Best Free Online Learning Sites

Whether you’re five or sixty five, the internet still has a lot to offer. If you like free online learning services, massive open online courses (MOOCs) are among the hottest new trends sweeping the internet and education today.

When it comes to education the resources on the internet are endless. Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free and provide excellent free education for anyone that’s interested in learning. Below we have listed some of the best free online learning sites for your consideration.

Coursera (higher education)

Among current leaders in the field of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), Coursera features an extensive catalog of classes and lectures from top universities around the world. Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics, or want courses from different schools and groups.

If you are interested in getting certificate you can pay the course certificate fee when you enroll in the course. If you are looking at course materials for free using the audit option, you can pay to upgrade to the Certificate option any time.

For more information: Coursera

Khan Academy (for all ages)

Khan Academy  is an organized series of mini lectures and interactive problems on a variety of topics including mathematics, history, science and more.

The lectures are short and share a handful of information at a time, but build on each other as you progress. If you like the idea of learning about a topic in short bursts, Khan Academy is the right resource for you. Khan Academy is for everyone kids, parents and teachers because learning never stops.

For more information: Khan Academy

Codecademy (various ages groups)

Codecademy is a website for learning the basics of computer programming. Codecademy teaches you how to write the code necessary to develop interactive programs using the most useful languages – HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Python, Ruby, and PHP – and does it within the browser using interactive tools. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to code, Codecademy is a great place to start.

For more advance programming lessons check out Coursera on the link above.

For more information: Codecademy

Duolingo (for all ages)

Duolingo is a great website for learning new languages such as Spanish, French, Italian and German and provides a lesson-based structure in which you gradually learn new words and grammar. The site integrates visual, audio and written learning, so you become comfortable with the new language as a whole.

For more information: Duolingo

edX (higher education)

Another great option for free online education is edX. Also bringing together courses from many different schools, the site has impressive, quality information for everyone. edX covers a great range of topics.

For more information: edX

Code (for all ages)

Code is another website focused on coding and app writing. A site with high quality courses, Code also features learning options for kids. In addition to kid friendly courses, Code offers free online education classes on a wide variety of technology topics.

For more information: Code

Open Yale Courses (higher education)

Open Yale Courses (OYC) are free, open access, non-credit introductory courses recorded in Yale College’s classroom and available online in a number of digital formats.

For more information: Open Yale

University of Oxford Podcasts (higher education)

University of Oxford features many different podcasts, most are public lecture series or lectures from visiting professors, with several different recordings available.

For more information: University of Oxford Podcasts

Instructables (various ages groups)

Instructables is a hybrid learning site, offering free online text and video how-to instructions for mostly physical DIY (do-it-yourself) projects that cover various hands-on crafts, technology, recipes and more. (Costs lie in project materials only.)

For more information: Instructables

Howcast (for all ages)

Howcast hosts casual video tutorials covering general topics on lifestyle, crafts, cooking, entertainment and more.

For more information: Howcast