200+ places to learn anything (mostly for free)

This is an alphabetical list of 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 add a resource to this list, please email [email protected]]


  1. 101Science.com – Learn about science for free

  2. Adrian Bruce’s Educational teaching resources: reading games, maths games, etc for kids

  3. Alison – free global learning experience

  4. About.com – Guidance, not guesswork. 750 experts to help you

  5. About.U – Courses by email

  6. Academic Earth – Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars

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

  8. Answerbag – Ask questions and share your knowledge with the world


  9. BBC iWonder – Stories to make you think. From BBC TV, radio, online and beyond

  10. Becoming human – Educational resource (with video)

  11. Beginning Perl – free Perl course

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

  13. Big Think – a global forum connecting people and ideas.

  14. blip.tv – next generation TV network

  15. Blood Typing – Simulation/game to learn about blood typing.

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

  17. BrightStorm– video lessons for students
  18. Canvas Network – gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone.

  19. 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.

  20. Chef2Chef – learn to cook online

  21. ChessCademy – learn to play chess

  22. CodeAvengers – learn to code websites, apps and software

  23. Codecademy – learn to code for free

  24. Complete works of Charles Darwin online – Largest collection of writings by and about Darwin ever published.

  25. 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.

  26. CosmoLearning – a free educational website for teachers and students
  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. Course Smart – distributes content from these publishers of higher education materials.

  30. Coursmos – micro-courses for real people
  31. Curious – Lifelong learning platform


  32. 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

  33. DevelopPHP – Learn Web development and graphic design

  34. Diary of Samuel Pepys – a daily entry or a monthly summary via RSS

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


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

  37. EdSurf – The online distance education learning resource for adult students

  38. EdX – online courses from the world’s best universities

  39. Educator – Scholastic lecture video archives

  40. E-Learning MarketPlace – A place to compare, buy and sell e-learning courses.
  41. Encyclopdia.com – Verified facts, information, and biographies from trusted sources

  42. eHow – How to do just about everything

  43. Electronics Learning – Website that contains easy-understandable description of electronics components. For beginners and advanced people. Free
  44. Excel Easy – Fully illustrated Excel tutorial + 300 examples. Free
  45. Experience Project – a community of everyday people connecting anonymously through their shared life experiences & passions.


  46. FiddlerMan – learn to play the violin for free
  47. Flat Knowledge – Free online textbooks

  48. Free and Affordable Distance Education – tutorials, courses, tests, test prep

  49. 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.

  50. Free.Ed.net – The world’s largest, fastest growing, most highly regarded source of totally free education

  51. FreeDrumLessons – learn to play the drums for free

  52. freeMeditation – learn meditation for free

  53. FreeSkills – over 650 free tutorials

  54. Free Tutorial For .. – Search from over 38m free tutorials

  55. Free World U – free online pre K12 program

  56. FutureLearn – Free online courses from top UK and international universities.


  57. GCF Learn Free – The freedom to learn, what you want, when you want

  58. GetAbstract – free book summaries

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

  60. GoodTricks – learn magic tricks for free

  61. Goodtyping.com – Online typing course

  62. 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.

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

  64. Gresham College Lecture Archive – recorded lectures from Gresham College

  65. Grockit – Collaborate and compete with peers or learn from expert instructors.


  66. Highbrow – bite-sized email courses delivered daily
  67. Hippocampus – Free one-stop educational resource

  68. Howcast – How-to videos

  69. How stuff works – Online reference tool

  70. How the human brain works, New Scientist

  71. How to be a gardener – Online resource on gardening

  72. HowToDoThings – “a site that solves people’s problems”

  73. How to Start a Blog – The Free Beginner’s Guide to Blogging – This guide is an introduction to mastering the art of blogging. It provides easy to follow steps to start, maintain, and grow your blog
  74. HTML.net – Free tutorials on HTML, CSS and PHP


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

  76. iKnow – your personal learning assistant

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

  78. infoplease – All the knowledge you need

  79. In Pictures – The simplest way to learn office applications

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

  81. Instructables – Make, HowTo and DIY

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

  83. iPL – The Internet Public Library

  84. iTunes Podcasts – The iTunes Store offers more than 100,000 audio and video podcasts

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

  86. I Want to Learn Ruby – links to Ruby free online courses

  87. iWise – making the world’s wisdom universally accessible and useful


  88. John Locker – Documentaries and educational videos

  89. JumpStart – free learning games for kids

  90. Justin Guitar – free guitar lessons

  91. Just Learn Morse Code – a free Morse code trainer


  92. Keybr – Online keyboarding lesson

  93. 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.

  94. KnowledgeHound – The HowTo Hunter


  95. 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

  96. Learn C – free interactive C tutorial

  97. Learn Hypnosis online – free audio training course

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

  99. Learn to draw – online for free

  100. Learner.org – Teacher resources and teacher professional development programming across the curriculum

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

  102. Learning about computers – find out about computer hardware for free

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

  104. LearnOutLoud – one-stop destination for audio and video learning (many free)\

  105. Learn Psychology – learn about psychology for free

  106. LearnTarot – learn to use Tarot cards

  107. LearnThat – Free tutorials and free courses

  108. LegalFlip – Learn about the law

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

  110. Lynda – New skills. Improved skills. Now. (Owned by LinkedIn)M
  111. Mahalo – learn anything

  112. Memrise – learning powered by imagination

  113. MindBites – Video instructional marketplace and publishing platform (Some free)

  114. MindZeit – helping you develop through multimedia

  115. MIT OpenCourseWare – Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT.

  116. MonkeySee – instructional video sharing site

  117. 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.

  118. MyCADSite – AutoCAD Tutorials for freeN

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

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

  121. netzspannung.org – an eTeaching platform for Media Arts & Electronic Culture

  122. No excuse list – “the best place to learn anything on the web, free”

  123. Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci – Read a page a day using your RSS reader


  124. Online computer tutorials – Our online and computer based training (CBT) videos have been developed by certified instructors with tremendous experience. 

  125. Open2.net – the online learning portal from The Open University and the BBC.

  126. OpenCampus – one of the largest resource library for professional certifications courses.
  127. OpenLearn – free access to Open University course materials.

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

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


  130. Peacemaker – Challenges you to succeed as a leader where others have failed

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

  132. 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.

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

  134. Physics Games – Online Physics based games

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

  136. PodcastDirectory – This education podcast database has been constructed and is maintained by David Noble

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

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


  139. Qualt – Free mobile courses in internationally recognised professional qualifications. Anytime, anywhere.

  140. Questia – trusted online research

  141. Questioon – a social utility enabling you to pose questions to Google or Real People.


  142. Rapid Typing Zone – Typing tutor, typing games and tests

  143. Refdesk – Fact checker for the Internet

  144. Reference.com – a multi-source encyclopedia search service

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

  146. Rocket Science 101 – Interactive demo of rockets

  147. Rota Period – A new way at looking at the periodic table

  148. Rouxbe Online Cooking School – Videos on how to create cooking recipes


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

  150. School of Everything – a community of people teaching and learning.

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

  152. 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.

  153. Shmoop – student Learning Guides
  154. Scitable – free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group

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

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

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

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

  159. Skillshare – learn anything from anyone

  160. 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)

  161. Snapguide – create and use short guides for the iPhone

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

  163. Songsterr – Play, learn and sing guitar on-line.

  164. SoYouWanna.com – teaches you how to do all the things nobody taught you in school

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

  166. SuTree – learn virtually everything by watching how to videos from all over the web.


  167. TakeLessons – connects students with tutors nationwide for in-person or online lessons, but the TakeLessons Blog also offers free articles, and guides to assist with learning.
  168. TeacherTube – educational videos

  169. TED – 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.

  170. Textbooks.org – find the cheapest textbooks

  171. The Faculties – provides free, short films of university lecturers speaking on topics directly from the A-level curriculum

  172. The Library Infinite – Once you choose an archetype, you are shown many types of free software and web sites specifically chosen for your interest

  173. The Times Spelling Bee – Practise your spelling and track your progress

  174. Touch Typing Study –  free, user-friendly learning website that is designed to help you learn, practice and improve your typing speed and accuracy
  175. Tufts Open Courseware – free access to course content for everyone online.

  176. Turning the pages – leaf the great books at the British Museum

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

  178. Typing – learn typing for free

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

  180. TV Lesson – How to videos


  181. Udacity – online computer science courses

  182. Udemy – platform for online learning

  183. United Nations University – online courses

  184. 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.

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

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

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

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

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


  190. Video Jug – Life explained. On film.

  191. Video-tutes – Video tutorials on using graphics programs

  192. Vimeo – a thriving community of people who love to make and share video

  193. Visible Body – Complete, fully interactive, 3D human body model

  194. Vision2Learn – free online courses


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

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

  197. WatchLearnKnow – free educational videos

  198. Webcasts– free courses from University of Berkeley at California

  199. Webucator – Companies worldwide need employees with advanced technical skills, including website design and development skills. As part of our commitment to workforce development, we offer these tutorials.
  200. What is a print?  – Interactive tutorial

  201. We chose the moon – Relive the Apollo 11 launch

  202. 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.

  203. Wikieducator – Free eLearning content that anyone can edit and use

  204. Wikipedia – collaborative encyclopaedia

  205. WikiHow – How-to site built using Wikipedia model

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

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

  208. WordAhead – Watch vocabulary videos

  209. 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.

  210. 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

  211.  Wyzant – features 90,000+ free resources created by the largest network of private tutors on the web. Explore and collaborate to start learning today!


  212. Yahoo Answers – ask, answer and/or discover

  213. YouTube – videos on everything under the sun


  214. Zebra Keys – free online piano lessons