As of 2015, some free courses that students can take online at home include The Modern World Part One: Global History from 1760 to 1910, Grammar and Punctuation, Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World, Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction, Chinese for Beginners and Introduction to Guitar, notes Coursera.org. Coursera is a massive open online course (MOOC) website that offers more than 1,000 courses from different universities.
Coursera offers courses ranging from four to 10 weeks long and includes several hours of video lectures each week. Students participate in online discussion, quizzes, weekly assignments and final projects. As of 2015, the website also offers more than 100 on-demand courses, which students can take at any time. Courses are available in a variety of subjects, such as art, literature, life sciences, data science, social sciences, personal development and mathematics. For a fee, students can take a specific set of courses to receive a certificate in an area of specialization, such as the Fundamentals of Computing specialization offered by Rice University.
Other free online courses are offered by the website edX.org. Examples include Supply Chain Management, Systemic Program Design, Visualizing Japan, Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis for Drug Discovery, Statistics for Business and Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects.