Best Free Learning Sites and Resources


I've read somewhere that life is a continuous learning and adaptation process. The moment that we stop learning and adapting is the start of our gradual slide to insignificance. At this stage, I suddenly found an urge to learn something new and the first thing that came to my mind is to study Law in one of the reputable universities here in Iloilo.

Things changed when I came across Coursera. It is an online education platform that brings together top notch universities and schools throughout the world and connects them to students worldwide. Some of the universities include Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Technical University of Munich and University of Melbourne.

Coursera offers courses that caters to almost all areas of interests. These courses are online with complete videos, assignments, quizzes and exams. After the course which last for a few weeks to several months, they award a statement of completion.

KhanAcademy.OrgedX.Org, AcademicEarth.Org, and Iversity.Org also offers more or less the same services. Unlike the other sites, Alison offers certification in some courses. For those who want to be programmers head on to Code and Code Academy.

If you have kids, Tynker.Com offers online programming for children starting from grades 4 to 8. Learning programming is through visual means and it involves arranging and re-arranging blocks of code that executes certain processes such as to move up or down. They don't have to know the programming syntax per se, oh well at least for the introduction course.

When studying, flashcards are very effective because they are founded on the principles of rote and memorization. If you love flashcards, then you'll love Cram.Com even more. It allows you to create online flashcards, share it and even collaborate with other people for free. They have a wide selection of user generated flashcards organized by category. Go ahead, start cramming today.

It's good to turn off the TV from time to time and give yourself a break from the never ending flood of mainstream news. It's time for an alternative source of information. Below are some of the popular yet credible sources of alternative news. Mind you, alternative media is good, but only if the information is indeed reliable. The Internet is also a nasty tool for spreading lies and misinformation.

Corbett Report, who doesn't know James Corbett? Their about page states it "is an independent, listener-supported alternative news source. It operates on the principle of open source intelligence and provides podcasts, interviews, articles and videos about breaking news and important issues".

The Anti Media seeks to "offer a new paradigm—a bottom-up approach for real and diverse reporting. We seek to establish a space where the people are the journalists and a venue where independent journalism moves forward on a larger and more truthful scale. All the while, this effort is driven and controlled by a community of journalists and truth-seekers around the world."

Consortium News, describe themselves as the "first investigative news magazine on the Internet. The site was meant to be a home for important, well-reported stories and a challenge to the inept but dominant mainstream news media of the day".

I'll be adding more of this type of websites on this page, so drop by again to get updated.

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