Check Out These Free Online Courses Starting This September

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If you’re looking to brush up on a skill, learn a new thing, or add a little spice to your intellectual life, there are a whole bunch of free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) starting this month that you might want to check out.

If you’re not familiar, MOOCs are online courses offered by reputable universities for free (although you may need to pay a fee if you want a certificate that documents you’ve successfully completed the course). MOOCs are offered periodically throughout the year, but more than 3700 of them start this month, according to Open Culture.

The courses are designed to be accessible from anywhere in the world, so you don't have to worry about time zones or geo blocks. Each course include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums.

If the idea of taking a free uni course just for the hell of it appeals to you but you’re not sure where to start, I’ve picked several worth checking out:

I could go on and on. There are courses on a wide range of topics — science, health, business, communication, music, technology, language, etc. If there is a specific topic you’re interested in, try searching the full list by keyword (I searched for “writing” and got 39 hits).

Be aware that for the most part, these courses won’t count toward a uni degree. They’re more of a it’s-good-to-be-a-lifelong-learner sort of thing.


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