Video Tour: Online Courses Directory

Topic:  All academic, college-level topics
Format: Database allowing searches, saved searches, and direct access to free university courses
Reviewer/email: Mike G –

Over the years we’ve reviewed lots of great free courses from major universities. (See list of related reviews at the end of this article.) Unfortunately, if you’re searching for a particular course or content area, it’s hard to find and compare what’s available without visiting each university’s site. And while you’re searching, it’s difficult to capture and organize that list of potential courses so you can later decide which is best for you.

The Online Courses Directory (with its database of over 500 free online university courses) addresses these issues head-on! It provides a powerful user interface to help with searching, saving custom lists of courses, and tracking your progress. The video above provides my quick tour and review of the site. 

From the website:  “ aggregates the best free and open courseware for students and professionals, all in a conveniently searchable online courseware platform. Search, track, and share progress on over 500 university and college level classes globally. Formerly known as, we continue to carefully select and share with you new courses every week. Our passion for developing and sustaining OCW projects drives us to curate the best. From biology to accounting, foreign languages to science, ensures you get a world-class education from the world’s top schools and scholars anytime, anywhere.”

My suggestion: Bookmark this site! If you don’t find what you want now, you may find it in the future. According to Jasmine at Online Courses Directory, “We are still in the process of adding more content. This database will be updated yearly and will always remain free and open. The registration is for users who are interested in using Online Courses Directory to track the courses they want to take. Registration is also for free so you won’t have to worry about the cost. The information provided for each course is also for free. You can use the search box and a drop down menu will appear.”


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