Knowledge is power, they say, and you can learn from one of the world’s best universities without spending a dime. University of Toronto offers courses in all kinds of subjects that you can take for free right now and in the coming months. You can become an expert in self-driving cars or investigate the leading causes of death in our world today.
U of T’s Open Courses are free digital versions of high-quality college and university-level learning material that are available any time to anyone with an Internet connection. Many post-secondary schools offer their own Open Courses, also known as “massive, open, online courses” a.k.a. MOOCs.
U of T has consistently been ranked Canada’s number one university and one of the best around the globe, so you know you’re getting a top-notch education.
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On Coursera, there are actually entire specializations you can enroll in, with 7 months’ worth of material to complete and a certificate at the end. These come with a fee, but you can apply for financial aid on the site. The courses and specializations available right now include Gender Analytics, iOS App Development, Self-Driving Cars Specialization, and more. Some recommend that you have a bit of background on the subject before diving into the course, as they do get pretty in-depth.
On EdX, you can take classes for free with the option to upgrade your learning. Some of the classes still have spots available, and some will be released in November. Others have been archived, but you can still view the course materials.
U of T also has a bunch of free textbooks and learning modules you can download and read at your own pace. You can see the full list and download them here.