• CodeAcademy, coding
  • Coursera, international universities
    • Has open and close dates but some will keep their course materials up (they'll most likely mention it).
    • Very interesting courses.
  • edX, international universities including Ivys
    • Have not used, looks promising. Will update when I go through a course.
  • Futurelearn, UK and EU universities
  • Harvard, sorted by free
    • May be better off using edX
    • With top courses
  • iTunes U
  • Khanacademy
    • Can use without an account (no tracking of progress) both desktop and app.
  • OpenStax CNX, traditional subjects
    • Interesting, essentially a textbook interface. I say "traditional subjects" because it seems just marginally more riveting than your average high school/college textbook.
  • Overcast
    • My preferred podcast app, mostly because it was the first to offer features as playlists and speed adjustment while still remaining free. Still free, though there is a patron option and really quite minimal banner ads. Run by just one guy.
  • Spotify
    • Great if you already have a subscription.
    • Look under "Word" in the curated playlists.
      • Includes poetry, language learning, Shakespeare, short stories, etc.
    • Personally, I'm not very good as a listening learner but good if you are.
  • TED, lectures
    • Haven't checked in on it in a while, but doesn't seem to support variable speed on the app so I don't visit it very frequently.
    • Never too long but often old. Good for getting inspired or hearing from industry leaders.
  • Udemy, assortment
    • Lots of free courses but also paid ones (you shouldn't need to pay more than $20 for anything as there are frequent sales/coupons).
    • Taught by independent instructors, mostly upstarts who are trying to develop a personal business of consulting, education, or online presence. Results in varied quality, which is why I recommend the free courses unless there is a specific topic in mind.
  • Yale


  • CreativeLive, workshops
    • Significantly less money than actually attending in person, but still involves enough of a monetary investment to discourage signing up for everything.
  • Pluralsight, professional
    • If you're not already in a specific technical field this may be too specific. Subscription-based with certificates. I have not used, might consider for architectural and modeling courses.


  • Duolingo, language
    • Excellent mobile app but the mobile interface lacks the grammatical pointers and the word lists that the desktop environment has. Even then, it may be hidden away.
    • (May 2017) Now has Japanese!
    • (October 2017) More ads and more frequently, every few turns.
  • Memrise, language
    • Excellent for a Pareto Principle attack on a language (learn the most common words in the language, perhaps 20% of the whole, which will probably be useful 80% of the time)
    • Flashcard-based. Fills in the gaps whereas Duolingo is more course oriented. Also more languages.



may 24 2017 ∞
oct 29 2017 +