Find out about anything and everything

This is a page of the Directory of Learning & Performance Tools

This is an alphabetical list of over 200 websites which provide information and/or instruction about a wide range of subjects – mostly for FREE. The websites cover a wide range of informational and educational topics and include general reference resources, how-to guides, wikis, how-to videos, podcasts, courses, lessons, tutorials (including open courseware), e-books as well as other reference resources and places to ask questions both online and on your mobile.  The resources are suitable for learners of all ages: students as well as workplace learners and lifelong learners – as well as teachers, educators and trainers. [If you would like to submit a site for this Directory, please use this form.]
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  1. Adrian Bruce’s Educational teaching resources: reading games, maths games, etc for kids

  2. Alison - free global learning experience

  3. About.com - Guidance, not guesswork. 750 experts to help you

  4. About.U - Courses by email

  5. Academic Earth - Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars

  6. AllExperts - Ask any question! Allexperts.com is the oldest & largest free Q&A service on the Internet

  7. Answerbag - Ask questions and share your knowledge with the world

  8. Anything - Learn.Anything.Network

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  9. BBC Learning - a range of online-based courses that you can work through at your own pace

  10. Becoming human - Educational resource (with video)

  11. Big Picture - The Wellcome Trust’s Big Picture series is a free post-16 resource exploring issues around biology and medicine

  12. Big Think - a global forum connecting people and ideas.

  13. blip.tv - next generation TV network

  14. Blood Typing - Simulation/game to learn about blood typing.

  15. BrainHoney - a social learning environment where anyone can teach a lesson on any subject. Users can rank lessons and collaborate as they learn from each other.

  16. BrainPop (US) and BrainPop (UK)- creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students

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  17. Campusbug - combines social networking, online education, and e-commerce into a simple and easy-to-use online experience.

  18. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Institute (OLI) - OLI builds courses that are intended to enact instruction – or, more precisely, to enact the kind of dynamic, flexible, and responsive instruction that fosters learning.

  19. Codecademy - learn to code for free
  20. Complete works of Charles Darwin online - Largest collection of writings by and about Darwin ever published.

  21. Computer Tutor - The BBC’s guide to using a computer

  22. Connexions - A place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc.

  23. Coursefeed - The world’s top universities such as Stanford, MIT, Yale and Notre Dame have made courses free and open to the public. We’ve aggregated this learning into CourseFeed where you can study along side learners from all over the globe.

  24. Course Hero - a Social Learning Network built to provide students and key learning partners like professors a platform to share, meet and collaborate while accelerating their comprehension of course-related theories and concepts

  25. Coursera - courses from the top universities, for free. Learn from world-class professors, watch high quality lectures, achieve mastery via interactive exercises, and collaborate with a global community of students

  26. Course Smart - distributes content from these publishers of higher education materials.

  27. Crabby Office Lady Videos - Humorous videos of Office problems.

  28. Curious – Lifelong learning platform.

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  29. DailyLit - Choose the book you want to read.  It will show you the number of instalments to read it.  Then read it via email or RSS

  30. Diary of Samuel Pepys - a daily entry or a monthly summary via RSS

  31. DNA from the beginning - The science behind each concept is explained by: animation, image gallery, video interviews,  problem, biographies, and links.

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

  33. EdSurf - The online distance education learning resource for adult students

  34. Education.Podcast.com - Education podcasts from universities, colleges, students, teachers — everyone who uses podcasting to learn and to teach others

  35. Educator - Scholastic lecture video archives

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

  37. eHow - How to do just about everything

  38. Einztein Knowledge Network - Connect your favorite courses to relevant learning resources. Exchange knowledge and information with other members whose academic interests match yours. Join peers and professors in exploring the newest academic frontier:

  39. Encarta - encyclpaedia, dictionaries, atlas, etc

  40. eSchola - education network to share your knowledge, ideas, and experience with everyone

  41. Experience Project - a community of everyday people connecting anonymously through their shared life experiences & passions.

  42. Expert Village - How to videos, free video clips and more

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  43. Flat Knowledge - Free online textbooks

  44. Free and Affordable Distance Education - tutorials, courses, tests, test prep

  45. Free Book Center - thousands of free online technical books. Which Include core Computer science, networking, programming languages, Systems Programming books, Linux books,Unix Books, Databse books, Medical books, Electronics, Mathematics books, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Law Books.
  46. Free.Ed.net - The world’s largest, fastest growing, most highly regarded source of totally free education

  47. FreeSkills - over 650 free tutorials

  48. Free Tutorial For .. - Search from over 38m free tutorials

  49. FindTutorials.com - free tutorials

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  50. GCF Learn Free - The freedom to learn, what you want, when you want

  51. getDocued - links, reviews, searches and archives the best documentaries and lectures that can be found on the worldwide web

  52. Goodtyping.com - Online typing course

  53. Google Video - videos on all topics

  54. GP Practice eLearning Suite - Pay As You Learn eLearning suites could not be simpler to use, registration is free and there are no annual subscription fees.

  55. Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Better Writing - A podcast series on English grammar

  56. Graspr - The instructional video network

  57. Gresham College Lecture Archive - recorded lectures from Gresham College

  58. Grockit - Collaborate and compete with peers or learn from expert instructors.

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  59. Hippocampus - Free one-stop educational resource

  60. Howcast - How-to videos

  61. How stuff works - Online reference tool

  62. How the human brain works, New Scientist

  63. How to be a gardener - Online resource on gardening

  64. How To books - read free online books

  65. HowToDoThings - “a site that solves people’s problems”

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  66. iCue - A fun, innovative, learning environment built around video from the NBC News Archives

  67. iMinds - “Fast learning for the active mind” – short podcasts on liberal arts topics

  68. iNatomy - iPod anatomy learning resources

  69. infoplease - All the knowledge you need

  70. Instant Anatomy - A website with illustrations of the Human Body to aid the learning of Human Anatomy with diagrams, podcasts and revision questions

  71. Instructables - Make, HowTo and DIY

  72. Intel Technology Wiki - Add personal anecdotes about the effects convergent technologies have had on your life

  73. intute - Free Internet tutorials to help you learn how to get the best from the Web for your education and research.

  74. iPL - The Internet Public Library

  75. iTunes Podcasts - The iTunes Store offers more than 100,000 audio and video podcasts

  76. iTunes U - Faculty are using iTunes U to distribute digital lessons to their students, e.g Stangord, Trinity College Dublin, etc.

  77. iWise - making the world’s wisdom universally accessible and useful

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  78. John Locker - Documentaries and educational videos

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  79. Keybr - Online keyboarding lesson

  80. Khan Academy - complementing Salman’s ever-growing library with user-paced exercises–developed as an open source project–allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World.

  81. Knol - Share what you know and write a knol

  82. KnowledgeHound - The HowTo Hunter

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  83. LazyLibrary - Find books on any topic without having to worry about high page counts. If it’s over 200 pages, you won’t even see it

  84. Learn Origami Online - Search for diagrams and find out how to fold them

  85. LearnToDance - These online dance lessons will teach you the basic dance steps and styling for the dance style you choose

  86. Learn to play the piano - A video course

  87. Lectr.com - The knowledge sharing community

  88. Learner.org - Teacher resources and teacher professional development programming across the curriculum

  89. learners.org.uk - Online games and communities for adults and communities

  90. Learn Everything - Expert guidance from real people searching for the best the Internet has to offer

  91. LearnHub - the communities and experts to help you get ahead in education so you can get ahead in life!

  92. Learningfy - 1-on-1 tutorial via webcam

  93. Learning by screencast - Using screencasts to teach

  94. Learningpage - provides a huge collection of professionally produced instructional materials you can download and print. Lesson plans, books, worksheets, and much more

  95. LearnOutLoud - one-stop destination for audio and video learning (many free)

  96. LearnThat - Free tutorials and free courses

  97. LegalFlip – Learn about the law

  98. LessonBItes - Provides lessons in bite sizes (like individual tracks of a CD) so you can learn what you want

  99. LIFE: A Journey through time - Lyrical interpretation of life on Earth from its earliest beginnings to its present diversity.

  100. LitSum - Literature summaries and guides

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  101. Mahalo Answers - you can ask and answer questions on any topic

  102. MathTutor - Watch mathtutor videos on your iPod

  103. MindBites - Video instructional marketplace and publishing platform (Some free)

  104. MindZeit - helping you develop through multimedia

  105. MIT OpenCourseWare - Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT.

  106. MonkeySee - instructional video sharing site

  107. Morse Code Trainer - Test 1: Listen and guess; Test 2: Morse the letter

  108. Mosio - a site enabling you to text any question from yourphoneand have it answered by real people

  109. 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.

  110. National History Education Clearinghouse - designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom.

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  111. neoK12 - free educational videos and lessons for K-12 school kids

  112. netzspannung.org - an eTeaching platform for Media Arts & Electronic Culture

  113. Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci - Read a page a day using your RSS reader

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  114. Office Word 2003 demos - Screencasts of how to carry out Word tasks in Word 2007 (Others available for other MS Office products)

  115. Open2.net - the online learning portal from The Open University and the BBC.

  116. OpenAcademy -  Lecture videos and course materials from top universities and scholars

  117. OpenLearn - free access to Open University course materials.

  118. Open Of Course - your education when you need it and how you need it. Free for you to use, edit and redistribute

  119. Open Yale - provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.

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  120. Peacemaker - Challenges you to succeed as a leader where others have failed

  121. Periodic Table of Elements - Interactive Web 2.0 periodic table with dynamic layouts showing names, electrons, oxidation, trend visualization, orbitals, isotopes, search.

  122. Periodic Table of Videos - Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century – but this modern version has a short video about each one.

  123. Peter’s Online Typing Course - A set of free online typing lessons and typing exercises for beginning typists

  124. Physics Games - Online Physics based games

  125. Podcast Alley - Featuring the best Podcast Directory and the Top 10 podcasts, as voted on by the listeners.

  126. PodcastDirectory - This education podcast database has been constructed and is maintained by David Noble

  127. Podictionary - Podictionary is the audio word-a-day.  For a couple of minutes Charles Hodgson discusses the unexpected history of words you thought you already knew

  128. Podiobooks - Free serialized audio books, delivered on your schedule – by podcasts

  129. ProjectExplorer - Features free virtual fieldtrips for the k-12 classroom with over 175 short videos, lesson plans, blogs, and encyclopedia-style research

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  130. Questia - trusted online research

  131. Questioon - a social utility enabling you to pose questions to Google or Real People.

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  132. Rapid Typing Zone - Typing tutor, typing games and tests

  133. Refdesk - Fact checker for the Internet

  134. Reference.com - a multi-source encyclopedia search service

  135. Research Channel - 3,500 video titles available

  136. (The) Resistors - The use of interactive 3D technology to present a number of science equipment and experiments in an immersive way

  137. Rocket Science 101 - Interactive demo of rockets

  138. Rota Period - A new way at looking at the periodic table

  139. Rouxbe - Videos on how to create cooking recipes

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  140. SafetySkills - free courses making it easy for small businesses to provide critical occupational health and safety training, without requiring an up-front investment.

  141. School of Everything - a community of people teaching and learning.

  142. SchoolTube - provides students and educators a safe, world class, and FREE media sharing website that is nationally endorsed by premier education associations

  143. Schoox - a Knowledge Society whose members share and manage knowledge through publishing and attending online courses, organizing web meetings, participating in groups and placing questions and answers.

  144. Scitable - free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group

  145. Sclipo - helps you to teach and learn just about everything, from technology to languages or cooking, and connects you with people of common interests

  146. Showmehowtoplay - Free music lessons

  147. ShowMeNow - Packed with illustrated step-by-step tutorials, it is a witty, irreverent reference that teaches you life’s most essential skills

  148. Shvoong - User-generated summary site of anything from books, blogs. films and articles

  149. SitesALIVE - Skipper/teacher Rich Wilson shares his voyages as he sails across the world

  150. Skillshare - learn anything from anyone

  151. smart.fm - the place you go to learn

  152. SmartHistory - This site is being developed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the static traditional Western art history textbook (Winner Webby 2009 Education award)

  153. Sophia - an open content initiative that encourages the  free exchange of community college-level materials on the World Wide Web.

  154. Songsterr - Play, learn and sing guitar on-line.

  155. SoYouWanna.com - teaches you how to do all the things nobody taught you in school

  156. Sparkeo - a flexible video platform

  157. Spenglr - a free online education and test preparation site for students and adults.

  158. Squidoo - Ideas, recommendations and more computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D

  159. (The) Symphony - An interactive guide to the great composers of the finest symphonies

  160. SuTree - learn virtually everything by watching how to videos from all over the web.

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  161. TeacherTube - educational videos

  162. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) - a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

  163. Textbooks.org – find the cheapest textbooks
  164. textbooksfree.org - Free text books and/or course notes

  165. The Faculties - provides free, short films of university lecturers speaking on topics directly from the A-level curriculum
  166. The Library Infinite - Once you choose an archetype, you are shown many types of free software and web sites specifically chosen for your interest

  167. The Times Spelling Bee - Practise your spelling and track your progress (Webby 2009 nominee)

  168. Timeline of art history - Interactive timeline from Metropolitan Museum of Art

  169. Tourcaster - The largest online library of downloadable tours for iPods and mp3 players.

  170. Tufts Open Courseware - start of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online.

  171. Turning the pages - Leaf the great books at the British Museum

  172. typeonline.co.uk - A structured touch typing course for motivated individuals looking to develop their keyboard skills

  173. Typing Web - free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all ages. All skill levels will benefit from TypingWeb’s free keyboarding lessons.

  174. TV Lesson - How to videos

  175. Twittez - a simple Twitter application that lets you get your answers from fellow Twitters, all you have to do is tweet with “does anyone know?” with your question

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  176. UMass Boston OCW - free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners world wide.

  177. Universal Leonardo - Programme aimed at deepening our understanding of Leonardo da Vinci through a series of European exhibitions (2006), scientific research and web-based resources.

  178. University of the People - is the world’s first tuition-free, online academic institution and will open its virtual doors in April 2009

  179. Unnecessary Knowledge - for entertaining facts and information (which might or might not be true!)

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

  181. University of Southern Queensland OpenCourseWare - provides access to free and open educational resources for faculty members, students, and self-learners throughout the world

  182. Ustream - watch live broadcasts, explore networks ranging from music, talk shows, sports and politics and/or review our past broadcasts.

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  183. Video Jug - Life explained. On film.

  184. Video-tutes - Video tutorials on using graphics programs

  185. Vimeo - a thriving community of people who love to make and share video

  186. Virtual Knee Surgery - flash and multimedia based e-learning

  187. Virtual Yeast Cell - This rich learning object is used to introduce yeast cytology to students taking Brewery Yeast Management

  188. Visible Body - Complete, fully interactive, 3D human body model

  189. Vocab Sushi - The better way to build your vocabulary

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  190. WannaLearn.com - Over 350 categories of free, first-rate, family-safe online tutorials, guides and instructionally oriented websites

  191. Walking - A daily email with a walking assignment, walking lesson, nutrition tip, healthy recipe and motivational tip.

  192. Webcast/Courses - free courses from University of Berkeley at California

  193. What is a print?  - Interactive tutorial

  194. We chose the moon - Relive the Apollo 11 launch

  195. WikiAnswers - a wiki-based Q&A project powered by contributors from all walks of life. Anyone can ask, answer or edit questions, building a global Q&A database, covering all topics.

  196. Wikieducator - Free eLearning content that anyone can edit and use

  197. Wikipedia - collaborative encyclopaedia

  198. WikiHow - How-to site built using Wikipedia model

  199. Wikiversity - A community for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities

  200. WonderHowTo - hand-selects and curates the best instructional videos from over 1,700 websites

  201. WordAhead - Watch vocabulary videos

  202. Word of the Day - Every day you will receive an e-mail with the Word of the Day, its definition and example sentences from literary works, newspapers, magazines and other published sources.

  203. WW1 Experiences of an English Solider - The blog is is made up of transcripts of Harry Lamin’s letters from the first World War. The letters are posted exactly 90 years after they were written

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  204. Yahoo Answers - ask, answer and/or discover

  205. YouTube - videos on everything under the sun

  206. YouTube EDU - aggregates all the videos from more than 100 institutions of higher education around the US.

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