Want to teach yourself something with easily available resources of high quality? Here is a great list of links that are pretty much for all things learning, and most are free. You should be able to find just what you are looking for as these resources don’t just focus on the vast world of technology. Which are your favorite? Have any suggestions? I’ll edit this page based on feedback and new discoveries.
- Site Reliability Engineering (Free O’Reilly Online Book)
From the website: Members of the SRE team explain how their engagement with the entire software lifecycle has enabled Google to build, deploy, monitor, and maintain some of the largest software systems in the world. You can either buy the ebook/paperback, or read online for free!
From the website: While technology is always changing, in the DevOps world it is even more so. Our courses cover the latest technology stacks being used at companies like Etsy, Netflix, Angie’s List, Ebay, and are always being updated. Looking for a tutorial on something just released? We’ve got it.
From the website: EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.
From the website: MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity….Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication. Materials are available for 2000+ courses!
From the website: Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses, in 11 different languages. Our mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers. MVA is free of charge, and the entire service is hosted on Windows Azure.
From the website: “Immerse yourself in a virtual hands-on lab and experience the product first hand,
or try our guided experiences, and click through a tour of the various product features.” Want to play with Microsoft products on VMs in the cloud, directly through your web-browser? At no cost? You better check it out!
From the website: Codecademy is an education company. But not one in the way you might think. We’re committed to building the best learning experience inside and out, making Codecademy the best place for our team to learn, teach, and create the online learning experience of the future…Our community has created tens of thousands of courses and taken millions of courses. At this point, more than a billion lines of code have been submitted to Codecademy.
- Learn Code The Hard Way (Python, Ruby, CLI, etc.)
From the website: “Less Talk, More Code” summarizes the philosophy. By having students get code workingfirst, and explaining it second, you cut down on much of the difficulty of explaining programming concepts to the uninitiated. A LxTHW book simply has students do exercises, focuses on practice and rote repetition, and instills an attitude that to learn anything one must be prepared to work at it.
From the website: Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.
From the website: Our mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. We believe that higher education is a basic human right, and we seek to empower our students to advance their education and careers…Education is no longer a one-time event but a lifelong experience. Education should be less passive listening (no long lectures) and more active doing. Education should empower students to succeed not just in school but in life.
From the website: Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
From the website: Today, 2 million students in 190+ countries are taking online courses on Udemy. They’re learning Programming, Yoga, Design, Photography, Spanish, Marketing, Guitar, Finance, Cake Decorating, and so much more. More than 12,000 courses (in 10 different languages!) have been published in our marketplace. Each course is designed & taught by an expert instructor and hundreds of new courses are published every month. So whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, or just further a passion, Udemy’s here to help you achieve your goals.
From the website: Bookboon.com offers a huge range of over 1000 free quality eBooks for university students and business professionals. Our books can be downloaded directly in PDF format, and are currently available in seven languages for everyone around the world. 600+ books written by professors!
From the website: Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.
From the website: The Saylor Foundation (under its legal name, The Constitution Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Foundation was established in 1999 by Michael J. Saylor, the Chairman and CEO of the business intelligence company MicroStrategy, Inc. and the Foundation’s sole trustee. Mr. Saylor created the Foundation because he had a very simple, very earnest, and very bold idea: Education should be free. As changes in technology have made the distribution of information easier, high-quality educational materials have become increasingly digital and readily accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
From the website: Academic Earth believes everyone deserves access to a world-class education, which is why we continue to offer a comprehensive collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. And now, we take learning outside the classroom with our original series of thought-provoking videos, designed to spark your intellectual curiosity and start a conversation. Watch, learn, share, debate. After all, only through questioning the world around us, can we come to better understand it.”
From the website: Class Central is a free online course aka MOOC aggregator from top universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc. offered via Coursera, Udacity, edX, NovoED, & others.
From the website: TED is a nonprofit 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.
From the website: “We at Guru99 strive to make quality education affordable to the masses. Over the years the cost of education has increased many folds to make it beyond the reach of many. You may be appalled to learn that even in most developed nations students resort to prostitution to pay up for their college tuition fees. We want to remove this financial barrier to good education. In fact, the only barrier to education must be an individuals thirst for knowledge.” They have many topics, such as Ethical Hacking and Linux Administration!
From the website: “Ops School is a comprehensive program that will help you learn to be an operations engineer. Operations engineers are highly skilled people who manage the computer systems of businesses big and small. In addition to corporate systems, operations engineers also maintain the systems that allow websites, networks, payments systems and other Internet services to function. The field of operations engineering covers a wide variety of topics, from systems administration, to security, networking and beyond. Ops School will guide you through all of these skill sets from beginner to expert.” This isn’t just technical know-how, but also practical advice for those seeking to become engineers!