Resource Guides: Self-Guided Education

This week’s resource guide is about self-guided learning.  More and more adults each year are taking the opportunity to educate themselves with technology skills, personal growth behaviors, and even small business techniques.  Browse some of the links in this guide to see what new learning opportunities you can pursue.

We have assembled this guide to online resources to supplement the materials we have in our system. All of the resources provided in this list are free unless otherwise noted. These resources are owned and operated by entities outside of our control, so please use discretion and remain cautious when entering personal information into any website or downloading any files or programs. If you would like to share a review of any of these resources or suggest some to add to this list, please contact us at 812-752-2751 or at readingadvised@gmail.com.

General Education

  • GCF Learn Free: Educational website made by Goodwill Community Foundation Inc. focusing on technology, job training, reading, math skills, and more. This is one of our primary sources.
  • Memrise: Game-based and visual content to learn about vocabulary, languages, history, and science.
  • Open Culture: Free cultural and educational media, including audiobooks, online courses, certificate courses/MOOCs, movies, e-books, K-12 resources, and language lessons.
  • BBC Skillswise: English, math, and job skill education for adults in everyday life.
  • TV411: Free videos on reading and writing and sections on basic finance, science, and math. All topics have online lessons students can complete, as well as downloadable worksheets.
  • Hopelink Adult Education: Reading, writing, math and financial literacy, the GED, and workplace skills for adults. There are also special lesson ideas for working with ESL and learning-disabled students.

Educational Videos

  • Khan Academy: Free online education using an extensive library of content, including interactives, assessments, and videos. The focus is on math, science, finance, arts and humanities, and computing from preschool to college. It is primarily designed for teachers and guardians helping their children.
  • YouTube: Videos about almost any subject. Please use caution in evaluating validity and expertise. Good examples of educational content are the Crash Course and SciShow channels. Crash Course now has a free app too!
  • TED: 15 minutes informational videos on a variety of topics from some of the greatest thinkers in the world. Transcripts are provided for every video.
  • Ignite: Videos from a series of speaking events in more than 100 cities designed to have each person share something innovative or inspiring in just five minutes.

Free Online College-Level Classes

Some of these resources offer paid certification and graded assignments, but all of them allow you to learn for free. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. Some MOOCs are self-paced, and some are led by instructors.

  • Coursera: A MOOC that offers more than 1,000 online courses from more than 120 partner schools on many different subjects.
  • edX: A MOOC that offers more than 200 online classes from almost 50 partner universities on many different subjects.
  • Saylor Academy: Offers more than 90 courses and areas of study that are set up to mirror what learners would find at a traditional university. It offers free certificates as well.
  • MIT OpenCourseware: Audit more than 2,200 MIT courses at your own pace. There are no certificates available, but no registration is required.
  • Open Education Consortium: A worldwide community of hundreds of (mostly international) higher education institutions offers thousands resources and college courses for free. This system is for those with advanced digital literacy.
  • Shodor: Higher-level math and science activities, as well as activities for arithmetic, telling time, and other basic math topics.
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