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Self-Education Resources For Lifelong Learners

Self-Education Resources For Lifelong Learners

Self-education and the embrace of lifelong learning is becoming a
critical mindset to navigate our rapidly changing world. Lifelong
learning can be a catalyst for earning more money in your career and it
can be a gateway to self-employment. Fortunately, the Internet has made
it easier than ever to find the right resources to spark your curiosity
and learn what you need to know.



In this post, You will find online courses and tools
to master new skills, learn languages, find classic books, broaden your
mind and interact with other lifelong learners.

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Online Courses:

Take online courses from the world’s best Universities. Massive Open
Online Courses (MOOCs) provide video lectures, structured deadlines and
interactive learning communities.

Coursera – The largest course platform for free MOOCs . Founded by two former Stanford University professors.

Udacity – Founded by Sebastian Thrun, the creator of the artificial intelligence system
behind Google’s self-driving cars. Udacity’s focus is on free MOOCs for
improving your knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
Mathematics) disciplines.

EdX – A free MOOC platform developed through a partnership between Harvard, MIT and Berkeley. Expanding rapidly.
MIT Open Courseware – This ambitious project launched over a decade ago by MIT makes the course
materials used in virtually all of MIT’s courses available on the web
for free.
Khan Academy – Salman Khan’s pioneering online academy where you can learn just about any academic subject online for free.

Saylor – Started by serial entrepreneurial and education futurist Michael Saylor. The Saylor
Foundation is a non-profit that provides a free University education
that includes written exams and University credits for most of your

iTunes U – Apple’s iTunes University initiative makes it easy to take courses on your iPhone or iPad wherever you go.

Canvas Network – An open learning network with a growing collection of free online courses. Sign up early for courses, they fill up fast.

FutureLearn – The United Kingdom’s MOOC initiative has over 40 leading Universities offering free online courses.

Udemy – The iTunes of learning new digital skills and training for your career.

Lectures and Video Learning Websites:

Get inspired by watching short lectures by the world’s leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and creators.

TED – With its slogan “Ideas Worth
Spreading” the TED Conference (stands for Technology, Education, Design)
features world’s leading academics, teachers and innovators in
easily digestible 18-minute lectures.

YouTube EDU – Google’s YouTube Education channel. Lots of great educational content, lectures and conference talks conveniently organized.

Do Lectures – Inspiring talks from people who have set out to change the world.

Solve For X – A forum established by Google to amplify technology-based solutions to radically challenge the world’s problems.

Big Think – Short videos with important contemporary thinkers, entrepreneurs and scientists talking about their expertise.

Fora.TV – Constantly expanding collection of videos from the world’s biggest conferences and events.

@Google Talks – Innovator thinkers and doers visit Googleplex to give inspiring talks that are posted freely online by Google.

RSA Animate – Engaging, hand-drawn videos that illustrate important issues in the world today.

Creative Live – Live workshops taught by world class experts. Free if you mark the talks on your schedule and watch the live streams.

Reddit Lectures – A busy Reddit community for the latest and greatest video lectures.


Watch Streaming Documentaries:

Watching documentaries is a great way to relax and learn new things.

My Mind Expanding Documentaries List – A collection of thought-provoking documentaries that I have collected from across the web.

My New 2016 Documentaries List – Watch the best new documentaries of 2016 from Vice, PBS Frontline and other streaming websites.

My Education Documentaries List – Watch the best documentaries on education, creativity and technology.

My Social Media Documentaries List – Watch documentaries about the rise of the new social media influencers.


Digital Skills Portfolios:

With so much informal learning now happening online, your credentials
are less important than what you can do with your knowledge. These
platforms are developing alternative forms of accreditation that are
based on your practical skills and accomplishments.

Degreed – Trying to jailbreak the college degree by helping your build a digital, lifelong diploma.

Pathbrite – Collect, organize and share a lifetime of learning and achievement.

Smarterer – Benchmark your skills and track what you’ve learned through online skill tests.

Mozilla’s Open Badges – Get recognition for your skills and achievement by earning digital badges.

LinkedIn – The professional social networking website has become the new social resume.


Open Educational Resources:

Access high-quality education textbooks, get your burning questions
answered and explore a world of free digital self-education resources.

Boundless – Disrupting the big textbook publishers by offering textbooks online, for free.

Textbook Revolution – Free, open source textbooks if that’s how you want to learn.

Open Textbooks – Browse college textbooks by subject, which are made freely available online.

Scribd – Amazing library of digital documents on every imaginable subject.

Slideshare – Learn new things and find information broken down to the essential bits in this incredible library of digital presentations.

Creative Commons Education – An open source movement to

make educational content freely available online.

Connexions – A global knowledge sharing community that breaks information down into small, easily-digestible chunks.

Open Study – Ask. Answer. Understand. Get real-time study help in the world’s largest study group.

 Quora – My favorite question and answer community. Find expert and amateur advice on every imaginable topic.

iTunes Podcasts – I highly recommend browsing the Podcasts on iTunes. So many incredible free audio shows at your fingertips.

DIY Education Communities:

Online communities where you can meet other lifelong learners and
build a mastermind community for your own self-education endeavors.

Uncollege – The Uncollege
movement challenges the notion that you need to go to University to get
an education. They provide inspiration and resources for alternative
educational paths.

Zero Tuition College – A community of self-directed learners that provide mentoring to each other.

The Public School – A school with no curriculum. A framework for self-education and
auto-didactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything
is in everything.

Meetup – Find interesting meetups and meet new people in your local area. Or start your own
meetup, join a mastermind group or create a new learning community.

P2PU – An open education community for lifelong learning leveraging open source education
materials, collaborative learning and an evolving system that gives
learners recognition for their achievements.

Liberal Arts: Study The Classics

A great way to get inside the minds of civilization greatest thinkers is to read their books.

The Liberal Arts 4-Year Reading List– Study the essential classical books and educate yourself in the
liberal arts by reading a book every 2 weeks for 4 years (or pick the
ones that interest you the most). The first year covers Greek authors;
the second year is from Roman, medieval, Renaissance periods; the third
year is the books of the 17th and 18th centuries and the fourth year
covers books from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Classics – Free Ebooks Reading List – A collection of classic ebooks that you can read online for free.

A Lifetime’s Reading: The World’s 500 Greatest Books – Compiled by the prolific Philip Ward,  a librarian, scholar, editor and author of more than 50 books.

Great Books of the Western World – 161 books essential books of the West on Wikipedia.

The Western World’s 500 Greatest Books
– An excellent collection of over 500 books from Western civilization
with links to where you can read them on Project Gutenberg.

Great Literature of the Eastern World– I couldn’t find an equivalent book of Eastern books online but this
book apparently covers the major works of prose, poetry and drama from
China, India, Japan, Korea and the Middle East.

 Classic Reader – Search and access an online library of 3800+ mostly classic books.
 Planet Ebook – Read 80+ free classic books for free on your computer or mobile device.

Project Gutenberg– Read over 42,000 free books in the massive Project Gutenberg archive. Download many of them directly to Kindle or other mobile reading
formats. Amazing resource for self-education.

Find and Share Amazing Books:

Discover new books that you can read online or find at your local library and connect with other people reading similar books.

  1. Good Reads – A massive social network (recently acquired by Amazon) for discovering new books and sharing the books you love.
  2. Book Yards – 1000s of more free ebooks easily browsable by author or category.
  3. Read Print Library – A social network “where books and people meet”.
  4. Library Thing – A community of 1.6 million book lovers. Meet and share stories with peoplewho have similar taste or are reading the same books you are.

Self-Knowledge and Wisdom:

Educating the mind without awakening the heart is no education at
all. Explore religious texts to develop your self-knowledge and awaken
to the spiritual dimension that gives life meaning and richness.

  1. Internet Sacred Text Archive– Read the sacred texts from the world’s major religions and other less

    institutionalized religions like Sufism, Gnosticism, Tantrism, Taoism,

    Shamanism and more.

  2. Sacred Books of the East – Browse and read public domain copies of 50 of the most important books of Eastern philosophy and civilization.
  3. Virtual Religious Index– Extensive link collection maintained by Rutgers University of

    websites with informative religious content. Categorized by religion as

    well as ancient religions, archaeology and philosophy.

  4. Meta Religion – Internetproject for educating people in a multidisciplinary view of the

    religion, spiritual and the world of esoteric phenomena.

  5. Sacred Destinations – Places of great spiritual power around the world that you can explore and plan to visit one day.
  6. Religion Facts – Get your religious questions answered on this site.
  7. Spiritual Reality Power of Meditation– Freedom from compulsory thoughts is the gateway to wisdom and a true

    understanding of who you are. This YouTube video is one of the best

    introductions to meditation.

Education Depositories and Tools:

Some great digital tools for furthering your self-education and lifelong learning.

  1. Learnist – Browse and create your own online learning collections. Lots of great content to enjoy.
  2. MentorMob – Discover and create your own learning playlists. Similar to Learnist.
  3. Kibin – A proof-reading andediting community that can help you improve your writing. You can either

    pay or proof-read other people’s work and get credit for it.

  4. Library of Congress –The de facto national library of the United States of America and the

    largest library in the world. Most of it is accessible online.

  5. BBC Learning – Huge collection of learning resources from the BBC. Find online courses, video clips and educational games.

Learn New Languages:

The best way to learn is to travel. To travel well, you’re probably
going to want to learn the local languages. Here are the best ways to do
it fast.

  1. Duolingo – My favorite freelanguage learning website. Totally gamified learning process where you

    can learn for free by translating content while you learn. Their iPhone app is great too.

  2. Memrise – Innovative memorizing system for learning new languages.
  3. Live Mocha – The largest language learning community online that I know of.
  4. BBC Languages – Great language learning resources freely provided by the BBC.

Self-Education Toolbox:

Here are my favorite tools for managing my own self-education and
creative projects. I prefer digital tools with seamless cloud-based
syncing across computers and mobile devices.

  1. Feedly –  The best Google Reader alternative for grabbing RSS feeds from your favorite blogs. Syncs with iPhone, iPad and Android too.
  2. Flipboard – Find interactivecontent from the web’s best sources and curate your own digital magazine

    of the websites, articles, videos and photos that inspire you.

  3. Pocket – Save articles and information on websites you like to read later online or offline on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
  4. Diigo – My favorite tool fororganizing bookmarks by keyword, highlighting text online and posting

    sticky notes to read important things later. Accessible from any

    computer or mobile device.

  5. Trello – An essential tool forkeeping yourself organized and accountable with to-do lists, workflow

    and flexible deadlines. Also excellent for collaborative learning

    projects. In one glance, know what’s being worked on, who’s working on

    it and keep up-to-date with your colleagues progress with private

    Twitter-like social project stream. Great mobile support on iPhone, iPad

    and Android.

  6. Google Apps – Free web-based email with Gmail, calendar to set reminders and schedule your life, and documents for collaborative study anytime, anywhere.
  7. Toggl – Easy time and task tracking for your creative projects. Get an instant breakdown of which projects are consuming your time. For freelance business projects, Harvest has better invoicing and tax features.
  8. MindMeister – Create mind maps for brainstorming and organizing where you creative ideas lead you.
  9. Wunderlist – Create and share to-do lists and easily set reminders from your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Self-Discipline Tools:

Self-discipline rarely comes naturally so these digital tools are great for setting goals, accountability and tracking progress.

  1. Cojourneo – A new app in beta-testing for setting goals and achieving them.
  2. 43Things – A goal setting community with 3 million members.
  3. Day Zero Project – Make lists of your goals and turn them into a challenge.
  4. Everest App – An iPhone app that helps you achieve personal goals.
  5. RescueTime – An excellent time management and productivity tool. See where you’re wasting your time and break the habit.
  6. Pomodoro App – My favoriteproductivity tool. The scientifically-proven Pomodoro method breaks

    down your work or study projects into easily managed 25 minute chunks

    with 5 minute breaks in-between.

Recommended Reading:

All education is self-education, a good teacher can only point the
way, we have to do the work. Interesting perspectives on how education
is being revolutionized by the Internet and information abundance.

  1. Weapons of Mass Instruction (John Taylor Gatto)
  2. Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will (Dale J. Stephens)
  3. The Education of Millionaires: It’s Not What You Think and It’s Not Too Late (Michael Ellsberg)
  4. The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined (Salman Khan)
  5. Better Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree (Blake Boles)
  6. DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Anya Kamenetz)
  7. Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (John Taylor Gatto)
  8. Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better (John Holt)
  9. The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World (Chris Guillebeau)
  10. Free
    to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children
    Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life
    (Peter Gray)
  11. The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School (Neil Postman)
  12. Stop Stealing Dreams: What Is School For? (Seth Godin)
  13. Deschooling Society (Ivan Illich)
  14. Teaching As A Subversive Activity (Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner)
  15. Education and the Significance of Life (Jiddhu Krishnamurti)

Critical Thinking Resources:

If you’re going to follow the path of self-education these resources can help you sharpen your critical thinking skills.

  1. Think Again: How to Reason and Argue – Improve your ability to assess arguments other people make and learn how to construct good arguments of your own.
  2. Critical Thinking in Global Challenges –Interesting course that teaches you how to assess information anddevelop reasoned arguments in the context of global challenges facing

    our world.

  3. Trivium Education –An excellent website dedicated to the Trivium, an ancient system ofgrammar, logic and rhetoric that provides the intellectual tools to

    establish clarity and consistency of personal thought. It used to be the

    cornerstone of a classical liberal education through the study of

    essential 7 liberal arts and sciences but it is now largely absent from


  4. Trivium Resources –An excellent collection of Trivium resources from online free thinkingcommunity Tragedy and Hope. I recommend starting with the 5-page summary of the Trivium method for critical thinking and creative problem solving.
  5. The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric –The classic book by Sister Miriam Joseph that teaches the Trivium andhow it can be used to improve your faculties of intelligence and


More Lifelong Learning Resources:

  1. Meta-Learning – 70 pages of the Meta-Learning section of Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Chef book.
  2. Google World Wonders Project – Google brings to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.
  3. Google Art Project – Explore collections from art museums around the world with thousands of artworks photographed in extremely high resolution.
  4. National Geographic Education – Cultivate your knowledge of the world’s geography and countries.

A big thank you goes to Opensource.com for the image at the top.

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