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12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

Self-Educate Yourself

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.

Science and Health

  • MIT OpenCourseWare – MIT OpenCourseWare is a free web-based publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
  • Tufts OpenCourseWare – Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online.  Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
  • HowStuffWorks Science – More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.
  • Harvard Medical School Open Courseware – The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public.
  • Khan Academy – Over 1200 videos lessons covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, and biology.
  • Open Yale Courses – Open Yale Courses provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the internet.  The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.
  • webcast.berkeley – Every semester, UC Berkeley webcasts select courses and events for on-demand viewing via the Internet.  webcast.berkeley course lectures are provided as a study resource for both students and the public.
  • UC San Diego Podcast Lectures – UCSD’s podcasting service was established for instructional use to benefit our students.  Podcasts are taken down at the end of every quarter (10 weeks Fall-Spring and 5 weeks in the summer).  If you’re enjoying a podcast, be sure to subscribe and download the lectures.  Once the podcast has been taken offline, faculty rarely approve their reposting.
  • Johns Hopkins OpenCourseWare – The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s OpenCourseWare project provides access to content of the School’s most popular courses. As challenges to the world’s health escalate daily, the School feels a moral imperative to provide equal and open access to information and knowledge about the obstacles to the public’s health and their potential solutions.
  • Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative – No instructors, no credits, no charge.  Use these self-guiding Carnegie Mellon materials and activities to learn at your own pace.
  • Utah State OpenCourseWare – Utah State OpenCourseWare is a collection of educational material used in our formal campus courses, and seeks to provide people around the world with an opportunity to access high quality learning opportunities.
  • AMSER – 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.
  • Wolfram Demonstrations Project – Wolfram brings computational exploration to the widest possible audience, open-code resource that uses dynamic computation to illuminate concepts.  Free player runs all demos and videos.
  • The Science Forum – A very active scientific discussion and debate forum.
  • Free Science and Video Lectures Online! – A nice collection of video lectures and lessons on science and philosophy.
  • – searches over 42 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.
  • The National Science Digital Library – NSDL is the Nation’s online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
  • EnviroLink Network–  A  non-profit organization, grassroots online community uniting organizations and volunteers around the world.  Up-to-date environmental information and news.
  • – Information about geology and earth science to visitors without charge: Articles, News, Maps, Satellite Images, Dictionary, etc.
  • Scitable – A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms.  The site also expects to expand into other topics of learning and education.
  • – A free open learning community for sharing newer and emerging tools to teach science.

Business and Money

  • MIT Sloan School of Management – MIT Sloan is a world-class business school long renowned for thought leadership and the ability to successfully partner theory and practice.  This is a subsection of the larger MIT OpenCourseWare site.
  • Investopedia Financial Investing Tutorials – A plethora of detailed lessons on money management and investing.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Training Network – The Small Business Administration has one of the best selections of business courses on the web. Topics include everything from starting a business and business management to government contracting and international trade. Most courses take only 30 minutes to complete.
  • VideoLectures.NET (Business) – 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.
  • My Own Business, Inc. – Offers a free online business administration course that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business. This comprehensive course is split up into 16 sessions covering topics like business plans, accounting, marketing, insurance, e-commerce and international trade.
  • UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (Business) – 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.
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania – The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Center offers more than 80 free business courses online. Kutztown’s courses are individualized and self-paced. Many of the courses feature high-end graphics, interactive case studies and audio streams.
  • Boston College Front Row (Business) – 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.
  • Financial Management Training Center – The Financial Management Training Center provides several free downloadable business courses for people who need to learn the finer points of financial management. All courses offered can be taken online; courses include full exams as well as evaluation forms for people seeking Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.
  • The Free Nonprofit Micro-eMBA – Free Management Library’s Free Nonprofit Micro-eMBA Program is an especially great resource for students wishing to learn more about nonprofit management, but most of the lessons also apply to general business management. Completion of this program will not result in an MBA degree, but enrollment is free and the material is well structured.
  • Bookboon Free Business e-books – Hundreds of free business books online in PDF format.
  • TheStreet University – If you’re just starting out as a stock and bond investor or need a refresher’s course, this is the place to learn what you need to know.

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 –’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.


  •  Duke Law Center for the Public Domain – Duke University is counted amongst the best schools in the South. If you’re interested in law, Duke’s open courseware in that subject area can go a long way towards helping you learn more about the justice system.
  • Intute Law – 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 (Law) – 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.
  • American University – Offers a selection of podcasts on a number of different law-related subjects. There is even a very interesting podcast on debt relief and the law.
  • Lewis & Clark Law School – Provides a number of podcast from the law school. Subjects include tax law, business law, environmental law and other areas of law. Interesting and insightful lectures on the law.
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law – Offers a number of interesting lectures on different law subjects. These lectures are both podcasts and Web casts. You can look ahead to the coming school year, which already has a number of interesting subjects lined up.
  • Harvard Law School – Provides a number of Web casts of law lectures, symposia, panels and conferences. A great collection of relevant information and insights on how the law interacts with current events.
  • Stanford Law – Provides open courseware via iTunes on a variety of law subjects, including the theory of justice, mobile content distribution, gay marriage, judicial review and privacy protection. The tracks are available for free, but you’ll need iTunes. Put the lectures on your iPod or iPhone and listen them anywhere.
  • MoneyInstructor Business Law – From provides a look at a number of basics in business law. Learn how to define crimes under business law. Worksheets and curriculums are available for teachers. Ordinary folks will find them useful as well.
  • Wesleyan College Constitutional Law – From North Carolina Wesleyan College offers an overview of the U.S. Constitution and the laws springing from it. Online lectures and class notes are included, which can help you develop a strong understanding of the Constitution and how it forms the basis of our laws.

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.
  •  – 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.
  • – 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.


  • 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.
  • – 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 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.

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.

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
  • 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.

Free Books and Reading Recommendations

  • LibraryThing – LibraryThing connects you to other people who are reading what you’re reading and allows you to see which books are popular in various categories of reading.
  • Textbook Revolution – Links to free online textbooks and other educational materials.
  • Book TV – This is the companion site to Book TV on C-Span2. The site holds some current interviews with authors, many past interviews, opinions, reviews, and featured programs through online video.
  • Bookboon – Bookboon provides online textbooks for students in PDF format. The free ebooks can be downloaded without registration. Our books are legal and written exclusively for Bookboon. They are financed by a few in-book ads.
  • Scribd – Scribd, the online document sharing site which supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and other popular formats. You can download a document or embed it in your blog or web page.
  • BookYards – BookYards is a web portal in which books, education materials, information, and content will be freely to anyone who has an internet connection.
  • Planet eBook – Free classic literature to download and share.
  • E-Books Directory – Thousands of ebooks on various subjects to download and share.
  • Read Print Library – Free online books library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.GoodReads – Get great book recommendations and keep track of what you want to read.
  • The Online Books Page – University of Pennsylvania database with over 30,000 books.
  • Public Literature – Thousands of familiar classics, children’s books, plays and poems, as well as books by new authors.
  • Full Books – Thousands of full-text nonfiction and fiction books.
  • Many Books – Free fiction and nonfiction ebooks for your PDA, iPod or ebook reader.
  • Get Free Books – Thousands of free ebooks to download.
  • Project Gutenberg – More than 20,000 free books from the first producer of free e-books.
  • Bibliomania – Thousands of classic books, poems, short stories and plays.
  • Classic Reader – Large collection of free classic books, plays, and short stories from more than 300 authors.
  • Bartleby Fiction – Classic anthologies and volumes.
  • The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List – MBA programs don’t have a monopoly on advanced business knowledge: you can teach yourself everything you need to know to succeed in life and at work.  The Personal MBA features the very best business books available, based on thousands of hours of research.
  • Books Should Be Free – Free audio books from the public domain.

Educational Mainstream Broadcast Media

  • BBC Learning – Online learning, support, and advice. This site offers internal and offsite links to a vast amount of materials.
  • Biography – The site holds videos to past interviews and biographies on people in topics that range from Black history to women’s history.
  • Book TV – This is the companion site to Book TV on C-Span2. The site holds some current interviews with authors, many past interviews, opinions, reviews, and featured programs through online video.
  • CBC Archives — Relive Canadian history through thousands of available radio and television clips.
  • Discovery — This channel is home to several different networks that focus on the military, animals, travel, etc. The Discovery site offers a “Video of the Day” from its home page, a separate online video section, and a Discover Education center where teachers can accumulate materials for K-12 teaching. It’s impossible to list all their offerings here, so go discover!
  • History Channel – Visit the Video Gallery for a selection on historical topics. Like the Discovery Channel, this network provides many opportunities for you to gain access to information and reference materials.
  • NOVA — Watch current science shows or browse by category. PBS sponsors this channel.
  • Research Channel — Speakers, researchers and professors present revolutionary thoughts and discoveries. Use their Webstreams and an extensive video-on-demand library for research.
  • Weather Channel – You can learn about weather all over the world, but the Weather Channel also offers dynamic content based upon seasons and special conditions and a special multimedia and education section.

Online Archives

  • American Memory – The Library of Congress provides extensive multimedia offerings on various topics through their American Memory Collection, including their outstanding Built in America project that showcases historical buildings through photographs.
  • Fathom – This archive, provided by Columbia University, offers access to the complete range of free content developed for Fathom by its member institutions. The archives include online learning resources including lectures, articles, interviews, exhibits and seminars.
  • Internet Archive Open Educational Resources – A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
  • National Archives – Provides primary source materials from NARA along with lesson plans for teaching with those sources.
  • National Climatic Data Center – The NCDC, a division of NOAA, maintains climatic archives, including lists of storms in given counties, and records about global extremes, etc.
  • The Rosetta Project – A global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers building a publicly accessible online archive of all documented human languages.
  • September 11 Digital Archive – This site uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of the 9/11 attacks.
  • U.S. Census Bureau – If you think the Census Bureau is all about numbers, you might be surprised to learn about their archived photographs, daily radio features, and more available through their Newsroom.

Directories of Open Education

  • Google Scholar – Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
  • OpenCourseWare Consortium – This site provides a portal to search through hundreds of free courses or to add new courses you know about to the database.
  • iBerry – Check out this site for a huge directory of open courseware organized by school and subject matter that can point you in the right direction for any type of learning.
  • Self Made Scholar Directory – Free online directory of web-based classes and courses.

Please add to the resource list via the comments section if you know of a valuable site we left off the list.

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    Thank you!

  • Fantastic! I have explored some of these sites with my kids and have them posted on our home school web site… but this list significantly enriches our already rich listing of Internet ed resources. No time to do a line by line comparison right now… but feel free to roam through the list of resources we’ve collected on our web site for more gems. Just follow “Use the Internet to Learn” link on the right side of home page. Thanks for for the gift!

  • I heard about your blog from a fellow life-hacker and autodidact. I’m just beginning to rummage through the links provided in this post, and will continue to do so as soon as final exams are over. As a college student, I adhere to the Mark Twain quote promulgated by F. Scott Fitzgerald in This Side of Paradise: “[College is] about getting an education in spite of your schooling.”

    Thanks again, and keep up the good work.

  • I’m surprised that you don’t know about! This free resource should be at the top of your Mathematics list!

  • oops. i just saw that you do have Khan Academy on the list. i just didn’t notice it because it was listed under the Science category and not the Mathematics category. Khan Academy has way more math resources (including online interactive math exercises) than it does science.

  • Another great article, so many places to expand our knowledge and for free too. Liked and tweeted again. :)

  • […] also gained some great links to free education from Marc and Angel’s 12 dozen places to educate yourself. A big thank you to those Carnegie Melon Professors who will be teaching me for free next year. […]

  • Awesome! Thank you so much for these. I will use them, my kids will use them, we will share them.

  • brilliant…..thank you! so appreciated.

  • What a wonderful site!!

  • Excellent…!!! Thanks for all these educational resources. Really useful to all.

  • Thanks a ton! This is so resourceful.

  • thanx bookmarked this for reference in future

  • So awesome … I have added many to our homeschooling delicious account to come back to … thanks for all the great links!

  • This is an amazing list of resources. Thanks so much. I will be adding this link to the next volume of Dr. Doug’s Hot Tweets. Also take a lot a my book summaries at DrDougGreen.Com. You may want to add my site to a resource list somewhere. Keep up the outstanding work.

  • Great resource, thank you! Everyone can benefit from this, stay at home moms/dads can learn on the fly, college students can supplement their courses, high schoolers can prepare for campus learning, middle schoolers can search for topics and/or certain schools to keep in mind, elementary students can watch age/skill appropriate content with parental help and, of course, teachers can use this in the classroom! Very nice. :)

  • Wow, an amazing list, thank you!

    I’d like to add the Peer to Peer University. P2PU is a community and platform for free and open learning. Anyone can propose, teach or take courses, and everything is 100% free. We also have several “schools,” including the School of Webcraft in partnership with Mozilla, which offers developer training for the open web that’s free, open, globally accessible, and powered entirely by peers; as well as the School of Social Innovation.

    Check it out at

  • Well, i first have to say thanks for the expansive amount of resources but i now just have to disagree with the notion that ALL education is self taught. I know i may look like a nit-picky prick by mentioning it but why should i care about how i look. (that’s a rhetorical ?) my point is that we learn things all the time without choosing to learn them much less seeking them out so to say that “all education is self-taught. period” is presumptuous and definitive in that it limits education to study and not including reactionary learning or subconscious. otherwise, this is a generous and resourceful access of information that has been provided and for that we should all give you a much deserved thank you. peace

  • Sweet!

  • this is absolutely amazing collection..thanks ;)

  • DAMN … another reason for not doing the housework this week … this month? … this year?


  • Amazing information! Thank you!

  • An absolutely stunning list! The fact is that I wasn’t even aware that so much knowledge is available in the world for free. I am really, really grateful for finding this webpage… :)

    So now I have my online library kind of place here where I can sort through so much knowledge for free! Am excited!

  • This is dynamite! Thanks a trillion for sharing. I will pass on the torch to as many people as possible.

  • I can’t wait to start using sites on this list!! Thank you so much!

  • What an absolute cracker!! Really thanks for sharing! Keep up the good work…

  • never knew i can educate my self in so many other ways .

  • Nice job it is a treasure of knowledge source

  • just chanced upon ‘ur site. can’t wait to explore. continue the good work. all thumbs up!!!!

  • Thank you for sharing these resources! Keep up the fantastic work you’re doing, you guys are awesome!!!

  • Long live free education for all! Khan academy has been an incredible resource for me and I’ve used it for years now. Amazing what one man can do with his perseverance.

  • Awesome. Thank you!

  • Great! But you should post some websites about free online musical education like to learn how to read music or play the guitar or something.

  • Thank you very much for this information.

    Normally in the third (or fifth) world we lack the possibility to collect information for self education (or any education) and we need it to share the planet with a responsible attitude.
    Ignorance is very bad, not only for the “owner” of it; but for everybody else

  • I would like you to consider adding as a math educational resource on your resource page for teachers. Math Concentration not only provides free homework help but it is a community aimed to building strong parental support and and healthy relationships between parents, students and teachers.

  • What a great gift of knowledge! Bless the originator and the e-mail that brought to this to my inbox.

    It’s super cool. It can go under math or multiple subjects.

  • Wow, this is fabulous! I am definitely all about learning everything one can, and this is an awesome collection! Thanks!

  • Thank you so much!

  • Yeah Ted is also a good one. I’m starting a personal blog that will encompass history and culture which can serve as a good resources for bouncing around Ideas.

  • Cracking list!

    Thank you for posting.

  • I can highly recommend for incredible talks & dynamic speakers on every topic under the sun, including the sun. Awesome list!

  • Such a great educational resource! Thank you A LOT!!

  • I think I love you.

    I was just lamenting yesterday that I could not find any computer-based science curriculum that is not creationist for my 7 year old science obsessed (more specifically, medical obsessed) daughter. You have given me a dozen places to start! You have also given me great fodder for the further studies of my other children.

    I wrote a short post about your post today. I hope you don’t mind. I was so excited I had to throw you a virtual kiss.

  • Thanks. This is really valuable to any knowledge seeker.

  • Thank you so much for the Link.It will help me to update my knowledge.
    As John F. Kennedy said ” In times of crisis . knowledge is the only power.
    Thank you once again.
    chidambaram. Thanu Pillai.

  • Awesome list! HOWEVER, the only free resource list you appeared to not cover is design… Like learning design software programs… Photoshop, illustrator and coding languages… Html, css. I would love to see that added to ur list. But overall this is an amazing list that I will be sharing with my community and my peoples! :)

  • Brilliant idea, great website. I send out a morning market report each day to around 250 people and often include links to your site. Well done


  • Fantastic list…many thanks, good sir.

  • Great resource. Here is another my son has spent hours learning from while having a great time: Q I (Quite Interesting)

  • fabulous resources. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

  • “12 dozen” I thought that was a typo until I scrolled down. Holy crap that is a lot of knowledge. Thank you.

  • other libraries:

    open texts:
    open iPad content:

  • Wow, what a great, comprehensive list!

    Another valuable resource to add is The Saylor Foundation works with credentialed professors to compile many of these OERs into courses that are akin to what you might find at a traditional U.S. College. These courses cover 12 main subject areas including Business Administration, Economics, Mechanical Engineering, and others.

  • Thank you so much for all the links.. This is a life changing post..

  • Fantastic list! Thank you for curating and sharing it.

    One more, perhaps, for art and art history education seekers?

    Google Art Project lets you tour some of the great museums of the world virtually.

  • You should also check which presents the best educational videos available on YouTube in an organized, easy to find way to watch and learn.

    They are classified and tagged in a way that enables people to find these materials more easily and efficiently and not waste time browsing through pages of irrelevant search results.

    The website also enhances the experience using other means such as recommending related videos, Wikipedia content and so on. There’s also a Spanish version called

    This is a project that YouTube should embrace itself, with curated content from academics and maybe using a different URL (Youtubersity?) so it won’t be blocked by schools.

  • Wow. I knew about some of these, but only the tip of the iceberg. THIS is a resource.

  • A great site for music theory is
    Great lessons and exercises!

  • Thank you for this fantastic list! Such a blessing! More blessings to you, Marc.

  • Thank you…I have not heard of many of these and they are fantastic. Perfect timing as I was working on a blog post about self-education.

  • Lectures from IIT staff in Engineering & Technology at:

  • Under foreign languages, add !!!

    You plant seeds (new words) and water them to grow your garden!

  • Amazing educational list! Thank you so much. I didn’t know there are so many sites for self-education, and it’s all free!

  • Stanford University will be offering some high-quality online courses next semester. Scroll to the bottom of for links.

  • i don’t know if this has been said yet, but is another good site. also has some learning videos

  • Kudos! Thanks for sharing… the only way to succeed as a society is to share our knowledge!

  • Thank you very much for sharing all this useful information.

  • What a great blog post. So much knowledge, so little time. I intend to make time this coming year to work many of these courses.

  • Awesome list! Thank you very much!

    Anyone interested in economics should check out The Foundation for Economic Education ( and The Ludwig von Mises Institute ( Lots and lots of free resources and seminars, and an eye-opening education.

  • If you’re looking for a nice free books list, I use I’m not affiliated, just been using that site for awhile now.

  • Wow! There are so many great sites on your list! I feel like I could learn just anything I want!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Incredible learning resource! Thank you!

  • Wow! Thank you. This is one of the most useful lists on the internet!!

  • Thank you for gathering and providing this practical, FREE information! You are helping many people!

  • I’m seriously having a Nerd-gasam right now!!! Thanks sooooo much for sharing!

  • What a great list. Very educational, I’m bookmarking and saving for future use when I have questions I need to look into. Glad to see UC Irvine is on here!

  • Awesome list. I remember hearing about the Khan academy on a TED talk, and have always been meaning to check that out. I am especially interested in the section on money and finance, which is my area of interest. Thanks for the great links.

  • Wow great article packed with endless wisdom. Thank you so much.

  • Absolutely Comprehensive!!! You are truly a great life coach!!!! Thanks!

  • Great article and a great wealth of information throughout your archives! Thanks for sharing. I”ll be returning often.

  • Outstanding work. I also love the Mises Institute for economics education.

  • Such an amazing wealth of educational resources!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

  • Such an amazing wealth of educational resources, to choose from, and all in one place! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Thank you! This is a wonderful resource for online education.

  • For language learning, you forgot LingoPass - It’s a great resource for teachers to assign to students to get them to practice speaking outside of the classroom on a variety of topics.

  • Wow, this compilation of knowledge is really really awesome!! I believe that this content could change someone’s life somewhere! Thanks!

  • So Much Information in one place on such a variety of topics. You really did your readers a great service, well done!

  • Thank you so much for this free educational information!

  • I appreciate the time you took to compile this list.

    Self-education is key to success and prosperity; it’s even sweeter when it’s free :)

  • Thank you for creating and sharing this! Very useful! :) Just wanted to add Codecademy to the computer/programming list:

  • Thank you so much.

    Please continue to post educational resources like this.

  • I have to agree with Danny, regardless of how nitpicky it is - there are a lot of ways a person can be educated, and some people need very specific types, or particular combinations. There are a lot of things I got out of my college education that I cannot get simply by educating myself. A community can teach very much.

    Still, it is a very nice list, as everyone else has said. Thanks.

  • This is an awesome list, and very much needed - it is so comprehensive. I have bookmarked this list. It seems to be excellent for homeschoolers. Thank you so much!!!

  • Two up-and-coming sites: - Still in beta, created by the inventor of capcha, learn foreign languages while translating digital books into other languages. - Created by google employees, Khanacademy style but focused on web development and computer science. Only 2 courses right now, but many in development.

  • I would add the Cato Institute to this list.

  • Stanford also has some free online Engineering courses:

  • Thanks for putting this useful and constructive material all in one place.

  • THANKS so much Marc… you and your will to share resources are a blessing.

  • Fantastic list. Thanks very much for taking the effort to compile this list and more importantly to share with us.

  • What a fantastic collection. Thank you so much for putting this together. A great resource.

  • Thanks a lot for the educational resources. You did us a great service with this post.

  • Thank U so much for sharing…

  • This is a genuine blessing (and so are you for sharing!)

  • Thanks so much… very informative…

  • Some folks mentioned graphics softwares such as Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, etc.

    I use these videos in my digital media classes, as well.

  • We read for information, with the hope that information we acquire will improve our minds, giving us the means to improve our lives.
    - John Wesley

    Education has two values: the first is self satisfaction, the second is recognition. You must get some recognized proof of knowledge for the world to accept that you know what you know. Online and free is great for self improvement but a lot less useful for finding a job is today’s market.

  • Thank you for compiling the list and sharing.

  • I’m surprised you did not mention Wikipedia here. On many subjects, I do believe Wikipedia to be THE best source. Yes, you cannot trust it, but with some time and skill, you can learn how to evaluate the truth of statements on Wikipedia. I also think that the process of participating in Wikipedia as an editor is one of the best ways to learn, not only to learn about specific topics and subjects, but to learn how to be a better scholar, how to do research, and how to sort out truths from untruths.

  • Well Thank you so much for sharing this amazing information. The way is people comment on it, i think this is very useful but i haven’t checked yet. i just read the Headings. And heading are showing me the path of educational treasure.

  • Science Buddies is a great resources for students, teachers, and parents!

  • Good heavens, what a great resource ~ many thanks !!

  • Thanks again for sharing this gem with us.

  • Very useful list! - bookmarked.


  • Don’t forget University of Reddit!

  • A true work of love! Thank you!! I have shared with everyone I know and am sure I’ll use it as long as there is any breath left in me :)

  • Amazing!! Guys you are the best!!

    A big hug from Nicaragua!!

  • Excellent collection. Thanks.
    For web and programming, check out

  • You should definitely add

  • Great compilation… Thank you for the good work you have done here. This is also for people who have commented about sites they would want to include.

  • Great list. I’ll be putting this to good use. Thanks so much for pulling this all together.

  • Thank you so much Marc and Angel… you’re an awesome human beings for sharing knowledge. Thumbs Up, high 5! Have a safe, beautiful and a successful life.

  • I have always been a big supporter of self-educating, because people don’t always move at the same pace. And they don’t always study the same way.

    For myself, I am big on video learning, so any way that can feed my mind via video, I am all ears (or eyes). lol

    I haven’t went through your list yet, but will soon. Much appreciated.

  • AWESOME - living up in the mountains and searching options to finish my degree online for teaching and get my home schooled teenager into a online college for C+ computer programing and 3D modeling (his career focus)
    anymore leads are gratefully appreciated as I follow up on links here.
    thanks again -one of my new fav sites!

  • This is amazing! Thanks for this great list!

  • Thank you so much for this great list of resources!

  • What an impressive list. I just want to go through it entirely. This is the correct approach to the net, to education - cooperation. I love the additional lists submitted by others!

  • This list is very comprehensive. Thank You!

    One I might add is which is more specific to finance/capital markets but offers good free resources from around the web nonetheless.

  • very very useful!

  • I second everyone who mentioned This needs to be a separate line. These are Computer Science courses taught by world-renowned experts where learning-by-doing is emphasized.

    Thank you for the great work.

  • Could someone post websites in reference to development studies / monitoring and evaluation / and project management please?

  • Thanks - this list is very useful and will keep me busy for hours as I search each one!

  • Thank you. It would be of great help if you can also make a list for alternative therapies and self-improvement.

  • Amazing resource. Thanks for sharing!

  • wow! Thank you for posting!

  • Thank you so much for the list! This is such a great compilation. You may want to add to the list. Just a tiny contribution from my end.

  • The collection of links for humanity to educate themselves is fantastic, a credit to its creator.

  • Dear Marc,
    Great job. Thanks for the fantastic list.
    We have introduced your website to our readers, so they can benefit.
    Thanks again and God Bless you.

  • Amazing list! thank you!

  • You are a doll, thank you for your efforts! :)

  • Thank you so much! I had no idea these existed, now I have your post here as a toolbar bookmark! I’ll be taking all I can eat with these! You’ve saved me!

  • Thanks! Thanks so much! You are so kind for compiling and sharing these resources for self education.

  • Thanks for the list. I would like to add in the list. This site provides free courses on quality management.

  • Bless you, Marc! The truth will set you free but so will the right education and resources. Thank you for the spectacular service you have provided to readers of the worldwide web.

  • Fantastic list! This is the most informative article ever. Thanks a ton.

  • Thank you so much for this wonderful information resource; it helped me a lot today.

  • Awesome educational list! Thank you!

  • One website I didn’t see here is
    Take the World’s Best Courses, Online, For Free

  • Thank you very much!!!

  • I have about 40 open Safari tabs right now thanks to this list! Holy cow! I had heard of a lot of the open courseware/free education sites such as MIT, Duke, etc (and the University of Utah, my alma mater– represent!!), but a lot of the others are quite new to me. This list could also be named the “anti-boredom” list– it’s hard to be bored with so much cool stuff to sift through. is another place to find documents and presentations. The topics focused on are entrepreneurship, social media, human resources, project management, etc, but there are lots of white papers, articles, and guides that are free to download and read.

  • This is amazing! I have always believed that education is a personal endeavor that we must all take very seriously. While the internet has made connecting and learning easier than ever it has been very hard at times to find legit sources. THANK YOU SO MUCH for this post!

  • Excellent work putting this together. Thanks for it.

  • Wow, this is an impressive list. Marginal Revolution University covers economics - launched in Oct.

  • Hi Marc,
    To me self-education comes first. Thanks for sharing the list.
    Have a great day!

  • Thank you!

    The list is an amazing gift!!!

  • Thank you guys. You are doing a great job. :).

  • Wow! This a huge list. Thanks.
    And by the way: I simply love your other site Beautiful concept.

  • Super list!

  • Thank you for sharing this priceless information!!! I am sure that a lot of people will understand the value of the e-education. This is for one brighter future.

  • Thanks very much. A really great list.

  • Thank you! This really helped me a lot. :)

  • It’s amazing all of the free information there is out there these days! That really leaves no excuse for people to be ignorant. Nice post!

  • Love it love it love it!
    I’m doing a project at the moment where I’m trying to convince people that information is already free - so their knowledge isn’t powerful or even valuable. Like any abundant resource (air, seawater) the logical price point is zero. Yet, I’m confronted daily with the response ‘its my IP, I won’t share it’ or ‘what’s in it for me’? Your post will help me illustrate my point - I’ve already tweeted and shared a link on linked in. Brilliant, brilliant work. I also love that you didn’t ask me to register before you let me read it.

  • Awesome, this information is very useful and helpful and I will share among my children. I am an avid believer in learning and expanding your vision to learn new things. Thanks so much.

  • The collection of links that you have here really helped me out, thank you so much!

  • The link is absolutely amazing! Although I’m a few years late even it still has “priceless” info and in such a diverse and complete manner. As a person with a disability links such as these are literal life savers in a world of limitations such as mine. I have been wanting to further my education for years and amazingly this one link will allow me to do that well within my limitations. Again thank you so much for posting the link. I have just begun to follow your site one day when i stumbled upon it and read the “30 things to stop doing to yourself” article. Magnificent piece a real game changer. I have taken the sacred 30 and applied them directly to my own life and they have made a difference almost immediately. I hope this site helps others as much as it has helped me.

  • Mayuram V.Sankaran
    June 6th, 2013 at 5:16 am

    What a collection here! Now that I have retired from active service, thanks to these links, I can read ‘free online’ (save only for the power and internet link cost) all those books that I have been wanting to read, but never finding the time to get around to it!

  • This is such a helpful list, thank you! I use TAMU to earn continuing education credits for my job, and I love how straight-forward their courses are. They have a lot of free modules, as well as the option to pay a small free for others.

  • Marc - THANK YOU for this fantastic link listing! As an instructional designer, I will share these sites with our instructors to enhance their courses. The media and books sites will be especially resourceful for their students. As an art instructor, I will add some of these links to my online course.

  • Thanks, I’m so going to share this!!

  • It’s brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing these links. I have been sharing this with my family and friends and they have found it very useful as well. Much much appreciated!

  • Thank you ☺

  • What about Coursera? ( ) That’s another big source of free online courses.

  • for calculus and differential equations, a good website is

  • You should include Rice University’s OpenStax free digital textbooks and the big MOOC consortia - coursera, edX, and Udacity. Hillsdale College also offers good courses in the country’s political foundations - western history, American history, and the US constitution, and TypeSafe offers free programming courses.

  • What an invaluable info! Thanks for sharing.

  • What an invaluable resource! Many thanks for sharing.

  • Guys can’t thank you enough for your selflessness and dedication to the human spirit!



  • Two websites I am in love with:

    They have nice interfaces and I have been learning languages (spoken and computer ones) on these sites now for awhile. Free and awesome!

  • Wow! Great resources these are. Thank you so much for sharing them!

  • Seriously, man, you never have to do another good deed for humanity. This list will cover it. Thanks!

  • This list is just perfect for ‘my thirst for knowledge’ & ‘my need to read’. Thank you! (just stumbled across your blog today).

  • I feel I have just found a treasure test of gold!!
    Thank you!

  • Thank you!

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