Latest Update: October 5, 2015 – 150 Entries
This is the most extensive list on free professional and personal education available on the web. I have put them into categories that I thought would be helpful for anyone who is taken her personal & professional development in her own hands. In the first part of the list I focus on MOOCS and Open Education Resources (OER) and in the second part I list tools and resources available for language acquisition.
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Search for OER & MOOCs
Class-Central https://www.class-central.com/ Aggreator of MOOCs
Degreed https://degreed.com/ Aggregator of OER and MOOCs
Academic Earth http://academicearth.org/ Curator of Open Education Resources from several well-known universities worldwide
Mooctivity https://www.mooctivity.com/catalog/courses/ Aggregator of MOOCs
Mooc List https://www.mooc-list.com Aggregator for MOOCS, Search for MOOCs in a perticiular language MOOCs in German https://www.mooc-list.com/language/german?static=tru
Open Education Database http://oedb.org/ Same owner as Academic Earth. OEDB is an online education directory for both free and for-credit learning
OER = Open Education Resources
MIT http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm First to offer Open Education Resources on a massive scale – since 2002.
Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/
Offers also courses in economics and finance
Resources in German:
P2PU: http://p2pu.org/en/ Take online courses in libraries for free
Udemy: www.udemy.com free courses available not all
Skillshare www.skillshare.com. is a similar to Udemy. Most courses charge enrollment fees.
Open Learning Initiative: http://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlearning/
Online College Classes: http://www.onlinecollegeclasses.com/
MOOCS & Online Courses Provider
Coursera https://www.coursera.org Largest provider of MOOCs
edX https://www.edx.org/ Founded by MIT and Harvard
Canvas.net https://www.canvas.net/ LMS – Colleges and Schools develop their own courses on this platform
FutureLearn https://www.futurelearn.com/ Wholly owned by The Open University – courses from universities and cultural institutions worldwide
Miríada X https://miriadax.net/home Provider for MOOCs in Spanish
Udacity https://www.udacity.com/ Focus is on computer sciences
CourseSites https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html Owned by Blackboard. Free LMS to create MOOCs, provides MOOC Catalogue of courses
Iversity https://iversity.org/ European Provider of MOOCs with focus on Europe
Rwaq (رواق) https://www.rwaq.org/ Provider of MOOCs in Arabic
NovoED https://novoed.com/ For example hosts courses from the Stanford Business School
Open2Study https://www.open2study.com/ Courses by the Open University Australia
Open University http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/ The Open University Learning space (600 free courses also with credits). See Credit Accumulation and Transfer scheme (CATS):http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_Accumulation_and_Transfer_Scheme. (Remark: Can be transferred into ECTS)
Open edX https://open.edx.org/ Open edX is the open source platform that powers edX courses. Universities can produce their own MOOCs on this platform. Hosts MOOCs as well.
Alison https://alison.com/ Offers free online degrees and diplomas
YouTube Edu http://www.youtube.com/education Lectures from Universities
Ted- Ideas Worth Spreading www.ted.com
MOOCs by the Hasso Plattner Institute
MOOCs provided by SAP
MOOCs offered by IMC
MOOCs relevant for HR & Corporate L&D
Using MOOC in training: https://www.mooc-list.com/course/teaching-flipped-canvasnet?static=true
Dynamic Educator in the digital world: https://www.mooc-list.com/course/becoming-dynamic-educator-canvasnet?static=true
Leaders of Learning: https://www.mooc-list.com/course/gse2x-leaders-learning-edx?static=true
Human Resources: https://www.open2study.com/courses/human-resources-090215
Learning How to Learn University of California, San Diego Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects by Dr. Barbara Oakley, Dr. Terrence Sejnowski
Data Scientist for Free https://www.tucana-global.com/tucana_blog/how-to-become-a-data-scientist-for-free
Entrepreneur for Free https://ppalme.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/entrepreneur-for-free-curricula/
SAP SuccessFactors LMS http://www.successfactors.com/en_us/solutions/talent/learning/lms.html tracks MOOCs
Create your own courses
Lore http://lore.com/ is another type of plattform to create free online courses. The focus of this plattform is on the community and the social networking between students.
Coursesites http://www.coursesites.com/ by Blackboard is another free web-based course platform to attend courses or setup your own.
1.1 Language Exchange/Community Platforms
Livemocha http://livemocha.com/ Owned by Rosetta Stone. Also offers courses
Busuu https://www.busuu.com/enc/ also offers courses
My Language Exchange http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/ text and voice chats and also organizes meetups
Conversationexchange http://www.conversationexchange.com/ Find people near you to practice
Easy Language Exchange http://www.easylanguageexchange.com/
The Polyglot Club http://polyglotclub.com/ organizes meetups
When you travel stay with locals to practice your language
Find meetups where people speak the language you are learning
Google Practice Hangouts Search for Google Hangout for Language practice via G+GoTo Gal https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Gplusgotogal/posts I have found hangouts for English, French and Mandarin.
Speaky https://www.gospeaky.com/ Online Exchange Platform
Coffeestrap https://www.gospeaky.com/ Online gamified exchange platform, identify exchange partners with similar interests
Hellotalk http://www.hellotalk.com/Index/index/lan/en/hellotalk.html#en Language Exchange Learning app for ios and android
Linqapp http://www.linqapp.com/ Language Exchange app for ios and android
1.2 Language teacher platforms
You have to pay for teachers. However rates can be very low depending on the coutry the teacher resides and what experience she has. You can try teachers for a reduced rate before you commit more.
Learning English Video Lectures: http://www.businessbookmall.com/Learning%20English%20Video%20Lectures.htm
Open Culture http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons
Radio Lingua Network http://radiolingua.com/
Podcasts for French Spanish, German, Italian
2.2 Radio Online
2.3 Film / Video / Television
Find Television Stations streams
learn languages free with music
Reddit – Subreddit Group /r/JudgeMyAccent http://www.reddit.com/r/judgemyaccent Share your recordings for native speakers to give you feedback
Accent Trainer course http://www.mimicmethod.com/
Learning With Texts LWT http://www.fluentin3months.com/lwt
An online version is installed on Benny Lewis Blog Fluent in three month Instructions on the tool: http://www.fluentin3months.com/learning-with-texts/ Link to Download Tool http://lwt.sourceforge.net/
Diigo Web Plugin / Google Tranlsate Plugin https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/diigo-web-collector-captu/pnhplgjpclknigjpccbcnmicgcieojbh?hl=en / https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-translate/aapbdbdomjkkjkaonfhkkikfgjllcleb?hl=en Translate text while you read on the internet and make annotations with the Diigo Web Plugin
Ebook Directory for Languages http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/listing.php?category=325
Lyrics Translate http://lyricstranslate.com/
4.1 Spaced repetition tools
Flashcards for phrases in 76 languages
- Understanding / Meaning
Translations of sentences
Internet Polyglot http://www.internetpolyglot.com/
Memorize words and meaning for 40 Languages
5.1 Translation Tools / Dictionaries
Google Translate http://translate.google.com/
Bing Translator https://www.bing.com/translator/
Interactive Terminology for Europe http://iate.europa.eu/SearchByQueryEdit.do
- Other Tools
Is a virtual town where you can practice 85 languages in all areas.
Simular to duolingo, users crowdsource mini lessons for language learning
Foreign Service Institute http://fsi-languages.yojik.eu/
Mango Languages http://mangolanguages.com/
available free through libraries
Immersion & Hacks
Read, Listen, Practice – list relevant sources on the internet
I will teach you a language http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/
Good advice on language hacks
Great advice as well on language learning and free resources for specific languages
Education Hackers & Hacks
Scott H. Young – MIT Computer Science Degree in 1year: http://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/myprojects/mit-challenge-2/ Scott H Young succeeded to learn MIT’s 4-year curriculum for computer science in 12 months, without taking any classes and spending less than 2000 USD. His speech at the Ted Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=piSLobJfZ3c#t=0
Jay Cross – College Degree in 1 year: http://www.doityourselfdegree.com/ Scott was influenced by the first Education Hacker Jay Cross. Jay got a college degree in 1 year at 1/20th of the cost compared to the traditional way by using online available resources only.
Benny Lewis – Fluent in a language in 3 months: http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny has demonstrated on how to become fluent in a language in just 3 months without having to visit the country where it is spoken. Not only is Benny with the help of internet more effective than using the traditional class room programs, he also does it at a fraction of the costs.
Dale Stephenson – Education without College (uncollege): http://www.uncollege.org/ Dale Stephenson founded UnCollege.org after he dropped out from college. Uncollege provides Gap Year programs for young adults who want to drive their own education. Dale shows new ways to drive your own education without having to attend college which costs as you know a lot of money in the US. He is the Author of Hacking Your Education and has a background in home schooling. His book also inspired McKenzie’s new onboarding program where they follow a very similar approach.
Peter Palme – Reading Chinese Newspaper in 1 year: https://ppalme.wordpress.com/mission-2015-able-to-read-a-chinese-newspaper-in-chinese-by-31-12-2015/ Peter set himself the Mission of Reading a Chinese Newspaper by the end of 2015
In just 2 months and a net learning time of 32 hours he read his first Chinese book. 7 months later he knew more than 2000 unique characters Peter read his first article in a Chinese newspaper.
As a comparison Chinese children will learn just over 1000 characters in their first four years in school and then it would take them to grade 6/7 before they can read a newspaper.
Peter Palme – SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Certified Application Associate – Cloud HCM Peter used open.sap.com and the SAP Learning Hub to get his certification in ¼ of the time compared to attending a SAP classroom training and at a 1/5th of the costs. As he has a subscription to SAP Learning Hub for one year and can attend other courses the costs for his employee central certification will even further decrease compared to the traditional way.
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Workshop “Education Hacking”
40+ Free Online Language Learning Resources http://www.fluentin3months.com/free-links/
140 Tools to Learn a Language http://chinesemusings.com/140-tools-to-learn-a-language/
Free online learning resources: see http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesmarshallcrotty/2012/01/01/free-education-for-all-a-meme-whose-time-has-come/2/
A very well structured and very extensive list at uncolleg.org – Hacking your Education by Dale J. Stephens: http://www.uncollege.org/resources/
My vision is to build a truly integrated HR in the cloud. A truly integrated HR is the key enabler for organizations to maximize their business outcomes. And I want to leverage the cloud for learning. I want to help companies to become engaging and innovative learning organizations.
At this point I’d like to thank Leopold Kause from DidacDesign http://didacdesign.com for his expertise provided on OER, his other valuable contributions and the review of the article.