Online education has come a long way in a short time. It’s making knowledge accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Hundreds of courses are now available from dozens of the world’s best universities and professors. There’s even an acronym for massive open online courses that’s gone mainstream: MOOCs. Freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and study it on your own timetable. More and more people are interested in online courses and lectures every year. The four major MOOC platforms (Coursera, edX, Udacity and Udemy) have attracted at least 4 million sign-ups to date.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Here I made a list of the best online education resources. It mainly includes the websites offering online coursesand lectures, university programs and initiatives, and couple of skill improvement and webdev/coding educational resources that I’ve enjoyed recently. Most of them are completely free. And all the paid ones give even more mobile, personal and social approach that makes learning experience more streamlined and intuitive.
Hope you find something interesting for yourself!
1. Online courses in a range of topics
Class Central is a free online course aka MOOC aggregator from top universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc. offered via Coursera, Udacity, edX, Canvas Network, & others.
Udacity offer accessible, affordable, engaging classes for online higher education. If you’re a high school student looking to get ahead before going to college, you will have the chance to take college-level courses your school doesn’t even have. Udacity’s course designers understand and take advantage of the course is running in a web browser.
Coursera partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. It provides courses in a range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others.
Udemy is the world’s largest destination for online courses. Discover an online course on Udemy.com and start learning a new skill today.
Lore (ex-Coursekit) is a tool that lets teachers and educators create mini social networks around individual courses and lectures. It’s a platform for learning and a venue for education that allows you to explore.
2. Skill improvement
Lynda.com helps to improve your software, creative, and business skills providing high-quality, professional video production and engaging instructors, carefully chosen for their expertise.
Skillshare is a global community centered around creativity, collaboration and learning by doing. People teach offline, in-person classes in their local communities as well as online, global classes that can be taken from around the world.
DIY (Do It Yourself) is a community where young people become Makers. They discover new Skills, make projects in the real world, and share their work online to inspire and learn from each other.
Tutsplus provide an access to your very own library of courses, tutorials and eBooks, available whenever you need them. Good way to start getting better at the skills you care about.
3. Online lectures and tutorials
iTunes U gives educators an easy way to design complete courses with audio, video, and other content and distribute them through the iTunes U app.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is where the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather to share ideas worth spreading for free, in videos.
Khanacademy offers an extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with access to the web.
OEdb offers free online courses from the world’s leading universities. This collection includes over 10,100 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Download these audio & video courses straight to your computer or mp3 player.
Academic Earth aims to offer everyone with the opportunity to earn a world-class education by providing free online classes and online learning tools.
Saylor.org is known for its emphasis on finding, vetting, and assembling openly available texts and resources into courses providing free and open courses on your schedule.
4. List of online classes from various universities
- EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web.
- Stanford iTunes U contains a comprehensive online audio and video collection from Stanford University.
- Venture Lab offers free online classes from top Universities and educational institutes in the world.
- MIT Open Courseware is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
- Harvard Open Courses: Open Learning Initiative is featuring Harvard faculty, the noncredit courses are open to the public. You do not need to register to view the lecture videos.
- UMass Boston Open Courseware is a free and open repository of educational materials originating from courses taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
- Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Integration of questions, hints, and feedback with the actual learning materials is a huge advantage. Carnegie Mellon University spent anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million for each course to write the software, which includes a course builder program for instructors and a system of feedback loops that send student learning data to the instructor, the student and the course design team.
- Tufts Open Courseware is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world.
- MathTV provides math videos and online books based on math and algebra texts by Charles P. McKeague published by XYZ Textbooks.
5. Coding & Web Development educational resources
Codecademy is a free easy way to start coding. It’s interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.
Codeschool is an online learning platform that teaches a variety of programming and web design skills from beginner to advanced levels. It offers a new way of learning by combining video, coding in the browser, and gamification to make learning a new technology fun.
Learnable is a growing library of online books and online courses tailored to the specific needs of web designers and developers. Whether you’re just starting out, or seasoned pro looking to brush up on the next hot language, Learnable’s got you covered. Offers various materials on PHP, Ruby, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Design, iOS and more.