From the time I was small I dreamed of going to an Ivy League. For free. Many would say this sounds crazy, because most spend about a quarter of a million on an Ivy League education but with the digital revolution, it’s no longer impossible. You can get an MBA education from a top tier school for free but it’ll take discipline and self-direction.
Welcome to the world of MOOC, an honor-system type education for self-starters who want a self-paced education. Professors deliver content in real time through Power Point, videos and books and students respond in message boards and receive student support.
Coursera, edX, and Udacity are social entrepreneurial companies that form partnerships with schools to develop the content and students have access to education for free. MOOCs stands for Massive Open Online Course and it’s often times used for personal enrichment in lieu of a standard diploma, though some offer a certification of completion.
That doesn’t mean that the education isn’t valuable, it just means that the idea is too new to have the market determine the value of it.
What’s interesting is that although anyone can have a university-level instruction anywhere, it’s mostly white-collar males who are pursuing it.
If you’re interested in dabbling in Ivy education, for free, here are nine places to begin:
- Udemy Free Courses
- Stanford Free Courses
- UC Berkeley Free Courses
- MIT Free Courses
- Duke Free Courses
- Harvard Free Courses
- UCLA Free Courses
- Yale Free Courses
- Carnegie Mellon Free Courses
About the Author
Named Top 100 Leaders by 2012 Magazine, Jasmine Grimm has been nominated for Central Penn Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40,” and The Lancaster Chamber’s ATHENA Award.
Jasmine founded Ruby, Inc. a personal styling business that teaches women how to dress for their body types and became a two-time nominee for Inc. Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 Top Young Entrepreneurs in America. She won the 2013 SCORE Business Development Award, won the Central Penn Business Journal’s Top 25 Women of Influence Award in 2013 and the 2013 Leadership Award from the MS Society.
She has been a popular guest lecturer at the Maastricht Institute of Entrepreneurship and has been featured in Under 30 CEO and Productive Magazine, was the cover story for Harrisburg Magazine and her writing has graced National Geographic Television and Film, Harvard University and more.
She’s a 5,3,8,3 on the Kolbe A Index and her strengths include input, relator, learner, responsibility and achievement.
For more information visit her Google + Page.