If you’ve wanted to learn something but didn’t want to either shell out some hard earned cash for a course or just didn’t want to leave your home to do it, there are quite a few options available online.
A few months ago, I had registered with Coursera. I haven’t really had the time to finish a course but I’ve kept my eye on some. Its a really cool site and I recommend it to anyone who wants to do a University course without the fees or daily schedule. You have short videos to watch (often a professor, just like in person) and periodic tests and quizzes. Its structured a lot like an “in person” college experience, except you can take the lecture at 3am, if that’s when you have the time.
When I was in school, I began to program a bit. That fruit died on the vine but, lately, I’ve felt the urge to pick it back up again. So, next month, I will take the Learn to Program: The Fundamentals course, offered by Jennifer Campbell and Paul Gries from the University of Toronto. I have some time for it this summer, so I am going to jump back in. What will I pay? My hard work and time.
There are 100′s of courses offered at any given time on any discipline from many institutions from around the world (in several languages, as well). Check it out.
If you don’t want to get as involved as a University course will make you be, perhaps a more relaxed learning experience would be for you. I found another great place to learn the basics of many subjects at this free learning site, sponsored by Goodwill. I learned the basics about Windows 8 at this site. They have video tutorials (that they post to YouTube, as well) that they also break down, page by page, like a slide show. Check it out, as well.
I thought that I’d pass these gems along, in case they may benefit anyone who reads this.