Learning Resources

I promised that this blog is about you.

To deliver on this quickly, I wanted to put up a few links that I hope will prove helpful as you start (or continue) your own self-directed journey.

Websites

Skilled Up
http://www.skilledup.com/
An catalog of learning with 206,790 courses available, includes virtual and in-person classes.
From About Us: “We love being able to provide you with alternative educational opportunities. These courses can be fun, challenging, interesting and sometimes free—but most importantly, they can provide true return on your investment of both time and money.”

Coursera
https://www.coursera.org/
Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses for anyone to take, for free.
Caveat: If you wish to receive a specialization certificate for a specific series of classes, while the classes can be taken for free, earning a certificate usually has a cost associated with it. That said, this kind of certificate is still a very thrifty option when compared with college tuition.

Codecademy
http://www.codecademy.com/
Learn to code interactively, for free.
Why I like it: A person who has never written a single line of code can begin to learn the foundations in minutes. Covers PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, as well as HTML and CSS.

Zero Tuition College
http://www.ztcollege.com/
[ZTC is] a community website that helps self-directed learners connect with each other.
Suggestion: Visit the FAQ page first!

Udemy
https://www.udemy.com/courses/
Tip: Search by subject, sort by factors including cost.
Caveat: Courses on Udemy can be created and delivered by anyone. While there are quality standards, being a subject matter expert, does not appear to be one of them. I would start with a free course by the instructor to gauge knowledge/authority prior to paying for a class.

Open Education Database

Choose From Over 10,000 Free Online Classes

Subjects include: Art, Business, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Health and Medical, Liberal Arts, Math and Science. Includes more than 10,000 free, online classes.

Open Learn at Open University
http://www.open.edu/openlearn/
More than 800 tuition-free classes
From the FAQ page: OpenLearn is the home of free learning from The Open University. It does not require you to become an OU student and does not award credits or grant degrees. It does not provide access to the services provided for registered students of the University.

College Dropouts Hall of Fame
http://collegedropoutshalloffame.com/index.htm
Here is your A to Z list of successful school dropouts. I loved reading that Ray Bradbury never went to college but graduated from the library at the age of 28.

Books

Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield

Better than College, by Blake Boles

Is College Worth It?, by William J. Bennet

(Not linked), these books are easily found on Amazon.com.

Learning made fun

Stuff You Should Know
http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts/
Super-funny takes on subjects that range from “Do Zombies Really Exist?” to “How does squatting work?”

Radiolab
http://www.radiolab.org/archive/
Highly recommend “Colors” and “Desperately Seeking Symmetry” episodes.

More resources will be added as they are identified and vetted.

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