No one ever stops learning. “Knowledge is power,” after all – but sometimes it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. Or you have something in mind but don’t know where to start. I combed through dozens of bookmarks and sites which collected links, removed links which no longer work, and organized everything into one easy-to-read post.
This is a list of sites where you can learn whatever you want. Free courses, low-cost certificate programs, free books, and more. You can finish some things in minutes, and others may take months.
- Code Academy
- Coursera (some courses may stop being available, but you can download them)
- Future Learning
- Harvard Open Learning
- Khan Academy
- Mashable article on 45 free classes (alternative link here)
- MIT Open Courses
- Open Yale Courses – Includes videos, transcripts, and supplemental material.
- Open Culture certificate courses – Links to various free courses from Johns Hopkins University and more.
- Open Culture non-certificate courses – Some of these are just videos/podcasts on iTunes or Youtube, but still has good content. Includes some Open Yale courses.
- Social Media Training
- Stanford Online
- Udacity – Learn Java, how to create Android apps, and more. Some courses are free, some aren’t.
- Udemy – Some courses are free and others aren’t. Some of the paid courses are really cheap though ($20 or less) and there are occasional sales/coupons you can take advantage of.
- World Science U
Free textbooks and literature:
- Amazon – Free books from the public domain.
- Bartleby – Harvard Classics and more.
- Classic Literature Library – Organizes classics into collections. Also includes thousands of recipes.
- Classic Reader
- DailyLit – Serialized fiction and more.
- Digital Public Library of America
- FeedBooks – Free books from the public domain.
- Project Gutenberg – Offers 50,000+ free ebooks.
- Internet Archive and Open Library – Millions of texts in multiple languages.
- Literature Network
- LoyalBooks – Public domain books.
- ManyBooks – Contains books from Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive, sometimes with more choices for file formats.
- MET Museum – Free art PDFs.
- Open Culture – Has links to 150+ textbooks.
- UC Press – Includes 700+ books from 1982 to 2004.
- Reddit post with a bunch of links and information
- ASAP Science
- Big Think
- Discovery News
- Minute Physics
- MIT Video
- NASA Video
- PHD TV
- TED Talks and TED ED
- Internet Archive – Over 2 million videos, including public domain movies.
- VideoNeat – Documentaries, lectures, and movies.
Language learning and miscellaneous
- Ctrl+Paint – Learn about digital painting and Photoshop (the free alternative is GIMP)
- DrawMixPaint – Free courses on drawing and painting.
- DrawSpace – Free courses on drawing and painting.
- Duolingo – Learn a language!
- Europeana – Over 53 million digitized artworks, books, videos, and more.
- Forvo – Collects pronunciations for “all the words in the world.”
- Justin Guitar – Over 900 free guitar lessons.
- Language Community – Tumblr with links to information.
- LibriVox – Public domain audiobooks.
- LMMS – Create music for free. For Mac and Linux you could use Ardour.
- Meetup – Depending on your local area, you can sometimes find free classes and workshops.
- Mint – Figure out a budget for yourself, develop goals, and track where your money goes.
- Omniglot – Phrases in multiple languages, and more.
All information is current as of June 2016.
Is there something I should add? Let me know – comment below!