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Lifelong Learning on the Web: Online Course Opportunities - Web Sites

There are a surprising number of opportunities to take free courses on the web. The websites listed below offer courses for free and for no credit, just for the opportunity of listening to and/or watching lectures for the joy of learning.

Discover Online Courses

MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These are free online courses from universities around the world (eg. Stanford Harvard MIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection. Several popular MOOC provider platforms have emerged, such as Coursera, Udacity, EdX, and NovoEd, that partner with universities and professors to offer MOOCs on their platforms.

Open Culture

Open Culture offers over 400 courses in the liberal arts and sciences from leading universities.  These audio and video courses can downloaded to your computer or MP3 player or viewed on iTunes or Youtube.


EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

Academic Earth


Offers courses from high quality educational institutions, free to anyone who wants to learn. They currently host Princeton, Stanford, University of California Berkeley, University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. 

Stanford Online

Stanford University offers free online courses offered to lifelong learners or for credit. Courses can be viewed through ITunesU.

Futurelearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

Newburgh Library Universal Class

Over 500 online non-credit continuing education courses are now available with a click of the mouse on the Newburgh Library's website.    Enroll in up to 5 online classes and take up to 6 months to complete them, all on your own schedule.

Yale Open Courses

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished scholars and teachers at Yale University.  The aim of this project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.  Lectures are recorded in the Yale College classrooms and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats.  Registration is not required; learn at your own pace.  No credit, degree or certificate is awarded.