Using your library membership, you can get many courses for free!
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Stream an amazing collection of movies and documentaries. You can also learn new skills with the Great Courses. Users have access to 4 plays per month (but unlimited access to Great Courses and kids' content).
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Find video tutorials to help you learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals.
If you have already created an account, you can download the Lynda.com app through your device’s app store. Once downloaded, use the “Already a Lynda member?” button and sign in under the Organization tab. Use the app like you would the website, or download videos for offline viewing.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
A wide range of free and low-cost courses awaits anyone eager to pursue a subject in greater depth. Short for massive open online courses, MOOCs are most commonly offered through consortiums or partnerships between universities and colleges, and open to anyone.
Course length and time commitments vary. Though most MOOCs are not-for-credit, some institutions offer certificates of completion for a fee. Teaching is through video lectures, podcasts, online discussions and links to articles and ebooks.
Browse the catalogues of the MOOC providers below, or use Class Central to search by subject across multiple platforms.
How to tell if a MOOC is right for you
- Watch the instructor’s introductory video
- Check the course outline for pre-requisites and the level at which the course will be taught
- Look at the instructor’s college webpage and search the web for course reviews
The first MOOC - an MIT course in electrical engineering - led to the creation of edX, a partnership between MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and University of Texas. McGill University, the University of Toronto and others have since joined, offering courses "designed to be interesting, fun and rigorous."
The pioneer of MOOCS, MIT puts lecture notes, exams, and videos from more than 2,200 courses online for free (no registration required). Since many of these courses only include written material, you need to look under the heading "Audio/Visual" at the bottom of the website to find courses that include audio or video lectures.
Lagunita hosts many of the free online courses taught by Stanford Univeristy faculty and made available to lifelong learners around the world for self-enrichment. Click on a course for a full description, to see when it's offered, and to find reviews.
Another Stanford initiative, Udacity is funded by Google and other tech firms and is chiefly technology oriented. Course materials are available to anyone, but to enrol in the full course experience, there is a monthly fee (approximately $200/month on average). "Nanodegrees" in specific areas are granted to those who enrol and pass the necessary courses.
Enjoy lectures by internationally acclaimed experts.
Episodes of BBC Radio's popular 'history of ideas' show are archived here. Listen to a podcast on the age of the universe, or whether we are near to achieving the thinking, feeling computer.
"Created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading," the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue at the local level." Check out the Editors Picks, or look for upcoming webcasts.
Tutorial or Mini-lecture Style Learning
Challenge yourself with first rate tutorial style lectures from the Khan Academy.
With a library of over 4,200 high quality short videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, they are on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. Created by Salman Khan who began posting math tutorials on YouTube, it’s a fantastic way for high school and university students to get help with difficult concepts.