guarantee unequalled by any other online course, so that eliminates any risk. It is the most popular online Spanish course and its success rate for students is phenomenal, so if you haven’t given up looking to learn Spanish free online yet, at least check out the free 6 day course, and make a decision after that.

Funny Game – The Perfect Game For Families, Groups, & Children

Have you ever been to a party, family get together, or just a fun date/game night with friends and you played one of those games that was just boring (and somewhat awkward cause it was so silly and childish)? I think we all have. Have you ever gone online to look for a real fun and funny game for that next game night, but all you could find were silly juvenile type games? Been there – done that!

I wanted to provide one of the many games that I have played that is hilarious and that everyone will find funny and enjoy. It is an extremely fun game, and perfect for that next game night, date night, family reunion, family game night, or get-together with neighbors or friends. Plus, if you are going to play a game that is funny and embarrasses you – you might as well have everyone be embarrassed right!

RECKLESS DRESS UP

# of Players: 6 or more

Objects Needed: Articles of clothing: shirt, pants, socks, gloves, hat, shoes, coat, & blindfold.

Some games are competitive and require strategy, while others are meant to laugh and just have fun… this is one of them! Divide those playing into 2 teams, and in preparation, gather these items for each team: a pair of mis-matched gloves, blindfold, funny hat, shirt, large coat, baggy pants, socks, and shoes. (It is of course best if the clothing is old or could possibly get stretched out, and each team needs their own set of clothes).

Place each team’s clothes in their own separate piles at one end of the room. At “go,” one person from each team will race to their own team’s pile, place the blindfold on, put on the two gloves first, and then put on every other clothing article. Once a player has put on every article of clothing, they will take the blindfold off, quickly take all the clothes off, and go and tag the next person on their team (if the weather permits, play this game outside where there is more room). In relay race style, the next person will then have to come to the pile and do the same thing. The first team to get each teammate there to the pile, put on / take off the clothes, and back to the starting line is the winner!

To add a fun twist, go outside and try a different variation of this game. As in the description above, each team will have their own pile of clothes. A starting line will be formed and each team’s pile of clothes will be by them at the starting line. At ‘go’ – the first teammate will race to put on the clothes. Once all the items are on, they will have to run down, touch the middle line 30 feet away and come back and tag their next teammate. Once the next person has been tagged, the first person will quickly take the clothes off and the next person will start putting them on. The 2nd person can not start running until all the clothes are on. This repeats until one team has got all their players to the middle line and back – they are the winner!