Many universities, among them Ivy League schools like Brown, Yale and Harvard, offer access to course materials through an online education portal site called Coursera, while universities like the University of North Dakota and the University of Texas at Austin offer accredited online courses.Courseracollects and offers online courses for students who wish to continue or begin their education outside of a formal college setting, but with access to collegiate resources.
Coursera lets students sign up for specific courses which are taught in video lecture and online discussion format by professors from major universities around the world. These courses give students unparalleled access to the educational resources of some of the best-regarded colleges and universities in the world.
Students on Coursera can pursue a number of paths of study. There are branches of the site devoted to the hard sciences like physics and math as well as the softer social disciplines like sociology and anthropology. These courses can help students to stay current in their fields even after graduation.
The University of North Dakota and the University of Texas at Austin both offer online courses that yield college credit. This allows students to furtheror begin their college educations without the same financial load or physical access to the campus.