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Where Can You Study Science Online for Free by Watching Videos?

Study Science Online for Free on YouTubeGetting good education is paramount! Unfortunately, education is hard to come by. Many smart people – in America and Worldwide – are denied quality education for a variety of reasons. In United States during the 2012–2013 academic year, the tuition averaged $22,261 at public institution and $43,289 at private colleges and universities (Data Source: Collage Board report quoted at CollageData). In Sub-Saharan Africa the amount of students per teacher averages, depending on a country, anywhere from 20 to 60 and thereabouts – According to The World Bank data for 2012, this ratio was 55 to 1 in Mozambique and Ethopia – compared to  12 in United States and 9 in Cuba. So, if collage is not an option, then what can we do to guarantee education for us and our children? At Indigo Productions we are an adamant supporter of education for all! That’s why we decided to write this article and run Facebook ads for it targeting countries all over Africa, especially the Sub-Saharan Africa – if it helps to make a life of one person better, then it has all been worth the effort!

If a computer with access to Internet is not beyond our reach, there are free tools that can be used to learn new skills. While such free courses will not get us a degree – although initiatives such as EdX offer certificates of completion – the focus of free online education (at least for the purpose of this article) is learning, gaining skills, and self-improvement.

Where can you study science online for free? This is a very broad question and the web is full of good resources. The focus of this article are classroom videos on YouTube but if you’d like to research the subject in more depth, you can read the article that inspired this entry – Study Sciences Online For Free! More on that at the bottom of the article.
Why YouTube? Well, YouTube is the arguably the best video sharing website and has the best architecture and IT infrastructure behind it, so no matter what type of computer, operating system, browser, software package, or Internet connection is available to us, YouTube guarantees the best chance of streaming without interruption. In short, its most reliable out of all free solutions. So, how can we utilize YouTube to learn?

There are a lot of videos that offer good tutorials for virtually anything, from video production to instructions on how to mend a shoe. If you want to learn something in particular, chances are somebody already posted a DIY – or LIY (Learn-it-Yourself) video.

Seminars, educational series, lab experiments – you name it and it’s there. All those videos are good to watch but without being put in some sort of an order or as a part of a bigger curriculum, they will not even come close to offering a well rounded education. What will though? What we need to do is find a whole playlist or better yet an educational channel that teaches what we want to learn.

In fact, several universities, as well as private organizations offer channels that cover whole classes – a video per class period – and split them by field of study or class, such as Chemistry 101 or Introduction to Chemical Engineering that is available by the YouTube Channel ran by Stanford University and split into lectures. Lets take the Intro to Chemical Engineering course. You can watch the entire semester’s worth of footage shot during real classes on campus at Stanford:  Lecture 1Lecture 2Lecture 3Lecture 4Lecture 5,Lecture 6Lecture 7Lecture 8Lecture 9Lecture 10Lecture 11 ,Lecture 12Lecture 13Lecture 141516171819202122, and Lecture 24 – each video lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. All you have to do is search for the science or major that you’re interested in an search for the right channel!

Paulina Szadkowska-Kociszewski - a Chemical Engineering Student Who Tries to Help OthersWe got the idea for this article from a posting made some time ago on Chemical Engineering News, a website by a talented chemical engineering student Paulina. Without the benefit of privileged upbringing, she hasn’t given up and has been working hard to overcome any obstacle on her way of her life-long dream of becoming a chemical engineer. We hope that her touching story will motivate somebody to pursue their studies online. We strongly encourage you to read her story posted on Truman College “Success Story” section!

To find out more free educational resources, please read Paulina’s article about how to study science online for free!

To read about other Indigo Productions initiatives supporting universal education, please check out our University Connection section of our corporate video production website or check out some of the educational articles on our video production blog!

We hope that you found this article useful or that it at least gave you an idea how to improve your life or that of others! If you’d like to share your story, suggest other free educational tools or ideas to others (or suggest what else could we do to help), or if you can help others on their quest to obtaining higher education, please use the comment section below and share your thoughts!

Thank you and good luck – we look forward to hearing from you!

– Indigo Productions University Connection Team,

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