Below you will find a list of all the free online courses I have been able to find. If you have found any yourself which are not on the list, feel free to add them in the comments below.
Some of these sites are really Web 1.0 but who cares, right? Free education is still free, and it’s not like the answers change. Well, not often anyway.
Please note: I have tried to make sure that these links are live and that if they are not up-to-date, they redirect to something that is.
- BBC Learning
- Books and Texts
- Governmental Organisations
- Religious Studies
- Skilled Trades
Their mission is to advance excellent teaching in American schools through the development and distribution of multimedia resources for teaching and learning. They are a division of the Annenberg Foundation, which funds a wide range of programs in education and other areas. Check out their vast array of resources here.
PinkMonkey.com is a “G” rated study resource for junior high, high school, college students, teachers and home schoolers. What does PinkMonkey offer you? The World’s largest library of free online Literature Summaries, with over 460 Study Guides / Book Notes / Chapter Summaries online currently, and so much more. No more trips to the book store; no more fruitless searching for a booknote that no one ever has in stock! You’ll find it all here, online 24/7!
Sometimes you don’t understand your teacher, your textbooks make no sense, and you have to read sixteen chapters by tomorrow. SparkNotes is a resource you can turn to when you’re confuzzled. SparkNotes helps you understand books, write papers, and study for tests. Clear and concise, but never leave out important info.
School for Champions
The purpose of this website is to help you achieve your potential and become a champion in your studies, personal life, career or business. It can also allow you to help others achieve their goals.
HomeSchoolArts.com is a free visual arts lesson site dedicated to teaching the visual arts to all who would be interested. It is primarily for parents of the home-schooled, students doing distance learning, and to teach the arts to adults who want to begin a new hobby or expression in the visual arts.
Wet Canvas: Online Living for Artists
WetCanvas.com is the largest forum on the internet for visual artists. Founded in 1998, it’s home to over 11 million posts, adding about 4,000+ news posts daily. With over 800,000 members, WetCanvas is a great place to connect with other artists. Learn from step-by-step demos, get advice on tips and techniques, art supplies, how to sell your art, and more. Find art competitions, art videos, online art classes, and books.
W3Schools was originally created in 1998 by Refsnes Data, a Norwegian software development and consulting company. W3Schools…
- has focus on simplicity.
- for easy and straight-forward learning.
- uses simple code explanations with simple illustrations of how to use it.
- starts from basic level and move all the way up to professional references.
“Books are the weapons in the battle of ideas.” These were the words of William Warder Norton, who 96 years ago launched the firm that bears his name. Today, the three-person company he once ran from his living room has become the oldest and largest publishing house owned entirely by its employees. You can Fiction and Literature guides here and Non-Fiction guides here.
Physical Geography textbook
The Fundamentals of Physical Geography (2nd Edition) online textbook describes an area of knowledge within Geography known as Physical Geography. The overall purpose of this work is to teach the connected world about Physical Geography. The Fundamentals of Physical Geography online textbook contains over three hundred pages of information and more than four hundred 2-D illustrations, photographs, and animated graphics organised into ten chapters. Important key terms in the text are linked to an interactive Glossary of Terms.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalised learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle maths, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our maths missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialised content.
Thousands of sites are now linked to Purplemath, and hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the site each day. Purplemath has been listed as an online resource in such books as Cliffs Quick Review: Algebra II, has been used to supplement much online instruction, and has been used as a reference by such luminaries as Cosmos magazine.
Welcome to one of the most popular free online PreAlgebra courses on the Web. These are times of rapid change, and this study program is changing with those times. Read more about this course by clicking this link.
The BBC has archived its learning portal, which means it is no longer updated. Still, there is some good stuff to read and may give you an idea of what you want to study somewhere else.
Books and Texts
eBooks and Texts
The Internet Archive offers over 15,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 550,000 modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account.
Wikibooks – Open books for an open world
Wikibooks is a Wikimedia project for collaboratively writing open-content textbooks that anyone, including you, can edit right now by clicking on the edit link that appears near the top of each Wikibooks page. Wikibooks has two sub-projects; Wikijunior which is aimed at children and the Cookbook which is our collection of recipes and culinary topics.
My Own Business Institute
My Own Business Institute is the world’s leading provider of FREE online education for entrepreneurs. Our popular, FREE online courses teach new entrepreneurs how to start a business and experienced entrepreneurs how to grow a business. Through video, audio, and text, our online students learn how to pick a business, how to finance it, how to build clientele, and how to create a successful team. MOBI students come from all over the world and represent every kind of business imaginable.
Investopedia helps you understand complex financial concepts, improve your investing skills, and learn how to manage your money. Whether you’re in a classroom, a boardroom or your living room, our editors and network of financial advisors and experts have answered your questions and proudly earned your trust since 1999. Investopedia is a Dotdash brand and part of the IAC family of websites.
Google Books is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database
Free Online Courses
Google is an American multinational corporation specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include search, cloud computing, software, and online advertising technologies. Most of its profits are derived from AdWords. Check out courses from Google here, which are on the Class Central platform.
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business. As far as I can tell, all the courses are free and come with a PDF version so you can download them and read at your own leisure.
USALearning® Online Training
USALearning® provides online training to government employees, contractors and military personnel. With many offerings in Web-based learning and development courses, we strive to be your number one solution for accessing government-wide mandated training.
Project Gutenberg offers over 58,000 free eBooks. Choose among free ePub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitised and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
The Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute has grown from a storefront in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, to the world’s most influential school for journalists. Poynter is an instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens. They serve not only 21st-century democracies, but those in corners of the globe where people who honour freedom and self-government struggle against tyrants and autocrats. Scroll down the page and you will find the catalogue. Click on ‘Free’ and there are the courses.
Word2Word Language Courses
This site is dedicated to breaking down of language barriers and assisting the users who have the desire to learn a language, a need to communicate between languages, and for those who work with languages as a profession. Language students should only be using online resources in accordance with the rules and regulations set down by their schools, teachers and parents.
Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, we built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. The world of open education has exploded since then, so today our curated lists of online courses are hand selected by our staff to show you the very best offerings by subject area. We also make sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, we bring the amazing world of academia to you for free.
Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. It is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free online, at any subject level. Through our mission we are a catalyst for positive social change, creating opportunity, prosperity, and equality for everyone.
Aquent Gymnasium offers free online courses for digital, creative, and communications professionals to equip them with in-demand skills and advance their careers. Why free? Lifelong learning is central to Aquent’s cultural values and finds its way into almost all of their business strategies. Because they have always known that there is a clear connection between learning and career advancement, Gymnasium was created to serve both their talent and their clients in meeting the demand for skilled professionals. To date, hundreds of newly-certified professionals have been placed in roles with their clients.
Class Central is a search engine and reviews site for free online courses popularly known as MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. You can find 75 free writing courses here as well. And here you can find Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of all time.
Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. Explore 1600+ online courses from top universities. Join Coursera today to learn data science, programming, business strategy, and more. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a shareable electronic Course Certificate.
Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.
FutureLearn offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. They believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so their courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas. Click the banner below to see what FutureLearn has to offer for entrepreneurs. Then feel free to look around other areas of the site.
Not really a MOOC but I thought it went best in this category. The GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.
iTunes U provides everything an instructor needs to bring the classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and your own materials, collect and grade assignments, start class discussions or talk with students to answer questions and provide feedback. iTunes U also allows anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to learn from a large collection of free education content in public courses from leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions.
Librarian Chick does pretty much what it says on the tin. A huge amount of categories with everything free or free with a sign-up. It’s a bit old and I’m not sure how many links are no longer working, but the few I clicked worked so well worth checking out.
MongoDB is the leading modern, general purpose database platform, designed to unleash the power of software and data for developers and the applications they build. Headquartered in New York, with offices across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, they are close to where you do business. MongoDB has more than 6,600 customers in more than 100 countries. The MongoDB database platform has been downloaded over 40 million times and there have been more than 1 million MongoDB University registrations.
Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments.
Get 1,300 free online courses from the world’s leading universities – Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player. Over 45,000 hours of free audio & video lectures, await you now.
Open Education Database
Anyone can access OpenCourseWare online, whether they are a registered student or not. While participants do not receive certification or credit for the work, it provides the opportunity to take free college courses online on any topic desired, better preparing them for an eventual degree, or offering the chance for continued learning and professional development.
Meaningful learning happens when students are inspired, excited, challenged, and motivated by a genuine love for something, not grades. At OpenLearning, they are revolutionising online learning to be a social and engaging experience for students. Their goal is to help others across the world to create these experiences for students everywhere.
These are free, online courses that the P2PU community uses to facilitate learning circles. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can add an online course to the database or create your own!
Their mission is to democratize education through the offering of world-class higher education opportunities that are accessible, flexible, and economical. Virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection and a commitment to self-empowerment through learning can come to Udacity, master a suite of job-ready skills, and pursue rewarding employment. Udacity offers free and ‘Nanodegree’ programs.
The leading global marketplace for learning and instruction. By connecting students all over the world to the best instructors, Udemy is helping individuals reach their goals and pursue their dreams. Check out their courses here.
University of Reddit
Welcome to the University of Reddit, a place for redditors to teach redditors.
AMES International School of Ministry
The free program is primarily for students from third world countries and those living below the poverty level, therefore they can not afford the minimum payment of $20 per course. You can take the courses totally for free without credit or pay an administrative fee of only $20.00 per course, Which is only $440 for the entire 22 course program. You can switch to the accredited program at anytime…. Any free courses taken will become accredited when you pay.
Bible Study Lessons
These free online Bible study courses, lessons, and commentaries will guide your understanding of God, Jesus Christ, the church, salvation, worship, and true religion. Each Bible lesson, course, and workbook is a free study of the gospel of Jesus Christ, forgiveness, Christian living, and the meaning of life. Made available by David E. Pratte.
The vision that drives BiblicalTraining is twofold. The first part of the dream is that every Christian should be educated and equipped for the fullest use of their spiritual gifts in serving others for Christ’s sake. The second part of the dream is that Christian education up to seminary standard should be available free to anyone who can work a computer.
Jewish Interactive Studies
In keeping with the educational goals of Jewish Interactive Studies, this course is being offered to Jewish people of all levels of Jewish learning. I doubt you have to actually be Jewish. I am sure they would be more than happy to have anyone who is interested in Judaism take the course. There are no charges for taking this course.
Trinity School Free Christian Apologetics Online Courses
This website has specialised in offering totally free courses of all types for two decades now. They started it because people worldwide were demanding for online schools where free bible study lessons are made available.
This site gives you all the information you need to get you started with welding. Obviously, it doesn’t have a practical aspect to it, but applying for a welding apprenticeship showing that you have done your research is never going to be a drawback.
This course is written with the intention of starting you on the correct road to becoming a good auto mechanic. In it we describe the different parts of the automotive system and how they operate together to make the system run the way it should.
Carnegie Mellon University
The Open Learning Initiative. These courses are meant for Independent Learners i.e. students who don’t have a teacher and a Course Key. Courses are self-paced and self-guided. No instructors will monitor your progress. OLI doesn’t grant scores or credit for completion.
Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard has the largest financial endowment of any academic institution in the world, standing at $30 billion as of September 2012. Its history, influence and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Class Central is offering over 150 Harvard courses here. Harvard also has a portal on edx.org. You can find it here.
Kyoto Open Courseware
This site is involved in making course materials available through an open content license. EduCommons’ goals are to provide free, searchable, access to course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world, to catalyse the growth of communities of learners, and to extend the reach and impact of the OpenCourseWare concept.
Midway University is a leader in providing educational opportunities for men and women who wish to continue their education. The main campus provides a unique learning, living opportunity for students seeking their undergraduate degrees. Midway also offers undergraduate and graduate programs in an accelerated format where students attend classes in the evening or online. Graduate tuition starts at $6,870.
Midway University has long been known for its excellence throughout Kentucky and beyond in the program areas of Business, Equine Studies, Nursing/Healthcare, and Teacher Education. With more than 30 majors and areas of concentrations, our programs are matched with the work force needs of the region and are applicable to many business segments. The University is approved to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts known traditionally for research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, and more. These courses are on the Class Central platform. OCW makes the materials used in the teaching of MIT’s subjects available on the Web. Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required.
These courses have been archived in OCW’s [email protected] repository for long-term access and preservation. In most cases, an archived course is an older version which has been replaced on the OCW site by a more recent version with the same (or similar) course number and title.
With The Open University you can study whenever and wherever you choose. We have students in over 128 countries, and a global reputation as a pioneer in the field of flexible learning. Our flexible teaching also means, if you travel often or need to relocate, you can continue to study wherever you go. Here are all the free courses available.
Open Universities Australia
At Open Universities Australia, they believe quality education should be available to everyone, from anywhere, regardless of previous study experience. Originally founded in 1993 as Open Learning Australia, they have apparently stayed true to their core belief that education has the power to transform lives and should be accessible to all. They want to empower students with more choice and the guidance to find the best fit.
University of Pennsylvania
The Online Books Page was founded, and is edited, by John Mark Ockerbloom, He is a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. He is responsible for the content of the site. Alison Miner is Associate Editor. The site is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, who provide the server, disk space, and network bandwidth for the site. They also employ the editor, and support him in his various digital library activities (of which this is but one).
University of the People
University of the People is tuition-free, which means there is no charge for teaching or instruction.UoPeople charges only an application fee and an Assessment Fee per course completed. For those who cannot afford these fees, scholarships are available to help support their studies.
You can earn tuition-free* college credit for over thirty Saylor Academy courses. That’s up to 97 credit hours — over three years of college coursework — for zero tuition. How is this possible? Saylor Direct Credit courses have earned a recommendation for credit from outside agencies whose recommendations are considered by hundreds of accredited colleges and universities in the United States.
Even better, they work with over a dozen partner schools to guarantee college credit. Their courses are online, self-paced, and available 24/7. There are no fees for learning materials, no due dates, and no way to fall behind. They have helped our students save hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition, with average savings of over $2,000 per student — naturally, the more courses you transfer, the more you will save.
Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private research university in Stanford, California in the northwestern Silicon Valley near Palo Alto. It is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. There are over 170 Stanford University courses on offer here.
University of Washington
Some of these courses are free and some charge a fee, which typically allows you to access additional features and/or earn a certification that you can use to demonstrate your accomplishment.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writing Center helps undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines become more effective, more confident writers. We believe that writing is a powerful tool not only for communicating existing ideas but also for discovering new ones; that learning to write is a life-long process; and that all writers benefit from sharing work in progress with knowledgeable, attentive readers.
Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are provided. Yale University now distributes all its courses through Coursera. Please click on this link.