Free Online Courses

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by TCord1964, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I have no idea who they are either - but this outfit has been operating for a long long time. I remember looking them up back in my earliest days of degree-forums. Registered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines - office on Wall St. NY.

    They say they're "The first University to be accredited by ABS." Well, that hardly makes them RA, I'm guessing. The Accreditor's page is here:

    It kind of looks like one training co. accrediting another. But for free -- what does it really matter? As I've said: they've got staying power. Must be a reason.
  2. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Doesn't matter anyway as it was a time-limited offer and it is expired now! :)
  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Duuuh. Yeah. I just noticed the date of your post. 2021. Silly me. The lectures are still free, though... just not text, exam and cert. Whole thing is $150. For that price, I should be able to get some murky kind of propio elsewhere - master-of-something-or-other. :rolleyes:
  4. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

  5. Messdiener

    Messdiener Active Member

    Interesting find. A number of the classes list AI instructors. That's a new one on me.

    Anyone actually completed any of these certificate or diploma courses? Likewise, anyone know anything about the parent org, European Open University?
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  6. MaceWindu

    MaceWindu Active Member

    AI. :rolleyes:
  7. MichaelGates

    MichaelGates Active Member

    Academy Europe lists Accreditation International (Ai) on the website. Courses are easy to complete and give a diploma as an png image file.
  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Site is here:
    I don't like it. Site looks like 1994. Under "accreditation" it has a lot of bafflegab about its accrediting its own courses. It says stuff about Netherlands and you can click for Dutch, but the country code is UK.- It's not on the UK list and I didn't check with the Dutch authorities to see if it's on theirs - but if it was on either, I'd think the school would say so.

    The school talks about "International accreditation" as if it were a real thing. Bad sign. Until / unless someone shows me otherwise - hard pass on this one. I think they should rename it "Billingsgate U." Fishy.
  9. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Hey, now! I've been to 1994 and it was awesome. Wish I could go back.

    Between you, Steve and Rich, I am ever expanding my repertoire of eloquent ways to call something BS.
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  10. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I can beat that - I've been to 1944 - my 1st Birthday. The party was OK but it wasn't an awesome year - yeah, I learned to walk and talk and stuff - but WW2 England and all that.
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  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

  12. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

  13. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, the more interesting ones cost significant amounts of money. :( I only see 2 in English that are free (very basic courses) and one webinar in Spanish.
  14. pueblopicasso

    pueblopicasso Member

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  15. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Some free stuff on Free unless you want a certificate... We all know this business model, huh?
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  16. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Not always a bad model. Gives you an option - learn for free, or pay for a wall-hanger. I've done it before. Never spent much money and what I got was really nice. Sometimes cheap (but not free) courses are OK but give you terrible certs. I have one on psychology of women. The course was very inexpensive, a bit lightweight but certainly OK-ish, although the cert. looks like a Bail Receipt. Like the ones I remember, anyway --- from the old days. :)
    Last edited: May 24, 2023
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  17. Messdiener

    Messdiener Active Member

    Good catch, @Mac Juli! For those of us with some Spanish already under our belts, these teaser courses might be good practice to brush up on subject-specific language before diving into a paid degree program.

    Thanks for sharing!
  18. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

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  19. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

  20. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    Indeed. At least the pricing page is transparent about the real cost of those free lessons:

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