- Khan Academy:
Khan Academy certainly has youth appeal with its avatars and ability to earn badges, but it is also an extremely viable option for adults wanting to improve their technical skills, or learn about subjects such as entrepreneurship.
Coursera has partnered with museums, universities, and other institutions to offer students free classes on an astounding variety of topics. Students can browse the list of available topics or simply answer the question "What would you like to learn about?", then when they answer that question they are led to a list of available courses on that topic. Students who are nervous about getting in over their heads can relax.
Coursera provides plenty of information about each class. This includes:
• A course syllabus.
• Course format.
• Recommended background and experience.
• Materials needed.
• Course at a glance information.
• Students who finish a course may often receive a statement of accomplishment from the instructor.
3. W3 Schools
We Schools is a free eLearning website that is dedicated to teaching students the various aspects of web design. Students select what they want to learn from a variety of choices including:
For each concept that students wish to master, they go through a variety of online tutorials, take tests, and ultimately complete each course. Students can take a final test to prove their mastery, and if they pay an extra fee receive a certificate of completion.
Who hasn't listened to a Ted Talk that was shared on Facebook or other social media sites? Here's the thing; Ted-Ed is full of educational videos on a variety of general education topics that can be accessed for free. Not only are there motivational speakers on Ted, there are also topical videos, often less than ten minutes each that are full of important information.
One of the most exciting developments in the tech world is the number of people who are learning to write code. Codecademy allows students to select their goal/learning objective and then recommends the proper course for that student.
Codecademy works because it makes coding accessible to any interested student, provides practical recommendations for students who want to learn how to code but don't understand how these new skill might apply to their current job.
6. Open Culture
Open Culture is a website where free online educational opportunities are curated. Learners can sign up to take classes on a variety of subjects that are offered by a variety of colleges and universities. This website is designed to give students of any age access to online learning and even internet based certification programs.
7. Open Yale courses
There's an obvious attraction to taking free online classes from Yale. After all, who wouldn't want to learn something from an Ivy League instructor?
Open Yale works because it gives almost any curious person the chance to take courses led by Yale instructors.
Unlike the previous sites on this lists, Alison is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses. A great option if users need certification for their learning, Alison also offers school curriculum courses.
9. iTunesU Free Courses - Download app -- FREE
A very convenient place for free online education is iTunesU, because it integrates seamlessly with your iPod, or any app-ready Apple mobile device. On iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, users download the iTunesU app. Desktop users can access iTunesU on the upper right hand corner of the iTunes Store. iTunesU is also convenient because the store is categorized much like iTunes. Users can search learning materials in many different ways, including genre and topic. However, courses are often a mix of free podcasts or videos, and paid content. ITunesU does include courses on a pretty wide scope of topics, but does not integrate with Android, Google or Windows mobile devices.
10. MIT OpenCourseWare
Similarly, MIT offers a variety of free courses. The school has a comparable number of courses to the schools above, plus includes very in-depth course materials on the subjects available. MIT also offers free RSS feeds, a convenient way to continue learning.
11. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
Carnegie Mellon’s free online education site is comparable with the other school’s on this list, however, Open Learning Initiative also covers a smaller range of topics. But for the topics that are covered impressive, in-depth material is available.
Another impressive free online education site offering ease of use and convenience is Memrise. Available both on desktop and as an app, Memrise is a particularly powerful tool if you are studying a language. The site encompasses many other topics as well, though some of the course material is user generated content. Part of what makes Memrise speacial is their integration of games into the learning materials, mixing learning with entertainment.
14. National Geographic Kids
The kids site for National Geographic is another site that makes free online education applicable for younger users. For those looking for kid friendly education, a large variety of games, puzzles, videos and photos keeps kids interested on this site. National Geographic Kids doesn’t organize learning into courses, making materials available by topic and medium instead. This makes National Geographic Kids a good option for those looking for a more casual learning environment.
15. Fun Brain
Fun Brain is another good option for kids who want to learn online, but focuses on games and fun puzzles. Particularly focused on math and reading, Fun Brain’s game based approach can be valuable if the child in question struggles to pay attention. Fun Brain offers rewards and challenges as well, and is another site aimed at a casual learning experience for kids K-8.
Similar to the sites for kids free online education is Whyville a destination for preteen online learning. The site includes a variety of social features, with a focus on learning materials geared for young teens. Whyville also mixes in educational games, to make the site a well rounded option for kids too old for simple games, but too young for heavy reading based material.
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