If you haven’t been paying attention in class lately, you may have missed the fact that online education hasn’t just rapidly gained in popularity — it’s created a virtual paradigm shift in the university model, as one New York Times article notes. In short, MOOCs (massive open online courses) have made higher education open (and mostly free) to anyone with an internet connection.
What this means to architecture and design fans worldwide is that they can now be part of a number of free courses from some of the most prestigious universities in the country and around the world: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers an impressive number of architecture-related courses through its MIT Open Courseware site. If you’re looking for a class on, say, the history of Roman architecture, Yale is the place to go — or, rather, log into. Similarly, if the environment is more your speed, Notre Dame currently offers a class exploring the relationship between nature and the built environment.
Still, if you’re looking to learn something new this summer, including architecture and design, chances are you can find the right MOOC here.