There are many resources for studying information technology online, from online distance learning university courses through to volunteer-built collaborative websites such as Wikibooks. The Open University is a popular choice for students seeking a formal education in information technology, as it provides options for flexible part-time courses. There are also routes to gaining industry-based IT certifications with technology companies such as Cisco or Microsoft by studying their online course materials.
Many universities offer paid online information technology degree courses, including prestigious universities such as Cambridge University and University of California - Berkeley. Most distance learning courses offer part-time options and recognize that many online learners have other responsibilities, such as careers or children, that prevent them from studying on campus.
Some renowned universities place world-class course materials online for free. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology opencourseware initiative is well known for inspiring hundreds of educational institutions to make their course content available online. Information technology courses on the MIT opencourseware website varies from undergraduate courses on database systems to graduate level courses on network optimization.
For younger individuals and those who are new to studying IT, there are institutions that offer introductory and beginner level courses that are free and open to all. For example, Cambridge University Press offer a free and open high school level course in IT on its website.