Education used to be for the fortunate few. No more!
The first public libraries were often started with a donation, or were bequeathed to parishes, churches, schools or towns. These social and institutional libraries formed the base of many academic and public library collections of today. Libraries offer a wealth of information both offline and online.
The advent of the internet has made a dramatic change and now anyone around the globe who has access to the internet via PC, tablet or smart phone can get an education for free. A surprising number of people still does not realize how much knowledge is at their fingertips.
Here are some sites to help you get started. Please share with us your experiences with these sites or share any sites which have not yet been included.
Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. They built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities in 2009.
Over 600 courses and 6500 lectures are offered in Art & Design, Business, Engineering, Humanities, Medicine & Healthcare, Science & Math, Social Science and also preparation for ACT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and SAT.
Some of the top universities represented are: MIT, CIT, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Dartmouth, Stanford, Princeton and Oxford.
It is Khan Academy’s mission to provide a free, world‑class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy is a personalized learning resource for all ages and offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
Khan Academy offers math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and test preparation. Research has shown that students score significantly higher on the SAT after taking the SAT prep course. Math is one of the most popular subjects: the math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Most recently Khan Academy has started offering AP course. By taking AP exams and scoring a 4 or it is a great way to save on college
Khan Academy has partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. Global Advisory Board Members include Bill Gates and Carlos Slim…
Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a shareable electronic Course Certificate. Although the courses on Coursera no longer appear to be free, some courses have a 7-day full access free trial, and you can audit video lectures and some course content for free. If you want to complete the course and earn a Course Certificate by submitting assignments for a grade, you can upgrade your experience by purchasing the course. You can also apply for financial aid if you cannot afford the course fee.
DIY & HOW-TO EVERYTHING
This is a great site to find out how to do almost anything. From how to fix a leaky faucet to how to make a liquor bottle advent calendar.
If you are interested in learning a language this site is right for you. Learning with Duolingo is fun and you can learn a language in bite-sized lessons that fit any schedule. Each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges. You can check your progress and if you already know the language you can test out and get to the more advanced materials right away.
Learn 15 languages for free. With 5000 new users each month joining the over 14 million members from over 195 countries this is an amazing community. Live Mocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world. With advances of technology connecting us with the rest of the world, language learning is an important part of being prepared for the workplace. Learning a second or subsequent language provides opportunities for advancement and international business experiences.
Freerice, is the world’s only vocabulary game feeding the hungry. Play a game, have fun, learn some stuff and feed the world. How many people will you feed? Create a competition at your school, college, company, place of worship: “compete so they can eat”.