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11/5/2010 9:29:56 AM
Free online courses from universities

You may be familiar with Open Course Ware Consortium which is a group of universities who have made some of their courses available to the public free of charge. These courses include taped lectures, syllabi, and course resources all of which are downloadable to you. Other schools have followed suit – see the following list. This information is courtesy of Ben Kaplan’s website.

If your teens have an interest in an area that homeschool courses are not available, check out some of these offerings. Even though your teens will not receive college credit, you can use the courses for high school credit. Your teens will also get a taste of what to expect in a college class.

  • AcademicEarth.org:  Offers courses from 10 elite universities, including 130 full courses and more than 3,500 video lectures.
  • Connexions (cnx.org): More than 16,000 learning "modules" are organized into nearly 1,000 learning collections (such as a statistics course).
  • OpenCourseWare Consortium: 13,000 members post materials and lectures from 250 universities worldwide.
  • OpenCulture.com: Director of Stanford's continuing education program has gathered 2,700 audio and video lectures from more than 25 universities.
  • YouTube.com/edu: The popular video portal offers 200 full courses and 60,000 videos from about 300 colleges and universities.
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