There may be all kinds of geeks, but thereâ€™s one thing all geeks have in common â€“ a love for learning (at least in their area of interest). So what can be more fun than signing up for some free classes from two of the worldâ€™s best Universities â€“ Stanford and MIT?
Thatâ€™s right, while you wonâ€™t get a Stanford or MIT degree, nor even a certification for learning these free courses, youâ€™ll still know what you learned and get to brag that youâ€™ve somehow gotten a Stanford and/or MIT education.
According to DigitalHobo, the live lectures for the free Stanford courses will start on January 2012. Most of the free courses are in the field of Computer Science, although thereâ€™s also at least one course each under Medicine, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Complex Systems, and Entrepreneurship. The courses will be delivered in the form of lecture videos that are supplemented by assignments and stand-alone quizzes. Students get to interact and help each other learn through a Q&A forum where everyone gets a chance to ask questions and answer that of their classmates. Teaching staff will be monitoring the forums to ensure that all important questions will be answered correctly.
MIT, on the other hand, has a lot more free courses you can take via the MIT OpenCourseWare. However, not all of these courses offer lecture videos like the Stanford courses all do. This is because the material you will find on MIT OCW are simple course materials that professors decided to make publicly available, which means that the kind of available content for each course varies greatly. Course materials you will find can be in the form of lecture notes, assignments (with or without solutions), online textbooks, projects (with or without examples), exams (with or without solutions), image galleries, videos, and study groups.