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Online Education Sites

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Each resource below provides free access to information on a wide variety of subjects, including all subjects typically offered at post-secondary schools. (However, please note that any courses below are for independent learning purposes only, and will not be recognized as official college credits.)

Because of its broad focus, this collection is best suited for the general-interest learner, or the researcher prepared to browse for information. If your interests are more specific or you are time-constrained, try starting with our "Search by Subject" page, or feel free to ask a librarian for assistance.

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College and University Courses

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Free courses and resources designed for public use by top colleges and universities, including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and many more. Most offer free courses that may be "upgraded" to paid courses, or may provide a mix of free and paid courses.

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Academic Earth

Academic Earth

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A collection of free online college courses from the world's top universities.

Search for courses by subject area, use playlists curated by the site's staff, or watch short original videos on a variety of contemporary-interest subjects.

Currently sponsored by the Consumer Media Network.

Class Central

Class Central

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An aggregator of free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and self-paced online courses, featuring content from top universities and educational organizations. Most classes require registration and have official start/end dates for participation. Completion certificates may be available for a fee.

Class Central is an independent organization.

Coursera

Coursera

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An education platform partnering with top universities and organizations worldwide to provide free access to online courses. Most courses require registration and have official start/end dates for participation. Completion certificates may be available for a fee.

Coursera is an independent organization.

edX

edX

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An online learning destination and MOOC provider, partnering with the world's best universities and institutions to provide free courses. Most courses require registration and have official start/end dates for participation. Completion certificates may be available for a fee. Select courses may also be eligible for academic credit.

A nonprofit and open source organization founded by Harvard University and MIT.

Open Culture

Open Culture Online Courses

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An aggregator of free online courses, as well as free video, audio and text learning resources from across the internet. Listen to no-registration audio/video lectures from top institutions, or participate in an interactive online class: most interactive classes have set start/end dates, and completion certificates may be available for a fee.

Open Culture is an independent organization.

Open Ed Consortium

Open Education Consortium

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A global network of education institutions focused on promoting use of open-access educational materials. Courses offered include no-registration self-paced options, as well as classes with set start/end dates for participation.

The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit network of education institutions. (Browse members here, or find a list of OEC's financial sponsors here.)

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Additional Online Learning

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Alison.com

ALISON

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A free online resource for developing new professional skills. All online courses are standards-based, and a certificate of completion may be available for free or for an additional fee.

ALISON is an independent organization.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy

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Practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard to help learners study at their own pace. Special emphasis on math, but a variety of subjects available, including specialized content produced in partnership with institutions like NASA and The Museum of Modern Art.

Khan Academy is an independent, non-profit organization.

Lifehacker

Lifehacker

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A blog with tips, tricks and strategies ("life hacks") to improve your productivity and quality of life in ways big and small. Particular emphases on technology, practical knowledge, and applied psychology. Browse the index here for a full introduction.

Currently a member of the Gawker Media Group.

TED Ed

TED-Ed

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A library of award-winning original video lessons on a variety of topics, created in collaboration with expert educators. Supplementary materials for each video are also available to help create a full and engaged learning experience.

A sub-project of the nonprofit TED organization.

Wikiversity

Wikiversity

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A free collection of learning materials, activities, and user-created 'courses' on a wide variety of subjects. Primarily text and image-based. See a basic introduction here, or the full FAQ here.

A nonprofit project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

YouTube Edu

YouTube Edu

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An aggregation of some of the most popular educational videos across YouTube, automatically generated by YouTube's discovery feature. Searchable by general level of education and/or by subject.

Part of the Google-owned YouTube website.

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Be sure to check out our "SEARCH BY SUBJECT" section for more links, or ask a librarian for assistance in finding specific information.

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