Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal

Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Posted: 29 Jun 2021 04:00 AM PDT Education-technology company 2U Inc., which runs graduate programs for dozens of top universities, is buying web-based course provider edX, a nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for $800 million. The deal combines two major players in online instruction as universities around the world push more aggressively into digital offerings. Many schools scrambled to shift courses online when the pandemic shut campuses last year, and they are now expected to build on—and polish—the programs. The sale proceeds will go to a nonprofit, to be run by Harvard and MIT, that the schools say will focus on reducing inequalities in access to education. It will maintain the open-acc

Continue Your Life’s Education With Free Online Classes - The New York Times

Continue Your Life’s Education With Free Online Classes - The New York Times

Continue Your Life’s Education With Free Online Classes - The New York Times

Posted: 10 Sep 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Have extra time at home? Want to keep your brain busy with new things to think about? Consider doing a little remote learning of your own. After all, Benjamin Franklin famously set aside an hour or two each day to study, reflect and experiment so he could fill in the gaps in his own education, and he went on to several successful careers.

Hundreds of major colleges and universities offer online courses that anyone with an internet connection can take. While you won't get academic credits for taking free classes, you expand your knowledge — and can even show a little solidarity with your children as they head back to school themselves. Here's a guide to getting started.

First, ask yourself what subject you want to study and how it might benefit you. Are you pondering a career shift? Looking to pick up new skills? Or do you just need a distraction in unsettled times? Make a note of your ultimate goal to help focus your search, as classes are available across a wide range of academic disciplines.


Some schools, like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are generous. M.I.T. freely offers the content from most of its on-campus courses on its OpenCourseWare site.

To see what's available from multiple schools, try Class Central, a search engine for online courses. You can also browse the Open Culture site, which lists more than 1,500 courses from accredited institutions and hosted on educational platforms like Coursera, edX and FutureLearn; these platforms have many subscription or fee-based classes as well.

Click the enroll button to sign up. If you're on the "free" plan, you're essentially auditing the course. However, if you pay a fee, you can often get graded assignments — or a "certificate of completion" that typically starts around $50.

If you're not quite ready for a college-level class or wish to supplement your child's learning, the nonprofit Khan Academy hosts lessons designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Here, you can find math, science, economics and humanities classes, as well as inventive computer courses like "Pixar in a Box," an overview of the digital-animation process.

Apple's iTunes U service hosts free audio and video lectures from schools around the world, although the company has announced plans to discontinue the platform at the end of 2021.

An hour a day of study is a sensible goal, but when considering a course, check its specific duration and time commitments so you can plan more precisely and slot the space into your calendar. Some classes are self-paced, while others have a more traditional meeting structure that can last for nine weeks.

Find a place to do your homework and keep your school materials. Depending on the course, you may also need certain books, software or other materials. Even if you're watching recorded lectures, taking notes may help you better retain the information, so ponder a cheap notebook or a note-taking app.

Too busy to commit to a lengthy course? The Coursera site has a list of courses you can complete in a day; all are free until the end of the year.

And consider the lectures and webinars offered by museums and libraries. The Museum Computer Network site has a lengthy list of online learning resources from major institutions. Browsing your favorite museum sites directly for educational content can also yield results.

Want to know how to change the oil in a late-model Honda Civic, perform basic toilet repairs or mend torn clothes? Instructional videos posted to YouTube provide a hands-on education on the practical matters of daily living. Many popular do-it-yourself sites have their own YouTube channels, so you can find content like The Handyman's home-improvement tutorials or iFixit's gadget-repair videos in one place.

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And if you'd like to upgrade your home-cooking repertoire, fire up a recipe search on the site. YouTube chefs will guide you through making red velvet waffles and chicken or even the infamous Twinkie wiener sandwich, because with school in session, the fall comfort-food season is right around the corner.

Get to know the new free online courses at UNAM - Entrepreneur

Posted: 30 Sep 2020 07:18 AM PDT

From cinema to algebra, going through some history and journalism. Discover the new free courses at UNAM that you can start right now.

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused our common learning practices to be reformulated, opting for new study modalities through the Internet. Participating in a virtual class or "attending" a video conference is no longer a novelty, and now more than ever, we have a wide variety of educational content to develop from home.

This is precisely what we will see in the new agenda of virtual courses that has just been announced by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) , the highest higher-level educational institution in the country, and one of the best universities in Latin America .

We are talking about a dozen virtual trainings with an estimated duration of 4 to 6 weeks per course, in addition to the possibility of having a digital certification at the end.

Before presenting the list of university courses, we will answer some frequently asked questions:

  • How do I register for the UNAM courses? Enter the links that we share below, read the information of the course that interests you, and finally, register by creating a user account (or log in if you already have an account).
  • Can I enroll in more than one course? Of course! In reality, it all depends on your organizational capacity and availability to meet the required workload.
  • How can I request the UNAM certificate? Each virtual course offers us the possibility of requesting a digital certification at the end of all the learning modules. The benefit of the accreditation granted by the UNAM has a symbolic cost, but in no way conditions the free access to the course from beginning to end.

Having clarified these points, we share the new launches of free courses offered by UNAM:

1. Digital Journalism

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Content: Recognition, treatment and combat of false news (fake news) through the use of effective tools and techniques for journalism.
  • Link: Sign up for free

2. Algebra

  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Content: Know the algebraic and transcendent functions from their definition and notation. Solve problems in everyday life through polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.
  • Link: Sign up for free

3. Cinema: create your own educational films

  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Content: Identify basic elements of film analysis, form and language through explanations and examples to be used in a class that uses film as a teaching resource.
  • Link: Sign up for free

4. Agrotechnology

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Content: Learn about new trends in the agri-food industry, climate change and global food needs.
  • Link: Sign up for free

5. New ways of teaching and learning

  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Content: Free course at UNAM on educational innovation. Learn about design thinking, a methodology to propose initiatives that transform teaching and learning.
  • Link: Sign up for free

6. How to do business

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Content: Learn the basics to understand the social, economic and environmental implications of social responsibility.
  • Link: Sign up for free

7. How to create an online course

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Content: Learn how to design virtual courses that allow you to interact dynamically with your students, work in subgroups on activities that keep them motivated and promote solid learning.
  • Link: Sign up for free

8. History and evolutionism

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Content: Free course to know what the evolution of species is and how it has been explained. Study the historical background, as well as the central foundations of Charles Darwin's theory, which shaped modern evolutionary thought.
  • Link: Sign up for free

9. Water security

  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Content: Learn about the initiatives that are currently used to solve problems related to water resources.
  • Link: Sign up for free

10. Treatment of dental caries

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Content: A virtual course where the principles and elements to control dental caries will be analyzed, before there are observable changes in the teeth.
  • Link: Sign up for free

More free courses from UNAM

And if you are interested in exploring the complete agenda of specialized programs and virtual courses at UNAM, then enter here: See all virtual courses at UNAM

Now everything depends on you. Get virtual training with the new free courses offered by one of the best universities in Mexico and Latin America.


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