I found an online course, but I can’t seem to register for free. Help!

This happens a lot. Let’s see if we can help.

Online education is not always free, on-demand or, as some people say, “open”. However, many online education providers still offer learners the option to audit (see if you can find it buried in their registration page).

By auditing a course, you will likely be able to access the course content, but you will not be allowed entry into live course discussions, or be given a printable certificate. We say that’s perfectly fine. The course content acts as a guide and resource for your learning circle, and the live discussion happens already in-person! Even better!

Some courses only provide access to course content at a specific moment (“synchronous” courses), whereas others are always available(“on-demand” or “asynchronous” courses).

If you’re still having trouble, reach out to network to us here. Tell us what course you’re looking for or which one you were trying to access and we’ll try to help you out.

Especially for Coursera (www.coursera.org/) online courses, it can be difficult to find out how to audit their courses.

By clicking “enroll” on one of their courses, you will be prompted to “sign up for free”.

Next, you will land on a page copied below, which you can then click on “audit” in small print at the bottom of the page. Note that note all Coursera courses have this feature.