If seeking a degree is not right for you or if you would like to improve your skills, there are several resources that can lead to self-directed learning. Self-directed learning can empower you to take your future in your hands and decide how far and how fast you go.
Coursera is an online program that offers courses in some of today’s exciting fields. Serving as an education platform, Coursera partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online that is available to anyone. Topics cover a wide range of areas such as business, computer science, math, arts, personal development, and many more. They currently have over 100 courses in the catalog, and the cost per course varies based on content.
MIT Open Courseware is a web-based platform of virtually all MIT course content. The program is open and available to the world. Most of the courses offered have zero cost. Since the program does not award a degree or certifications, there are no prerequisites to enroll in a course. The sites shows that 43% of all users of the courses are self-directed learners, and 42% of the users are students.