Makeover Monday: Higher Learning

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.”
~Eartha Kitt

::happy sigh:: I love that quote.

With the approach of winter (not to mention the approach of a potential job loss), I’ve been thinking about taking a few classes. Two things have been holding me up: 1) I’m not exactly overloaded with extra time, and 2) I’m not exactly overloaded with extra money.

Those are stumpers, all right.

Not to worry. A little googling here, a little exploring there, and I think I’m onto a potential solution. A bunch of potential solutions, actually, and the good news is that they’ll work for YOU, too, should you be inclined to wile away your wintertime in pursuit of higher learning.

First up, and this is a quickie with a health focus, this article from Yahoo!Health gives us some tips on supercharging our brains. (Mine could definitely use it!)

Next, and this is BIG: did you know that there are many colleges universities around the world that offer free online college courses? That’s right, I said that magical word: F-R-E-E! Plus, all of the courses I explored were self-paced, meaning I can attend when it’s convenient for ME!

Formats vary, but include everything from podcasts (available on iTunes and elsewhere), vidcasts, and web-accessible course transcripts. From introductory to graduate level classes, there’s a little something for everyone. I’m not sure how one learns bowling and swimming online, but they’re available (BYU)!

If you’re interested, here are some places to start looking:

  • Open Learn (I may take the introductory Spanish course so that I can move beyond, “!Hola!)
  • Brigham Young University
  • John Hopkins (intriguing roster of courses on nutrition)
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center
  • MIT (P.E.720 (weight training) and PE.910 (Physical Intelligence) made my bookmark list.
  • Stanford University on iTunes
  • University of California Berkley
  • University of California Irvine
  • Some international colleges and universities with course offerings:

  • Paris Tech(Then you could legitimately start a sentence with “When I was attending school in Paris…”)
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • You can also find a nice categorized listing of courses at OpenCulture. Most of these are podcasts.

    So you’ve had enough college, you say? Well, there are also free online classes and tutorials on a wide variety of subjects at the following links:

  • Business Week
  • Small Business Administration
  • tips and tutorials of a technological slant)
  • hp
  • Suddenly the darkness of winter doesn’t seem so bleak. :-)

    As always, I hope you found any of this useful, and if you know of any additional online learning resources (keeping in mind the F-R-E-E part), please share.

    I’m also curious as to what classes you WISH you could find online (and F-R-E-E). Maybe one or the other of us can help you out!