Open Online Learning

With a wide selection of free and low cost courses from major academic institutions now openly available to the general public online, the possibilities of lifelong learning have greatly expanded.

Whether you want to follow a defined line of study, or pick and choose at random, the following selective list of major Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms will help you find a course just right for you.

Academic Earth

Non-profit, USA
Free online university lectures on video.


Commercial, USA
Wide-ranging content, including some ‘start anytime’ courses.


Non-profit, USA
Most courses are geared for a more specialized audience, although there are plenty of options suitable for the general public.


Commercial, UK
Courses offered tend to have broad appeal and be aimed at a general audience. FutureLearn is the UK’s major MOOC platform.

Khan Academy

Non-profit, USA
Subjects covered have greatly expanded from the original math offerings.

Peer2Peer University

Non-profit, USA
Especially appealing to those interested in creating an online course or learning community.


Commercial, USA
Computer technology oriented.


Commercial, USA
Free and low cost learning options on a wide range of topics.

Library Staff Picks

Check out our MOOC staff picks on the Library’s eLearner page.

E-Library Online Courses

Don’t forget to explore the Library’s selection of free online courses available through the E-Library: