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Massive Open Online Courses, commonly known as MOOCs, are free courses designed for large numbers of students who attend lectures and interact online; assigned readings for the course are also freely available. Courses are often taught by faculty from established colleges and universities. Certificates of completion are sometimes offered, although credit is not. This article lists the most well-known MOOC providers.

Coursera, a MOOC provider founded by professors from Stanford University, is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Partners include University of London, University of Rochester, Penn State, American Museum of Natural History, and more.

Blackboard is pleased to support open education opportunities and massive open online courses through CourseSites. Explore and enroll in courses below or start your own now. CourseSites is a no-cost online learning environment, offering college-level courses.

Online interactive courses at an affordable fee. Led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known.

EdX

EdX, a MOOC provider, offers free online classes from some the world's best universities, MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley and others. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more.

FutureLearn Popular

Online courses presented by educators from top UK and International universities. Free courses in a range of topics; from Science & Technology to Arts & Humanities, from Body & Mind to Business & Management

Free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. The content covers math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history.

Academic and career test preparation, and reading, writing, math, and science basic skills improvement with practice tests, courses and downloadable ebooks in PDF format. Covers law enforcement, military, real estate, teaching, civil service, AP, GRE, SAT, ACT, GED,and TOEFL. Courses on elementary, middle, and high school subjects. NOTE: Create a free account and login in order to see all content. Logins for the old LearningExpress Library 2.0 platform will expired 5/31/14 and need to be recreated.

Mango Languages - Learn a Language, translate phrases

Over 40 languages plus 15 English courses from native languages. Set up a profile to track your progress and receive email authorization for iOS and Android apps. Also available on library or home computers.

CSEA Test Preparation booklets available free to CSEA members with account creation. State, local and school district job postings

NovoEd provides online courses from thought leaders and distinguished professors from top universities. Students not only have access to lectures, but they are also able to form teams with people around the world and work on class projects. Many of the courses are free.

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. TED began in 1984 and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues

Udacity offers online courseware in Data Science and Computer Science. You won't just learn how to code, you will learn how to become a software developer. All courses have free access to video lectures and auto-graded exercises; for a subscription fee you will get feedback, a personal coach, and a certificate of completion. Courses are offered in collaboration with Georgia Tech, San Jose State, Google and others.

Webucator provides many online self-paced courses on Web Development, Microsoft, Adobe, Java and more, completely free for our library cardholders. Click the link to get the Liverpool Public Library voucher code.