Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

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    All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.

    Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world.  Take a look at any widely acclaimed scholar, entrepreneur or historical figure you can think of.  Formal education or not, you’ll find that he or she is a product of continuous self-education.

    If you’re interested in learning something new, this article is for you.  Broken down by subject and/or category, here are several top-notch self-education resources I have bookmarked online over the past few years.

    Note that some of the sources overlap between various subjects of education.  Therefore, each has been placed under a specific subject based on the majority focus of the source’s content.

    Foreign and Sign Languages

    • BBC Languages – Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
    • American Sign Language Browser – Teach yourself sign language online.
    • Livemocha – Start learning a new language online for free.
    • Learn10 – Gives you a language learning habit that’s hard to kick. 10 new words; everywhere, every day.
    • One Minute Languages – Learn a new language via podcasts that are updated regularly.
    • Mango Languages – Over 100 lessons, shown to you in PowerPoint style with interstitial quizzes, to move you through any language without cracking a book.

    History and World Culture

    • University of Washington’s OpenUW – Explore a variety of learning in several free history-centric online courses from the University of Washington.
    • Notre Dame OpenCourseWare – Notre Dame OCW is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
    • Bio’s Best – Biography.com’s most popular biographies on notable historical figures.
    • UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (Social Science) – Rapidly with the addition of nearly 10 new courses every month. Many of our OCW offerings are directed at working adults seeking continuing education, with the option to enroll in instructor-led, for-credit courses, related to the OCW content.
    • Boston College Front Row (History) – Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.
    • MIT OpenCourseWare (History) – The MIT History Faculty offers about 70 subjects in the areas of Ancient, North American, European, East Asian, and Middle Eastern history.
    • Wikiversity School of Social Sciences – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
    • OpenLearn (Arts and Humanities) – The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials.
    • A Biography of America – A Biography of America presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts to be memorized, but as a living narrative of America’s story.
    • Have Fun with History – A resource for students, educators and all lovers of American History.
    • The USGenWeb Project – Free genealogy and family history resources online.
    • MacroHistory and World Report – Tell without illusions or ideological restraints the story of our ancestors, our parents and us.
    • World History HyperHistory – Navigates through 3000 years of World History with links to important persons and events of world historical importance.
    • American Digital History – Online American history textbook. An interactive, multimedia history of the United States from the Revolution to the present.

    Computer Science and Engineering

    • VideoLectures.NET (Computer Science) – A free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.
    • Wikiversity School of Computer Science and Technology – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
    • New York State University (US), Computer Science – Hundreds of lectures, tutorials and links to educational material.
    • Dream.In.Code Tutorials – Lots of computer programming tutorials.
    • MIT OpenCourseWare (Engineering and Computer Science) – MIT OpenCourseWare is a free web-based publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
    • Maine University (US), Fogler Guide to Computer Science – An insanely detailed list of computer science resources.
    • FreeComputerBooks.com  – Free computer, mathematics, technical books and lecture notes.
    • Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies – A massive collection of bibliographies of scientific literature in computer science, updated weekly from original locations, more than 3 millions of references (mostly to journal articles, conference papers and technical reports), clustered in about 2000 bibliographies.
    • W3Schools – Web-building tutorials, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, SQL, Database, Multimedia and WAP.
    • FreeTechBooks.com – This site lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet.
    • Free computer Tutorials – Free computer courses and tutorials site. All the courses are aimed at complete beginners, so you don’t need experience to get started.
    • Programmer 101: Teach Yourself How to Code – Several helpful resources for computer programming beginners.
    • Google Code University – Provides sample course content and tutorials for Computer Science (CS) students and educators on current computing technologies and paradigms.

    Mathematics

    • Oxford University Mathematics OpenCourseWare – Various online mathematics classes provided free by Oxford University.
    • UMass Boston Mathematics – Various online mathematics classes provided free by UMass Boston.
    • Whatcom Online Math Center – Various math lessons provided free by Whatcom Community College.
    • VideoLectures.NET (Mathematics) – A free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.
    • Wikiversity School of Mathematics – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
    • AMSER Mathematics – AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.
    • Math.com – Math.com is dedicated to providing revolutionary ways for students, parents, teachers, and everyone to learn math.
    • Intute Mathematics – Provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorized by subject specialists based at UK universities.
    • Free-Ed College Mathematics – Offers a wide range of free online math courses and study programs.

    English and Communications

    • Open Yale Courses (English) – Open Yale Courses provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the internet.
    • Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students – These guidelines for engineering writing and scientific writing are designed to help students communicate their technical work.
    • MIT Writing and Humanistic Studies – The MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies gives students the opportunity to learn the techniques, forms, and traditions of several kinds of writing, from basic expository prose to more advanced forms of non-fictional prose, fiction and poetry, science writing, scientific and technical communication and digital media.
    • Merriam-Webster Online – In this digital age, your ability to communicate with written English is paramount skill.  And M-W.com is the perfect resource to improve your English now.
    • National Novel Writing Month – Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
    • Lifewriting – A complete text of the 9-week writing class a professor taught for years at UCLA.
    • Guide to Grammar and Writing – Grammar and writing techniques, lessons and quizzes.
    • Purdue Online Writing Lab – Over 200 free resources including lessons on: writing, research, grammar, and style guides.

    Multiple Subjects and Miscellaneous

    • OpenLearn – The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials.  Multiple subjects are covered.
    • Capilano University OpenCourseWare – The Capilano University OpenCourseWare site is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
    • University of Southern Queensland’s OpenCourseWare – Provides access to free and open educational resources for faculty members, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
    • YouTube EDU – Educational videos on YouTube organized by subject matter.
    • LearnHub Test Prep – Raise your test scores with free practice tests & counseling on various subjects.
    • iTunes U – Hundreds of universities — including Stanford, Yale and MIT — distribute lectures, slide shows, PDFs, films, exhibit tours and audio books through iTunes U.  The Science section alone contains content on topics including agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, ecology and geography.
    • United Nations University OpenCourseWare – Showcases the training and educational programs implemented by the University in a wide range of areas relevant to the work of the United Nations.
    • Brigham Young Independent Study – BYU Independent Study now offers free courses in different areas of study.  These areas include Family History, Family Life, and Religious Scripture Study, Personal Dev elopement, etc.  Use these courses as a starting point for your personal studies or just to add insight to an area of interest.
    • University of Utah OpenCourseWare – Provides access to free and open educational resources for faculty members, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
    • United States Nation Archives – The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper.  Valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.
    • Wikiversity – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
    • UMass Boston OpenCourseWare – Various online classes provided free by UMass Boston.
    • About U – A collection of free online educational courses from About.com.
    • Academic Earth – Online degrees and video courses from leading universities.
    • Free-Ed – Clusters of courses that support your preparation for today’s fastest-growing careers and critical academic disciplines.
    • Connexions – A place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute.
    • TED – Motivational and educational lectures from noteworthy professionals around the world.
    • Intute – Provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities.
    • Boston College Front Row – Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.

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    Unbreen Fatima
    Broadcast Journalist from Pakistan. Currently associated with DW as Freelance Correspondent. Several years of experience as a journalist in radio, newspaper, online and TV journalism.

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