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50 Free Online Resources for Self-Motivated Learners
I work full time and often feel that my skills and competencies are becoming redundant as time passes.
New technologies, degrees and more innovative methods of teaching at modern universities clearly give an edge to the younger lot of the workforce who have access to more modern and innovative teaching methods.
In such a scenario, a person like me would always dig out relatively less expensive and readily accessible online resources to upgrade my knowledge and skills so that I can keep up to date with the modern demands of the new work ethics.
1 Busuu: World’s largest social network for language learning
This is one of the best language websites1 that allow you to learn new phrases and vocabulary. It has audio recording options, dialogues, writing exercises and native speakers’ interaction.
This is specially a good website to provide a large collection of languages to learn.
2 Duolingo: A free language learning platform
From the name itself, it is best for getting intensive yet detailed grammar lessons.
3 Rosetta Stone: Language and literacy education
This web gives you the opportunity to study a new language flexibly. You can learn it according to your own schedule with any device, from anywhere in the world. Since 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division has been helping all types of learners to read, write, and speak more than 30 languages through cloud-based solutions.
4 Memrise: A source that makes learning languages and vocabulary full of joy and life
The website utilizes mnemonic flashcards to help you learn vocabulary better. This is great source if you are preparing for SAT or TOEFL.
5 EdX: Free online courses for career advancement
The site allows you to explore any topic, subject, or even school in just seconds. It has a smart search bar and free online education from exclusive universities worldwide.
6 ALISON: Free high quality knowledge and workplace skills training
It has customized courses made to improve your skills in a certain field. Reputable materials are accessible to make you more effective in the office.
Alison is typically good to provide basic education and workplace related skills to improve the practical knowledge of the persons. Most of its courses are free.
7 Foreign Services Institute: Online resource providing career-long learning opportunities
This is another grammar-based resource that contains materials for listening and speaking.
If you want to improve your speaking skills, this resource is probably one of the finest resources to offer great help in learning basics of refined speaking and listening skills.
8 GCF Learn Free: Platform to learn essential computer and life skills
Goodwill Community Foundation and Goodwill Industries spearheaded the site’s development for modern skills learning.
9 Microsoft Virtual Academy: Free Microsoft training delivered by experts
Learn personal computing at your own convenience via this website. It provides an explanation to stuff on the internet, information technology, and cloud computing.
10 Tuts+: Opportunities for people to learn and earn online
Creative technology is considerably easier to learn on this site. It teaches web design, graphic design, coding, business, etc.
Udemy offers a great source on what can be learned easily and on your own pace with little investment.
11 Codecademy: A place to learn coding skills
As the name suggests, you can figure out how programming works via the smart site.
I use codeacdemy to learn coding on data analytics, artificial intelligence, making antivirus app2 as well as learning how to code for iOS apps. It is a treasure trove for best quality information on coding and programming.
12 HTML Dog: Courses to learn the most common languages used in making web pages
13 HOW Design University: A trusted source for graphic design knowledge
Learn graphic design and interactive creative works via the website.
14 Big Data University: Data science and cognitive computing learning platform
Free and paid courses for data science are accessible on the site, specifically prepared by professionals and professors.
15 Code: Expanding access to computer science
Coding and app development lectures are found on the websites. Kid-friendly courses are also available.
16 Hack Design: Easy-to-follow design courses
Designers supplied 50-unit lesson plan for the site, covering mobile apps, web design, and multimedia application.
17 Skillcrush: An interactive online digital skill learning community
The modules of the site are easy to understand and short, implying beginners will find it highly useful.
18 Udacity: An online university for digital skills
It gives motivated learners opportunity to study higher education and skills for future employment.
19 Stack Exchange: World’s largest programming community
The resource is more of a question and answer lecture source, particularly on programming and technology. Stack exchange is a collaborative site wherein programmers and developers share their code and get tips and advice from other programmers.
20 HubSpot Academy: An inbound community which helps people achieve their business goals
Besides lessons, the website provides certifications, which are very helpful for job-seekers.
21 Moz: A great resource for content marketing knowledge
If you are interested in content marketing and search engine optimization, this is the place to be.
This is also a great source for learning SEO and social media marketing. Though limited in its approach, but Moz3 is a great place to get up to date knowledge on SEO and search engine domination.
22 Lynda: Online learning platform for business, software, technology and creative skills
This is an educational hub that is suitable for professionals. It covers business, marketing, design, and photography among others.
23 LearnVest: Advice on money management
Entrepreneurs should access this site for financial management lectures.
With various resource links for self-learning, there is no reason for you to worry if you want to explore more. Enhancing your skills does not always have to come with a fee.
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24 OpenLearn: Free access to course materials and expert opinion on topical issues
The online university gives lessons for students to professionals in various formats. It is an award winning portal where all courses are free and are specially focused on politics, arts, humanities and social sciences.
25 Learning Space: Online learning resources with guidelines
The Open University. You can download free online courses from this site and search conveniently depending on user ratings.
26 UMass Boston Open Courseware: Free and open educational resource
This is a place to study political science, psychology, mathematics, early education, and history among others.
This resources is specially good if you are an arts student and do not require hands on training and practical education.
27 Coursera: Universal access to the world’s best education
The website partnered with institutions worldwide to give anyone free online education covering tons of courses.
28 MIT Open Courseware: Web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content
The place provides an independent study that will not disappoint. It even indicates the semester and year the lecture was taught.
MIT being one of the top universities of the world offers a great wealth of course material and course instructions to provide excellent free online education.
29 Academic Earth: A collection of free online courses from the world’s top universities
It covers various subjects and makes course searching easier by using school and subject as categories.
30 Stanford Online: Free online courses taught by Stanford faculty
The courses offered in the site are based on sessions. High quality courses are available that may be completed either using a web browser or iTunes.
31 Tufts Open Courseware: Free access to academic resources
Professors’ lectures are available on the site, particularly presented in slides.
32 Harvard Extension: About 800 academic courses are provided to learn online
Harvard courses are available on the website with top notch materials.
33 Utah State Open Courseware: Course materials under university department available through an open content license
Quick searching and browsing are offered by the site. MP3 files are provided instead of document-based lectures.
34 Open Yale Courses: Lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses
Yale courses are available on the web portal. Videos of lectures are even uploaded for access.
35 FutureLearn: High quality online education for different subjects at university
You can access lessons on the site using either your laptop or smartphone. One of its commitments is to propose social learning.
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36 Free-Ed: Free online courses and other learning resources for a global audience
Apart from its online classes, it allows you to join online groups taking the same course you chose. This site is good for self-learning and was launched in 1997. It offers complete range of courses for people want to engage themselves in lifelong learning and development.
37 Udemy: Global marketplace for learning and teaching online
You can find both free and paid content in the website. If you prefer, you can also build tailored courses from its lessons.
Udemy has become a giant in online learning and now offers courses on almost every topic. Though most of the courses are paid but they are offered at relatively low prices.
Right from teaching how to code to making bluetooth LED Smart Key4. you can find top class instructors providing instructions on how to make hardware, earn more money on amazon, be a social media guru or become a top class blogger.
38 Khan Academy: A personalized learning resource for all ages
You get free video lessons from this website, which are broken down for the benefit of someone looking for specific topics only.
Khan Academy is specially good for children as it offers easy to learn courses offering some great free tips on common subjects such as math, physics, chemistry, arts and other school related subjects.
39 iTunesU Free Courses: Instructors’ essentials to bring the classroom together
You can download numerous lessons using your iPhone, iPad, or any Apple device with this free education resource.
This is limited in the sense that you need Apple devices to login to
40 Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative: Innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach
It offers courses for self-study. The difference is, you must create an account first.
41 Dave Conservatoire: Free online music school
If you want to study both music and art, this online music school is known for providing a world-class education to anyone.
42 Better Explained: Learning platform for mathematics
Mathematics is taught on the website with visual lectures.
43 University of London Podcasts: Free podcasts and video content
From the name itself, you can get free podcasts from the site covering different in-depth topics.
44 BBC Podcasts: Opportunities for exploration in podcasts
Podcasts of different topics are provided weekly on the site. Concentration is on current events, sports, and finance.
45 Ed2go: Hundreds of engaging online courses to learn a new hobby or skill
Affordable online learning courses led by instructors are accessible on this portal.
46 TED-Ed: TED’s youth and education initiative
The site is rich in video-based lectures on new topics and discoveries worldwide.
TED is famous for its talks on contemporary issues and are being delivered all over the world. Since the topics covered on TED are of great variety, this source is specially good if someone is looking to access a large variety of topics with independent opinions of the speakers.
47 LessonPaths: Best education tool by sharing and curating playlists
You can create playlists of lectures on the site, even if other modules are from other sites.
48 National Geographic Kids: Inspiration for young adventurers to explore the world
Younger users will find this site highly entertaining given the courses are posted with images, videos, puzzles, and games.
This is great learning sources through audio visuals and helps the children to learn through visual learning which is considered as more effective as compared to other methods of teaching.
49 SchoolTube: Moderated video sharing platform for students and educators
The platform promotes sharing of videos for K to 12 students and teachers.
To get the full benefits of this resources, parents have to take an active role in helping their kids to learn from schooltube.
50 Open Culture Online Courses: The best free cultural and educational media
It has 1,000 lectures, podcasts, and videos, which are partly found in private sites of universities only.
This site offers aggregation of some of the top quality courses taught at major universities of US and developed world.
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