Free Online Courses

This page brings together in one place many of the free online learning opportunities available from first-rate institutions like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard, just to name a few. It is designed to help you navigate the information and find classes that may interest you, as well as point you to some of the Library's own educational offerings. So whether it’s learning for fun, learning to solve problems, or learning to explore new careers, LFPL wants to help YOU get connected.

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Treehouse - offers unlimited access to more than 1300 videos, covering topics from basic HTML coding to JavaScript to app development for iPhones, iPads, and Android smart phones.


Coursera - provides free online courses in the fields of Computer Science; Medicine and Biology; Humanities and Social Science; Mathematics and Statistics; and Economic, Finance and Business.


MIT Open CourseWare  Over 2,000 courses from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including courses in Technology, Science, Economics, Mathematics, and Law.


edXedX is a collaboration between Harvard and MIT to bring some of their signature courses to anyone with a computer. It plans to have full course offerings by fall of 2012. However, the first course is available now from MIT: Circuits and Electronics.  This class is a prototype, but will give you an idea of what is to come.

Stanford University  

Stanford Engineering Everywhere (S.E.E.)  Take some of Stanford’s most popular engineering courses including iPhone App Development. Stanford also offers many courses through iTunes - click here.

Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon OpenLearning  Classes are self-guided so you can learn at your own pace. Topics include Biology, Chemistry, French, Physics, Probability, and Statistics.

UC Berkeley  

Webcast.Berkeley  From Astronomy to Psychology, Economics to Engineering, UC Berkeley offers audio and/or video for a variety of courses. 

John Hopkins  

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health  Courses include topics such as Nutrition, Aging, and Genetics.

Yale University  

Yale Open Courses - Provides free access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats.

xMore Online Learning Opportunities:

A list of online learning opportunities offered by groups other than colleges and universities.

Code Academy

Code Academy  Learn how to write computer code by following simple exercises. Note: To use this site you must use Google Chrome, Firefox or Opera as your browser.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy Over 3,200 videos that cover topics ranging from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history. Learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.


TED – Most people are familiar with the TED Talk phenomenon – it stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design -- which is a fantastic educational tool.  TED Talks are short, entertaining, educational videos on topics ranging from quantum physics to gaming theory to music.  But TED has recently launched a new initiative called TED-ED.  TED-ED has lessons from educators that have been brought to life by animators.   You can watch video lessons, take short quizzes on the subject, and find resources for further study.  You can track your progress and “flip” lessons to customize them. 


iTunesU – With over 500,000 free educational lectures, iTunes U is billed as the world’s largest online catalog of free education content. Download content directly to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod through your iTunes account.

LFPL's "At the Library" podcast

At the Library This Louisville Free Public Library podcast series features author talks, programs, and other events at the Library.

Last Updated: 2/16/15