With more than 35 million learners, the use of MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) doubled in 2015. The mooc providers Edx, Coursera, Canvas.net and FutureLearn delivered over 65 % of the courses.
Though many of the providers lately have started to focus more on fee-based courses, they still offer a lot free courses. One of the greatest benefits of the Internet is the access to free information and knowledge for everyone, and free online education is one opportunity to take advantage of this.
List of mooc providers and free online education:
Harvard University and MIT are the funders of Edx, with over 80 universities, nonprofits and institutions as global partners. They are claiming to be the only leading MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) provider that is both nonprofit and open source. Edx offer more than 800 different courses spread out on 30 subjects.
Subjects: Science, Social Science, Humanities, Engineering, Computer Science, Business & Management, Biology & Life Sciences, Data Analysis & Statistics, Economic & Finance, History, Physics and more.
An education platform with universities and organizations worldwide as partners, offering over 1.500 different courses. The courses on Coursera are not free, but financial aid is available for the learners.
Subjects: Arts & Humanities, Business, Computer Science, Data Science, Life Sciences, Math & Logic, Personal Development, Physical Science & Engineering and Social Sciences.
The Canvas Network offers free courses for personal growth, professional development and academic inquiry. Canvas Network is developed and supported by the education technology company Instructure.
Subjects: Computer Science, Health & Medicine, Mathematics, Business & Management, Humanities, Engineering, Science, Education & Teaching, Social Sciences and Art & Design.
FutureLEarn offers courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world, accessible on desktop, mobile and tablet. FutureLearn is owned by The Open University, and have 76 partners from the whole world. Among those, universities, organizations, businesses and governments.
Subjects: Business & Management, Creative Arts & Media, Health & Psychology, History, Languages & Cultures, Law, Litterature, Nature & Environment, Online & Digital, Politics & The Modern World, Science, Maths & Technology, Sport & Leisure and Teaching & Studying.
OpenLearn is also provided by The Open University.
Subjects: Health, Sports & Psychology, Education, History & The Arts, Languages, Money & Management, Nature & Environment, Science, Maths & Technology and People, Politics & Law.
University of the people
Claiming to be the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally for all qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints. Uopeople collaborate with anyone from universities, to Microsoft, the Clinton Global Initiative and the United Nations.
Subjects: Business Administration and Computer Science
Providing over 150 courses in Spanish and Portuguese in 20 different subjects.
Subjects: Spanish, Computer Science, Health & Medicine, Mathematics, Humanities, Programming, Social Sciences and more.
Undacity is offering free courses and fee-based nanodegree programs for data science, web development and programming, with skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Search among 1.150 online audio and video courses from the leading universities in the world.
Subjects: Demography, Economics, Film, Food, Geography, History, Journalism, Language, Law, Linguistics, Communication, Philosophy, Political Science and more.
Academic Earth was established in 2009 with the slogan Rethink Education. Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education, they write on their home page. Princeton University, Stanford University and University of Oxford are some of the universities offering courses via Academic Earth.
Subjects: Art & Design, Business, Marketing, Biology, Healthcare Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Education, Chemistry and more.