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Free Online Educational Resources

Posted by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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Online Video Lectures

  1. MIT Open Courseware (OCW):
    Comprehensive repository of materials from many classes at MIT. However, there is little course-to-course standardization and most lack user interaction/customization and focused visualizations.
  2. Khan Academy:
    Started by an MIT alum to help teach his cousins via YouTube, it now serves 1800+ courses in mathematics, science, finance, and history.
  3. Berkeley Webcasts:…, also available as podcasts from iTunes:
  4. Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE):….
    Another collection of lectures from a small private school across the bay.
  5. Udemy:
    User-generated videos on a broad range of topics.
  6. Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT):
    Links to a number of great resources for both learning & teaching across a range of academic disciplines. Includes guides, videos, and visualizations, though organization could be much better.
  7. Periodic Table of Videos:
    A Mendeleevian repository of youtube videos about each element. Pretty cool.
  8. Academic Earth:
    Aggregates and organizes online video courses - includes materials from many of the above resources.
  9. Nixty:
    Similar to Academic Earth, tries to make free online content more organized and accessible.
  10. Yale - 35 FREE Courses
    Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets.
  11. HubSpot Inbound Marketing Training Program

Interactive & Personalized Courses

  1. MIT Electricity & Magnetism (8.02T):…
    An experimental course format that offers some great supplementary material, including comprehensive notes and interactive visualizations. I think more courses should offer material like this.
  2. Carnegie Melon Open Learning Initiative:…
    Includes some downloadable files, as well as periodic quizzes to benchmark progress in a range of subjects.
  3. EduFire:
    Sign up for direct lessons with user-rated experts. They also offer some more traditional courses as well as flashcards (not all lessons are free).
  4. Better Explained:
    This is primarily text-based, but the author does a good job of breaking concepts down in the way he would’ve liked to have had them explained to him.
  5. Journal of Visual Experiments (JOVE):
    This is more geared towards biological experiment education - but is definitely useful for scientific endeavors.
  6. IBM Courseware:…
    Though primarily software/IT oriented, they seem to link to a number of valuable resources.

Free Textbooks

  1. Flatworld Knowledge:
    Still building up its inventory, but will hopefully incorporate interactive elements into its free electronic textbooks.
  2. WikiBooks:
    Relatively few finished textbooks, but if they can achieve 1/10th the success that Wikipedia has it should be quite interesting.
  3. ChemWiki:
    Texts geared towards chemistry education.

Flashcard Learning

    This is more geared towards memorization, but it applies a few valuable principles such as material customization and spaced repetition (more info. in my blog post).
  2. Study Blue:
    Build your own flashcards & notes - access from computer or phone.
  3. CoboCards:
    Insert images, formulas, and tables.
  4. StudyStack:
    Find & create simple flashcards.
  5. Google Body:
    OK, not really flashcards or a course per se, but this is an awesome supplemental material for any physiology or anatomy course. And it can be used like a giant, interactive stack of 3D flash cards.
  6. Anki:
    Spaced repetition learning with electronic flashcards.

Language Learning

  1. LiveMocha:
    Language learning courses with audio, images, & text. Get feedback from native speakers through their social component (not all lessons are free).
  2. WordSteps:
    Learn 20 words in 15 minutes every day.
  3. Lingt:
    Recently acquired by, will be re-released as their flashcard product.
  4. Busuu:
    Language learning community with a really slick interface and lots of interactive elements.
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