I know that the title is a bit of an oxymoronic statement, but it’s none the less true. In this day and age of online education (and in some cases ridiculous amounts of college debt…thankfully not my case) there are tons of options out there for folks to learn just about anything from some amazing sources. Many educational institutions are offering free online resources to teach people all sorts of interesting things.
In my line of work (librarian) I get asked all the time where some affordable places are to go learn about technology. In this post, I’m going to list some amazingly affordable options for you to check out, and by amazingly affordable I mean FREE!
- Carnegie Mellon University: Open Learning Initiative – free courses.
- GCF Learn Free: Free online tutorials on all kinds of topics.
- Khan Academy: Forever Free online courses for every subject from Kindergarten through College.
- MIT Open Courseware: many free online courses from MIT.
- Open Yale Courses: free courses from Yale.
Free…but you’ll want to avoid the ads…(don’t we always want to avoid ads.)
- Mooc List: Massive Online Open Course: Free online courses (note: skip the ads)
“Mostly Free” options:
- Edx: Pay & Free online courses (note: Verified courses are free, but certifications & professional education courses cost $).
- Udacity: Pay & free online courses on many subjects (note: Be sure to click the “free” checkbox).
- Udemy: Pay & Free online courses. (note: Once you search for a course you can easily sort out the free courses by using the “price” menu and checking the free box).
Now I’m sure you noticed some big-name universities in the list above… Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Yale…that’s not by accident. Many large universities are working on open course initiatives where they help not just their students and staff but the general public as well by providing free learning resources for everyone.
So go forth and learn something new and exciting, and don’t forget if you need help with getting to this kind of information feel free to ask your friendly neighborhood librarian.