Online learning (free)

The internet offers limitless opportunities for learning for free.

The following is an article from Business Insider (US) , 3 March 2017, on the 43 best websites for learning something new in 2017.

What are you waiting for? Get started learning something, anything.

Knowledge media

TED/TED-Ed — spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks

Curiosity  —  hundreds of thousands of quality videos for your interests

Investopedia —  largest financial education website in the world

Open Culture  —  compendium of free learning resources

HowStuffWorks  —  explains thousands of topics, from ESP to lock-picking

Popular Science  —  magazine on current science and technology

AEON  —  profound and provocative thinking for the web

The Atlantic  —  We know it’s a curveball… but it’s awesome!

Book of Life  —  for the most substantial things in your life

Matter  —  Award winning publishing platform and studio for storytellers


Wait But Why  —  a stick-figure-illustrated blog about almost everything

Brain Pickings —  an inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness

Backreactions —  theoretical physicist on recent news in physics

You Are Not So Smart  —  an attack on common misconceptions we all have

Hello Internet —  Brady Haran and CGP Grey discuss. It’s worth listening.

Whizzpast  —  a very impressive history blog read

Barking up the wrong tree — science-based insights on how to get ahead

20 Minute VC  —  Want to get funding or begin a career in VC? Start here!

Engaging tools

Kahoot  —  engage with learning games, made from multiple choice questions

Lumosity —  challenge your cognitive abilities with scientific brain games

Memrise —  learning languages and vocabulary, made joyful

Macat —  Platform for developing critical thinking

Duolingo  —  get your language education for free

Degreed —  the lifelong learning platform, aggregating everything you do


Quora  —  connecting people who have knowledge to the people who need it

Socratic — Answers and content from a huge community of teachers

Declara  —  discover, collect, and share knowledge with like-minded people

Stack Exchange — expert Q&A communities, including Stack Overflow

Zooniverse  —  world’s largest platform for people-powered research

Instructables —  user-created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects

Academia  —  Share and discover academic papers on all topics

Course platforms

Coursera —  getting you access to the world’s greatest education

Highbrow  —  5-minute courses brought to your inbox every day

Udemy  —  follow courses on yoga to photography–and much, much more

FutureLearn  —  go through courses from universities and cultural institutions

MIT OpenCourseWare —  virtually all MIT course content

Udacity  —  acquire skills through series of courses and hands-on projects

edX  —  access high quality education, including from MIT & Harvard

Codeacademy  —  learn to code interactively, for free

Khan Academy  —  work on the skills you choose at your own pace

Academic Earth  —  free college courses and ongoing series of original videos

Chesscademy  —  free online lessons for those keen to play chess

How to start a startup —  The best one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs