Too many people around the world do not have access to high quality educational materials, or are forced to learn through a system that doesn’t allow them to learn at their own pace. However nowadays, thanks to the Internet, we have lot of online resources to learn new things every day wherever we are. What is more, most of them are really valuable sites with very high quality content. With the information available online, you could probably get a complete education without ever leaving your house.
In this opportunity I will share with you my collection of favorite online learning resources. With more than 45 links, it is one of the most complete collections of this type in the blogosphere. I hope you find them valuable.
Khan Academy: This is one of the most popular online learning initiatives. It is simple, free world-class education for anyone anywhere!
edX: A global community committed to bringing quality education to everyone across the globe through an innovative MOOC platform, founded by Harvard University & MIT.
Coursera: Coursera empowers people to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in with education.
Udemy: One of the largest destination for on-demand, online courses.
Udacity: Udacity offers accessible, affordable, interactive online courses that seek to empower our students to advance not just their education but their careers in technology.
OpenCourseWare Consortium: A worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education.
MIT OpenCourseWare: Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required!
Stanford Online: Stanford Online is the hub for innovative and creative advances in online learning. The goal is to define the features of the next generation of online courses.
TED and TED-Ed: TED believes passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas.
Miríada X: Learn with free online courses from several Ibero-American universities.
Acámica: Latin-American initiative for online learning. Change your life in Acámica.
Academic Earth: Academic Earth believes everyone deserves access to a world-class education. It offers a comprehensive collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities.
Open Culture: Free cultural & educational media on the web. Features free courses, movies, audio books, eBooks & thought-provoking daily posts.
University of the People: UoPeople is the world’s non-profit, tuition-free, degree-granting online University dedicated to opening access to higher education worldwide.
SkillAcademy: Advance your career with the best free online courses. It’s Fast, Friendly and Free.
OEDb: Open Education Database is the most comprehensive collection of online college rankings and free courses anywhere online.
Canvas Network: Canvas Network is an index of open online courses from Ivy Leagues to community colleges. Anyone can sign up to take a course for free!
P2PU: Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements.
Open2Study: It is free, high-quality online education for everyone! You just need a web connection and the desire to study.
FutureLearn: Enjoy learning for life with free, online courses from top UK and international universities. Learn anytime, anywhere.
VideoLectures.NET: Free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events from many fields of Science.
Teaching Tree: TeachingTree provides online lectures organized for easier search and faster access.
CK-12 Foundation: CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit that creates and aggregates high quality curated STEM content.
Iversity: It brings higher education into the digital age. With their courses, online-teaching becomes interactive, social and accessible around the globe.
European Schoolnet Academy: You can benefit from the online professional development courses to learn about innovation in the school and classroom, and enhance your teaching practice.
NovoEd: An online social learning environment for experiential learning.
TNW Academy: Online classes with well known professionals. Learn from them, ask them questions and get TNW certified!
Lynda.com: An online learning company that helps anyone learn software, business, and design skills to achieve personal and professional goals.
Skillshare: Learn Real-World Skills from Incredible Teachers. Project-Based Classes, Anytime, Anywhere.
Coding / Technical-only
Do not just download Apps… Build them! Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. If you would like to learn to code, here you have some very useful resources to start:
Microsoft Virtual Academy: MVA provides free online training of Microsoft Technologies through courses designed by industry experts.
Channel 9: Channel 9 keeps you up to date with videos from people behind the scenes building products at Microsoft. Free and no registration needed!
Codeacademy: Codecademy is the easiest way for you to learn how to code. Learn to code interactively, for free.
Code Schools: Code School teaches web technologies in the comfort of your browser with video lessons, coding challenges, and screencasts.
LearnStreet: LearnStreet is a prominent, award-winning ed-tech startup focused on teaching people across the globe in-demand coding skills to become more employable.
Tuts+: Tuts+ teaches creative and technical skills to millions of people worldwide, on topics such as design, development, photography, video, computing, and craft.
Pluralsight: Pluralsight is the global leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers and IT pros.
Mejorando.la: Online platform named “Platzi”, it is based on community learning.
Treehouse: Learn how to build websites & apps, write code or start a business.
BBC Learning English: Share, learn, and enjoy English with the BBC! They produce topical multimedia content for people all over the world who want to speak English for fun, work, or study.
Livemocha: One of the largest online language learning community. Free online language learning with lessons, courses and other language-learning activities. Livemocha is committed to creating a world in which every human being is fluent in multiple languages.
Learn English – British Council: Learn English online with the help of this free website from the British Council with games, stories, listening activities and grammar exercises.
Duolingo: Learning languages in Duolingo is completely free – now and forever – with no ads or hidden fees!
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Do you like the collection? I have an updated list with all of their Twitter users available in my profile.