Free Learning Resources

Looking for stuff to learn?  Learning has never been as easy as it is today thanks to the internet, open source and people simply sharing knowledge.

No where in recorded history has learning been so accessible to people, thanks to the Internet.  The internet offers a boundless universe full of galaxies, hundreds of thousands of them, that contain free, formal and less formal, educational material.

Here are some of the best:

World Lecture Hall. Free online course material and access to lecture notes. From University of Texas at Austin.
http://web.austin.utexas.edu/wlh/index.cfm

Free Radio, Television and Journalism courses from the BBC.
http://www.bbctraining.com/onlineCourses.asp

Online computer training tutorials for programs such as Dreamweaver and Photoshop:
http://www.trainingtools.com/

Free courses on a variety of subjects:
http://www.free-ed.net/free-ed/FreeEdMain01.asp

Free courses from MIT:
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html

Free online business courses from the SBA:
http://www.sba.gov/training/courses.html

Free online courses and reading groups at Barnes and Noble University.
http://university.barnesandnoble.com/index.asp?nhid=bn

The official learning and development center of the U.S. Federal Government.
http://www.usalearning.gov/USALearning/

Free online Bible study lessons:
http://www.biblestudylessons.com/

Free courses from the University of Washington:
http://www.outreach.washington.edu/openuw/

Free math courses online.
http://www.purplemath.com/

Free online study guides at SparkNhttp://www.sparknotes.com/otes:

Free University Project. Study for the CLEP general eduction subject exams.
http://www.freeuniv.com/

Free study materials at Pink Monkey.
http://www.pinkmonkey.com/index2.asp

Free online video courses on a number of subjects. I love these!
http://www.learner.org/index.html

Math For Morons:
http://library.thinkquest.org/20991/home.html

Geography Lessons Online:
http://www.harpercollege.edu/mhealy/geg101i/home.htm

Free FEMA web courses. You can get credit for these through a couple of community colleges.
http://www.training.fema.gov/emiweb/IS/crslist.asp

Online Geography Text Book:
http://www.physicalgeography.net/fun…/contents.html

Free documentaries from Ninja Video http://www.ninjavideo.net/docus

Introduction To Sociology. Online text book.
http://www.wwnorton.com/giddens4/cha…r1/welcome.htm

Free Bible studies online. Can be transferred to for-credit college degree through Ames Bible College later.
http://www.amesbible.org/

Free physics material and books:

The Light and Matter Series

This series of six books is intended for a one-year introductory course of the type typically taken by biology majors. Algebra and trig are used, and there are optional calculus-based sections.

Physics Books

Math

University Site:  Columbia Universitywww.fathom.com

Free Genealogy courses From BYU:
http://ce.byu.edu/is/site/courses/freecourses.cfm

Tufts Open Courseware:
http://ocw.tufts.edu

Utah State University Open Courseware:
http://ocw.usu.edu

Johns Hopkins Open Courseware:
http://ocw.jhsph.edu

The Internet Public Library:
www.ipl.org

Great Books Online:
www.bartleby.com

Project Gutenberg. Free e-books available for download.
www.gutenberg.org

Google Scholar. Google makes available a database of academic articles and e-books.
http://scholar.google.com

Fulbright Open Courseware:
http://ocw.fetp.edu.vn/fetpocw.cfm

Kyoto University Open Courseware:
http://ocw.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/

Free Online Language courses:
http://www.word2word.com/coursead.html

Free Bible and Biblican archeology courses:
http://www.apologeticscourses.com/

Suite101. Free continuing education courses.
http://www.suite101.com/suiteu/

Free general interest courses from About.com
http://u.about.com/

Learnwell.org. Take courses for free for personal interest, or pay $8 per contact hour for CE credit.
http://www.learnwell.org/

Land-Grant Training Alliance. Free online computer training courses. No longer updated.
http://www.lgta.org/lessons.html

A course on bats from Fathom

http://www.fathom.com/course/21701775/index.html

HP Learning Center http://h30187.www3.hp.com/

Wonder How To http://www.wonderhowto.com/

How Cast http://www.howcast.com/

Open Courseware Directory:
http://www.btinternet.com/%7Eiberry/html/ies.htm

Sofia Free Intellectual Assets:
http://sofia.fhda.edu/gallery/

http://www.nurseceu.com/free.htm

http://medi-smart.com/freeceu.htm

http://allnurses.com/Nursing_Continu…n/Online_CEUs/

http://www.cybernurse.com/ceu.html

Other free nursing CEUS at:
http://www.powerpak.com
Free courseware for pharmacists, nurses, and physicians

Another site where you can obtain lots of free CEUS is:
http://www.pain.com/sections/professional/index.cfm
All in area of pain control.

These sites save nurses a ton of money.

Others include:
http://www2.nursingspectrum.com/CE/Self-Study_modules/
offers 1-4 free courses a month.

For free NBCC( For Counselors) ceus ( hard to find free ones) go to:
http://www1.mentalhealthcme.com/TopicReq?

Topics include suicide prevention, tobacco cessation, addictions, genetics etc.

and at http://pathwayscourses.samhsa.gov/how.htm#education

will find some free courses for ceus needed approved by:
The following online courses available on this site have been approved for credit from the following accrediting bodies:

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
National Association of Social Workers
National Board of Certified Counselors
NAADAC – The Association for Addiction Professionals

Topics include bullying, substance abuse , domestic violence.

First aid and CPR:

http://www.firstaidweb.com/index.php

http://depts.washington.edu/learncpr/

http://www.cpr-pro.com/first_aid_resources.html

Free High School courses for Florida residents.

http://www.flvs.net/educators/fact_sheet.php

Free online high school for Minnesota residents:

http://blueskyschool.org

Free Online High School For select California Residents:

www.choice2000.org

Free Online High School for Colorado residents:

http://monte.k12.co.us/ola/index.htm

Online library and study resource aimed at high school students:

http://www.worldwideschool.org/

Verizon Literacy Campus. Online literacy courses from Verizon.

http://www.literacycampus.org/course/index.asp

Free IT courses:

http://ferl.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?page=666

School For Champions. Business and Science courses.

http://www.school-for-champions.com/default.htm

University Site: Harvardhttp://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/

University Site: Harvard at Home: http://athome.harvard.edu/

Journalism training courses from News University. Offered by the Poynter Institute. Requires registration. Most courses are free. Some have a charge.

http://www.newsu.org/

Community Dispatch – service which lists free online courses, some of them for CEU credit.

http://communitydispatch.com/artman/…_index_3.shtml

Free online course in Arabic:

http://i-cias.com/babel/arabic/

Free courses in a variety of topics:

http://www.learnthat.com/

Free online course about starting a business and writing a business plan. The course is free, but they charge for a textbook

http://www.myownbusiness.org/course.html

Free online course in Modern Icelandic.

http://www.icelandic.hi.is/coursetest.php

THIS IS COOL! Create your own online course. Free software!

http://moodle.org/

Free Jewish studies online:

http://www.jewishstudies.org/

Research Channel, educational videos available online.

http://www.researchchannel.org/program/ptitles.asp

not courses, but video and powerpoint files on Immunology, Parasitology, Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology

just scroll down

http://pathmicro.med.sc.edu/book/video.htm

http://pathmicro.med.sc.edu/book/welcome.htm

UPenn Library
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/

Open Source Text Books. Free access to textbooks online:
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page

Internet Archive. Open-access text archive containing many, many text books and other “great books”.
http://www.archive.org/details/texts

University Site: Berkeley http://webcast.berkeley.edu/

UIUC http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/online/coursedemos.php

Regents Exam Study Prep:
http://regentsprep.org/regents.cfm

Forum National Network – Free Online Lectures from PBS and NPR  http://forum-network.org/

Learn PowerPoint, Excel and Access:
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/Tutorials/

Free courses for airplane pilots:
http://www.aopa.org/asf/online_courses/

Various computer-related business courses from Hewlett Packard:
http://h30187.www3.hp.com/all_course…33dc25cd69c092

Free Online courses for Hurricane Katrina victims:
http://www.sloansemester.org/

Free online art tutorials:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/

Online art course:
http://www.geocities.com/~jlhagan/lessons/mainmenu.htm

Free homeschool art lessons:
http://www.homeschoolarts.com/main.htm

Learn ballroom dancing online!
http://www.dancetv.com/tutorial/index.html

Librarian Chick – Free Online Learning Resources

College-Cram.com – Social Studying Network with notes

TED talks http://www.ted.com/

Schoolr.com – neat online study resource

University of Washington

http://www.outreach.washington.edu/openuw/

http://courses.washington.edu/benefit/FIT100/

Free IT courses:

http://ferl.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?page=666

free audio books: listen online, download, or burn.
Tons of classic American and English literature.
www.librivox.org

Free books

http://books.google.com

Thinkwell teaches lesson on calculus, algebra, biology, and chemistry. They are high quality, descriptive lessons.

http://www.mindbites.com/person/3839-Thinkwell

Free Marketing Courses:

http://education-portal.com/articles…es_Online.html

Free online media courses:

http://www.newsu.org/courses/course_list.aspx
http://www.ehow.com/how_2151299_free…-training.html

http://ocw.uci.edu/courses/OC0700522/

http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2773

http://www.dantei.org/tourism/index.php

http://education-portal.com/articles…on_Online.html

The Basics of Screenwriting
http://www.fathom.com/course/21701762/index.html

Various filmmaking courses

http://selfmadescholar.com/classes.php?tag=film

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Filmmaking

http://forum.wgbh.org/node/247

http://www.filmanchor.com/

Academic EarthThousands of free video lectures from the world’s top scholars. Academic Earth
Thousands of video lectures from top scholars.

You Tube educational channelhttp://www.youtube.com/edu

Video Lectures . Net:   http://videolectures.net/

http://justmathtutoring.com/ – Calc I,II, III and some Diff equations. Also has some Trig and algebra.

http://www.khanacademy.org/ – Tons of videos not only relating to math.

Open University UK website

OpenLearn – free online learning from The Open University

McGraw-Hill: You can also access electronic versions of McGraw-Hill textbooks online. Some of these sites are really full of all kinds of great stuff and incldue everything but the actual full text (you have to pay for that). They don’t advertise this or link to the free sites very well, but you can do Google searches to get to them like this:

“keyword keyword” site:.highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/

Don’t forget:

Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/

Google books http://books.google.com/

Wikipedia http://www.wikipedia.org/

YouTube EDU – Thousands of free video lectures available through a new service provided by YouTube.

Remember, if these courses do not offer credit, they do offer an opportunity to learn something new. You can then take that knowledge and try to get credit for it through CLEP/Dantes or Prior Learning Assessment.


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