Free Online Learning and Documentaries

online freebies

More and more courses, documentaries and reading materials are being offered online, and for free! This is great for those of us who are housebound and not independently wealthy, but still want to keep our minds open and growing…

When Brain Fog is an issue, learning at our own pace is possible with some courses, but I haven’t explored them all in any detail to see how many of the following ones can be taken at your own speed, or if schedules need to be maintained.

I would love to hear about your favorite resources, and especially those that will help prepare us for the challenges we are facing in this changing world (ie developing community, growing food, respecting resources, citizen empowerment, etc).

With apologies for the crappy formatting… I don’t “speak” code and all my efforts to change the spacing revert to this, no matter what I do or how. I have a lot to learn from these resources too!

Some of these I have checked out, but many were recommended by others.

Enjoy!

Free Books

Free ebooks – Project Gutenberg

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Poetry

http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/58

http://www.best-poems.net/

Kindle

Best”selling” free books Nonfiction (fiction available too)

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-Nonfiction/zgbs/digital-text/157325011/ref=zg_bs_nav_kstore_2_154606011?_encoding=UTF8&tf=1

Free Popular Classics

http://www.amazon.com/s/?node=2245146011

If you don’t have a Kindle device, you can download Kindle for PC (free)

Internet Archive Text Archive

http://archive.org/details/texts

Open Library

http://openlibrary.org/

Physics Database List of Free Science Books

http://physicsdatabase.com/book-list-by-title/

The Open Knowledge Foundation

http://okfn.org/

Hesperian Health Guides

http://hesperian.org/books-and-resources/

Free Documentaries

Wall of Films | Films For Action

http://www.filmsforaction.org/walloffilms/

Videos and Animations on Grinning Planet

http://www.grinningplanet.com/6001/overview-videos-and-animations.htm

NFB National Film Board

http://www.nfb.ca/explore-all-films/

Poets in Performance

http://billmoyers.com/content/pure-poetry/

PBS documentaries

http://video.pbs.org/

Free Courses online

700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

Coursera

https://www.coursera.org/courses

The best free cultural & educational media on the web

http://www.openculture.com/

The best websites for free online courses from the world’s leading universities.
By: I (bleep)ing Love Neuroscience (from fb, I haven’t checked them all)

01. http://edx.org/
02. http://coursera.org/
03. http://udacity.com/
04. http://ocwconsortium.org/
05. http://webcast.berkeley.edu/
05. http://oli.cmu.edu/
06. http://cme.med.harvard.edu/
07. http://ci.columbia.edu/
08. http://oyc.yale.edu/
09. http://online.stanford.edu/
10. http://alison.com/
11. http://khanacademy.org/
12. http://academicearth.org/
13. http://openculture.com/
14. http://drnajeeblectures.com/
15. http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/

LearnOutLoud.com Free Courses Collection

http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Courses

Universal Class, Inc., online continuing ed
http://www.universalclass.com/myinterests/aboutus.htm

GCFLearnFree.org® (Goodwill Community Foundation)
computer skills, English, math, career, life skills
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/everydaylife

Learn software, business, and creative skills
try it free for 7 days

http://www.lynda.com/

Open Educational Resources  UNESCO

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/access-to-knowledge/open-educational-resources/

Compassion

Compassionate Action

http://compassionateaction.org/global-compassion-movement

Empathy and Compassion in Society
Conference videos
http://compassioninsociety.org/videos

Mind

Mind and Life Dialogues

http://www.mindandlife.org/dialogues/past-conferences/

Philosophy

Download 90 Free Philosophy Courses and Start Living the Examined Life
http://www.openculture.com/2013/05/download_90_free_philosophy_courses_and_start_living_the_examined_life.html

Dharma

the Dalai Lama

http://www.dalailama.com/webcasts

the Karmapa

http://kagyuoffice.org/teachings/

HE Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and other great masters

http://lotusgardens.org/teachings-online/index.cfm

DharmaSun
Online Tibetan Buddhist Teachings & Resources

https://www.dharmasun.org/

Articles and More

Environment and Human Health, Inc
http://www.ehhi.org/

Critical Thinking

http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/index-of-articles/1021/

Science and Research News

Science Daily

http://www.sciencedaily.com/

EurekAlert

http://www.eurekalert.org/

Environmental Health

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/

Nature

Black Bears

http://www.bearstudy.org/website/

http://www.bear.org/website/

Hinterland Who’s Who

http://www.hww.ca/en/

Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds

http://www.allaboutbirds.org

Art

Google Cultural Institute

http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/about/

Storytelling

(something I wish to explore – and these links grabbed my interest – please share your favorites)

http://lifehacker.com/5965703/the-science-of-storytelling-why-telling-a-story-is-the-most-powerful-way-to-activate-our-brains

Compassionate Action Network Storytelling Techniques

http://compassionateaction.org/21-awesome-story-telling-techniques

http://www.storyarts.org/

http://storymaps.esri.com/home/

http://www.storytellers-conteurs.ca/links.html

http://www.storyteller.net/articles

Children

Unschooling Blogs and Websites

http://www.johnholtgws.com/homeschooling-and-unschooling-resources/

http://www.johnholtgws.com/homeschooling-resource-downloads/

Project Gutenberg’s Children’s Bookshelf

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Children%27s_Bookshelf

Other

The Center for a New American Dream
Resources including videos, books, tips, and commentary

http://www.newdream.org/resources

The Center for Ecoliteracy

http://www.ecoliteracy.org/

The Story of Stuff Curricula
http://www.storyofstuff.org/other-media/curricula/
http://www.storyofstuff.org/resources/ngo-directory/other-ngos/

Eradicating Ecocide toolkit
http://eradicatingecocide.com/toolkit/

Environment and Human Rights
http://environmentandhumanrightscourse.info/

Free Webinar on Environmental Law and Global Governance
http://earthcharter.wiziq.com/online-class/1247192-free-webinar-on-environmental-law-and-global-governance

Museums and Galleries

(from Heather at Safe Canary Nest)

US National Gallery of Art http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection.html
 
Tour an Ancient Roman Villa  http://www.villa-rustica.de/tour/toure.html
 
The Museum of Unnatural History http://unmuseum.mus.pa.us/unmain.htm
 
American Museum of Natural History http://www.amnh.org/
 
The British Museum online collection  http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx
 
The Louvre online tour http://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
 
Smithsonian Institution http://collections.si.edu/search/
 
National Women’s History Museum https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/
 
The Frick Museum virtual tour http://www.frick.org/visit/virtual_tour
 
Boston Museum of Science http://www.mos.org/museum-online
 
The Oriental Institute Museum Virtual Tour, U of Chicago  https://oi.uchicago.edu/virtualtour
 
Mojave Desert virtual tour  http://digital-desert.com/a/
 
World Wonders https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/project/world-wonders?view=grid
 
Museum of Modern Art http://www.moma.org/collection
 
Memorial Hall Online Collections  http://memorialhall.mass.edu/collection/browse/index.jsp
 
Google Cultural Institute http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/about/
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6 responses to “Free Online Learning and Documentaries

  1. This is AWESOME! I put a few links to this on the Safe Canary Nest Resource page. Thank you!

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