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Online education is seen as an area available to those unable to access full-time education. Technology has now allowed the use of CDs, DVD, email, web-based presentations and more. It is possible to carry virtually a full load or a single unit.
You can choose where and when you study/complete work, even overseas. It can be done in conjunction with full-time work, managing a family or running a business. It can be done for professional or personal reasons. You can select individual courses from a number of sources [MOOCS].
In previous years, this form of study was often called external studies or distance education, with the latter term still being used by some groups.
Online education is provided by most universities, some colleges and many school systems. Numerous universities are now providing “Open Courseware” online, free to anyone who is interested.
Be aware online education has positive and negative aspects. You must know if you are suited to this method of learning. Getting Started - Open Universities Australia has information regarding the process.
Similar sites include Guide to Starting Your Online Education and Distance Learning Web Resources. While these are US based, several sections apply worldwide and are worth reading before starting any online/distance education course.
This page looks at Open Courseware, specialised online learning areas, video and other tutorials.
The First Page looks at online education programs in Australia. This covers all levels from schools [Distance Education, School of the Air] to universities and vocational areas.
- Engineering OnLine
‘EOL is over 500 programs - videos of technical presentations, eLearn courses and staged learning programs’. Free, standard and premium subscriptions. Standard subscription is very reasonable.
- I.T. Training Online
Free training in areas of computing including basic programming. Resources, tools, courses listed.
- Learn the Net
Articles on the internet from going online to building web pages.
- Search Engine College
‘Online training institution offering supervised courses and self-study courses in Search Engine Optimisation, Pay Per Click Advertising and other Search Engine Marketing subjects’. Fee-based.
- Skill Soft
Provides IT online training.
Investment & Business
- Australian Business Planning
Advice and guidance in the development of a business.
- Business Plan Centre
Business planning online.
- Language Courses
Multiple languages. Not all free, so check carefully.
- Language Study Online
- Lingo Media
Language courses [mainly European] and other cultures.
Media & Music
- Berklee Shares
‘Free music lessons you can download, share and trade with your friends and fellow musicians’.
‘Private music lessons for view, taught by the world’s finest classical and jazz artists. All the major instruments are represented, along with lessons in voice, history and theory’. Free to Join but lessons are fee-based.
- Music and Theatre Arts [MIT OpenCourseWare]
Listing of undergraduate and graduate courses, some with lecture notes, multimedia, projects and examples, assignments and solutions.
- Online Conservatory
Canadian piano teacher. If interested, you need a MIDI compatible keyboard. To continue, there is a fee.
Combines input from universities, companies and others to provide online learning in multimedia areas.
- Online Learning for Sports Management
‘Dedicated to students and teachers who need information about the field of Sport and Recreation Management. More than 500 freely available web pages and some resources for a small fee’.
- 100 Free Podcasts from the Best Colleges in the World
‘Courses from some of the best colleges and universities out there to get a high quality education on the go’.
- 100 Incredible Lectures from the World’s Top Scientists
‘You’ve now got access to the cutting edge theories and projects that are changing the world’. Annotated links listed in science areas.
- 400 Free Online Courses from Top Universities [Open Culture]
‘Includes over 250 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Download these audio & video courses’.
‘Environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web. Our Content Commons contains educational materials for everyone’. Free.
‘High quality courses from the top universities, for free to everyone. We are changing the face of education globally, and we invite you to join us’.
‘EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities’.
- Explore Open Courses
‘10 000+ Courses on [an] open education database’.
‘Enjoy our free online courses, wherever you are and whenever you want. Access course content on mobile, tablet or desktop’.
- Getting Started [With Your Online Education]
‘Strives to answer all the questions you may have regarding online school requirements. Through these articles, we hope to give you a better understanding of what to expect and how to succeed at any online school’. US based.
‘Free interactive educational tools for use in the classroom or in executive training’.
- Harvard University [YouTube]
Access material through the main Harvard Channel or one of the faculty area channels listed in the lower half of the page.
- iBerry - Open Courseware
Find a vast range of open courseware from quality universities and other academic institutions from all around the world.
Well presented !
- iBerry OCW Finder
Search via Open Courseware Sites, subject, Open Educational Resources, using the subject area grid [probably the best], Learner Support.
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Opencourseware
‘Provides access to content of the School’s most popular courses’.
- METU OpenCourseWare
‘Free And Open Educational Resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world’.
‘A free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. No registration or enrolment process because OCW is not a credit-bearing or degree-granting initiative’. Aeronautics to Writing. Also has Video lectures.
- Notre Dame OpenCourseWare
‘Try the list of departments on the left of this page, or go to the full list of courses’.
- Online Courses
Links to courses from US universities, primarily in the fields of computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry. Many have video components.
- Open Courseware Collections
“To Help You Be a Better Teacher”. ‘Learn about a wide range of topics, from classroom behaviour to using the latest technologies. It can provide an invaluable supplement and guide to your educational pursuits and classroom management’.
- OpenCourseWare Consortium
‘A collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organisations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model’.
- Open Courseware - Online College Classes
‘Here are some of the best free courses available on the web from a variety of schools around the world’. One section of a larger site which covers Online Classes, Videos, Podcasts, Textbooks & eBooks, more.
- Open Yale Courses
‘Free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University’. Additional material at Yale Courses [YouTube].
- ParisTech Graduate School Open Course Ware
‘Website content is structured and can be searched according to the left column containing the ten main fields of scientific expertise’. In English.
“Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world”. Select by area or other options.
- The Cape Town Open Education Declaration
‘Educators worldwide are developing a vast pool of educational resources on the Internet, open and free for all to use’.
- The Ultimate Guide to Using Open Courseware
70+ Apps, Search Engines and Resources for Free Learning.
- Top 89 Open Courseware Projects
‘Freely available for anyone to use, whether you’re a student, an instructor, or a self-learner. Categorised by subject and listed alphabetically within that subject’.
- Tufts OpenCourseWare
‘Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach’.
‘Free Classes. Awesome Instructors. Inspiring Community. We believe university-level education can be both high quality and low cost’. Some of Stanford’s best computing courses such as Artificial Intelligence are included.
‘Our goal is to disrupt and democratise education by enabling anyone to learn from the world’s experts’. Not all are free.
- UNU OpenCourseWare
‘Showcases the training and educational programmes implemented by the University in a wide range of areas relevant to the work of the United Nations’.
- USQ Open Access College
‘Provides pathway programs for prospective students to access the award programs of the University’.
Among the options are ‘development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning and work on building open education resources’.
How to tutorials. 14 categories and more than 120 sub-categories. Everything done step-by-step.
- Excel Easy - Excel 2010
‘We offer a tutorial [Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and VBA] on how to use Excel. You can find related examples and features [300 Examples] on the right side of each chapter’.
Quality free online courses. Archived at the University of Chicago library, but fully accessible.
- Free Online Courses and Tutorials
Covering many areas. Education, Professional, Science, Arts/Entertainment, etc..
- How Stuff Works
- Officetuts - Microsoft Excel 2013 Training and Tutorial
‘Learn basic and advanced features of Excel 2013 from our easy to follow illustrated lessons’. Free to use.
- Online Tutorial Resources
‘A guide to free, online tutorials, learning objects, open courses and self-paced learning modules on the Internet’.
Guides on multiple topics.
- TutorialFind [V2]
1 500+ courses in 250+ areas.
‘The premier online destination for affordable education - anytime, anywhere and in any subject’. Fee-based.
- Virtual Training Suite
‘Free Internet tutorials to develop Internet research skills’.
350 categories of free, family safe, online tutorials, etc..
- Academic Earth
‘Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars’. Select from US Universities, subjects or Top Rate Instructors.
- Algebra Tutorials and Lessons
From a Home School site. Briefly annotated links cover many aspects/levels.
‘Free Online Art Lessons and Commercial Art Tutorials. Learn how to draw, sketch and paint’.
- Berkeley Video Courses
Find tutorials by selecting specific area listing, e.g. Chemistry Courses.
- Free Video Lectures
‘Bringing Free Education to all’. 18 000+ videos from 20+ universities in India, Australia  and the US.
- Free Video Tutorials
Tutorials primarily in the computing area.
- Nova - Watch Online
‘The following NOVA programs are available to watch online’. Has other media formats besides video.
‘Online community for sharing instructional videos.A site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers.’
- YouTube EDU
‘Videos and Channels from college and university partners’. Subject area lists, Most Viewed, Most Subscribed [Channels].
‘Access to high quality video lectures presented by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.’. Free.