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There are many more ways to learn in all areas of study for free and online. I found this list today which included the links below. I hope they are beneficial. The original post can be found here.

OCW Consortium includes the MIT courses and the Open University
http://www.ocwconsortium.org/en/courses/catalog

The Open University - 606 FREE Courses
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/

Try over 600 free online courses from The Open University. Available from introductory to advanced level, each takes between 1 and 50 hours to study. Complete activities to assess your progress and compare your thoughts with sample answers. Sign up for free to track your progress, connect with other learners in our discussion forums and find the tools to help you learn.

Yale - 35 FREE Courses
http://oyc.yale.edu/courses
Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets.

Khan Academy - Thousands of FREE Courses
http://www.khanacademy.org/
A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Notre Dame - 72 FREE Courses
http://ocw.nd.edu/courselist
Notre Dame joins the OCW Consortium, "a worldwide community of hundreds of universities and associated organizations committed to advancing OpenCourseWare." Notre Dame's participation is consistent with its goal "to provide a forum where through free inquiry and open discussion the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity."

University of Michigan - 77 FREE Courses
http://open.umich.edu/education/schools-colleges
Find stuff and use it. Freely. Welcome to our collection of openly licensed educational resources (OER) from the University of Michigan. Ranging from course materials to videos to software tools to student work—this content is ready for downloading and remixing.

University of Cape Town - 148 FREE Courses
http://goo.gl/c68SE

Learning content: syllabi, full courses, modules, learning objects, lecture notes, presentation and data collections. Tools: content development tools, online learning communities, and software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content.

University of California - 247 FREE Courses
http://ocw.uci.edu/courses/
The University launched its OpenCourseWare initiative in November 2006. As the first West Coast university and UC campus to join the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), our OCW project is growing rapidly with the addition of nearly10 new courses every month.

Tufts University - 49 FREE Courses
http://ocw.tufts.edu/CourseList
Tufts University is committed to offering the world's learners free access to its many academic resources. Tufts OpenCourseWare (OCW) seeks to capitalize on the potential of the internet to eliminate borders and geographic distance as obstacles to the instantaneous exchange of knowledge and new ideas. Unlike distance learning programs that charge tuition, provide formal instruction and limit participation, OpenCourseWare offers all course materials free to everyone with online access.

Weber State University - 7 FREE Courses
http://ocw.weber.edu/courselist
Free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
http://ocw.jhsph.edu/
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's OPENCOURSEWARE (OCW) project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses.

IE University - 10 FREE Courses
http://ocw.ie.edu/ocw/index.html?A=1
Open collection of educational resources organized by courses.

Capilano University - 23 FREE Courses
http://ocw.capilanou.ca/courselist
Capilano provides a solid academic foundation and is committed to developing new and innovative programs in response to market demand. It offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success.

Kaplan University - 11 FREE Courses
http://ocw.kaplan.edu/courselist
Kaplan University is a different school of thought.SM One that rewrites the rules of education with innovative technology and new ideas. One that develops talent. Your talent.

Jersey Institute of Technology - 20 FREE Courses
http://ocw.njit.edu/
NJIT is a member of the worldwide OpenCourseWare Consortium. NJIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) site offers free and open digital publication of high-quality educational materials, organized as courses. Some courses can be viewed in video, while others are only in audio. Course lecture notes and presentations are also posted for some courses.

Novell, Inc - 20 FREE Courses
http://ocw.novell.com/
Free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses.

People's Open Access Education Initiative - 16 FREE Courses
http://www.peoples-uni.org/
Courses are based on the concept of open education resources (OER), freely available on the Internet. Peoples-uni develops a standardise educational context around these open resources.
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Well, if we decide to have Technology taught, we can always require they learn from one of these sources! (Tech seems to be on it's way out though, so yeah)
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Well, if a person doesn't have the basic skills when they start online, they'll learn eventually. lol
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Cool! I didn't know you could find absolutely free courses online!

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Yep. It won't get you college credit, but if you're in a situation where you need to gain some skills to flesh out your experience or something it can be really beneficial. I just wish I had time to do so!
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For anyone interested, I just came across this website that offers free online course's from accredited colleges. I'm not sure if they count for credit or anything, but I would guess that some of them count for Integrative Practice credit. For example there is one starting today:

University of Pittsburgh
Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health
Amy D. Rickman, Ph.D., RD, LDN and John M. Jakicic, Ph.D.

This course will provide a coherent, understandable look at the evidence on how nutrition and physical activity impact health through lower morbidity, longevity, and quality of life.
Workload: 3-5 hours/week

Sessions:
Jul 15th 2013 (6 weeks long)

About the Course

Over 65 percent of adults and over 30 percent of children meet the classification of being overweight or obese, and with this excess weight comes numerous health conditions that include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, musculoskeletal disorders, and even impairments in cognitive function. Because in most cases the core cause of obesity and its related health conditions is a poor quality of diet and lack of sufficient physical activity, it is no surprise that to reverse this health problem a foundation of proper nutrition and sufficient physical activity is imperative.

This course is designed to provide a foundation of nutritional knowledge to develop a sustainable pattern of healthy eating. To this will be added a foundation of knowledge related to physical activity and exercise. These two key lifestyle behaviors are then brought together under the umbrella of calorie balance, which is the understanding of how we balance the calories that we eat in our diet with the calories that we burn to sustain life and to perform all of our daily tasks and functions.

Ultimately, this information can only be of value if individuals understand how to engage in these healthy behaviors within their daily lives when they are faced with challenges and barriers. This course will address key issues and will provide information on effective strategies for adopting and maintaining these targeted behaviors as they apply to the adoption and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

Course Syllabus
There are no required textbooks for this course. Please see the list of recommended readings and references below. There will also be links to online documents and resources provided throughout the course.

Week 1:


Module 1: Linking Nutrition and Physical Activity to Health Outcomes
Module 2: Assessing Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Body Composition

Week 2:

Module 3: Macronutrient Considerations: Carbohydrates
Module 4: Macronutrient Considerations: Proteins

Week 3:

Module 5: Macronutrient Considerations: Fats
Module 6: Vitamins

Week 4:

Module 7: Minerals
Module 8: Strategies for Improving Nutritional Habits

Week 5:

Module 9: Physical Activity Consideration: Aerobic vs. Resistance vs. Lifestyle
Module 10: Strategies for Improving Physical Activity

Week 6:

Module 11: Calorie (Energy Balance): The Interaction of Nutrition and Physical Activity

Final Examination

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, a general background in basic nutrition and physical activity may be helpful to the student prior to taking this course.

Suggested Readings

Donnelly JE, Jakicic JM, Blair SN, Rankin J, Manore M. ACSM "Position Stand on Appropriate Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults," Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2009; 41(2): 459-471. PMID: 19127177.

"Position of the American Dietetic Association: Weight Management," Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2009; 109: 330-346.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. This can be accessed online at: www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/default.aspx

Course Format
This class will consist of lecture recordings of modules on specific topics. Each week will have a quiz focused on the content of that specific module to assist students with assessment of their learning. There will also be out of class activities and readings, plus a final exam.
FAQ
Do I need a textbook?


No textbook is required. However, the students may be provided with supplemental reading assignments during this course that will either be provided by the instructors or will be available online.

Is this a self-paced course or do I need to be available at specific times?

The student does not need to be available at specific times to complete the requirements of this course. However, each module needs to be completed within a given time period, which is typically 1 week in length.

Can the students contact the instructor?

The instructor will be monitoring the course. If problems arise there will be a mechanism in which the student can inform the instructor, and the instructor or teaching assistant will respond within a reasonable period of time.

If I do not have a background in nutrition or physical activity can I still take this course?


Yes. This course is designed to provide an understanding of key lifestyle behaviors that include body weight and related chronic diseases. Having a basic understanding of these factors prior to the course may be helpful. The course material will be taught in a manner that will allow students with varied backgrounds, but with an interest in nutrition and physical activity, to effectively complete this course.

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Did you hear about University of the People ? I heard that this is real online accreditate university with real diploma
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Do you have a link?
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It's neat to see this area expand so much over the years


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