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Over 175 Free Online Educational Resources - I. Top Picks II. Universities and Higher Education III. General Collections IV. How-to & DIY V. Studying with Peers VI. Online Books, eBooks, & Journals VII. Computers, Software, & Programming VIII. Science & Math IX. Logic, Words, & Memory X. Languages XI. Music XII. History XIII. Business, Finance, & Investing XIV. Food, Nutrition, & Cooking XV. Survival Tips XVI. Other


I. TOP PICKS

II. UNIVERSITIES & HIGHER EDUCATION

Lecture Fox – Free university lectures http://lecturefox.com/ More Open Courses: Open Courseware Consortium http://www.ocwconsortium.org/ Harvard Extension School – Computer Science & Technology http://computerscience1.tv/2010/spring/ Johns Hopkins University http://ocw.jhsph.edu/ Kaplan University http://ocw.kaplan.edu/ Notre Dame http://ocw.nd.edu/ Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study http://video.ias.edu/all Tufts http://ocw.tufts.edu/ Utah State http://ocw.usu.edu/ Google in Education http://www.google.com/edu/index.html ArsDigita University – Computer science and math lectures http://aduni.org/courses/ UC Berkeley Webcast – Central service for online video & audio for learners around the globe http://webcast.berkeley.edu/ UC Berkeley Video Courses – Free education online http://education.jimmyr.com/ Capilano University http://ocw.capilanou.ca/ Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative http://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlearning/ Delft University of Technology http://ocw.tudelft.nl/courses/ Rice University Connexions – A place to view and share educational modules http://cnx.org/ Stanford on iTunes U – Stanford-related digital audio content http://itunes.stanford.edu/content/overview.html UC Irvine http://ocw.uci.edu/ UC San Diego Podcasts http://podcast.ucsd.edu/ University of Chicago’s Mind Online – Thought-provoking samples of critical thinking & debate http://news.uchicago.edu/multimedia University of Colorado, Colorado Springs http://www.uccs.edu/~math/vidarchive.html University of Massachusetts http://ocw.umb.edu/ University of Michigan http://open.umich.edu/education University of Southern Queensland http://ocw.usq.edu.au/ University of Sydney – Podcast episodes http://sydney.edu.au/podcasts/2011.php University of Virginia – Podcasts & webcasts http://www.virginia.edu/uvapodcast/ University of Washington – Computer Science & Engineering http://www.cs.washington.edu/education/course-webs.html Utah Valley University – Online courses & open educational resources http://open.uvu.edu/ YouTube Channels: Stanford http://www.youtube.com/stanford UC Berkeley http://www.youtube.com/user/UCBerkeley University of New South Wales http://www.youtube.com/user/UNSWelearning Yale http://www.youtube.com/yalecourses


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III. GENERAL COLLECTIONS

Free Video Lectures – 800+ Online Courses and 19,000+ Videos from Top 30+ Universities on 35+ Categories http://freevideolectures.com/ 100 Intro Open Courses on Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Learn http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2010/05/12/100-intro-open-courses-on-everything-youve-ever-wanted-to-learn/ Annotum (formerly Google’s Knol) http://annotum.org/ IncrediCampus – Lectures and preparation/admission advice for college & graduate schools http://www.incredicampus.com/ Learners TV – Thousands of downloadable video lectures on liberal arts, science, engineering, and more http://www.learnerstv.com/ Online Education Database – 200 free online classes to learn anything http://oedb.org/library/beginning-online-learning/200-free-online-classes-to-learn-anything Infoplease – All the knowledge you need http://www.infoplease.com/ MERLOT – Multimedia educational resource for learning and online teaching http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm Internet Archive http://www.archive.org/ 101 Online Self-improvement Resources http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/101-self-improvement-resources/


IV. HOW-TO & DIY

WikiHow – The how-to manual that you can edit http://www.wikihow.com/ How Stuff Works http://www.howstuffworks.com/ Wonder How To http://www.wonderhowto.com/categories/ Instructables http://www.instructables.com/ Make Magazine http://www.makezine.com/ How-to Help & Videos for Dummies http://www.dummies.com/ VideoJug – Get good at life http://www.videojug.com/ How to Create a Book in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books Let’s Make Robots http://letsmakerobots.com/


V. STUDYING with PEERS

Open Study – Study together http://openstudy.com/ P2P University – Learn anything with your peers http://p2pu.org/en/ Study Blue – Your digital backpack http://www.studyblue.com/


VI. ONLINE BOOKS, eBOOKS, & JOURNALS

Google Books http://books.google.com/ WikiBooks – Open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page Planet eBook – Home of free classic literature http://www.planetebook.com/about.asp Open Book Project http://openbookproject.net/ The Free Library http://www.thefreelibrary.com/ Many Books – Ad-free eBooks http://www.manybooks.net/ WorldCat – Collections & services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide http://www.worldcat.org/ iBiblio – The public’s library and digital archive http://www.ibiblio.org/ LibriVox – Free public domain audiobooks http://librivox.org/ The Assayer – Web’s largest catalog of books whose authors have made them available for free http://theassayer.org/ Amazon.com Free eBook Collection http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_link_85650291_15?ie=UTF8&node=2245146011 Scribd – Reading and publishing evolved http://www.scribd.com/ Textbook Revolution – Student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials http://www.textbookrevolution.org/index.php/Main_Page Directory of Open Access Journals http://www.doaj.org/ eReaderIQ – Recent non-public domain freebies & price-drop alerts http://www.ereaderiq.com/ Longform – New and classic non-fiction articles curated across the web http://longform.org/ Flatworld Knowledge – The first and largest publisher of free & open textbooks http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/


VII. COMPUTERS, SOFTWARE, & PROGRAMMING

W3Schools – The world’s largest web development site http://www.w3schools.com/ Google Code University http://code.google.com/edu/ The New Boston – Step-by-step tutorials for multiple coding languages http://thenewboston.org/ UDacity – CS 101 http://www.udacity.com/ PHP Academy http://www.youtube.com/user/phpacademy Better PHP http://www.youtube.com/betterphp NetTuts+ – A large collection of coding tutorials http://nettuts.com/ Tutorial Guide – The site for all your tutorial needs http://www.tutorialguide.net/ Codecademy – Fun & interactive way to learn how to code http://www.codecademy.com/ Free Technology Academy – High quality educational material based on free software & open standards http://ftacademy.org/ Higher Computing for Everyone – Writing basic programs http://www.highercomputingforeveryone.com/ HTML 5 Please http://html5please.us/ Rails for Zombies http://railsforzombies.org/ Ruby Warrior – Open source game to teach Ruby language http://www.trybloc.com/courses/ruby-warrior/chapters/beginner#/1 Got API – Documentation search engine http://start.gotapi.com/ Lynda – Online software training videos http://www.lynda.com/ Intro to Linux http://www.reddit.com/r/Ubuntu/comments/bbnkp/ive_tinkered_in_ubuntu_before_but_its_the_primary/c0lzpwk Stack Overflow – Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers http://stackoverflow.com/ DZone – Fresh links for developers http://www.dzone.com/links/index.html Photoshop & Graphics: Tutorial Hero – Photoshop & Flash tutorials http://www.tutorialhero.com/ PSD Tuts+ http://psd.tutsplus.com/ Photoshop Tutorials http://photoshoptutorials.ws/ Graphic Tutorials http://www.graphictutorials.net/ Photoshop Pack Graphic Design Resources http://www.photoshop-pack.com/ PSD FanExtra Tutorials http://psd.fanextra.com/category/tutorials/ Vandelay Design – Photoshop Tutorial Hall of Fame http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/design/photoshop-tutorial-tutorials/ Grokking the GIMP http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/index.html Video CoPilot – Tutorials for VFx & motion graphics http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/


VIII. SCIENCE & MATH

Scirus – The most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web http://www.scirus.com/ Cite Seer X – Access scientific and scholarly knowledge http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/ getCited – Academic database, directory, & discussion forum http://www.getcited.org/ National Science Digital Library – Explore, share, create http://nsdl.org/ Science Magazine Podcasts http://www.sciencemag.org/multimedia/podcast/ National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning – Science, Engineering, & Technology http://www.nptel.iitm.ac.in/ KQED’s Quest – Explore science, nature, and environment stories from Northern California and beyond http://science.kqed.org/quest/ Freelance Teacher – Videos on physics, chemistry, math, & biology http://www.freelance-teacher.com/videos.htm FHSST – Free high school science texts in physical sciences & math http://fhsst.org/ cK-12 Flexbooks http://www.ck12.org/flexbook/ Paul’s Online Math Notes http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/ Reddit’s List of Useful Online Math Resources http://www.reddit.com/r/math/comments/bqbex/lets_list_all_the_useful_free_online_math/ Math, Better Explained http://betterexplained.com/ Astronomy & Outerspace: Space Engine – Free space simulation software http://en.spaceengine.org/ Google Sky http://www.google.com/sky/ NASA for Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html Scale of the Universe – Interactive Flash Animation http://www.scaleoftheuniverse.com/ Statistics: Vassar Stats – Concepts and applications of inferential statistics http://faculty.vassar.edu/lowry/webtext.html StatSoft Electronic Statistics Textbook http://www.statsoft.com/textbook/stathome.html Connexions Collaborative Statistics http://cnx.org/content/col10522/latest/ Handbook of Biological Statistics http://udel.edu/~mcdonald/statintro.html


IX. LOGIC, WORDS, & MEMORY

Mind Tools – Memory improvement techniques http://www.mindtools.com/memory.html The Nizkor Project – List of logical fallacies http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/index.html Wikipedia’s List of Logical Fallacies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies Wikipedia’s List of Figures of Speech http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_of_speech Tool Kit for Rhetorical Analysis http://grammar.about.com/od/rhetorictoolkit/Tool_Kit_for_Rhetorical_Analysis.htm KnoWord – Expand your vocabulary http://knoword.org/ Vocabulary.com – Learn new words & explore language http://www.vocabulary.com/ Brain Workshop – A Dual N-Back Game http://brainworkshop.sourceforge.net/ Argument Mapping Tutorials http://austhink.com/reason/tutorials/ Philosophy Bites – Podcasts of top philsophers http://www.philosophybites.com/


X. LANGUAGES

Basic Composition – Reading & Writing http://www.basiccomposition.com/ BBC Languages – Beginner courses in multiple languages http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ Foreign Service Institute Language Courses http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php Language Guide – Foreign language vocabulary, grammar, & readings http://www.languageguide.org/ eLanguage School – Free foreign language lessons online http://www.elanguageschool.net/ Free Online Language Courses via About.com http://distancelearn.about.com/od/onlinecourses/a/freelanguage.htm DuoLingo – Learn a language for free & simultaneously translate the web http://duolingo.com/ Babel Nation – Learning languages online for free http://www.babelnation.com/ Transparent Language – Language learning software & resources in over 100 languages http://www.transparent.com/language-resources/languages.html Survival Phrases – Learn essential travel phrases, tips, and insights http://survivalphrases.com/ Talk to Me in Korean http://talktomeinkorean.com/ Chinese Toolbox – Software for learning Chinese through reading http://www.chinesetoolbox.com/ LiveMocha – World’s largest language learning community http://www.livemocha.com/ American Sign Language (ASL) University http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/lessons/lesson01.htm Handspeak – Sign language http://www.handspeak.com/ Signing Savvy – Your sign language resource http://www.signingsavvy.com/index.php


XI. MUSIC

Music Theory – Lessons, exercises, & tools http://www.musictheory.net/ Ear Training & Music Theory Software http://www.trainear.com/ Basic Music Theory http://www.howmusicworks.org/ About.com Music Education – Music theory http://musiced.about.com/od/musictheory/u/musiced_musictheory.htm Teoria – Music Theory Web http://teoria.com/ Ultimate Guitar – Lessons, techniques, & styles http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/ Justin Guitar – The best guitar instruction on the web http://www.justinguitar.com/ Chorder – Chord fingering and guitar resources http://www.chorder.com/guitar-chords/ Funk University – Assembly of Music’s Finest http://www.thefunkuniversity.com/ Play Bass Now – Lessons, licks, and low notes http://playbassnow.com/ How to Play Piano http://www.howtoplaypiano.ca/


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XII. HISTORY

Teacher Resources – Western Civilization (52 half-hour video programs) http://www.learner.org/resources/series58.html Metropolitan Museum of Art – Timeline of Art History http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/


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XIII. BUSINESS, FINANCE, & INVESTING

Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/ Google Advisor https://www.google.com/advisor/home Google Finance http://www.google.com/finance MarketWatch by WSJ http://www.marketwatch.com/ Main Street – Business & financial headlines & advice http://www.mainstreet.com/


XIV. FOOD, NUTRITION, & COOKING

Good Eats Fan Page http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/GEFP/index.htm Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills http://www.jamieshomecookingskills.com/ Chef Todd Mohr’s Web Cooking Classes (YouTube) http://www.youtube.com/user/ChefToddMohr Nutrition Data – Self nutrition data; know what you eat http://www.nutritiondata.com/ Nutrition.gov – Smart nutrition & practical tips http://www.nutrition.gov/ Choose My Plate via USDA http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ The World’s Healthiest Foods http://whfoods.org/foodstoc.php Calorie King http://www.calorieking.com/ Start Making Choices – Simple ideas for living healthier on a budget http://www.startmakingchoices.com/index.jsp Eat Right Nutrition Tips http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=206


XV. SURVIVAL TIPS

Off Grid Survival – Wilderness and urban survival skills http://offgridsurvival.com/ Backwoods Magazine – Self reliance and self sufficiency http://www.backwoodshome.com/index.html Survival Topics – Your online survival kit http://www.survivaltopics.com/ Wilderness Survival – Free info covering all aspects of survival http://www.wilderness-survival.net/ Discovery’s Worst-Case Scenario Video Clips http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/worst-case-scenario/


XVI. OTHER

Advanced Yoga Practices – Directory for Main Lessons http://www.aypsite.com/MainDirectory.html Creative Live – A live, worldwide creative classroom http://www.creativelive.com/