Whether you’re retired and looking for ways to challenge your mind, or you’re seeking a new career, free online college classes give you the opportunity to explore new subjects without having to spend any money. They are also a great way for students to investigate career paths or for parents staying home with young children to keep up to date on any number of topics.
These classes are available from a variety of sources. Some may require a textbook, but other than a high speed internet connection, that is the only thing you need. Note that the classes do not lead to a degree, but they can still teach you a skill that may be beneficial in your job.
A good place to start looking for classes is the Open Culture website at: http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses. It collects information about courses available from numerous universities, and posts them on its website.
For suggestions of other e-learning sites, check out this very informative article on the AARP website – http://www.aarp.org/personal-growth/life-long-learning/info-01-2010/learn_anything_online_for_free.1.html.