Saturday, 18 May 2019

How To Enroll for Free Online Courses from India? | OpenCourseware Guide

Free Online Courses: How do you like the idea of learning computer science programming from an IIT professor and basics of Physics from a Harvard University professor? That too at free of cost. Great Idea right! But, How can we achieve this?

OpenCourseware is the only solution. Here the courses of the best professors from best of the global educational institutions are being offered on line for free of cost and they are open for students from any part of the globe.

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NPTEL National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), an initiative taken by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and IISc for creating course contents in engineering and science provides E-learning through online Web and Video courses in Engineering, Science and humanities streams.

Khan Academy, an on-line teaching project mooted by Salman Kahn, a US-based investment banker turned educationists, created sensation with the kind of response garnered from the schoolchildren across the world. Similarly, edX, a joint OpenCourseware project between Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has shown the world how massive the benefits could be if the information and communication technologies are rightly utilized for improvement of quality of education.

A project called edX has been mooted by these institutions, which is offering quite a lot of courses online for absolutely free of cost. Students can also get a “Certificate of Mastery” upon successful completion of the course from these institutions, which is held in high regard by the universities and employers.

Coursera.org is another important source for open courseware for students at college and university levels. Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free of cost.

Udemy Founded in 2010, Udemy is an online learning website that allows instructors to host courses, both paid and free courses. It is not a fully free of cost portals. The course fee is left up to the instructor and, however, there are some free courses available. Students can take courses across a breadth of categories, including business and entrepreneurship, academics, the arts, health and fitness, language, music, and technology, among others.

How To Enroll for Online Courses?


Admission Process for Khan Academy


To access the courses, you can sign in with an e-mail account and proceed to learn section, which contains aspects like Math, Science and Economics, Humanities, Test Preparation, Partner Content, Talks and Interviews etc.
To browse the courses, please visit – www.khanacademy.org

Admission Process for NPTEL


Individuals can access free and easy downloads of video tutorials from NPTEL website or obtain DVDs for Rs. 200 per course title. (30 to 45 lectures) + Postage. To watch the video, flash version 9.0 or greater is required. To download you should have broadband connectivity and browsers like Firefox, IE 7 onwards, Safari etc.
To browse the courses, please visit – https://onlinecourses-archive.nptel.ac.in

Admission Process for edX

There is no formal admission procedure for edX courses. Students can pursue these either by registration or by auditing. Those who register for the courses will be eligible to submit homework assignments, write tests and they will be awarded “Certificate of Mastery”. Those who do not require the certificate can simply audit the course by going through the course videos.
To browse the courses, please visit – https://www.edx.org/course

Admission Process for Coursera

To access the courses you need to sign up with and email account and proceed to courses section and select the course you want to take.
To browse the courses, please visit – https://www.coursera.org/courses

Admission Process For Udemy


You can select the course of your choice and sign up to proceed further. For paid courses you need to pay the amount prescribed for the course to have access to it.
To access the course list, visit - https://www.udemy.com

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