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Recommended Websites: Free Online Academic Classes and Lectures

One of the greatest benefits of the Internet is that it makes knowledge that at one time was restricted to academic institutions available to anyone with Internet access and a browser. This is a short list of academic websites I like to visit when ever I am in the mood to expand my knowledge and explore different academic disciplines. This list will grow and change over the next few weeks. If you would like to be notified when this page is updated, use the form below to subscribe to this post. I promise, no spam!

Professor Messer www.professormesser.com
44 Videos – Total Running Time: 10 hours, 53 minutes – Over 118,000 views!

CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Microsoft Training.

AcedemicEarth.org www.academicearth.org
Online courses from the world’s top scholars. Hundreds of videos on many academic topics.

Subjects: Online Degrees, Art & Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering (Except Electrical), Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Law, Literature, Mathematics, Media Studies, Medicine & Healthcare, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Test Preparation.

Schools: Berkeley, Brandman, Columbia, Dominican,, Drexel, Florida Tech, Georgetown, Hampshire, Harvard, Jacksonville, LeTourneau, Liberty, Marian, Maryland, Michigan, MIT, Northcentral University, NYU, Princeton, Rice, Scranton, Stanford, Tiffin, UCLA, UNC, UNSW, USC, USN, Yale.

Khan Academy  www.khanacademy.org

The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

Mathematics: Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, Statistics, Pre Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Brain Teasers.

Science: Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Healthcare and Medicine, Physics, Cosmology and Astronomy, Computer Science.

Finance and Economy: Core Finance, Valuation and Investing, Venture Capital and Capital Marketing, Credit Crisis, Paulson Bailout, Geithner Plan, Current Economics, Banking and Money, Currency, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics.

History: American Civics, Art History.

Test Preparation: SAT Math, GMAT, CAHSEE, California Standards Test, Competition Math, IIT JEE, Singapore Math.

TED www.ted.com

TED is not an online academic classes or lectures site, but I defy you to view a few videos  from a multitude of topics, and walk away without learning something or gaining a new perspective on a topic. TED is an excellent website dedicated to presenting ideas from brilliant people around the world.

MIT Open Courseware www.ocw.mit.edu

Full video lectures, an online textbook, and interactive quizzes help guide independent learners through an introductory survey of the scientific study of human nature.

TUFTS Open Coursewarewww.ocw.tufts.edu

Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.

How Stuff Works ScienceHowStuffWorks.com

Science explains and demystifies the world through the objective of gathering and analyzing data. Explore the natural world, engineering, space, military technology, physics and even supernatural phenomena.

Directories of Open Education

Google Scholar – Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

OpenCourseWare Consortium – This site provides a portal to search through hundreds of free courses or to add new courses you know about to the database.

iBerry – Check out this site for a huge directory of open courseware organized by school and subject matter that can point you in the right direction for any type of learning.

Self Made Scholar Directory – Free online directory of web-based classes and courses.




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