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Learn Something New: Free Online Courses for the Curious

These days you don’t have to go to school to learn new things. Now, learning more about an interest is as easy as going online. There are online courses for just about anything. Play a new instrument, do some DIY projects around the house, learn a new language, brush up on history. You name it, there’s probably an e-course for that.

Let’s look at some of the many possibilities for on-line learning.

MIT Open Courseware (OCW)

Open Courseware offers a treasure trove of courses, and it’s free. The list of available topics is comprehensive, with scores of topics relating to everything from fine arts to health and medicine to math.  Courses provide materials used in actual MIT courses, including syllabuses, assignments and exams. Many also feature audio or video lectures.


Learn from videos about what you want to know more about, whether it’s how to read palms, get some gardening tips, hone your business skills or train your dog. High quality videos with expert hosts teach and demonstrate, covering a huge variety of subjects.


Intrigued by the idea of researching your family history? This site by FamilySearch, a nonprofit family history organization, is considered the largest collection of genealogical and historical records.


Udemy brings together online learning opportunities from around the world. The extensive library features over 45,000 courses presented by experts. Besides a wealth of free courses, Udemy also offers fee-based courses.


You can take free online courses by leading universities and organizations on FutureLearn. Choose from individual courses to in depth topic programs. Courses start and stop on particular dates, divided into weeks. Classes include videos, audio and articles, and discussions among fellow students.

If you want to learn something new, there are plenty of options available. So, pick a subject, find a course, and start studying!

Taylor Morrison Homes