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Find Thousands of FREE Online Courses: OpenCourseWare

Open CourseWare (OCW) are FREE online materials of entire courses (syllabus, presentations, assignments, and assessments) published by select universities.

MERLOT ( provides easy access to almost 5000 Free Online Courses. Simply click on a major topic heading and you can browse through the MERLOT collection of Free Online Courses.

Instititutions Providing Open CourseWare (OCW)

We’ve organized a list of US and UK universities that provide easy access to their courses. Review a list of partnering OCW institutions from around the world at Open Education Consortium.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's)

A MOOC is a type of FREE online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education, and a progression in open education ideals.

  • Coursera- Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take Coursera classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of Cousera’s classes, you'll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you. Coursera’s courses are designed based on sound pedagogical foundations, to help you master new concepts quickly and effectively.
  • edX- Courses offered by edX are designed to be interesting, fun and rigorous. edX states that their courses “are the best courses, from the best professors and the best schools, spanning dozens of subjects. Some edX courses now offer ID verified Certificates of Achievement. A new way to demonstrate your achievement and showcase your knowledge” EdX offers MOOCs and interactive online classes in subjects including law, history, science, engineering, business, social sciences, computer science, public health, and artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Udacity- Courses offered by Udacity are highly interactive with activities, quizzes, and exercises interspersed between short videos and talks by instructors and industry experts. You can watch the videos and try the quizzes as many times as you like without any penalties. The quizzes are a tool to help you learn. Usually after a lesson, there will be a problem set with exercises for you to check if you have learned the material in that lesson. Problem set completion may be included in the requirements for a certificate for the course. However, just like with the quizzes, you can try them as many times as you like without penalty.

Find Free Open Courseware

Your search will find free online courses from MERLOT, MIT OPENCOURSEWARE, and the other universities providing OpenCourseWare.

Share Free OpenCourseware You’re Using or Authored

Are you using free Open Courseware you found on the web in teaching your students? Have you posted free online course that’s open for others to use? We invite you to catalog the Open Courseware you use or authored in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials to MERLOT are available).