UDACITY offers Free University Level Courses
UDACITY is a recently established portal offering university-level courses for free. Two courses are currently available CS101 Building a Search Engine and CS373 Programming a Robotic Car. Both courses begin on February 20, 2012 and each is broken into 6 week-long units with a seventh wrap-up week that also includes a final exam.
CS101 is taught by Professor David Evans and Professor Sebastian Thrun. CS373 will be taught by Professor Thrun. Evans is a professor of computer science at the University of Virginia while Thrun is a research professor of computer science at Stanford University.
Each course offers multiple lectures, each about 50 minutes long, with built-in interactive quizzes. One homework assignment of programming problems will be assigned each week and lectures will be posted online for students to view at their convenience. English closed captioning will be available.
Both CS101 and CS373 will utilize the Python programming language. Prior experience with programming languages isn’t required to enroll in CS101 while students enrolled in CS373 should already know Python or should have experience with another programming language.
Students must provide their name and email address to enroll in either course. Course enrollment for CS101 and CS373 will remain open until the first homework assignment is distributed on February 28.
Students who complete UDACITY courses will receive signed certificates of completion.
However, UDACITY is not affiliated with any bricks and mortar universities.
Additional courses will be announced soon and are scheduled to begin on April 16, 2012.