A huge variety of courses covering most areas you’d expect to find in any large university.
All are free to audit. A small fee is required to earn a verified certificate.
At a glance, edX looks like a STEM-heavy MOOC provider, but if you open up the list of
courses by subject, you’ll find music, the humanities, law and business on offer for free.
Like Coursera, all courses are free to audit or pay a small fee for a course certificate.
Tech-focused plus a handful of non-tech courses that are still within the STEM world.
Many are free, but they also offer affordable “nanodegree” programs.
A growing collection of MOOCs from universities around the world. Like Coursera and edX,
courses run for 3-6 weeks on average.
If you use an iOS device or iTunes on a computer, you can access hundreds of video courses on
everything. Most offer only recorded lectures from past classes, while others (e.g. the popular
Developing iOS Apps by Stanford) are more
comprehensive, including lecture notes and readings accessible from iTunes.
Open Yale Courses http://oyc.yale.edu
There are around 40 courses on offer across numerous disciplines, mainly introductory, but all free.
Berkeley Webcast http://webcast.berkeley.edu
A backlog of course videos are permanently available through to Spring 2015 after which new content
will be published on edX exclusively. There are hundreds of courses on subjects that don’t change much
or at all over the course of a few years (unlike tech, for example), so it’s still a valuable resource to consider.
MIT Open Courseware http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/find-by-department
Loads of courses listed, unfortunately, not all complete. It is, however, a great place to look
for reputable sources or books for essays or if you’re perusing a subject area and want to know
what might be involved.
Microsoft Virtual Academy https://mva.microsoft.com
Hundreds of free video courses covering both Microsoft and non-Microsoft tech at all levels of
proficiency, taught by experts and optionally supplemented by free software a few clicks away.
Code Academy https://www.codecademy.com
Free courses to help get you started in popular scripting languages in a hands-on online environment.
Thousands of video courses in all sorts of subjects. If you dig around the web, you’ll find
recommended courses led by experts in their field, particularly if it’s design or photography.
Pay for a monthly subscription or check with your local library or university for free access
Tens of thousands of courses in any subject or topic you can imagine, for free or for a
small fee per course. The problem with Udemy is courses aren’t always taught by qualified
instructors or institutions, which makes finding a course worth doing a lesson in itself.