Free Online Programming & Computer Science Courses You Can Start in April

Dhawal Shah, founder of Class Central compiled this list of over 515 such free online courses that you can start this month. For this, he leveraged Class Central’s database of over 7,000 courses.

Class Central

Class-central’s landing page.

These courses are sorted based on their difficulty level:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Many of these courses are completely self-paced. The rest will start at various times later this month. You can find complete lists of the technology-related courses starting later in 2017 on our Computer Science and Programming subject pages.

500 Free Courses from Great Universities

This just published from OpenCulture, I am looking forward to signing up for a number of these.

During the past two days, our list of Free Online Movies has been getting some good exposure. And we’ve got no complaints. But while assembling the movie list, we were also busy putting together a list of 500 Free Online Courses from top universities. Here’s the lowdown: This master list lets you download free courses from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Harvard and UC Berkeley. Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites. Right now you’ll find 55 courses in Philosophy, 50 in History, 50 in Computer Science, 35 in Physics, and that’s just beginning to scratch the surface. Most of the courses were recently produced. But, in some cases, we’ve layered in lecture series by famous intellectuals recorded years ago. Here are some highlights from the complete list.

  • African-American History: Modern Freedom StruggleYouTubeiTunes – Clay Carson, Stanford
  • Financial Markets 2011 YouTubeiTunesWeb Site – Robert Shiller, Yale
  • Growing Up in the UniverseYouTube – Richard Dawkins, Oxford
  • Human Behavioral BiologyiTunes VideoYouTube – Robert Sapolsky, Stanford
  • Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)Download Course – Christine Hayes, Yale.
  • Heidegger’s Being & TimeiTunes – Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley
  • Intensive Introduction to Computer Science Using C, PHP, and JavaScript – Multiple FormatsiTunes – David Malan, Harvard
  • Introduction to Cosmology and Particle PhysicsYouTube – Sean Carroll, Caltech
  • Invitation to World LiteratureWeb Site – David Damrosch, Harvard
  • iPhone Application Development in iOS5 HD Video iTunesStandard-Def Video iTunes – Paul Hegarty, Stanford
  • Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? – YouTubeWeb Site– Michael Sandel, Harvard
  • Philosophy of LanguageiTunes – John Searle, UC Berkeley
  • Physics for Future PresidentsYouTube – Richard Muller, UC Berkeley
  • Quantum ElectrodynamicsWeb Site – Richard Feynman, Presented at University of Auckland
  • Science, Magic and Religion iTunesYouTube – Courtenay Raiai, UCLA
  • The American Novel Since 1945 YouTubeiTunes AudioiTunes VideoDownload Course – Amy Hungerford, Yale
  • The Art of LivingWeb Site – Team taught, Stanford

Visit this list of Free Courses for many more hours of free enrichment. Separately, you might also want to check out our collection of Free Language Lessons. It offers free lessons in over 40 languages.

Google Bookmarks and Lists: Not The Same Old Thing

A number of posts crossed my desk over the last few days as Google released updates to its Google Bookmark service.  What I found surprised me and I think this tool is going to be amazingly useful in a classroom to make it easy to create lists around specific topics.

Recently I do keep a few Bookmarks in Firefox and use Xmarks to synchronize them.  I love this service and have used it since it was Foxmarks quite some time ago.  In addition to syncing my bookmarks, it keeps my QuickFox text files and my UpdateScanner setup synchronized across machines.  Xmarks is not foolproof though and I have frequently ended up with multiple copies of my bookmarks despite my best intentions.  I now keep Xmarks in check by only automatically updating on one machine and manually on the others.

I also store bookmarks in Delicious for reference and enjoy easily publishing them automatically on my WordPress sites using for WordPress.

I last tried Google Bookmarks a few months ago and found the disconnect between my GMail page, where I live, and the Google Toolbar, where I could find bookmarks easily, a bit hard to navigate. The first thing I noticed was how easily it imported my Firefox bookmarks and that sharing a List was easy.

That seems to be the least of what Bookmarks are useful for.  I was impressed with what a list actually is and what they are useful for.  Check out my Google Bookmarks public list and you will see this video (below) or this presentation.