42 Sources for Free Online Courses

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Looking for a free online course? You are in luck! There are thousands of courses available online for free. These courses come in many different formats (MOOCs, self-paced, more formal, less formal, etc.) and are available from many different providers. Here are 42 places to find free courses online.

AcademicEarth

AcademicEarth is a collection of open online courses from 13 top universities including Harvard, Oxford, and Yale.

ALISON

ALISON focuses on the job skills market, with more than 600 free, certified courses in a variety of fields, from business process management to carpentry studies.

Aquent Gymnasium

Aquent offers free courses to help working professionals upgrade their digital skills.

Canvas Network

Canvas Network offers MOOCs from a variety of institutions. Learn everything from world history to how to take great photos with your phone.

CourseSites

Blackboard’s CourseSites is also a MOOC provider.

Coursera

One of the top MOOC providers, Coursera has hundreds of free courses available from many of the top colleges and universities around the world.

CreativeLive

CreativeLive has both paid and free courses in areas including photo, video, art, and design.

Degreed’s Learning Pathways

Degreed has created a variety of curated learning pathways based on videos, articles, and other resources around the web. Start on one today to boost your knowledge and skills related to marketing, network security and design, and even creativity.

edX

Another top MOOC provider, edX hosts courses from Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, and other top institutions.

Eliademy

Eliademy is a small, but growing, online course marketplace. Most of the courses are paid, but some are free.

FutureLearn

FutureLearn is the U.K.’s top MOOC provider, with courses from the British Council, Queen’s University, the British Museum, and more.

Harvard Extension School

Harvard Extension School has joined the Open Learning Initiative by opening online noncredit courses to the public.

iTunes U

iTunes U is an iPhone and iPad app that gives learners access to courses from many institutions. It promotes itself as “the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content.”

iversity

iversity is a European MOOC platform offering courses in both English and German.

Janux

Janux is an online course platform from the University of Oklahoma. The courses are available to UO students for credit and to everyone else for free.

JHSPHOpen

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health has made the materials from over 100 of its courses available online.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy now includes learning pathways in addition to its huge collection of video lectures.

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft offers free training courses in cloud development, mobile development, visual studio, and much more.

MIT OpenCourseWare

This site hosts a large collection of course materials from MIT courses.

MongoDB University

MongoDB offers free training for its products.

MRUniversity

Marginal Revolution University is a free online learning platform for economics topics.

NovoED

NovoED is a social online learning platform from Stanford. Most of the courses focus on business skills and are available free.

Open2Study

Open2Study is an Australian course provider with accredited as well as free open courses.

Open Culture

Open Culture has a large collection of cultural and educational media, including books, audio books, ebooks, language lessons, MOOCs, and other free online courses.

Open Education Consortium

The Open Education Consortium houses one of the largest collections of free online courses from around the world.

Open Education Database

The Open Education Database is an aggregator where you can search more than 10,000 free online courses.

Open Education Europa

Open Education Europa aggregates both free and paid courses from providers in Europe.

openHPI

openHPI offers tech courses from the Hasso Plattner Institute, most of which are available in English.

OpenLearn

The Open University offers extracts from several of its courses for free.

OpenLearning

OpenLearning is a platform that allows teachers to create and deliver courses, ranging from business and economics to lifestyle topics. Most of the courses are currently free.

Open Learning Initiative

The Open Learning Initiative from Carnegie Mellon University “offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach.” There are currently 21 free courses available for learners, mostly in STEM and languages.

Open Yale

Yale has put many of its course materials online in a self-paced, free format.

P2PU

The goal of P2PU is to create networked learning communities on the web. Anyone can teach and take courses, which are divided into separate “schools,” including social innovation, math, and webcraft.

Qualt

Qualt is a mobile-first, mobile-only MOOC provider offering job skills courses from leadership to project management.

Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy offers a range of free courses and learning pathways, some of which can be translated into college credit at partner universities.

Stanford Online

Stanford Online lists all of the open courses, including MOOCs and self-paced courses, offered by the university.

Tufts OpenCourseWare

This site publishes Tufts course materials for anyone to use.

Udacity

Although Udacity’s full course experience is paid, most of the course materials are still available for free.

Udemy

Udemy is a huge online course marketplace. Many of the courses are paid, but there are still a good number available at no cost.

University of Notre Dame OpenCourseWare

Notre Dame has made many of its course materials open and available.

Utah State OpenCourseWare

Utah State has also put its course materials online.

Wikiversity

Wikiversity is a large collection of open educational resource, including courses, which are divided into different “Schools.”

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Written by Caitlin Probst