Free online courses (MOOCs)
There are more than a thousand Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) accessable through the internet. Most of them are in English and nearly all sorts of topics are offered. During the course you will meet other people taking the same course enabling you to discuss topics, ask questions and build networks.
Diploma og certificate - but not university credits.
For a fee, many MOOCs will send you a certificate or diploma after completing the course. Note that the diplomas/certificates will not give you access to universities but they may be helpful when applying for a job as it will show that you eager to expand your area of expertice.
There is no application needed, but some courses have set starting dates.
You need internet access through a PC, tablet or smartphone. Note that all public libraries in Norway have some computers with internet access free to use for anyone e.g.: Deichmanske bibliotek.
The biggest MOOC-portals are:
Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide.
edX hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body.
FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world.
Udacity offers mostly science and technology courses.
Iversity has a variety of advanced collaboration features that provide an opportunity to the users to share knowledge and create their own personal content side by side.