According to webometrics.info, there are more than 17,000 universities in the world, but getting a degree in many of them is quite costly. Many students around the world (and their families) get into enormous debt or have to work over sixty hours a week in order to afford an Education. Two-thirds of the US college seniors who graduated in 2011 ended up in debt, with an average of over 27,000 USD per person. Reading those statistics I cannot stop thinking about those words from over 30 years ago:
“With mass education, it turned out that most people could be taught to read and write. In the same way, once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries, where you can ask any question and be given answers, you can look up something you’re interested in knowing, however silly it might seem to someone else. – Isaac Asiov”
Isaac Asimov died in 1992, but if he could see the opportunities that the Internet is giving us in the 21st century he would probably grin from ear to ear. Getting a university degree might be expensive, but there are many better options.
There are numerous websites on the Internet that now offer FREE of charge learning materials.
Now even people in dire straits can afford to be better educated than many of Harvard’s graduates; all they need is access to a computer (it does not even have to be a personal one, but for example one offered for free use by a public library).
Here is a solid list of 45 free educational websites which can help you become the best version of yourself:
– over 60 million lessons and records 1.2 million unique visitors per month
– An educational website that works with universities to get their courses on the Internet, free for you to use. Learn from over 542 courses.
– The free university of Reddit.
– Advance your education and career through project-based online classes, mainly focused around computer, data science, and mathematics.
– Free access to quite a few MIT courses that are on par with what you’d expect from MIT.
6. Open Culture
– Compendium of free learning resources, including courses, textbooks, and videos/films.
A free online education site with impressive in depth-materials on various topics.
– Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. Registration is not required
9. Khan Academy
– Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science.
– Take part in a huge variety of interesting studies of nature, science, and culture.
11. Duke U
– Duke offers a variety of free courses on iTunesU.
12. How Stuff Works?
– More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.
The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public.
This is another fantastic source of top of the range course material. Harvard Extension allows users to search for courses by professional certificate. This makes the process much less difficult if your online educational goal includes certification.
– Motivational and educational lectures from noteworthy professionals around the world.
– A non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically through the use of modeling and simulation technologies. Included in this site are instructional resources, software, interactive lessons, explorations and information about workshops for students, teachers, and learners of all ages on mathematics and science. Make sure you check Shodor Interactive – a great collection of interactive math, geometry, fractal, probability, algebra and statistics activities.
– hundreds of experts teach on Udemy every month including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, Ivy League professionals, and celebrity instructors. Courses include video, live lectures and tools to help teachers interact with students and track their progress. There are many free courses that can teach you business online, law, programming, design, mathematics, science, photography, yoga and many more.
18. Maths & Science
– Courses, tests, and learning materials about mathematics and science for students from 1 to 12 grade.
– Free courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web, provided by MIT, Harvard, Barkley, Georgetown, Boston University, University of Washington, Karolinska Institute, Kyoto University and many more.
20. iTunes U
– Apple’s free app that gives students mobile access to many courses. It offers many free video courses, books, presentations, and audio lectures.
– Owned by bestselling author Tom Woods. Offers some free courses in history and economics, but at the price of one movie ticket a month you can gain access to a lot of useful information. Not completely free, but totally worth it…
– Hundreds of free drawing lessons.
– Easy way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun and you can do it with your friends.
Another site focused on coding and app writing. Along with its high-quality courses, Code also features learning options for children.
– A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation and the rich complexity of living organisms.
26. My own business
– Offers free online business administration courses that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business.
– The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Center offers more than 80 free business online learning. Kutztown’s courses are individualized and self-paced. Many of the courses feature high-end graphics, interactive case studies, and audio streams.
28. Open Learn
– Gives you free access to Open University course materials.
The National Geographic site for kids produces free online education content for young users. For people looking for youth-friendly education, a large variety of puzzles, games, videos, and pictures keeps kids interested on this site.
30. Fun Brain
Another great option for children who wish to learn online. FunBrain focuses on games and fun puzzles for learning math and reading mainly. Its game-based approach can be of high value for kids who struggle with paying attention.
30. Academic Earth
– Free video lectures from the world’s top scholars.31. American Sign Language Browser – Teach yourself sign language online
32. BBC Languages
– Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
– Learn to hack life! Tips and tricks for improving all areas of your life.
– Hundreds of free guitar lessons as well as some basic music theory.
– Learn a new language for free while helping to translate the web.
37. Layers Magazine
– Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, In Design and After Effects tutorials.
38. Creative Flow
– list of OVER 950 Photoshop tutorials to keep your skillset up to date.
– Open2Study delivers free, high-quality education online. You can study subjects with real value, and in just four weeks you can learn something new, explore the next step in your career, challenge yourself or simply satisfy your curiosity. These subjects are provided by leading Australian institutions and are taught by academics and leading industry professionals who love to teach. All you need is an internet connection and the desire to study.
– Choose from over 10,000 free online classes
41. BBC Podcasts
BBC Podcasts offers various educational podcasts on different topics from finance, to sports, to current events and history.
The podcasts are less in-depth and theory-based, which makes them more accessible to the general public.
The University of London podcast page is another excellent source for free learning. While its courses are limited to podcasts, the site hosts podcasts from its own campus, as well as eleven more universities in and around London. Through a wide range of topics and lectures, this site ensures in-depth materials of high quality.
Similar to the University of London, the University of Oxford hosts many different lecture series in podcast format.
This site’s advantage is that podcasts are organized into series, which makes it easy to subscribe to multiple lectures on one topic.
LibriVox is home to thousands of audiobooks in the public domain read by volunteers from all over the world.
In its own words, the website’s objective is “to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.”
Project Gutenberg is a site where you can download more than 33,000 free e-books to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable devices.
All available e-books were digitized with the help of thousands of volunteers.
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