22 Places that offer Free Online Classes and Training: Do you want to go to a College or University, or even go back to College, but can't afford it? Ever wanted to say, "I take classes at Yale, Harvard and MIT"? Well now you can! Maybe it's neither of these things and you just need to sharpen your skills in a certain area for job growth or training, or you simply love to learn, or want to keep your mind sharp and active. Whatever your reason is, don't sweat the tech! Because there are many options other than paid Colleges and Universities that won't cost you a dime, and I've found a boatload of them for you. It's what I do! Some even offer Certificates when the courses are completed. It may not be a College Degree, but it is something that you can place on your Resume to show that your Education did not end with High School or a GED.
You will see many sites that refer to MOOCs - this means Massive Open Online Courses. MOOC basically means that any interested learner is able to participate. It's a beautiful thing!
For your ease in selecting which sites to visit, I have attempted to list the Topics/Categories that are taught for most sites, but please note that the lessons are subject to change. Also, many of these sites have Categories, then sub-Categories; or Topics, then sub-Topics; so the lessons are broken down even more-so in some cases. Most of these sites require that you register, join or become a member (all free) in order to access their free resources. I have always enjoyed learning and I hope you do too! And with these resources, you can take your time. Unlike when you were in school, now you can learn at your own pace and on your own schedule!
Academic Earth offers free online classes/college courses from currently 25 of the world's top universities, including Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth and many others. You will not receive any College credit for taking these courses. Learning is your only gift ☺.
These categories are further broken down into sub-categories on their site.
The BBC Languages offers free online classes/courses that will help you to learn a language. In addition to the 12-week courses, they also offer video tutorials and games, such as crosswords to teach you to expand your vocabulary. The most popular languages include:
They also offer lessons for 33 additional languages. Some of these may only include essential phrases and/or phrases needed for travel/vacation, etc.
Carnegie-Mellon University Open Learning Initiative
All courses are free to independent learners, and most are free to academic students. They do not provide credit for the completion of courses, nor do they provide any verification or Certificates of completion.
Codecademy offers free online classes that teach you coding, which includes:
Coursera offers over 900 free online classes/courses, from over 100 partners, that include Universities and Organizations Worldwide. You learn on your own schedule by watching short video lectures, taking interactive quizzes, completing peer graded assessments, and connecting with fellow learners and instructors. You can also earn an optional Verified Certificate for courses.
Before you shell out hundreds of dollars for a software that will teach you to speak another language, you may want to try DuoLingo. It's sole purpose is to teach you to learn several languages absolutely free! Each lesson includes speaking, listening, translation and multiple choice challenges, plus in-lesson grading. You can also download their iPhone and Android apps and take your learning on the go.
You can learn:
edX usually offers over 400 free online courses from Universities and Schools, such as MIT, Dartmouth, Caltech, Berkeley and more. Although courses are no charge, if you wish to receive a Certificate (if the class/course offers one), you will need to pay for the Certificate.
They offer over 1000 free courses and over 25,000 video lectures from 30+ Universities. Courses cover a multitude of areas, including Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychology and more.
Harvard's Medical School
Hit "View Course List" to see the available courses," then select the Course # under the Course column to view the selected course.
Parents can sign up to help their children to learn, or Teachers can sign up to have their students learn.
The Categories are further broken down into sub-categories. Seems to be for ages K-8th Grade plus High School and Beyond.
Microsoft Virtual Academy
If you think that Microsoft is just about Microsoft Office, guess again. They offer free online classes/courses for stuff that I've never even heard of! They also offer free Live Events. Simply click the Live Events tab to see the current offerings, then Register for any that interest you. They also have Recorded Events on various subjects that you can watch for free. Here's a list of some of the courses:
Courses by Topics:
Courses by Products: