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12 JAN 2016: We have added more than 300 free classes to our course catalog (see below). These classes are offered free by top universities and e-learning websites, and many start in the next few weeks. To browse course details or add classes to your VU desk, log in or create a free account and start learning today!

Agriculture Courses
The Horse Course: Intro to Basic Care & Management
Chicken Behaviour and Welfare
Our Hungry Planet: Agriculture, People and Food Security
Art Courses
Elements of Drawing
Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging With Art
Business & Finance Courses
The Power of Macroeconomics
The Power of Microeconomics
Managing My Investments
Introduction to Marketing
Marketing in a Digital World
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Corporate Finance
Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies
Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace
Personal & Family Financial Planning
New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs
Fundamentals of Management
International Business II - Negocios Internacionales II
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies
Essentials of Entrepreneurship: Thinking & Action
Finance for Non-Financial People
The American Dream for the Next Generation
Scaling Operations: Linking Strategy and Execution
Introduction to Operations Management
Communication in the 21st Century Workplace
Créer et développer une startup technologique
An Introduction to Credit Risk Management
Foundations of Business Strategy
Project Management: The Basics for Success
How to Succeed at: Interviews
Business and its Environment
User Innovation: A Path to Entrepreneurship
Contract Management: Building Relationships in Business
How to Launch a Successful Startup
Entrepreneurship Through the Lens of Venture Capital
Computer Programming Courses
Bioinformatic Methods I
Web Application Architectures
Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems: Part 1
Algorithms: Design and Analysis (Part 2)
Principles of Reactive Programming
Machine Learning
Computational Neuroscience
Intro to Interactive Programming in Python (II)
Introduction to TypeScript
Intro to Interactive Programming in Python (I)
Building Cloud Apps Microsoft Azure – Part 1
Programming for Everybody (Python)
Exploratory Data Analysis
Android: Introducción a la Programación
Software Testing
Developing Data Products
Scalable Machine Learning
Windows PowerShell Fundamentals
Querying Transact-SQL
Fundamental Algorithms
Case Study: RNA-Seq Data Analysis
Case Study: Variant Discovery and Genotyping
Case Study: ChIP-Seq Data Analysis
Case Study: DNA Methylation Data Analysis
Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics
Big Data: Measuring and Predicting Human Behaviour
HTML 5 Step by Step
Responsive Web Design Fundamentals
Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys
Javascript for Beginners
AJAX Programming
Introduction to mySQL Database
Computer Science Courses
Facebook 101
Job Search and Networking
Two Speed IT: How Companies Can Surf the Digital Wave
Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains
Computer Basics
Cloud Computing Concepts (Part 2)
Text Retrieval and Search Engines
The Data Scientist’s Toolbox
How to Build a Computer
Nanotechnology and Nanosensors
Data Visualization
Process Mining: Data Science in Action
Fundamentals of Digital Image and Video Processing
Computer Networking 101
Instructional Design for Mobile Learning
Operating Systems
Reproducible Research
Introduction to Office 365 APIs
Online Graphics (Computer Science 184)
Buscar en Internet
Internet History, Technology, and Security
Windows 8: Getting Started
Introduction to Computer Science
Introduction to Big Data Apache Spark
History of Information (Cognitive Science C103)
Fundamentos de Comunicaciones Opticas
Understanding Wireless: Tech, Economics and Policy
Email 101
How to Use Gmail
R Programming
Practical Machine Learning
Getting and Cleaning Data
Think. Create. Code.
Introduction to Relational Databases
Internet Safety
Intro to Computer Programming
Education Courses
Foundations of Teaching: Being a Professional
Design and Development of Games for Learning
Instructional Design for Mobile Learning
Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom
Preparing for the AP Physics 2 Exam – Part 4
Preparing for the AP Environ. Science Exam Part 4
Tecnologías Para la Educación
Preparing for the AP Biology Exam – Part 5
Preparing for the AP* Computer Science A Exam (Part 1)
Learning How to Learn
Enhancing Teacher Education Through OER
Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching
English Courses
Conversational English Skills
Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests
ESL/EFL Courses
Engineering Courses
Applications in Engineering Mechanics
Advanced Engineering Systems in Motion: Dynamics of Three Dimensional (3D) Motion
Engineering Systems in Motion: Dynamics of Particles and Bodies in 2D Motion
Introducción a la Ingeniería del Helicóptero
The Engineering of Structures Around Us
Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Mathematics
Geography Courses
Maps and the Geospatial Revolution
The Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia (Part 1)
Health & Wellness Courses
Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us
Introductory Human Physiology
Ebola: Essential Knowledge for Health Professionals
Epidemics, Pandemics and Outbreaks
Comprendre la Respiration
Biomedical Imaging
Ebola: An Evolving Epidemic
Diabetes - A Global Challenge
The Ethics of Eating
An Introduction to Population Health
Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare
eHealth – Opportunities and Challenges
The Immune System: New Developments in Research (Part 1)
Medicine in the Digital Age
Health Assessment
Medicine in the Digital Age
Genes and the Human Condition
Inside Cancer: How Genes Influence Cancer Development
Ebola in Context: Understanding Transmission, Response and Control
Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services
Heart Health: a Beginner's Guide to Cardiovascular Disease
Improving Your Image: Dental Photography in Practice
Liver Disease: Looking After Your Liver
Autism and Related Disorders
Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600
Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines
Caring for Vulnerable Children
Patient Safety and Medical Errors
Fundamentals of Epidemiology I
Fundamentals of Epidemiology II
The Body Matters
History of Public Health
Child Health and Development
Understanding Drugs and Addiction
History Courses
Greek and Roman Mythology
American Capitalism: A History
Magic in the Middle Ages
Objects That Define America
Intro to Ancient Greek History
World War 1: A History in 100 Stories
The Holocaust: an Introduction - Part 1
Roman Architecture
Lips and Teeth: Korea and China in Modern Times
The Holocaust: an Introduction - Part 2
World War 1: Trauma and Memory
World War 1: Changing Faces of Heroism
Foreign Language Courses
Introduction to Dutch
Miracles of Human Language: An Intro to Linguistics
Chinese for Beginners
Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching
Law Courses
Forensic Science and Criminal Justice
Introduction to International Criminal Law
International Law
Copyright for Educators & Librarians
Literature Courses
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Twain
The Divine Comedy: Dante's Journey to Freedom, Part 2 (Purgatorio)
Math Courses
Early Math for Pre-Schoolers
Basic Math - 1st Grade U.S.
Basic Math - 2nd Grade U.S.
Basic Math - 3rd Grade U.S.
Basic Math - 4th Grade U.S.
Basic Math - 5th Grade U.S.
Basic Math - 6th Grade U.S.
Basic Math - 7th Grade U.S.
Basic Math - 8th Grade U.S.
Calculus Two: Sequences and Series
Discrete Time Signals and Systems, Frequency Domain
Combinatorial Mathematics
Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1
Regression Models
Statistical Inference
Bases Matemáticas: Derivadas
From Nand to Tetris (Part I)
I Love Stats: Learning to Love Statistics
Analytic Combinatorics
Linear Differential Equations
Media Courses
The Rise of Superheroes & Their Impact on Pop Culture
Making Sense of News
Music Courses
Philosophy Courses
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy
Revolutionary Ideas: Intro to Legal & Political Philosophy
Political Science Courses
Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life
Psychology Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Understanding the Brain: Neurobiology of Everyday Life
Introduction to Psychology
Communication in the 21st Century Workplace
Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
The Art of Negotiation
Positive Behavior Support for Young Children
The Brain and Space
Genius. Talent. Golden Mediocrity
Dynamics and Control
Framing: Learn How to Create Powerful Messages
The New Psychology of Depression
Science of Happiness
What Is a Mind?
Religion Courses
Politics and Religion
The Bible: An Introduction
The New Testament History and Literature
Introduction to the Old Testament
Christian Faith: Its Practices
Religion and Hip Hop Culture
Philosophy of Religion
Religion and Conflict
Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures
Islam, the Middle East and the West
Anthropology of Religion
Science, Magic and Religon
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
Theology I
Science Courses
From the Big Bang to Dark Energy
Introduction to Bioconductor
Introduction to Human Evolution
Introduction to Bioethics
The Chemistry of Life
Preparing for the AP* Chemistry Exam (Part 1)
Introduction to Communication Science
Introduction to Electronics
Organic Solar Cells - Theory and Practice
End of Nature
Planet Earth and You
Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast
Environmental Psychology
Environmental Justice
Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology
Making Sense of Climate Science Denial
Urban Water: Innovations for Environmental Sustainability
Sustainability in Everyday Life
Water for Liveable and Resilient Cities
Finding Hidden Messages in DNA (Bioinformatics I)
Introduction to Graphene Science and Technology
Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics: Basic Concepts
Quantum Mechanics of Molecular Structures
How Stuff Moves, Part 3: Wave Motion
Plasma Physics and Applications
Sociology Courses
Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century
Jewish Diaspora in Modern China
Religion and Hip Hop Culture
Causes of War
Spirituality & Alternative Religion Courses
Soul Beliefs: Historical Foundations
Magic in the Middle Ages
Magic, Witchcraft and the Spirit World
Learning the Tarot
Learn Sahaja Yoga Meditation
World Issues Courses
The Emergence of the Modern Middle East (Part 2)
The European Union in Global Governance
From State Control to Remote Control: Warfare in the 21st Century
Writing Courses
The Creative Spark
Genre Fiction Workshop
Grammar Basics
Reading and Writing Short Stories
High-Impact Business Writing
Poetry in America: Emily Dickinson
High-Impact Business Writing
Plagues, Witches, and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction
Writing What You Know
Start Writing Fiction
Approaching Prose Fiction
What Is Poetry?
Approaching Poetry
What Is Good Writing?
Introduction to Fiction
Adjectives and Adjective Clauses
Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot
Tricky English Grammar
English Composition I: Achieving Expertise
Perfect Tenses and Modals
Adventures in Writing
Scribble: Writing for New Writers
Getting Started With Essay Writing
English Grammar and Essay Writing
English for Journalists: Key Concepts
English for Journalists: Free Speech and Media Trends
Prep for the AP* English Language and Comp Exam
English Writing and Composition
How to Write an Essay
English for Journalism
Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens
Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest
Advanced Writing
Writing and Experience: Crossing Borders
Secret Sauce of Great Writing
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
Creative Writing
Writing in the Sciences
Writing on Contemporary Issues
Science Writing and New Media
Journalistic Ethics (Video Course)
Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Science Fiction
Understanding Creativity and Creative Writing
Storytelling for Change
Poetry in America: The Civil War and Its Aftermath
Digital Poetry
Start Writing Fiction
Beginner's Guide to Writing in English for College Study
Writing and the Environment
Writing on Contemporary Issues
Writing, Editing and Publishing in Cyberspace
Writing and Experience: Exploring Self in Society

Virtual University's master index of low-cost and free online classes

Applied Science Courses
Business and Finance Classes
Earth and Space Science Classes
Education Classes
ESL/EFL Learn English Classes
Geography and History Classes
Art, Graphics and Photography Classes
Health, Wellness and Medical Classes
Language Classes
Law and Criminology Classes
Leisure and Do-It-Yourself Classes
Literature Classes
Marketing and Advertising Classes
Math and Algebra Classes
Music, Film and Theater Classes
Natural Science Classes
Philosophy Classes
Political Science Classes
Spirituality, New Age Classes
Psychology and Cognitive Science Classes
World Religion Classes
Self-help and Self-improvement Classes
Learn to Meditate
Learn Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
Learning How to Learn
How to Succeed in College
Computer and Technology Classes
Gender and Urban Studies Classes
Writing, Journalism and Grammar Classes

Free and Low-cost Computer and Technology Classes

Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys
Programming Cloud Services for Android Handheld Devices

Free and Low-cost Writing, Journalism and Grammar Classes

Fantasy Writing Workshop
Your Screenwriting Career
The Art of Writing Horror
Introduction to Personal Journaling
Break the Block
Grant Writing 101
The Creative Spark
Digital Poetry
Reading and Writing Short Stories
Writing and the Environment
Writing and Experience: Exploring Self in Society
Writing, Editing and Publishing in Cyberspace
Genre Fiction Workshop
Writing on Contemporary Issues: Imagining the Future

Free and Low-cost Religion Classes

Politics and Religion
Theology I
Christian Faith: Its Practice
Christianity and Ethics
History of Christianity
History of Christianity in America
Islam 101
Principles of Islam (Part 1)
Principles of Islam (Part 2)
Islam in 10 Minutes
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Religion
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
Ancient Israel
Anthropology of Religion
Politics and Religion
The Bible: An Introduction
The New Testament History and Literature
Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)
Latino Theology and Christian Tradition
Islam: Religion, History and Culture
Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures
Islam, the Middle East and the West

Psychic and Metaphysical Classes

Science, Magic and Religions
Learn to Meditate
Learn Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
Learning the Tarot
Magic, Withcraft and the Spirit World

Self-Help and Self-Improvement Classes

Learning How to Learn
How to Succeed in College

Political Science Classes

Politics and Religion

Math and Algebra Courses

Early Math for Pre-Schoolers
Basic Math: 3rd Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 4th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 5th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 6th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 7th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 8th Grade U.S.

Environmental and Earth Science Classes

Writing and the Environment
End of Nature
Climate Change and the Law

Psychology Classes

The New Psychology of Depression
Psychology 101

Business and Finance Classes

Grant Writing 101
How to Launch a Successful Startup

Education Classes

Copyright Law for Educators and Librarians
Learning How to Learn
How to Succeed in College

Direct Links to History and Geography Classes

Roman Architecture

Introduction to Ancient Greek History
Ancient Israel

Direct Links to Law and Criminology Classes

Climate Change and the Law
Copyright Law for Educators and Librarians
Drugs and Drug Control in the USA

Direct Links to Photography, Art, Film and Music Classes

A Beginner's Guide to Digital Photography
Elements of Drawing
Exposing Digital Photography

Direct Links to Philosophy Classes

Introduction to Philosophy
Revolutionary Ideas: Introduction to Legal and Political Philosophy