Taking free online courses is gaining momentum. There are many options to choose from: Khan Academy, Education – YouTube, and Udacity. Some come with ivy league and other top universities backing such as MIT’s and Harvard’s edX (a Joint venture builds on MITx and Harvard distance learning), and Coursera which offers host courses from Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and University of Pennsylvania.
The world is watching and people have welcomed this movement with open arms! For instance, Udacity’s (founded by three roboticists) first class, “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence,” over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled! They aim to continue this trend by teaching 160,000 plus students statistics with it’s latest course: “Intro to Statistics (ST101) Making Decisions Based on Data.” This class is being taught by leading computer scientist and Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thurn a PhD in computer science and statistics.
Khan Academy is not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.
Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
Udacity is a private educational organization that believes university-level education can be both high quality and low cost (For some courses, you will have an opportunity to take a certified exam, which will have some cost.)