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Ivy League universities offer free online courses amid Covid-19 lockdown

The eight Ivy League universities are offering more than 450 free online courses and students will receive a 'verified certificate' upon completion.

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New Delhi: With classes suspended indefinitely in several countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ivy League universities in US are offering over 450 free online courses.

The eight Ivy League universities — Harvard, Cornell, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania — are among the most prestigious universities in the world and are highly selective about admissions.

In light of the lockdown, these universities are now offering free online courses on a variety of subjects including computer science, data science, programming, humanities, business, art and design, social sciences, health and medicine, engineering, education and teaching, mathematics, and personal development.

Mrinal Singh, an education consultant told ThePrint, “Some of these universities were offering free courses before the lockdown as well. However, in light of the circumstances the number of online courses being offered have increased. Additionally, some of them are also being offered free of cost now.”

Also read: Online university exams a ‘remote possibility’ as UGC officials highlight host of concerns

Verified certificate after completion of course

These courses also vary in terms of duration. Harvard University is offering week-long courses as well as those that are 15 weeks long. Students can also choose the difficulty level — introductory, intermediate or advanced. These courses are available on edX, an online learning platform founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon the completion of a course, the students are offered a ‘verified certificate’.

Some courses offered by Harvard are ‘Lessons from Ebola: Preventing the next pandemic’, ‘China and Communism’, ‘Hinduism through its scriptures’ and ‘Nonprofit Financial Stewardship Webinar: Introduction to Accounting and Financial Statements’.

Other courses on offer include — ‘Machine Learning for Data Science and Analytics’ by Columbia University, ‘Moralities of Everyday Life’ by Yale University, ‘The Ethics of Eating’ by Cornell University, ‘Question Reality! Science, philosophy, and the search for meaning’ by Dartmouth, ‘Introduction to Financial Accounting’ by University of Pennsylvania and ‘Constitutional Interpretation’ by Princeton University.

Also read: New academic calendar, vacations, how to conduct college exams — latest task for Modi govt


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  1. Mam
    This article is partially inaccurate as one cannot get verified certificates free of cost, one can only audit them on course platforms.

  2. A good range of measures put in to help reduce transmission and clam the community. Contact tracing seems method, as it was in partnership with police detectives and the health services, identifying contacts of confirmed cases using CCTV footage. This has not yet been used in the UK and I think it should be, especially as they begin think…

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