Collections of online courses and resources

Last updated: April 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

This is an alphabetical list of places where you can find collections of online courses and resources (ebooks, screencasts, games, videos) as well as people – on many different topics – academic and general – mostly for free!
Tools marked with a  appear on the Top Tools for Learning 2019


Academic Earth – Online college courses from the world’s top universities


Alison
Online courses from the world’s top publishers
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 176
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/alison


Answers – Questions and answers about everything


Audible
Audio books from Amazon
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 
2019: 61
See more www.toptools4learning.com/audible/


Big Think – A global forum connecting people and ideas.


Blinkist
Key insights from bestselling nonfiction books, transformed into powerful packs you can read or listen to in just 15 minutes
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 138 
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/blinkist/


BrightStorm – Video lessons for students


Canvas Network – Open, online courses from colleges, universities, and organizations worldwide


Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Institute (OLI) – Online courses for anyone who wants to learn or teach.


Codecademy – Learn to code for free
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 121
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/codecademy/


CosmoLearning – A free educational website for teachers and students


Course Hero – Course Hero offers crowd-sourced study documents, expert tutors and customizable flashcards, accessible anywhere, at any time.


Coursera – The world’s best online courses
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 53
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/coursera/


Curious – Lifelong learning platform


E-Books Directory – A daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet.


Educator – Scholastic lecture video archives


edX – Online courses from the world’s best universities
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 101
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/edx/


eHow – How to do just about everything


E-Learning MarketPlace – A place to compare, buy and sell e-learning courses.


Encyclopdia.com – Verified facts, information, and biographies from trusted sources


Free and Affordable Distance Education – Tutorials, courses, tests, test prep


Free Book Center – Links to thousands of free online technical books.


FutureLearn – Online courses from top universities and specialist organisation
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 103
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/futurelearn/


getAbstract
Two- and five-page summaries of the world’s best business books, articles, videos and economic reports. Upskill in 10 minutes or less
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 116
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/getabstract/


GCF Learn Free – Learn and develop the skills needed to advance in work and life.


Gresham College Free Public Lectures – Over 1,900 lectures available recorded lat Gresham College


HBX – Online business courses from Harvard Business School


Highbrow
Bite-sized email courses delivered daily
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 158
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/highbrow/


Hippocampus – Free educational resources from middle school to college


Howcast – How-to videos


How stuff works -Online reference tool


HowToDoThings – A collection of people and informative articles dedicated to solving life’s everyday problems.


HubPages – HubPages is a network of sites where people write about their passions!.


infoplease – All the knowledge you need


Instructables – Let’s make …


iTunesU
Using an iPhone or Pad, learn from the world’s largest collection of free education content


iVersity – Take free courses from inspiring experts!


John Locker – Documentaries and educational videos


Khan Academy
A classroom for the world
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 173 
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/khan-academy/


LearnOutLoud  – Free Audio & Video Directory offers a selection of over 10,000 free educational audio and video titles


LearnThat – Free tutorials and free courses


LinkedInLearning (Lynda)
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 
2019: 13
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/lynda/


Mind Tools
Mind Tools resources help you learn more than 2800 management, leadership and personal effectiveness skills. Exclusive content, produced by experts in their field. Most resources are designed to be mastered in 10 minutes or less.
Cost: Payment plans. |. Availability: Online
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 151
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/mindtools/


MindZeit – Helping you develop through multimedia


MIT OpenCourseWare – OCW makes the materials used in the teaching of MIT’s subjects available on the Web.


MonkeySee – Watch. Learn. Do


Moving Image Archive – This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts.


Offcourse – Open source learning platform for learning and knowledge sharing. It’s a place where you can collect links to the best online resources for your learning goals and share it with the community.


OpenCampus – The largest resource library for professional certifications courses.


OpenLearn – Free access to Open University course materials


Open Of Course – A selection of free online courses and tutorials The focus is on educational information where people can benefit of in daily life.


OpenStax College – Discover learning materials in an Open Space.


Open Yale – Provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University

Pluralsight
Online technology courses
Ranking on the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 156
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/pluralsight/


Questia – With more than 83,000 academic books and more than 10 million articles from more than a thousand of the world’s leading publishers, Questia offers quality sources selected by librarians and approved by professors, many of them peer-reviewed!


Refdesk – Fact checker for the Internet


Reference.com – A multi-source encyclopedia search service


SafetySkills – Experience all the benefits of a comprehensive workplace EHS and HR training programs for a fraction of the cost of traditional training


School of Everything – Whether it’s a new language, a musical instrument or rocket science – learn new things and get really clever.


SchoolTube – The Best Videos from Students and Teachers Everywhere


Scribl – Free serialized audio books, delivered on your schedule – by podcasts


Shmoop – Everything you wanted to know about … everything


Skillshare – Learn from creative professionals and companies


Slideshare
Shared presentation slidesets
Ranking on the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 89
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/slideshare/


Snapguide – Discover and create how-to guides on all your favorite topics.


Sophia – Content for eight courses is now available online for free through the Sofia open content initiative


Stitcher – Listen to over 65,000+ radio shows and podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android or PC – anytime, anywhere.

Soundcloud
Podcasts and other shared sound files
Ranking on the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 114
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/soundcloud/


SoYouWanna.net – Teaches you how to do all the things nobody taught you in school


TakeLessons – Search thousands of teachers for local and online lessons


TeacherTube – Safe educational video collection


TED Talks
Ideas worth spreading. Videos of inspiring people at TED events
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 24 
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/ted-talks-ted-ed/


The Great Courses Plus – Stream thousands of videos on Science, History, Travel, Health & Wellness, Professional Development, Photography, Cooking, and much more!


The Library Infinite – Choose an archetype and you will be shown free software and web sites specifically chosen for your interest

ThoughtCo – Learn something new everyday


Udacity
A large variety of technology and computing courses
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 115
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/udacity


Udemy
Platform or marketplace for online learning
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 29
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/udemy/


University of the People – Tuition-free, online academic institution


U-Now – University of Nottingham’s formal open courseware initiative


Video Jug – The home of how-to videos


Vimeo
Discover top-notch videos, creators, and collections related to your interests, hand-selected by our 100-percent-human curation team.
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 66
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/vimeo/


Vision2Learn – A range of flexible and convenient nationally accredited e-learning courses.


WatchLearnKnow – Free educational videos. Organised


Webucator – Courses on business and technical skills advanced technical skills


WikiHow – Trying to help everyone on the planet learn how to do anything


Wikiversity – A community for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities


Wyzant – Features 90,000+ free resources created by the largest network of private tutors on the web.


Yahoo Answers – Ask, answer and/or discover


YouTube
Videos on everything under the sun
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 1
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/youtube/