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60+ educational resources to teach yourself anything.

Paul Anthony / October 2, 2011

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From its inception, the web has always had appeal as an educational resource. Recognising the potential for remote learning, in 2002, the launch of OpenCourseWare at MIT helped propel the initiative into the spotlight, with many universities following suit and providing quality educational material available through the web. No longer is there an excuse for anyone with access to the web to say that education is outside of their reach.

This collection of links and applications highlights just the tip of the iceberg of educational resources that are available on the web. If you are interested in teaching yourself a new skill or learning a new topic indepth in your spare time, hopefully some of these will be of use.

University Material

Open Yale – Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.

Open Courseware – Notre Dame University contribution to open courseware.

Open Courseware – MIT – Free lectures, exams and course material from MIT.

Open Courseware – University of California

Open Courseware – John Hopkins School of Public Health

Open Courseware – Utah State University.

Open Courseware  – Carnegie Melon University

Open Courseware – University of Edinburgh School of Informatics

Free Online Courses from Brigham Young University

UK Based University Search – All UK universities added to a custom search. Try a few queries such as Second World War, Games Programming – OER

Oxford University Mathematics OpenCourseWare: This project focuses on topics that range from introductions to pure mathematics and complex numbers to algebra, geometry and logic.

University of Nottingham: the University of Nottingham provides lectures on a variety of topics as well as learning resources.

Western Governors University: This project contains various courses listed under information technology and liberal arts.

University of Leicester OER – A collection of various open educational resources from the university of

Comp Science, notable courses

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence – Stanford

Machine Learning Class – Stanford

Introduction to Databases – Stanford

Computer Games Programming with XNA– Queens University Belfast

Building Mobile Apps – Open Courseware from Harvard

Introduction to Robotics – Stanford

Stanford – Open Classroom 

Google Code University – Curriculum Search.

Video Material

Webcasts from Berkley University.  Recorded lecture material on the web from Berkley Uni. also  Berkley University on YouTube

Stanford University on YouTube –  Everything from Quantum physics to Humanities.

TED – ideas worth spreading

Khan Academy – With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 180 practice exercises, learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

Open Video Project – A shared digital video collection that includes lots of educational material.

Free Video Lectures – more than 19k video lectures, and free online resources.

Vidipedia – YouTube videos organised by educational subject.

VideoJug – 60,000 free, professionally-produced ‘how to’ videos and guides.

YouTube University – Youtube curation of its own educational university content.


Open Courseware Finder – Find any course on any topic inside the Open Courseware Consortium.

MIT Courses Finder – Opencourseware classes at MIT.

Open Content Online – Further resources for finding opencourseware material.

iBerry – provides information and resources for learners, educators, researchers and anyone else with an interest in adult education.

PEOI – On-line course content to upgrade the skills of aspiring professionals, serving businesses that employ them, universities that award degrees, and faculty that offer instruction.

Open Courseware Podcasts, merged together using Yahoo Pipes.

Online Learning Projects

Project Gutenberg – Free e-books on a wide collection of topics.

Academic Earth – Online courses from the world’s top scholars.

WikiBooks – the open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit.

Einztein – Find free university courses, and browse hundreds of topic areas.

Computer Science Unplugged – Free activities and tasks useful for learning all aspects of Computer Science.

Udemy allows anyone to create, or teach online courses.

UDemy – build and take online courses in a variety of different subjects.

Code academy – Resources for learning to write computer software.

Connexions – Connexions is a dynamic digital educational ecosystem consisting of an educational content repository and a content management system optimized for the delivery of educational content.

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.

Open Study – A collaborative educational environment where you can get help from other students in real time.

Open Study is a realtime learning environment.

UReddit – University of Reddit, a selection of skills available taught by members of the Reddit community.

Open Educational Resources – Open Commons Learning. Free-to-Use Teaching and Learning Content from Around the World

Sofia – The Sofia initiative was launched by Foothill-De Anza Community College District in March of 2004. The goal of Sofia is to publish community college-level course content and make it freely accessible on the web to support teaching and learning.

BBC Online Learning – Some good resources for basic languages learning.

Directory of Open Access Journals – Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages

Merlot –  Find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials.

Nixty – learning management platform that supports open education resources where teachers can earn an additional income through collaboration with student. Take courses from top instructors, schools, and universities. Study with other students.

OER Glue – a browser-based tool that allow students and teachers to collaborate together to create fully functional course material from around the web. Think of it as a curation tool for educators.

Peer to Peer University – Where people work together to learn a particular topic by completing tasks, assessing individual and group work, and providing constructive feedback.

Flat World Knowledge –  This is a university textbook publisher whose books are published under an open license, giving the ability to remix, edit and redistribute the content.

Tes Teaching resources  – An online space for teachers to share free learning materials including lesson plans, activities, games, teaching ideas and worksheets.

Technology Academy (FTA) – a joint initiative from several educational institutes in various countries. It aims to contribute to a society that permits all users to study, participate and build upon existing knowledge without restrictions.

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