A Yale Education for Free?
Whoever said "the best things in life are free" probably never tried to pay for an Ivy League education. Higher education from the country's most prestigious universities has long been accessible to only the most economically or academically gifted. But that might all be about to change.
Udemy.com - A University for the New Social Media Age
While the diploma may still cost money, some of the nation's top schools are opening their classrooms free of charge, and allowing anyone with an internet connection to listen in to lectures in a variety of subjects. Have you ever been curious if you have what it takes to make it at Yale or MIT or Stanford? Now you can sit in and see for yourself.
Maybe you have always had an interest in Computer Programming...sit in on a lecture at Stanford University. Behavioral Neuroscience more interesting to you? Check it out at UCLA. If you are self-motivated and just looking to improve your educational foundation, this is your gold mine.
Not Just for Wannabe Academics Though
Maybe Ivy League is of no interest to you but you would like some free pointers on your golf swing...udemy.com can help you with that too. In fact, you can find courses on pretty much any topic you want. Just keep in mind that this is user-generated content so make sure you do your homework (pardon the pun) and select reliable instructors.
I just brushed up on my Italian with a course from Yale's Giuseppe Mazzotta. I think next I might hop over to Stanford and learn about the future of technology from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Are you Teacher or Student?
Because Udemy is an open platform, you can also design your own virtual classroom. Host live lectures or post power point presentations on any topic you consider yourself an expert in. Think of it as Wikipedia on steroids. Streaming video, social network integration, and other tools can help you establish yourself as the authority in your field.
You can choose how you would like to teach. Upload a video or presentation, import content from your other sites, write an article, or create a video/presentation mashup. If you want interaction with your students then a live lecture approach might be best for you. Integrate their chatroom and whiteboard and you have a functional classroom environment.
Go explore, learn, and share at Udemy.com!