Online Learning


Courses, Classes, Lectures, & Tutorials

College and University Courses
Binghamton Carnegie Mellon Cornell Harvard MIT for High School
MIT OpenCourseWare Open University Oxford Stanford Tufts Yale
Miscellaneous Courses and Collections
Academic Earth Connexions CosmoLearning Edx HippoCampus
ITUNES U iTunes K12 LearnOutLoud.com NY Times Learning Network udemy
100 Useful, Free Web Tools for Lifelong Learners
Some of the suggestions duplicate sites mentioned elsewhere here, but it’s a nicely categorized, annotated list of online learning, ebook, and reference tools.
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. Includes some entire textbooks.
Finding Dulcinea Web Guides
Include fun topics such as Family Travel, academic subjects such as Elementary School Social Studies Resources, serious health topics such as Leukemia.
FreeEd.net
Non-Credit self-paced online courses and tutorials.
GCFLearnFree.org
Free online classes in a variety of topics in the areas of Everyday Life, Math & Money, Computers, and more.
HippoCampus
The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge. Includes many online textbooks.
Khan Academy
Free online video tutorials on a wide variety of subjects.
Know More
Washington Post feature with graphs, images, statistics, and interesting facts about a variety of topics. Great for browsing!
Learning Continuity with iTunes and iTunes U.
Subject-organized list of some of the educational podcasts and classes available through iTunes.
Memrize
There are thousands of courses on Memrise – all free and all created by other members of the community. Courses are available in many languages, for many languages and other subjects.
OEDb: Online Education Database
OEDb is a comprehensive online education directory for both free and for-credit learning options. We offer up-to-date, detailed program information from accredited online colleges for degree seekers and categorize free online college courses from well-known universities and providers.
OER Commons
OER content is made free to use or share, and in some cases, to change and share again, made possible through licensing, so that both teachers and learners can share what they know. Browse and search OER Commons to find curriculum, and tag, rate, and review it for others.
Open Culture
Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. … Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here.
TED Radio Hour
A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world’s most remarkable minds. Learn more about TED.
WannaLearn.com
Over 350 categories of free, first-rate, family-safe online tutorials, guides and instructionally oriented Websites!

 Free Electronic Textbooks

CK12 FlexBooks
An online system for collaborative, custom-collated, self publishable educational content that can be adapted for individualized needs in a digital-age textbook known as a FlexBook.
Flat World Knowledge
We preserve the best of the old — books by leading experts, peer-reviewed and developed to high editorial standards, fully supported by review copies, teaching supplements and great service.
Merlot: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
Thousands of quality open-source books and materials. Includes a Community College Open Textbook Collaborative of college materials.
OER Commons – Textbooks
Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.
Open Culture: 200 Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection
Free textbooks (aka open textbooks) written by knowledgable scholars are a relatively new phenomenon. Below, find a meta list of 200 Free Textbooks, and check back often for new additions.
Open Textbooks
The primary goal … is to identify, create and/or repurpose existing OER as Open Textbooks and make them available for use by community college students and faculty.
Science Books Online
Lists free science e-books, textbooks, lecture notes, monographs, and other science related documents.
Textbook Revolution
Our approach is to bring all of the free textbooks we can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in classrooms around the world. At Textbook Revolution, you’ll find links to textbooks and select educational resources of all kinds.
Wikibooks
A Wikimedia community for creating a free library of educational textbooks that anyone can edit. Wikibooks began on July 10, 2003; since then Wikibooks has grown to include over 34,816 pages …

Free Electronic Textbooks

CK12 FlexBooks
An online system for collaborative, custom-collated, self publishable educational content that can be adapted for individualized needs in a digital-age textbook known as a FlexBook.
Flat World Knowledge
We preserve the best of the old — books by leading experts, peer-reviewed and developed to high editorial standards, fully supported by review copies, teaching supplements and great service.
Merlot: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
Thousands of quality open-source books and materials. Includes a Community College Open Textbook Collaborative of college materials.
OER Commons – Textbooks
Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.
Open Culture: 200 Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection
Free textbooks (aka open textbooks) written by knowledgable scholars are a relatively new phenomenon. Below, find a meta list of 200 Free Textbooks, and check back often for new additions.
Open Textbooks
The primary goal … is to identify, create and/or repurpose existing OER as Open Textbooks and make them available for use by community college students and faculty.
Science Books Online
Lists free science e-books, textbooks, lecture notes, monographs, and other science related documents.
Textbook Revolution
Our approach is to bring all of the free textbooks we can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in classrooms around the world. At Textbook Revolution, you’ll find links to textbooks and select educational resources of all kinds.
Wikibooks
A Wikimedia community for creating a free library of educational textbooks that anyone can edit. Wikibooks began on July 10, 2003; since then Wikibooks has grown to include over 34,816 pages …

How-To Guides, General

DIY Network (videos)
Do-It-Yourself articles and tutorials in topics ranging from autos to wooodworking.
eHow.com (videos)
eHow is the world’s most popular place to find clear instructions on how to do just about anything.
How Do I …? (videos)
Custom Google search for instructional videos.
How Stuff Works
An incredible number of explanations of how things work, from atoms to zoos.
How to Mend It
Find out how to mend just about anything.
iFitIt
Step-by-step repair guides, troubleshooting tips, and thriving community of repair technicians who want to help. Or, check out our teardowns — sneak-peeks inside the latest new gadgets.
Instructables (videos)
Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.
Lifehacker: Cheat Sheets
Tips and ‘cheat sheets’ on a variety of topics including both computer and non-computer skills.
MonkeySee (videos)
How-to videos.
P2PU
At P2PU, people work together to learn a particular topic by completing tasks, assessing individual and group work, and providing constructive feedback.
SuTree (videos)
Learn virtually everything by watching how to videos from all over the web.
wikiHow: the how to manual that you can edit
wikiHow is a collaborative effort to build and share the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual. Like Wikipedia, wikiHow is a wiki, in that anyone can write or edit a page on the site. Thousands of people from all over the world have collaboratively written 101,747 how-to articles.
Wired How-To Wiki
A collaborative site filled with all kinds of projects, hacks, tricks and tips you can edit. Mostly but not entireley tech-related.
Wonder How To (videos)
Wonder How To is your guide to free how to videos on the Web. Search, Browse and Discover the best how to videos across the web using the largest how to video index on the web.
VideoJug (videos)
Life explained on film.

How-To Guides, Specific Topics

72 Hours
SF72 is your hub for emergency preparedness. You’ll find information about what to do in an emergency, simple steps to get connected, and useful guides to help you get prepared.
Balloon HQ
Not about ballooning in the sky, but about balloon art. How to make various balloon creations, balloon history, toys, games, artists, and more.
Cell Phone Users – In Case of Emergency
Do you have ICE – In Case of Emergency – phone numbers stored in your cellphone? This article explains why you should.
GetHuman Database
Tired of being shunted from phone menu to phone menu? Here is a list of companies with the phone tricks you can use to actually reach a human directly.
Healthy Swimming and Recreational Water Home
Swimming and wading can be fun, active, and healthy ways to spend time. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy as you head for the water! From the CDC.
Home Cleaning Tips /
How To Clean Anything
Advice from cleaning professionals on cleaning things in and around the house or apartment.
HomeEc 101
What you wish your mama taught you.
How To Clean Stuff
Guides and a blog on cleaning everything from clothes to cars.
How to Maintain a Mountain Bike
Illustrated guide.
Mr. Manners (audio)
Short weekly podcasts about manners and etiquette.

Miscellaneous Reference Resources

AcademicIndex.net
A free metasearch engine and virtual reference desk accessing tens of thousands of academic reference and research sites recommended by teachers and librarians.
Ask Us 24/7
Live online reference service provided by librarians in New York State.
Bartleby.com Reference
Encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, quotations, English usage, religion and mythology, literature and literary history, anatomy, cooking, etiquette, parlimentary procedure.
Converters
ConverticiousOnlineConversion.comUnit Converter
Change pounds to kilograms, European sizes to American, square meters to square inches, and more.
Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.
ibiblio
Large human-selected directory of links to internet resources on a wide range of topics.
Information Please
Atlases, dictionary, encyclopedia, multiple almanacs, news, weather, and a homework center are among the offerings at this site.
Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Definitions range from one screen to several screens long. A work in progress but still somewhat useful.
Library of Congress
The American Memory (archive) Collection, THOMAS guide to legislation, Global Gateway to world culture and resources, and various Special Exhibitions are among the offerings at this site. The Library of Congress also has a YouTube page with further materials.
Library Spot
Encyclopedias, maps, online libraries, quotations, dictionaries & more.
Martindale’s Reference Desk
Tons of reference resources in all sorts of areas from Astronomy to Entertainment to Languages to general Science.
New York Public Library: Digital Gallery
Explore 679,264 items digitized from The New York Public Library’s collections. This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.
NY Times Learning Network
The New York Times Learning Network is a free service for students in grades 3-12, their teachers and parents. The site is updated Monday through Friday throughout the year.
NOVEL – New York Online Virtual Electronic Library
A wide variety of resources – books, magazines, newspapers, research and reference sources and more are available to New York State residents with NO FEES 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ask Librarian for password or log in with a NY State Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID.
RefDesk.com 
Winner of multiple awards as a top reference site, RefDesk contains tons of information in dozens of categories arranged for easy access.
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The University of Wisconsin Digital Collections provide quality digital resources from its academic libraries to UW faculty, staff and students, citizens of the state and scholars at large. Tons of great resources!
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