Harvard Presents Free Courses with the Open Learning Initiative

Always good to see anoth­er major uni­ver­si­ty mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the open course move­ment. The Open Learn­ing Ini­tia­tive under­tak­en by the Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty Exten­sion School now offers eight free cours­es. This clus­ter of cours­es – the first Har­vard has put for­ward – cov­ers a nice range of top­ics. They fea­ture some heavy-hit­ting mem­bers of the Har­vard fac­ul­ty. And they’re freely avail­able in audio and video. The full list appears below as well as in our big list of 500 Free Online Cours­es:

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  • Anna says:

    Noth­ing is real­ly free, ”online we pay with time” as a wise jour­nal­ist of NYT said recent­ly :) What US Uni­ver­si­ties are doing with open course­ware move­ment is more about open dialogue/participation to knowl­edge in gen­er­al than real edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ty. For it to have some edu­ca­tion­al mean­ing, a cur­ricu­lum from low lev­el to upper must be pro­vid­ed, up to now it isnt.


    The fire­fox glitch is still on btw, I had to open the dread­ed IE to leave a com­ment :/

  • John says:

    Thanks very much for list­ing this selec­tion of cours­es. I real­ly val­ue these online learn­ing mate­ri­als.

  • Jerry says:

    So right about time:

    I’ve tak­en math cours­es here at MIT, Stan­ford, Yale and some Cos­mol­o­gy cours­es at oth­er insti­tu­tions which I don’t remem­ber off­hand. The Yale course was so good that it brings tears of grat­i­tude for the pro­fes­sor who taught it.

    If Har­vard is any­where near as good I will be more than pleased.

  • Metto Tapkey says:

    Does one get cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for the courses…how can i prove ive under­tak­en a cer­tain course.

  • stella says:

     would one be giv­en a cer­tifi­cate after the course and how can i prove i ve under­tak­en a cer­tain course?                 STELLA

    • Elocin432 says:

       I am also won­der­ing if there is some type of cer­tifi­cate if you com­plete the open course?

  • Hue says:

    A gold mine! Thank you so much! <3

  • Hue says:

    A gold mine! Thank you so much! <3

  • Becca says:

    I don’t believe there is “cer­ti­fi­ca­tion” offered as there’s no grad­ing involved. Think of it as a self-paced audit, tak­en for your own edi­fi­ca­tion only.

  • Morton Juma Kimungui says:

    Maybe? until its matu­ri­ty is when one can tell its intend­ed goal’s cons and pros else its a noble idea, knowl­edge is prob­a­ble in evo­lu­tion.

  • Sasa Vicentijevic says:

    Hi,i am 42 old male and i would like to study course of biol­o­gy or biotecnology,but i dont know where can i find one of this cours­es for free or with certificate.I would like to start from zero in your uni­ver­si­ty and do exams online becouse i am liv­ing in Barcelona,Spain.Harvard, can you help me?Thank you.Regards.

  • I m moroc­can cit­i­zen; i use to live in the states since 1995; unfor­tu­natly i get back home by vol­un­try depar­ture after i was over stay for long time in the usa studing and wok­ing on my owne . NOW I M STACKED here in my moroc­co and im not ali­gi­ble to returne :cause im still under bare of ten years i have spent untill now 6 YEARS REMANING 4 OTHER YEARS as I
    admire AMERICAN LAW i realy want to study it in these 4years ; please i need helpe how to start? WHERE CAN I HAVE FREE COURSES AND EXAMS BEST REGARDS

  • Linam Joslin Lui says:

    I am an MIT stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of New­cas­tle in Aus­tralia.
    Intereted in shar­ing ideas and learn­ing about resources etc.

  • Bala says:

    Hi Guys,

    If I fin­ish this online course do I get any com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate ?

  • Nwaoko nnabike david says:

    I wud like to say a shout out to all those that enroled in dis free course with me

  • I do like to get an course of com­put­er basics and skills.

  • Anees Inayat says:

    Great job.….….!

  • amjad soheail says:

    sir I am frome Pakistan.My qual­ife­ca­tion is MSC in ECONOMICS.I am MARKITING pro­fasstion­al sinc 1996.Befor hree years i got a apparchu­ni­ty to teach in a pri­vate high school.Where i know that i have good skils of teach­ing. I wants to imrove my qual­ife­ca­tions by online teacher tran­ing courses.If you can guide me .I am greate­full to you.thanks.amjad

  • tony says:

    love to see open cours­es like these. I’m a Niger­ian, inter­est­ed in entre­pre­neur­ship and like to learn a lot from Har­vard, are there cours­es offered in that area?

  • Okorie A, Victor says:

    Hi fel­low online stu­dents, I also thought as much about the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion; I guess there might not be. How­ev­er if any of you receives one or knows some­one that have received,please noti­fy me via (nigerianvic@gmail.com). The whole scheme is sim­ply fun! ENJOY!

  • sharon hodges says:

    I also signed up for Har­vard’s “Nation­al Health Pol­i­cy” — Its just Oba­ma’s pol­i­cy hand­book. Obvi­ous­ly designed so you can get a cer­tifi­cate and a job sell­ing health insur­ance online. No dis­cus­sion of pros or cons of Oba­macare. Com­plete­ly stu­pid course.

  • james c. rackley says:

    High­er learn­ing is always of val­ue espe­cial­ly when applied in a pos­i­tive light.

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