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Open learning: free education

open-eduI have to recognize that I love to learn and to study new subjects, or just update my knowledge on my professional skills. I am, therefore, interested on the way we follow to gain those skills. When graduate degree is achieved, we tend to complete a postgraduate program such as a specific master or a MBA. They normally are expensive, and we consider them as a future investment.

After some years working, we consider that it is time to recycle ourselves. The main option is an executive education program which allows us to combine both work and study. But those courses are also expensive, and we normally don’t make a positive decision unless the Company we work for pays it or part of it.

When we finish this studying process (I have just described mine), we focus on short courses about subjects we use every day at work.  It is as if there weren’t other tracks to improve and learn.

But, fortunately, nowadays there are many free options. I knew about some, but after digging a bit I have discovered that there is a wide variety of open learning options.

The IE Business School, where I attended an executive education program last year, has open multimedia resources available for anyone. It is a simple way to practice on a certain topic. Other two powerful sites, which are somehow related, are the Open Course Ware of the MIT and the Edx place. Both websites allow the access to high quality courses from leading universities. Not only that, in Edx you are able to take an examination, and you can get a certificate.

Other free programs are available in Coursera, Udemy and Khan Academy. There are plenty of courses taught by leading experts. There are many other places which can help to improve our knowledge; we just need to look for them. I recommend checking the information provided in this site.

We can continue studying without expending a lot of money.

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