10 free online learning sites

The internet is democratizing education.  Whether you want to take the time to complete a semester long course or simply watch a two minute video, access to some of the world’s top thinkers and the latest information is available online for free.  Below is a list of some of my favorite resources.  

What do you want to learn today?

 

1. COURSERA

http://www.coursera.org
A large selection of online university courses, with some offering the possibility to earn a certificate.

 

2. TED

http://www.ted.com
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.  Speakers from the global TED conferences are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas.

 

3. CREATIVELIVE

http://www.creativelive.com
Free live online classes streamed daily.  Topics include Photo & Video, Art & Design, Music & Audio, Craft & Maker, and Money & Life.

 

4. HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

http://hbr.org/video
Short videos on business and management topics and challenges.

 

5. LEAN IN

http://leanin.org/education/
Lean In’s Expert Lectures are short videos on topics related to career and professional development.

 

6. 99U

http://99u.com/videos
Longer talks with actionable insights on productivity, organization, and leadership to help creative people push ideas forward.

 

7. OPEN CULTURE

http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses
A collection of free online courses, ebooks, language lessons and more.

 

8. EDX

http://www.edx.org
Free courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web, provided by universities.

 

9. POP TECH

http://www.poptech.org/popcasts
Short talks from a global community of innovators, working together to expand the edge of change.

 

10. RSA

http://www.thersa.org/events/rsaanimate
The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) provides short animated videos on world-changing ideas.