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MOOCs and open education resources

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  • April [dot] Colosimo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4765

On this page you will find links to free courses that you can register for and follow in real time, such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and courses that simply offer all of their materials freely online under an intellectual property license, including video lectures, notes, and assignments. There are also a number of places to go to find free textbooks in science and engineering and a few additional resources for faculty and instructors.

MOOCs and McGill University

Harvard and MIT are founding partners of edX, where access is provided to courses from these and many other universities. McGill recently partnered with edX, successfully launching McGillX with Food for Thought (CHEM181x).

The next course to be offered by McGill is Natural Disasters (ATOC185x). This course examines the science behind different types of natural disasters and our ability or inability to control and predict such events. Sign up for ATOC185x today!

Open courses

  • edX: Sign up for courses from McGillX, MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, and more
  • Coursera: Sign up for courses from University of Toronto, University of Alberta, Stanford, and more
  • Khan Academy: Get instant access to their science courses or use their tool for practicing math at your own pace
  • Saylor: Enroll in one of their courses, including chemistry, mathematics, computer science and mechanical engineering
  • OERu: MOOCs coordinated by the Open Education resources Foundation
  • MIT OpenCourseWare: More than 2,200 courses with teaching materials are available
  • bcooltv: Recorded lectures at McGill

Open textbook collections

Individual textbooks

Computer science




Additional resources for faculty and instructors

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