Continue your education, free
Your brain is malleable, like a muscle. Provided health is on your side, the more you exert it, the more it will strengthen and grow. Education is an empowering way to exercise your neural pathways. Challenging yourself through education has never been easier, regardless of your age or financial situation.
Gough Whitlam would approve
If you’re an Australian citizen over 60 years youthful, the likelihood of you having post high school education is low. Learning opportunities beyond secondary school in the 1960s were simply not very accessible. It wasn’t until 1974 that the Whitlam government successfully abolished university fees. For our earlier baby boomers, by the time tertiary education became a realistic choice, most were already knee deep in building their careers or raising families.
While formal tertiary educational opportunities as we knew them in the 1970s and 1980s in Australia are no longer free, online learning opportunities are growing exponentially. At the same time, there is a humanitarian tide of academics, philanthropists and educators eager to level the educational opportunities available to everyone around the world, regardless of age, socio-economic status or geographic location. It’s a really exciting time to continue learning.
MOOCs: your path to becoming a mobile mature age sage
High speed internet access, cloud computing, the increasing affordability of mobile smartphones and tablets, along with this global movement to take down barriers and make education more accessible to everyone, means anyone with internet access can take up online study.
“…in December 2013, almost 3 out of 4 OECD inhabitants had a mobile wireless broadband subscription. In 2013, 9.3% of internet users followed an online course in the 30 OECD countries for which data was available, and hundreds of universities now propose online programs and massive open online courses (MOOCs).” - from OECD (2014), Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective, OECD Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264221796-en
Hundreds of well-respected universities and academics are offering online programs and massive open online courses (MOOCs) are increasingly being made available, making high quality educational opportunities accessible and often free.
Pick up your learning from where you left off, today
To get just a taste of what online learning and MOOCs are available, here is a handful of some of the better known online platforms offering free or low cost educational courses or subscriptions. Please note, this information is current as at February 2015.
Khan Academy is a nonprofit organisation with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for everyone around the globe. While science and mathematics subjects are dominant here, the breadth of subjects keeps growing. Great for parents or grandparents that want to brush up on education basics, right through to advanced topics.
Find out more by visiting - https://www.khanacademy.org/
An initiative of Open Universities Australia, Open2Study offers a breadth of online courses, and an opportunity to trial four week introductory subjects. The subjects covered are broad from arts and humanities; law; science; business; information technology and many more.
Find out more by visiting - https://www.open2study.com/courses
Udacity is an educational organisation offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) with a focus on technical industry credentials such as programming and building web sites.
Find out more by visiting - https://www.udacity.com/nanodegree
Offers free online courses from more than 115 well respected universities and educational organisations globally.
Find out more by visiting - https://www.coursera.org/
Lynda.com is an extensive online training library focused on business and information technology. Access to courses are covered by a month to month or annual membership fee.
Find out more by visiting - http://www.lynda.com/
ALISON is a global online learning community, providing free online courses with certificates.
Find out more by visiting - http://alison.com/
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