Study.com includes almost 50 free courses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. It also has lectures to prepare for the high school equivalency exams and for Advanced Placement tests in a number of disciplines. An adult learner may be able to earn real college credit for completion of many of these courses, but he or she must pay a fee per exam to take the CLEP test for each course and then earn a passing CLEP grade. More than 2,000 colleges accept CLEP tests as "credit by examination".
Goodwill Community Foundation’s learnfree website https://www.gcflearnfree.org/ provides more than 750 interactive tutorials on computer software, social media, career readiness, and coping skills for daily living such as how to count change, pay bills, or read a product label. At least 250 of the tutorials contain video content. The tutorials were created to help provide marketable workplace skills to clients of Goodwill, but are available free of charge to the general public.
Khan Academy is a donor-supported, not-for-profit educational website at https://www.khanacademy.org/ that features more than 4,000 video tutorials on a variety of subjects. Emphasis is on mathematics, science, and technology, but there are also a number of video lectures in history and the humanities. The website was the brainchild of Salman Khan, an MIT-grad who used video lectures to tutor family members. Khan Academy now receives support from the Bill & Melinda Gates charitable foundation..
Peterson's Testing & Education Reference Center via NCLive is largely a standardized test preparation site. However, there are a number of basic skills instruction modules for middle school through adult learners that teach math, reading, and writing. The site also contains preparation materials for high school students taking various Advanced Placement courses for college credit and preparation for a number of vocational tests such as cosmetology and real estate. A valid local library card from a North Carolina public library, community college library, or UNC system school is required to access the site. an
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has made a commitment to publish virtually all of its course content online and allow open access to the public. There are currently materials from around 2150 MIT courses available online for free at https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
Other well-known schools that offer similar open courseware to the public include Yale, Johns Hopkins, and California Institute of Technology. Many of these educational institutions are members of the Open Courseware Consortium and may be located through that association's website at https://www.ocwconsortium.org/en/members
N.C. Virtual Public School at https://www.ncvps.org/ provides teacher-led online courses for North Carolina high school students via funding from the N.C. General Assembly. Courses are aligned to Common Core standards and current offerings include more than 150 Advanced Placement, Honors, traditional, and occupational classes. This instructional website was started to help provide equal access to students in poor and rural school districts with less variety in course offerings. Some courses are now offered to students attending home schools and private schools in NC. Courses taken via this site count on your high school transcript toward graduation credit.
Open Culture also contained a varied offering of online foreign language courses for beginners in almost 40 different languages.
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