10 Free Education Websites that Will Expand Your Horizons [LIST]

It's never too late to learn something new

Apr 10, 2014
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No matter how old or young you are, there's always time to learn something new or delve deeper into a topic that really interests you. With so many free education websites out there, the opportunities to improve your knowledge and expand your horizons are endless. Make some free time because exploring these 10 brilliant websites will keep you busy for a very, very long time. Enjoy!


WHAT: A non-profit educational website providing world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
HOW: Khan Academy features a vast library of easy-to-follow educational content, replete with 5,000 micro lectures via YouTube video tutorials.
TEACHER'S PET: After signing up, Khan Academy will remember what you've learned and provide at-a-glance information so you can keep track of your goals.
WEBSITE: https://www.khanacademy.org/ 

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2. P2PU

WHAT: A peer to peer open learning community for people to delve into various topics through online courses and study groups.
HOW: Anyone is welcome to create a course or study group and share their knowledge with other users.
TEACHER'S PET: For extra motivation, feedback Badges are awarded and provide a way for learners to improve their projects.
WEBSITE: https://p2pu.org/en

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WHAT: An evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet.
HOW: Hundreds of articles and videos tackling emerging  “big ideas” make up this knowledge forum. The relevant and actionable ideas cover themes stretching from Earth and Beyond to Extreme Biology.
TEACHER'S PET: An ever-growing network of top thinkers and doers from around the world help make this site a platform for real knowledge that can be applied to the challenges of daily life.
WEBSITE: http://bigthink.com

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WHAT: A non-profit, tuition-free, degree-granting online academic institution that believes access to higher education is a key ingredient in the promotion of world peace.
HOW: UoPeople has managed to succeed in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education by bringing together top academic leaders and international foundations.
TEACHER'S PET: Some 200 Haitian students have been accepted to study at the University as part of a program promoting education in underserved regions of the world.
WEBSITE: http://uopeople.edu/ 

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WHAT: A global community for users to create, share, and find free learning resources.
HOW: Curriki contains thousands of free lessons and curricula built by educators that are shared throughout the Curriki community using collaborative networking groups.
TEACHER'S PET: Geek out on the latest free education news and advice over at the Curriki Blog.
WEBSITE: http://www.curriki.org/welcome/ 

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WHAT: A comprehensive collection of free online college courses from the world's top universities.
HOW: By curating links to over 750 online courses and 8,500 individual online lectures, Academic Earth gives people the opportunity to learn a whole host of topics at their own pace.
TEACHER’S PET: Take on some extracurricular electives with this selection of original, thought-provoking videos.
WEBSITE: http://academicearth.org

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WHAT: A site full of interactive illustrations that add a whole new dimension to learning online.
HOW: Dynamic computation technology is used to create illustrations that bring to life concepts in a fascinating way that will get you hooked.
TEACHER’S PET: Create your own interactive demonstration and share it with the online community.
WEBSITE: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/index.htm

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WHAT: A collection of over 300 free, self-paced, online courses.
HOW: By focusing on topics centered around the highest enrollment majors in the U.S, the courses that Saylor offers are relevant and the skills gained transferable.
TEACHER’S PET: Online forums provide a great opportunity for users to meet and share with fellow students, faculty, and staff.
WEBSITE: http://www.saylor.org/ 

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WHAT: The more educated older brother of every techie’s favorite social networking site, Reddit.
HOW: The University of Reddit lets people share their expertise and educational materials through class lectures and videos on a unique online community.
TEACHER’S PET: Spread the love - think of something you're an expert at and teach your own class to other users.
WEBSITE: http://www.ureddit.com

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WHAT: A global online learning community dedicated to helping others develop essential workplace skills.
HOW: People can gain the qualifications they need by enrolling in one of the 600 high-quality, certified, multimedia courses available for free.
TEACHER’S PET: ALISON is a high achiever and has been recognized globally by UNESCO and other important international bodies.
WEBSITE: http://alison.com

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