“Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, we built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. The world of open education has exploded since then, so today our curated lists of online courses are hand selected by our staff to show you the very best offerings by subject area. We also make sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, we bring the amazing world of academia to you for free.”
“Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. It is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free online, at any subject level. Through our mission we are a catalyst for positive social change, creating opportunity, prosperity, and equality for everyone.”
“Brilliant’s mission is to inspire and develop people to achieve their goals in STEM – one person, one question, and one small commitment to learning at a time. We enable great teachers to illuminate the soul of math, science, and engineering through bite-sized, interactive learning experiences. Our courses explore the laws that shape our world, and elevate math and science from something to be feared to a delightful experience of guided discovery. We aim to cultivate a world of better learners, thinkers, and problem solvers.
We welcome learners of all ages to create an account and get started. To understand more about our approach to our work and products, read our principles and see what our members say about us.”
“Codecademy is an education company. But not one in the way you might think. We’re committed to building the best learning experience inside and out, making Codecademy the best place for our team to learn, teach, and create the online learning experience of the future
Education is old. The current public school system in the US dates back to the 19th century and wasn’t designed to scale the way it has. Lots of companies are working to “disrupt” education by changing the way things work in the classroom and by bringing the classroom online.”
“Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. Paid courses provide additional quizzes and projects as well as a shareable Course Certificate upon completion.”
“edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access. Fulfilling the demand for people to learn on their own terms, edX is reimagining the possibilities of education, providing the highest-quality, stackable learning experiences including the groundbreaking MicroMasters® programs. Supporting learners at every stage, whether entering the job market, changing fields, seeking a promotion or exploring new interests, edX delivers courses for curious minds on topics ranging from data and computer science to leadership and communications. edX is where you go to learn.”
“We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.
We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas. Learn more about how our courses work”
“Kadenze brings together educators, artists, and engineers from leading universities across the globe to provide a world-class education in the fields of art and creative technology.”
“Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.”
““The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.”
– Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. View a list of our most visited courses
Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication. Read more about how our materials are making a difference”
Open Learning Initiative
“Improve learning and teaching through science
OLI supports better learning and instruction with high-quality, scientifically based, classroom-tested online courses and materials.
This Learning Engineering approach means courses are designed based on learning science research. But it also means, in turn, they contribute to that research and propel the domain of learning science forward.
We’re committed to keeping our courses low-cost for classrooms, and free for independent learners.
Our low maintenance fees for classroom use help cover the real-world costs of providing hosting, tech support, ongoing content improvement, and technological maintenance of the delivery platform. This is how we can continue to offer the materials free for internet-connected independent learners anywhere in the world.
Foster a community
We aim to create to community of use, research, and development to allow for the continuous evaluation, improvement, and growth of courses and learning materials.
OLI and The Simon Initiative are active in the Open Educational Resources community. We attend and present at related conferences, publish our research findings, and collaborate with many like-minded organizations, while working with educators and institutions to develop new courses, research projects, and learning technologies.”
“Stanford Online offers you a front row seat to some of the brightest minds at Stanford. Our robust catalog of global and extended education provides a variety of ways to expand your learning, advance your career, and enhance your life.
Choose from graduate and professional certificates, advanced degrees, global and executive education programs, lifelong learning, and free content. Engage with faculty, industry, and other learners — online, on campus, at work, and around the world.
Stanford Online is a part of the Stanford Center for Professional Development, a pioneer in extended education since 1995. We are located on the Stanford University campus, where intellectual curiosity and an innovative spirit thrives. We work closely with Stanford schools, departments, programs, and centers to develop a robust catalog of courses and programs to meet your needs.”
The Open University
“OpenLearn is a free learning platform, delivered by The Open University as part of its Royal Charter commitment to support the wellbeing of the community.
Since its launch in 2006, OpenLearn has become an integrated part of The Open University, with the site attracting almost 75 million visitors – many of which go on to make an enquiry about becoming a formal student, strengthening the journey between informal and formal learning.
The OpenLearn team originate, commission and develop content that unites faculty and University priorities with areas of topical and general interest. This is in support of our own student population in their academic, skills and career and personal development (CPD) endeavours, delivering quality assets openly available for teaching and learning.”
“Our mission is to train the world’s workforce in the careers of the future. We partner with leading technology companies to learn how technology is transforming industries, and teach the critical tech skills that companies are looking for in their workforce. With our powerful and flexible digital education platform, even the busiest learners can prepare themselves to take on the most in-demand tech roles.”
“The leading global marketplace for learning and instruction – By connecting students all over the world to the best instructors, Udemy is helping individuals reach their goals and pursue their dreams.”