As promised, I am trying to keep to my update schedule! 😉
I just thought I would post a few of my discoveries here for anyone who may be interested in online correspondence courses (I will try to put in as many free ones I can find, but the majority will simply be courses I find interesting (even if they are not free).
One thing that appeals to me about learning online, is that it seems so perfect for someone who spends the majority of their waking hours on the internet anyway, so why not learn something apart from random facts and figures while i’m at it? After all, we have practically the entire knowledge base of the human race at our fingertips, but most of us are content to waste hours a day on facebook and flash games!.
It is also a lot cheaper learning online: No travel expenses, No need to pay for residential accommodation, No need to buy hundreds of overpriced textbooks and other assorted fluff.
Everyone has probably heard of the Open University. Although not free (in fact can get quite pricey for some degree level courses) it is still a LOT cheaper than college or university for an equivalent course.
OU has a massive library of available courses (570+ spread over 50+ subjects), undergraduate and postgraduate with the option to apply for financial support if you qualify.
You can even seem to “build” your own degree from various modules they offer, sounds quite interesting and is probably the best place to go to if money is not an issue, as they have been around for years and are well known with a solid support system.
Completely free this one. Browse through the many courses available, sign up and in 24 hours, your chosen course will start (delivered right to your inbox).
None of these are professionally recognised qualifications like the OU above, but you get a certificate to print out at the end of the course.
Most of them are to do with writing (fiction/non fiction/marketing etc) so if you are interested in writing, give it a look!.
With no limit on how many you can sign up to (I have about ten) and no cost, you really don’t have anything to lose here. The courses are short (approx. 8 days) and to the point with no exams or anything (though this does mean there is no support or tutors either…you are on your own!). Though you have the benefit of being able to go at your own pace, whether it takes you a year or a day!.
Officially recognised qualifications here, though a smaller number of courses available, they are free if you qualify for support from your local education provider.
They have support staff on hand to help you and an active community.
Sounds interesting this, the benefits of having a recognised qualification and it’s free!.
A wide variety of courses, some tutor supported, some you work through on your own.
Some of these courses are pricey and some are cheap, but financial support is available if you qualify to help with the cost.
Offers a large collection of recognised qualifications and has an active support network. Though pricey, there are a few courses that allow instalment pay options without increasing the overall cost.
They are the main ones I have been looking at. If anyone has any suggestions to include I would be glad to hear them!. Also, if you have had any dealings with any of these providers let me know how it went for you!
I hope you find something interesting or useful above!.
There are a few more obscure ones I am looking into (or doing). For those that may be interested, I put them here: