This crowdsourced collection of top lectures from professionals, academia, governments, and leaders of all stripes is unique in that the resources are upvoted or downvoted by users, in typical Reddit fashion.
Library of Congress
Most of our national library’s texts are now available online. Whatever skill it is you want to learn, you can read up on it there.
Remember taking on a second part-time job just to pay for your college textbooks? Boundless is shaking up the textbook industry by offering textbooks online, for free.
Inc.’s own educational site is an amazing resource for entrepreneurs looking to build the skills most likely to help them succeed. These real-time, live workshops led by all-star entrepreneurs are the best way to cut the learning curve and connect with people who really have the experience to lead by example.
Google World Wonders
Explore the ancient and modern worlds in an incredible online resource powered by Google’s Street View and mapping technology.
TED is another fantastic place to find actionable advice and learning opportunities created by genuine, experienced people. I’ve curated my favorite TED Talks for entrepreneurs, leadership training and creativity in business — check them out for yourself. You can also visit TED Ed for its own selection of great lessons.
One of my favorite sites on the planet, Lifehacker is the place to learn how to do just about anything better, faster, and smarter.
Speaking of Reddit, the forum site has its own University of Reddit, with dozens of courses in the arts, computer science, language, math and statistics, and more.
Internet Sacred Text Archive
It’s the largest archive of free books on religion and spirituality on the internet. Read up on mythology, religion, folklore, alchemy, parapsychology, and more.
See what’s happening in your area and meet up with like minds to learn new skills, often free of charge. Meetups are a great way to trade experiences and learn new perspectives.
Critical thinking is an incredibly important skill, but it’s not often taught in public school curriculum. Brush up on your rhetoric, grammar, and logic with Trivium’s free resources.
University of the People
Billing itself as the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online American university, UoPEOPLE offers degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science and Health Studies.
Watch well-researched, in-depth documentaries from PBS, free of charge online.
Study classic literature for free with over 50,000 titles available to download from the Project Gutenberg library.
Packed with free online courses from over 40 universities, FutureLearn is a U.K. site that serves over 3.6 million learners worldwide.