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Ten ways to go back to summer school

So you graduated a few (or more) years ago and you still long to learn? Great! No matter your budget or your schedule, there are plenty of ways to tap into your alma mater’s many resources. Here are 10 suggestions to keep you learning for a lifetime.

1. MOOCs

Ohio State offers free access to massive open online courses, popular among nontraditional students and professionals who want to bolster their career knowledge. Interact with a virtual community while completing self-paced courses such as Introduction to the Science of Cancer or Media Writing and Editing.

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2. TEDx Talks

Want to be inspired by innovative ideas from Ohio State faculty, staff, students and alumni? View TEDx talks from four years of Ohio State’s independently run TEDx events on YouTube. You can head to to start watching.

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3. Program 60

Did you know Ohio residents 60 and older can take tuition-free undergraduate and graduate courses through Program 60, an offering from the Office of Distance Education and eLearning? Prospective participants can enroll in autumn classes through the end of August at a newly redesigned website,

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4. The Knowledge Bank

Nostalgic for academia? Browse academic papers, conference presentations, journal articles, undergraduate theses and other examples of the university’s intellectual output through the Knowledge Bank. Faculty, staff and students can deposit their research and scholarship into the repository, a service of The Ohio State University Libraries, and all are welcome to access the online repository, searchable by subject.

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5. Extended Education

Not 60 yet? Enroll in courses at Ohio State through Extended Education, perfect for alumni who want to explore a new discipline on a non-degree basis. Participants in this program do pay tuition and fees, and can take courses for credit if they have the prerequisites or audit them with instructor permission.

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6. Buckeye Smart: Central Ohio Speaker Series

Mark your calendar: Every month, The Ohio State University Alumni Association hosts the Buckeye Smart speaker series. Snag a spot at this long-running program for a wide range of insights from Ohio State experts — or join from anywhere around the globe through a new livestream option.

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7. Ohio State on iTunes

Make your commute more productive by listening to Ohio State-affiliated podcasts, curated on iTunes by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning. Search by new or highly rated podcasts, and browse top episodes in categories such as business and education.

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8. Alumni Association Career Webinars

If you’re planning a job hunt, you’ll appreciate the alumni association’s series of free career webinars. The quick-hit lessons cover job search and professional development topics such as Your Resumé as a Marketing Piece, Tackling Tough Issues in the Interview and Using Social Media to Enhance Your Job Search.

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9. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program

Explore the outdoors through this educational program offered by Ohio State in partnership with various parks. You’ll complete 40 hours of training and then 40 hours of volunteer service leading nature hikes, conducting plant surveys or working to restore native vegetation.

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10. Ohio State Online

We saved the best for last. The application fee is waived for Ohio State alumni applying to online degree or certificate programs. Ohio State Online allows students to learn from the university’s renowned faculty in a flexible format. Dozens of for-credit programs, ranging from certificates to undergraduate degrees to doctoral programming, can be completed at your own pace.

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