Organizations that offer online courses in finance range from four-year universities and business schools to free online learning platforms. Udacity is a free online university that offers classes from top professors in finance, including Introduction to Statistics, taught by Udacity CEO and Stanford research professor Sebastian Thrun.
Udacity finance courses progress at the student's desired pace, utilizing an online platform and an on-going six-month time frame for most classes. The finance courses are taught via video tutorials, forums and home-based exercises for students to complete.
Alison is an online learning community providing certified finance courses for free. Alison financial courses can lead to work-place certificates or diplomas, depending on the student. Financial courses from Alison cover currency exchange, behavioral finance, instruments in economics, and personal and corporate tax laws. Alison also offers multilingual studies for non-English speakers.
The University of Michigan offers its Introduction to Finance online course at no cost using the Coursera platform. Like Alison and Udacity, Coursera partners with universities and organizations to provide free online learning. Coursera offers verified certificates for those completing multiple online courses in finance with passing grades. Courses progress at the student's preferred pace, with video tutorials making up the majority of student interaction.