Centuries ago, being a Renaissance man was a pursuit preserved solely for the well to-do. It was only the upper-classes who could afford private tutors and expensive books. Today, happily, the spread of technology has placed the goal of being a true polymath within any person’s reach. A citizen of the modern age can spend a lifetime educating himself on everything from philosophy and religion to cooking and music, all without ever spending a dime. In fact, Bill Gates recently predicted that in five years, people will be able to get a better college education online for free than at a traditional university. If you desire to enrich your mind without ever opening your wallet, here are some avenues to pursue.
Free University Podcasts and Videos
Many colleges and universities have started to put out free podcasts and videos of their professors’ lectures and classes. You get to listen in on some of the best professors in the world, and you don’t have to do any homework or write a single term paper!
University and College Podcasts: Free Educational Podcasts
Skip the Tuition: 100 Free Podcasts From the Worlds Best Colleges
(@The Online Education Database)
170 Colleges offer free lectures for you to download and listen to on the go right from the iTunes store.