School closures across the world are affecting the engagement and learning of children, so these universities have stepped up to provide virtual programs to augment the online syllabus. The lack of work experience opportunities, cancellation of internships and closure of summer camps mean that the days seem long and empty, so get your kids interested in these fascinating insights into university-level education! Explore these fab resources and make the most of this lockdown!
The University of Oxford is a world-renowned collegiate research university and is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Oxford has the world’s oldest university museum, and the largest university press in the world, making Oxford an absolute font of knowledge! The university is now offering behind-the-scenes access to actual Oxford University lectures and seminars through the Podcasts of Oxford University. These lectures include a diverse range of subjects from a course on Fantasy Literature such as Oxford’s own Tolkien and the ever-popular George R.R Martin of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame to Medical Ethics and the Secrets of Mathematics. These lectures vary in length but are always available on the site and are completely free! Experience these hallowed halls of Oxford at the click of a button!
Harvard University is the oldest institution of tertiary education in the United States and is among the most prestigious in the world as a member of the Ivy League. If you feel like accessing that knowledge sat on your couch, this is the way to go! Harvard’s online courses range from just a few days longer to over 12 weeks, and you can find them for free! If you want, you can also purchase a verified certificate of achievement upon completion of the course. There are over 87 free courses, ranging from learning to code to learning about Hindu scriptures, to an in-depth study of Shakespeare’s life and work. To browse all these incredible learning opportunities, click here!
Stanford University of Silicon Valley fame is ranked as one of the world’s top universities. You can choose all sorts of courses from Computer Science 101 to a course on International Women’s Health and Human Rights. Stanford is known primarily as a research-based university, so take advantage of that acquired knowledge now! Stanford courses are entirely free, although some courses (depending on the level of ‘difficulty’) do require some qualifications such as high-school diplomas in Physics, for example. Some of these courses also provide credentials that can be used as extra qualifications or work experiences! Get learning now with Stanford!
The University of Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s ancient universities, a member of the Russell Group. It is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world, so dive into that history with these online classes! The free virtual courses have no entry requirements, and typically require 1-2 hours of study each week for around 5 weeks. The incredible variety of courses range from Animal Care and Veterinary courses to the impact of photography on Victorian society. Don’t worry about these classes clashing with your schedule either, as they are entirely self-directed, allowing you to follow the course materials, complete the assessments and talk to fellow students through online forums on your own time! Click HERE to access world-leading education in just a moment!
Yale University is an Ivy League research university, the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and one of the nine Colonial Colleges in the USA. The online courses are provided by the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning at Yale University, which supports advances in educational technology and outreach education, so they’re old hands at this virtual learning! These courses range over 16 different subjects from Biomedical Engineering to Italian Language and Literature. These courses are completely free and can be accessed on Youtube, Itunes U, and Open Yale Courses. Broaden your educational horizons now!
MIT is perhaps the most well-known scientific research university in the world, with developments in many aspects of modern science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. These free online courses use materials from actual MIT courses and other supplemental resources, including audio and video lectures from world-class academics. The range of these courses might surprise you though! These courses cover subjects such as Engineering and Business to Fine Arts and Philosophy! Click here to take advantage of this incredible resource!
The University of Adelaide is the third-oldest university in Australia, with locations across South Australia, and even the Ngee Ann Academy in Singapore. It is a member of the Group of Eight and the Sandstone Universities and is widely regarded for its research achievements, including the discovery and development of penicillin! These courses can be undertaken for free, although you can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee. Typically these classes are about 2-3 hours per week for 6 weeks. The most popular courses at the moment range from Cyberwar, Surveillance, and Security to an introductory course on wine-making and wine-tasting! Click here to dive into this wealth of knowledge!