Free Online Courses From the University of Washington

Free Online Courses From the
University of Washington

The University of Washington has been a leader in online education for more than a decade, delivering courses and programs over the Internet since 2001. Part of that legacy of leadership includes offering a selection of online courses for free to anyone who wants to expand their world through higher education.

The UW currently provides free online courses through a variety of services. These include classes accessible through the UW Professional & Continuing Education website, the Canvas Network, and Coursera and edX, two of the largest providers of massive online open courses, or MOOCs.
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UW on Coursera and edX
The UW has partnered with the online education platforms Coursera and edX to offer a select group of our classes as MOOCs – massive open online courses. These classes are free and available to everyone, no matter where you live or what your background.

Some of these courses start on a set date and run for a specific length of time, while others are available on demand and can be taken at any time. See the specific course listings for more information and instructions.

UW On Canvas Network
Canvas Network is an online course platform that the UW and other higher education institutions use to offer free college classes that anyone can take.

Through Canvas Network, the UW is currently offering short versions of some of the courses in our Integrated Social Sciences bachelor’s degree program. This uniquely designed, totally online degree completion program features top-notch UW faculty, an interdisciplinary curriculum and innovative use of technology. Check out individual course listings for more details.

Free UW Online Courses
From the ancient legends of Greek and Roman mythology to the fundamentals of project management and the complexities of human personality, these free, self-paced courses cover an array of topics. Start a course at any time and explore something new.
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The UW offers a wide variety of engaging online courses, allowing you to explore a passion, update your professional skills or satisfy a prerequisite for a degree program. You’ll learn from top instructors and enjoy a challenging curriculum tailored for online students. Course credit options and costs vary depending on the program.

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