Free Online Courses

Free online courses offered through CSU OnlinePlus

Free Online Courses - MOOCS

Science of Relationships

Free relationship advice; who couldn't use that, right? And from an expert with a scientific perspective no less! Have you ever wondered what makes your significant other tick? Why you're attracted to the people you are? How to best nurture a relationship? Or how to get through a breakup? Dive deeper into the science of relationships with social psychology expert and CSU faculty member, Dr. Jennifer Jill Harman, Ph.D., during this free online psychology cou rse.

Exploring the Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession

Do you enjoy working with college students and are looking for a career where you can make an impact within their lives? Or maybe you’re a student affairs professional needing a brush up on some of the latest practices in the field? Exploring the Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession free online course is designed for both audiences. Discover foundations of the field, guiding theories, networking tips, and most importantly, how you can impact student success. The course also outlines next steps such as how to search for graduate programs and manage a successful job search.

Water, Civilization, and Nature:
Addressing Water Challenges of the 21st Century

Recent water issues, increasing populations worldwide, and variations in climate have impacted our water supply, creating questions and issues we’ve never been challenged with before. Take advantage of CSU’s rich water history and expertise in this free online course that offers an in-depth look at these issues guided by Colorado State University water faculty.

What are MOOCs?

Massive Open Online Courses, popularly known as MOOCs, are noncredit, student-interaction-based programs that provide educational access to the public at no cost. They are typically less immersive than credit courses you’d find at a university, offering more generalized content that’s meant to provide you with a breadth of understanding across the subject matter. MOOCs feature instructor-driven content with a heavy emphasis on student participation. This student-to-student communication creates knowledge and discoveries that enrich the course with a social aspect and shared experiences.

How does it work?

When you enroll in a free online course, your level of participation is completely up to you as there are no formal grades. The programs are broken down into modules. You have the ability to move through every module to complete the course in full, or pick and choose which individual modules most apply to your goals, and complete only those.

Students who wish to be recognized for completing activities and other projects can receive a Statement of Accomplishment upon request based on a minimum level of competencies achieved.

What's the student experience like?

Your student experience and interactions with instructors and fellow learners are more community-driven rather than assessment-driven as you would see in a typical college course. Free online classes open the doors to a new learning dynamic that offers remarkable collaborative and conversational opportunities for students from around the world to gather and discuss content.

Because of the social-based platform (connecting via social networks), students not only build community within the course, but are able to create groups outside of the course for opportunities to extend the conversation beyond the "classroom."

Who can take a free, online course?

Anyone! That's the beauty of it—you don't have to be admitted to Colorado State University; you don't have to meet any prerequisites or have a certain GPA; and best of all, you don't have to pay a dime. The variety of student populations participating in MOOCs across the globe enriches the experience with perspectives from different backgrounds.

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