Collections of online courses and resources

Last updated: May 12, 2021 at 18:06 pm

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 2020

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

Alison – Online courses from the world’s top publishers

Answers – Questions and answers about everything

Audio books from Amazon
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 
2020: 67
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Big Think – A global forum connecting people and ideas.

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 2020: 153 
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BrightStorm – Video lessons for students

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

Codecademy – Learn to code for free

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.

CoursesOnline – CoursesOnline hosts a wide variety of learning courses from some of the UK’s top providers for those looking to upskill themselves

Coursera – The world’s best online courses
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2020: 57
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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 2020: 105
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eHow – How to do just about everything

E-Learning MarketPlace – A place to compare, buy and sell e-learning courses. – 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 2020: 135
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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 2020: 80
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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

Bite-sized email courses delivered daily
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2020: 164
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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 …

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 2020: 175 
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LearnOutLoud  – Free Audio & Video Directory offers a selection of over 10,000 free educational audio and video titles

LearnThat – Free tutorials and free courses

Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 
2020: 22
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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.
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2020: 174
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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

Online technology courses
Ranking on the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2020: 168
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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 – 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

Shared presentation slidesets
Ranking on the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2020: 138
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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 – 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 2020: 40 
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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

A large variety of technology and computing courses
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2020: 133
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Platform or marketplace for online learning
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2020: 54
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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

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 2020: 34
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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.

Videos on everything under the sun
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 20: 1
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