50 Top Sources Of Free e Learning Courses

“50 Top Sources Of Free eLearning Courses” by Julie DeNeen first appeared on informED.
Whether you are looking for a master’s degree program, computer science classes, a K-12 curriculum, or GED study program, this list gives you a look at 50 websites that promise education via e learning for free.
From databases that organize over 1,000,000 students throughout 16 universities, to a small library of documents for those interested in history, the opportunities for free online learning continue to expand as the Internet becomes a crucial component in education.
1. UMass Boston Open Courseware
The UMass courseware offers a broad range of classes in areas like psychology, biology, early education, political science, history, mathematics, and others. Each department has a separate page listing the classes available. Along the side, you are given your syllabus, assignments, a professor bio, and recommended reading.
There are no slides, videos, or lecture notes, which makes this open courseware inferior to other universities that offer extensive resources.
2. Khan Academy
This website has a variety of video lessons for free. The course subjects are broken down into particular lessons, which is great for students who are looking to learn one principle without taking an entire course. For example, the biology subject has separate videos for evolution, photosynthesis, genetics, and others.
If you prefer reading to watching, this site may not be for you as the lessons are all video based.
3. MIT Open Courseware
MIT Open Courseware
For those looking for courses that will test even the brightest student, MIT is sure not to disappoint. You can download all the course material, which is nearly identical to the course taught at MIT (it even gives you the year and semester it was taught). Since it is an on-demand course, you don’t have any ability to connect with others who are taking it. It is simply an independent study for you to study on your own.
4. Free-Ed
This site is a bit difficult to navigate, as it is not as well designed as other open courseware websites. Similar to most databases, you search through the subjects and categories until you find the class you want to take. One advantage to Free-ed? When you find a class you like, there is the option to click on networking. It will notify you if there are Facebook groups or other online groups you can join that have individuals taking the course you are interested in.
5. Learning Space: The Open University
This website offers downloadable coursework in lots of different categories like youth and children, languages, business, engineering, and others. When you look through the coursework, you can view them according to rating. Other users can rate the class, which may help you in deciding what course to take. The main page does warn that there is a new site design coming in the fall of 2012, so there may be changes soon.
6. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
This e learning website is well designed with ample content to explain how Carnegie Mellon’s OLI works. Unfortunately, you cannot view the course without creating an account. The tagline right above the courses says, “No instructor, no credits, no charge.” Like so many other free courseware, it is an individual study.
7.  Tufts Open Courseware
Tufts makes it clear from the start that their courses are not the same as the ones taught in the classroom. It is up to the professor’s discretion what is posted for free and common use. You don’t need a login ID to view the material, and the professors’ lectures are available as slides. Since there is not any more explanation beyond the slides, it may require you to dig deeper in your own research to understand the whole lecture.
8.  Stanford on iTunes U
Stanford on iTunes U gives you two options. You can either subscribe to the updated video lectures, or simply download the one you’d like to watch. In order to participate in this course, you do need to have an iTunes account and software.
9.   Utah State Open Courseware
These courses are easy to access and find with quick browsing. Each class lecture is offered as an MP3 file with an html document that outlines the assignment. This is a bare bones program, as the assignments are simply exams to test your knowledge of the material.
10. Kutztown On-Demand Online Learning
The Kutztown On-Demand program is focused mainly on business. You must fill out a brief survey before you can access the course, but the material is organized nicely, with small video clips for each topic. You can stop and start as you need to since it is broken down into small pieces. Aside from the slides, there aren’t any other materials to test your acquisition of knowledge.
11. USQ Australia Open Courseware
USQ’s courseware is limited with only ten different courses offered, mostly in technology. The modules are laid out right online with lecture notes and testing assignments. Unfortunately, there is no way to network with any other students enrolled in the courses.
12. University of California Irvine Courseware
The Irvine Courseware offers a variety of classes in different subjects. Unlike other open courseware programs, Irvine does offer a link to information about getting academic credit for some of the courses offered. All the information for the course automatically downloads as a Word documents when you click on the links.
13. EdX
This website offers an array of courses from different universities. The main difference between EdX and other online courses is that the class is a specific length and duration. When you sign up, you are committing to the class time and assignments. You can register for classes offered by Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, and other prestigious schools. If you are looking for a class you can do on your own time, this isn’t the website for you. The classes here are similar to paid online learning classes.
14. Coursera
This is one of the largest website databases for University open courseware. Like EdX, these courses are at a set time (usually lasting for 10-14 weeks). You can access classes from 16 different Universities’ including Princeton, Duke, Stanford, and CalTech. With over 1,000,000 users, Coursera has established itself as the central “go-to” website for free online University learning.
15. Udemy
Udemy is an online institution that offers courses taught by leading experts. You can choose from classes on developing products for Facebook, SQL databases, Photoshop, Music Theory, Business, and many others. Udemy also allows everyday experts to create their own class, so you will have to be selective about the courses you want to take as anyone can create a course. There is a bio about each instructor, along with an Amazon-like review area for users to rate the course and give their opinions about the class work.
16. Connections Academy
connections academy
Connections Academy is a free online K-12 curriculum for homeschoolers and other children in non-traditional classroom settings. This academy relies heavily on parent involvement with a stated, 96% satisfaction percentage. Each lesson has an overview, a lesson, review, and assessment. There are tools, textbooks, and other resources to bolster the student’s educational experience.
17. K-12
This free online K-12 curriculum is offered by state. Currently, only 33 states offer the program. If your state participates, a list will come up of academies that your student can enroll in. K-12 is a network of schools offering education. It is not an independent curriculum developer. There are also private schools that network with K-12, but there are tuition costs.
18. GED for Free
GED for Free is a basic e learning course offered to students who have not been able to complete high school and need to get their GED. You simply fill out a student profile and begin studying. This site is only designed to teach the students the concepts that will be tested on the GED exam. There are no advanced courses or enrichment activities.
19. Free World U
This is a free online k-12 learning system that specializes in flashcards as a way to test the acquisition of skills. The school is free but if you want an accredited program, which comes with tests, certificates, etc., you will need to pay a monthly fee. Without registering, you aren’t able to see much about their curriculum, so it is a bit difficult to navigate.
20. CosmoLearning
This website is a database, listing classes by topic. For each class, there is a sidebar that tells you what school offers it, how many students took it, and the instructor. Unfortunately, the class material only comes in a video lecture format. There are no assignments or other materials.
21. OpenCulture
OpenCulture has compiled a list of University free courses. In their list, they identify what form the lecture comes in (iTunes, Web video, YouTube, etc.). In addition to course listings, they also offer lists of free audio books, free textbooks, and free language lessons. This site does not offer its own curriculum, but rather it compiles resources for easy navigating.
22. New York University
This site is a bare bones archiving of math courses offered by New York University. When you click on a class you like, it takes you to a list of files that are available as PDF documents. Perhaps the material is interesting, but the packaging is not done very well.
23. Open Yale Courses
Open Yale's website front page offering online learning Courses
Open Yale courses offers a great website that is easy to navigate and comprehensive. There are a variety of subjects offered, which can either be downloaded as a zip file, or viewed online. Each lecture has a video (which was recorded during the actual course on campus), plus a transcript and a PDF of slides used during the presentation.
Along the side, the video is broken into lecture chapters, so if you can’t finish the whole thing in one sitting, you can come back to it later. There is no need to sign up or create an ID. Yale has made it easy to take their courses.
24. Gresham College
Gresham College offers lectures for students in different topics. You can watch or listen to past lectures, or attend upcoming lectures. This college is in the UK, so if you are interested in a lecture, you’ll have to wait until it is posted online to view.
25. Notre Dame Open Courseware
Notre Dame has an extensive list of open courses available on their site. They are listed with small buttons next to each title, signifying what the course consists of (syllabus, assignments, video, exams, etc.). When you enter the course, a left hand menu bar helps you to navigate through all the different aspects of the course. There are required readings, which may force you to buy textbooks. Overall, it is a highly organized site and easy to navigate.
26. JHSPHOpen
The JHSPH open courses are comprehensive.  Choose from the list of available topics, and view the materials in a clean and streamlined format. Each lecture comes with slides and an MP3 for download. The classes have a calendar, recommended reading this, syllabus, and a final exam. They also have a place for you to email and give your comments.
27. Open UW
This website is a small initiative offered by the University of Washington. It has a list of ten courses, none of which can be accessed without filling out a lengthy profile and sign up. There are other universities who take more pride in their open courseware experience than UW.
28. Udacity
Udacity is a digital university that specializes in computer science e learning courses. The web layout is extremely easy to navigate. You are given five-minute video lectures with quizzes and assignments. There are no textbooks required, and everything is free. In addition to the class, Udacity offers an online forum where students can collaborate, study, and work in groups.
They can arrange for you to take a proctored exam to gain credit at participating universities. They even offer to hand your resume to partnering companies. This institution is about helping the student succeed on all levels!
29. University of the People
University of the People is a private online tuition free university. You apply just like you would for a traditional institution, and they currently offer an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree in computer science and business administration. They are currently seeking accreditation from the US. Department of Education.
This university works like a traditional online distance learning degree program, where you sign up for classes, interact with other students and professors, and complete assignments. It is a great option for those who want a college education experience but don’t have the money to obtain one.
30. Academic Earth
academic earth
Academic Earth is a website that helps students find a degree program of their choice. They do offer free lectures, but that is not their main focus. Instead, it is geared towards matching students with the right online degree program.
31. Textbook Revolution
The Textbook Revolution is a site run by students who want to improve the exchange of free information. There are textbook exchanges, plus lists of online resources and free course offerings. This is a grassroots based organization- having been developed by students for students. This is a great site to use as a resource.
32. The Library of Congress Files
While this is not an online education site, the government has created a library of files pertaining to America’s history, literature, towns and cities, technology, war, and other important topics. These files are free to access and read, and can bolster a student interested in the social sciences.
33. Alison
Alison is free online education institution that offers lectures, videos, and class materials in various different topics like nursing and education. In order to enter the course, you must first sign up. Each course has a summary page, which outlines the materials provided, the instructor, a syllabus, and the amount of time it will take to accomplish. The site itself isn’t as easy to navigate as some of the others.
34. Webcast Berkeley
Webcast Berkeley has a very simple model. You simply watch a recording of the class that a professor taught on campus. There are no sign in ID’s, assignments, or other resources. It is simply something you watch and absorb. Some of the classes only offer audio lectures. If you are looking for a bit more structure, this school isn’t for you.
35. GCF LearnFree
This website advertises free courses, lessons, and apps. Rather than getting a degree, the classes are tailored to a specific skill like, “Learn Microsoft Word.” The layout is a bit complicated, so it will take some patience to navigate the pages to find what you want.
36. Google Code University
Google Code University offers computer science courses for those interested in coding and languages. You click on the course you’d like to take, and all the materials, videos, and lessons are along the side bar. There is no option to interact with others, so it is essentially an independent study.
37. e-Learning Center
The e-Learning Center offers a modest selection of courses in customer service, software, and computer science. In order to access the course, you must first sign up. This limits a viewer’s ability to see what is offered without first making a commitment.
38. Saylor
the interface of saylor.org, on of our recommended e-learning courses
Saylor University is an advanced e learning site, offering degree programs in a wide variety of disciplines. Once completed, you will receive a certificate (though the school is currently not accredited). Saylor promises that your knowledge and education will be equivalent to a traditional college education. The website is easy to navigate and understand and a great choice if you are interested in the material.
39. Master Class Management
Master Class Management is a website designed solely for those students interested in a business degree. You receive a certificate at the end of each class. Unfortunately, it seems this site is more excited about receiving money through advertising, as the Google Ads are strategically placed right above the “next” button. For someone who is not tech-savvy, they may click on the ads thinking that is the next step.
40. Brigham Young Free Online Courseware
This site offers courses not readily found at other schools. You can take a class in strengthening marriage, family history, honesty, righteousness, and other religious type topics. In order to view the class, you must register first.
41. University of Michigan Open
At the University of Michigan Open courseware, you can choose from a substantial variety of topics. The information all gets downloaded to your computer, after you’ve read the synopsis. There is no interactive component or ability to network with other students.
42. NLC Open Learning Courses
The NLC website is very basic, only offering a few classes. These classes are simply a collection of web pages with information. There is not a lot that has been done to develop this program, so look elsewhere first before using this website’s materials.
43. FlexiLearn
This website is part of the Indira Gandhi National Open University. Free courses are available after you have registered, though the site does make it clear that the courses are independent, and there is no access to a professor. However, there is an online forum attached to the website that allows you to collaborate with your peers.
44. Nixty
This website does not offer its own curriculum, but is a networking site for teachers, students, and institutions. You can log in with your Facebook account and use it as a resource hub for your online learning. Unfortunately, there isn’t much else you can discover without first signing up with an account.
45. Capilano University
The Capilano University offers a modest selection of courses for independent study. When you enter the course, you are provided with an instructor bio, syllabus, assignments, and lecture notes. It is a simple website, easy to navigate, and great for the motivated and independent learner.
46. TU Delft
TU Delft offers courses at both the bachelor and master level, arranged by degree program. You will have access to lecture notes, exams, and assignments in a broad range of topics and subjects. It is easy to navigate, free, and requires no sign-in!
47. United Nations University
This unique university offers courses in government, economics, electronic government, and more. Each unit is free to download, or can be viewed as a PDF file online. There aren’t many classes offered, but the classes are very specific to those who may be interested in government or International diplomacy.
48. Weber State University
Weber State University offers only six classes currently in automotive electronics, technology, health, and English. Each class has the same modules as other open courseware, but the program is small and only narrowly developed.
49. Universaid Colombia
A Spanish website for those who do not speak English. There are a wide variety of courses offered, and the site is well laid out and organized. There is no login required. You simply click and enter the course!
50. Kendal College
This college has been offering free distance learning classes, but it may not be this way for long. Their courses do provide certification that is recognized in the business world. They specialize in areas of learning, such as mental health field, beauty and fashion, performing arts, craft and construction, and media.
As online education continues to expand, a student’s opportunities will grow as well. More and more, traditional universities are seeing a need to reduce the cost of education and keep students interested in their programs. Private companies are also taking the opportunity to create dynamic e learning programs that are free and accessible to anyone!

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Alaa Sadik

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See this site www.openmentor.net. Unlike college academic courses, this has courses from practicing software engineers. It also has online exams to self test your skills. Some of the lectures and webinars are available on youtube.com/freeopenmentor

Soumabha RayChaudhuri

It is great to know so many websites which provide platforms for e-Learning. I am a big fan of Coursera and have been taking up many courses there.
In fact I have published a few course reviews on my blog about these articles too - http://bytesandbanter.blogspot.in/search/label/Online%20Education

Emma Tameside

I'm currently studying a distance learning course in computer science. It's fantastic, although it does cost money! I was unaware that free e-learning courses existed until today (saw it on a few other blogs also). I have to say, this is definitely something that I'll be looking into to save money!

Mirka Janus, Adobe Education

I’d like to add a couple of great free curriculum resources to the list – Adobe Youth Voices Essentials (http://youthvoices.adobe.com/essentials) which is based on the best practices of educators from around the world and helps youth build critical digital literacy skills and Adobe Education Exchange (http://edexchange.adobe.com) that empowers educators with ISTE-aligned curricula for graphic design and print production, Web design and development, and video production.

Jaininder Minhas

Thanks for this informative list. Here, I would like to mention about WizIQ, an e-learning platform that offers sophisticated tools for online teaching and can be paired with these free e-learning courses to create equal opportunities for people everywhere to attend instructor-driven courses. WizIQ’s pedagogical environment is its virtual classroom. This online analog to traditional classrooms is equipped with features such as live audio/video conferencing, advanced whiteboards, chat, screen sharing, content sharing, recordings/lesson capture, and more.

Sam Oneal

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Jonathan Decker

Leverages Kahn Academy, Has been useful and Is also worth review


Awesome website you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any forums
that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I'd
really love to be a part of online community where I can get feed-back from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest.
If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

Troy Sheather

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Amazing article. Thank you for sharing. The fact that there are so many resourses available only reitrates that education is being accessible to so many millions now and is being shared with everyone from all walks of like. The section on Professional Online Education Networks is especially interesting. Aa a teacher, I am currently suing ProProfs which offers awesome tools to create online tests, courses and other assessments. It's really useful for institutions and learners alike. Highly recommended!check - www.proprofs.com

Ken Symicek

Thank you for this information. I just want to share some information about my experience with Alison #33. I took a "Free" course on their website "Free Diploma in Customer Service" It was full of good information and the test were difficult that required thinking. I passed the course with a 90% grade. BUT the catch is the Free Diploma course of Customer Service really isn't free. The diploma showing that you completed the course cost 70 Euros (around 99 USD).
You don't have to take the Certificate/Diploma and the knowledge I got from the course was good but they do bait and switch you when it comes to receiving the diploma. They just shouldn't say it's a "Free Diploma Course".


Got a great knowledge form here. There are a lot of e-learning web sites which provide great service FREE. Im definitely going to try some courses. Thanks!


thanks a lot for such great & comprehensive information. you have saved us much time and effort.
best wishes


eLearning course and training and English programs also.

Free Courses at 360training

Nice Post.. Just an update, we have Free Elearning Courses available at 360training.com


Caroline Vander Ark

Thanks for the update!

felix shihemi

i would like to pursue a course in food and beverage management. kindly help


Another great website for open educational resources is http://dropkick.co. Here you will find a wide selection of free textbooks, courses and lectures from trusted sources.

Course Provider

Thanks for sharing a great list for e-learning course.


I would like to acknowledge the author for writing such a complete list of online learning options. I recently read another post with complementary information about free online leaning resources. I’d like to share the list which may be useful when thinking about other resources available. Here’s the link: http://inspower.co/free-online-learning/


I Found E-Tutorial, E-Learning and Job on www.hub4tech.com. This portal is excellent for Technical Skills Development and jobs.This Portal is also provide Online test paper


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Kathleen Suite

As a result, there were many hurdles including programming errors, computer crashes, and other delays that resulted in filing extension requests.

Ian Watson

live-classes.com offers interactive live Mathematics and English classes taught by certified and experienced teachers. The site is unique as it is the only place I know where you can get real live classes for free, this means students can interact with teachers similar to a real classroom.


well, these are some really helpful sites thank you .

Lalit Pant

Thanks for such a nice information. As here you mentioned online sources for quality education and I listened a lot about Khan Academy for online learning. I will try some other websites you mentioned.


Close to free. (30 a month)LinkedIn owns this website will and help employers find ones who are qualified for jobs based on courses you have taken.

Moaz Khan

This is a very nice list. I have also come across www.cudoo.com which offers languages and professional development courses as self-study. Let me know what you think.

Paula Wilson

If you are a working professional and want to do a computer course or certification then online training is the best option. By doing online courses you can save your time and money both. http://www.learning247.co.uk is also provide online training for lots of computer related courses.

Lalit Pant

Here you mentioned a vast list for the students from where students can easily get their study material and learn what they want.


During their demos, Wiziq showed fantastic performance however when they turned over the app after we paid, that was when we experienced it as slow and non-loading. Requesting payment refund from them is a pain. As customers, we’ve been sending requests for the past 2 years which they continuously ignore. After sending follow ups, they ask what the problem is over and over so you’ll get tired of forwarding the email thread to them. After all the effort and time we’ve wasted, they are now using their 2 year period policy to defend their refusal to refund even if several refund requests were made even before that period lapsed. WizIQ is a scam. Save your money and your time and just buy something else.

Irene Fenswick

Quite an informative article and excellent resources, thanks!
The issue of open access resources bothered me for a long time, and it ended with me having published a free online textbook library. There you can find hundreds of textbooks on more than 24 different subjects. As all books are sorted by subject and linked, it is no doubt you find the textbook you are looking for in a second.
I really hope it will be useful: http://smart.study/blog/1000-open-textbooks-and-learning-resources-for-all-subjects/


I've actually given Coursera a go and I can tell you that it was quite good. Its intro to marketing class by the Wharton School (as you can imagine the intro to accounting was a bore) but I just stumbled upon this great online learning tool called Cudoo (http://cudoo.com/) and it's particularly good for learning languages! Right now I'm using the free trial to learn some Portuguese and it's been great. It's definitely worth taking a look at. There's good collection of professional development courses that I'll be giving a go soon. *Tip*: You do pay for a full course to get a certificate of completion but it's really affordable at $20/mo for the monthly subscription and $15/mo for the yearly subscription.

Peter J. Strong

Thank you for this great list. After many times of looking for a good learning site I’ve found Weshare. It’s like a search engine for tutorials and courses that helps you find all those courses from the some of the sites you’ve written here, just narrowing down the options to some specific ones on every topic. https://www.weshare.net/


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