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MOOCs and Open Education: Home

This guide has links to free courses that you can follow in real time, like MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), as well as courses that offer their materials online, free textbooks in science and engineering, and a few resources for instructors.


MOOCs and McGill University

Harvard and MIT are founding partners of edX, where access is provided to courses from these and many other universities. McGill recently partnered with edX, successfully launching McGillX with Food for Thought (CHEM181x) followed by Natural Disasters (ATOC185x) and others. Take a look at the latest offerings from McGillX.

Open courses

  • edX: Sign up for courses from McGillX, MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, and more (apps available from edX mobile)
  • Coursera: Sign up for courses from University of Toronto, University of Alberta, Stanford, and more (app available for iOS or Android)
  • Canvas Network: Take courses on the Canvas learning management system from a range of universities, including University of Saskatchewan, Dalhousie, and Florida Institute of Technology (app available for iOS or Android)
  • Khan Academy: Get instant access to their science courses or use their tool for practicing math at your own pace (app available for iOS)
  • codecademy: Learn how to code or build websites and applications
  • Saylor: Enroll in one of their courses, including chemistry, mathematics, computer science and mechanical engineering
  • FutureLearn: Take a course in science, health, technology and more (owned by The Open University)
  • FUN-MOOC: French language MOOCs, from France and worldwide partners
  • Udacity: Explore engineering and programming courses, including iOS and Android development
  • OERu: MOOCs coordinated by the Open Education resources Foundation
  • Harvard University courses: Includes free online courses 
  • Stanford Online: Free online courses taught by Stanford faculty
  • MIT OpenCourseWare: More than 2,200 courses with teaching materials (also available on videolectures.netiTunesU, and Internet Archive)
  • Open Yale courses: Introductory courses recorded in the Yale College classroom, available in video, audio, and text transcript formats
  • JHSPH OpenCourseWare: Open public health courses and materials
  • bcooltv: Recorded lectures at McGill
  • iTunesU (iOS): Search for universities, like McGill, for podcast and video lectures, or browse categories, including engineering and science

You can also search Class Central or the MOOC List for courses of interest.


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