Although it is the end of the school year, graduation has come and gone, many of us still like to learn year round from the comfort and privacy of our own homes. There are many options on the Web that let you “sit in” on classes that ten years ago you would have had to pay for. So long as you don’t need the actual diploma, many colleges now have put their courses online. Sites like MIT’s and Tuft’s OpenCourseWare projects (http://ocw.mit.edu/ and http://ocw.tufts.edu/) and Standford University’s association with iTunes U. (http://itunes.stanford.edu/) let you find classes by school or topic. You can attend these classes at your leisure and you don’t have to do the homework. More class ideas can be found at “Universities With the Best Free Online Courses” at Education Portal,
With travel season coming up, it may be time to learn a new language or brush up on an old one. Again, iTunes can help you gain access to many podcasts ranging from beginner to staying current with regional news in the language of your choice (or at least many of the major languages in the world.) If you have iTunes installed on your computer, you can go to the iTunes store and browse or search through the Podcasts link which usually is in the upper left hand box/corner of the iTunes store. Also, many resources are listed at Open Culture in an article titled “Free Foreign Language Lessons”
(http://www.openculture.com/2006/10/foreign_languag.html) linking even to a set of podcasts on how to teach yourself a foreign language (http://podlearner.podomatic.com/)
As YouTube becomes THE place we all go to for video clips, they have assembled videos from many partners at http://www.youtube.com/edu Browse through their directory of schools (http://www.youtube.com/edu?action_directory) or try searching for a topic of interest.
And, don’t forget that you can always search for more online educational options using a search engine like google.com.