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Alison (Advanced Learning Interactive Systems Online)

Website: https://alison.com/

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider, with over 750 courses at certificate and diploma levels.  Courses are free and the service paid for through the sale of advertising and course completion certificates. Areas of interest for Australia Awards alumni include Business & Enterprise (project management, management, human resources management, operations management, quality management, social media, marketing and sales, and accounting), Digital Literature & IT (computer basics, digital creative design, Microsoft Office, office skills, Photoshop, programming and web development) and Financial Literacy (economics, finance, investment and statistics).  Registration is free and easy.

Khan Academy

Website: https://www.khanacademy.org/

A personalized learning resource for all ages, Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. It tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Its math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. It has also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

TED Talks

Website: https://www.ted.com/

TED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TED is owned by a non-profit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

Academic Earth

Website: http://academicearth.org/

With the aim of ‘Rethink Education’, Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, it built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. The world of open education has exploded since then, so today its curated lists of online courses are hand selected by its staff to show you the very best offerings by subject area. It also makes sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, it brings the amazing world of academia to you for free.

Open Courseware Consortium

Website: http://www.oeconsortium.org/

It is a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide.  Its mission is to promote, support and advance openness in education around the world, and its vision is ‘empowerment through education’.  Open Courseware Consortium envisions a world where everyone, everywhere has access to the high quality education and training they desire; where education is seen as an essential, shared, and collaborative social good.

Open Culture

Website: www.openculture.com

This site contains a vast collection of cultural and educational media on the web. Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural and educational media for the worldwide, lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. This site aims to centralize this content, curate it, and give people access to this high quality content whenever and wherever wanted. Some of the major resource collections including free Online Courses from top universities, free books and eBooks.

YouTube

Website: www.youtube.com

YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.
YouTube is a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. The service was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google. The site allows users to upload, view, rate, share, and comment on videos, and it makes use of WebM, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media video. Available content includes video clips, TV clips, music videos, movie trailers, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.

Open University

Website: http://www.open.ac.uk/

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has almost 180,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas.
Regarded as Britain’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes free study units on OpenLearn, which received 5.2million unique visitors in 2012/13, and materials on iTunes U, which has recorded more than 66 million downloads.

GCF LearnFree

Website: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

Coursera: Online courses

Website: https://www.coursera.org/

Coursera is an education platform that partners with universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online. You can choose from hundreds of courses created by international educational institutions. Courses are open to anyone, and some courses are free.  The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University, University of Western Australia and The University of New South Wales are the Australian institutions that offer online courses on this website. Courses are offered in Arts and Humanities, Business, Computer Science, Data Science, Life Sciences, Math and Logic, Personal Development, Physical Science and Engineering, Social Sciences and Language Learning.