What Courses Can Senior Citizens Study While Staying at Home?

Courses that senior citizens can take online at home include "Chinese for Beginners," "Moral Foundations of Politics," "History of Boston," "Introduction to the Design of Everyday Things" and "Handling Medical Emergencies." Top universities offer Massively Open Online Courses, known as MOOCs, through MOOC providers such as Coursera, Canvas Network and Udacity. Traditional colleges have many online courses for credit and through continuing education programs. Ed2Go.com provides credit and continuing education online courses through four-year and community colleges.

MOOCs are open to everyone and are traditionally free to take. Coursera offers a wide variety of courses such as "Preventing Chronic Pain" from the University of Minnesota, "Introduction to Engineering Mechanics" through Georgia Institute of Technology and "Positive Psychology" by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Some courses follow a schedule, while others are self-paced.

Canvas Network's courses include "Aviation 101" from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and "Building Resilience," offered by The College of St. Scholastica.

Udacity's courses focus mainly on computers and technology. They are self-paced, so a senior can start one at any time. "Intro to Computer Science" from the University of Virginia and "Intro to Point-and-Click App Development" are some Udacity offerings.

Seniors can search for a course on a topic of their choosing at OEDB.org or browse courses by subject. The Open Education Database has information on both MOOC and traditional online college courses. It also offers rankings of online college programs and information about financial aid, scholarships and accreditation.

Ed2Go.com's courses are not MOOCs; the number of students in a class is limited to a typical college course size. Some of the courses from Ed2Go are "Genealogy Basics," "Introduction to Algebra" and "Publish and Sell Your E-Books."