Second on the list of why I love the internet is that knowledge is easily available. There are many people and organizations dedicated to making sure information is freely shared so that anyone with an Internet connection and wish to learn can do so.
This is a boon for someone like me – flat broke, horribly under-educated, and not always able to get to the library. If you know where to look, there’s a world of words and knowledge waiting.
Note: this is by no means a complete list. The sites I’ve picked are the ones that seem to be most accessible and most comprehensive.
Free online classes:
Please note that while some of the course providers are real universities, availing oneself of free courses will not garner any type of degree or certificate. This is strictly learning for the sake of it.
Khan Academy – A non-profit organization that provides free video classes on math, science, finance and economics, humanities, and test prep – over 3,300 videos in all. There is also a section for math skill practice.
Learner’s TV – Free video and audio lectures from reputable universities. There is also an online test designed to help prep for medical licensing exams. Most content is licensed under creative commons by the respective universities.
MIT OpenCourseWare – A service of MIT, it is a web-based publication of “virtually all MIT course content.” There are 36 departments to choose from.
Yale/Open Yale Courses – Select lectures from Yale University from 23 different departments. Lectures are available in video, audio, and text transcript.
Open Culture – Comprehensive curators for all the links to free courses, audio books, text books, movies, and language lessons.
Free online books and libraries
Free Science – Free science books, theses, student notes, and more.
LibriVox – A project dedicated to turning all free books into audio books. Over 5,000 audio books are available.
Project Gutenberg – over 40,000 free e-books to download or read online. Includes books in 61 languages. It also has sheet music, recorded music, and moving and still pictures.
The Free Library – 19,908,727 free books and articles. It includes publications, literature, and articles in numerous categories. Translations are available for 11 major languages.