Websites to Make You Smarter  Aggregation of articles from various higher education journals and publications.
Alison   Alison offers free online courses with certification and diploma options.  Blog/site dedicated to all things manly, great for learning life skills and good insights.
BBC Languages  BBC Languages provides free online language learning–via courses, audio, video, and games
Brain Pickings  Brain Pickings has interesting posts drawn from art, science, design, history, and philosophy.
Brain Pump  learn something new and feeds your curiosity, through a vast library of entertaining videos on topics ranging from chemistry to physics to history.   Job hunting site to help you find a new career.   Site dedicated to reviewing charities so you can easily research any you’re interested in.
Chesscademy   Learn how to play chess for free.
CodeAcademy  Learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript with this free, interactive resource.  A site containing one man’s explorations in food, with step by step instructions for making a wide variety of dishes.
Coursera  more than 800 free courses on topics that range from internet history to financial engineering
Coursmos   a micro-course platform with short video lessons on topics ranging from business to lifestyle.
CreativeLive  Take free creative classes from the world’s top experts.
Dash  Learn to make awesome websites.
DataCamp   the most engaging way to learn R and data science. Learn in the comfort of your own browser via tutorials and coding challenges. A monthly or annual fee provides access to all courses.
DataQuest  Learn data science in your browser.
Digital Photography School   Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they’re helpful even if you’re a complete beginner.   Learn a new language for free while helping to translate the web.
edX   EdX, a collaborative project of Harvard University and MIT, provides free online courses and classes from the world’s best universities and other institutions.  Collection of videos in which Bill breaks down various feats of engineering in layman’s terms.
Factsie  Keep clicking through this site to find unusual historical and scientific facts, along with links to sources.
Fast Company’s 30-Second MBA  In short video clips from from accomplished corporate executives, you’ll learn great business advice and life lessons, really fast.  Find out how the world of fashion really works and what you can do to combat it.
Freerice  Expand your vocabulary while feeding the hungry. It’s the best way to feel good about yourself and learn words you can use for the rest of your life.
Future Learn  free courses in subjects including law, psychology, and teaching, offered in partnership with top universities and specialist organizations around the world.
Gibbon  This is the ultimate playlist for learning. Users collect articles and videos to help you learn things from iOS programming to effective storytelling  A collection of infographics which showcase useful information in an easy to digest visual format.
Highbrow   Get bite-size daily courses to your inbox. is all about advice, news, tools, and services to help small businesses grow
Instructables  Through fun videos and simple instructions, you can learn how to make anything from a tennis ball launcher to a backyard fort.  Learn about the world of finance, from basic terminology to in-depth analysis of various areas of investing.   Hundreds of free guitar lessons as well as some basic music theory.  Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science.  Write posts in a language you’re trying to learn, get them critiqued by a native speaker (and in turn help that native speaker learn your language)!
Learnist  Learn from expertly curated web, print, and video content.
LearnVest  The personal finance site offers news, classes, and resources to help you learn the basics of managing your money.   “Correspondence deserving of a wider audience”  Learn to hack life! Tips and tricks for improving all areas of your life.  Recently started life hack site that offers lists of useful knowledge
Lingvist  Learn a language  All you need to know about the wonderful world of books and writing   Community dedicated to the idea of everyone being fluent in multiple languages   A collection of browser-based games and the like to improve knowledge of geography, math, and such.
Lumosity  Train your brain with these fun, scientifically designed games.
Lynda  Lynda has thousands of video tutorials covering technical, creative, and business skills, all taught by industry experts.  Practice your basic maths skills with a simple game.  Learn things quickly and efficiently with flashcards that are spaced based on the spacing effect
Mental Floss  Mental Floss tests your knowledge through quizzes, brainteasers, and games.  Interesting articles guaranteed to make you smile and get you thinking.
MIT Open Courseware  Free access to quite a few MIT courses that are on par with what you’d expect from MIT.
MIT OpenCourseWare  a web-based publication, open and accessible, of virtually all MIT course content.  Fitness resource for the average person.  A huge list of awesome sites to learn from.  Compendium of free learning resources, including courses, textbooks, and videos/films.
OpenSesame  OpenSesame is a marketplace for business-oriented online training.
Peer 2 Peer University  Peer 2 Peer University is an open education project in which learners gather in lightly organized circles that meet at public libraries and other accessible sites.
Pianu  A new way to learn piano online, interactively.
Platzi  Live streaming classes on design, marketing, and code.
Powersearching with Google  Learn how to find anything you ever wanted by mastering your Google search skills. Also, read this article on 100 Google tricks that will save you time in school.
Project Gutenberg  Project Gutenberg is a digital library of more than 50,000 free e-books to read online or download  Ask questions you’re curious about, answer those you’re knowledgeable about. Tailor your own feed to fit what interests you.
Recipe Puppy  Enter in all the ingredients you can find in your kitchen, and this wonderful search engine will give you a list of all the recipes you can make with what you have. It’s a great way to learn how to cook without the hassle of buying everything beforehand.
Skillshare   a learning community for creators. Anyone can take an online class, watch video lessons, create projects, and even teach a class.
Spreeder  This free, online speed-reading software will improve your reading speed and comprehension. Just paste the text you’d like to read, and it’ll take care of the rest.  TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks in which knowledgeable speakers address a variety of topics in short videos (< 18 minutes)
TED-Ed  This is a new initiative launched by TED with the idea of “lessons worth sharing.”  A daily dose of useful knowledge, quotes, and other random things.  A weekly blog run by a professional dating coach offers advice on a wide variety of relationship topics.  A fascinating collection of videos and tutorials related to maths and computer science.
Thinkful  Advance your career with 1-on-1 mentorship.  Free courses mainly focused around mathematics and programming. Aimed at people of all skill levels
Udemy  Udemy is an online education marketplace with limitless variety: more than 30,000 courses, developed by subject-matter experts.
Unplug The TV   A fun website that suggests informative videos for you to watch instead of TV   Reddit’s very own University. Learn from Redditors, or try to teach them.
VSauce  This Youtube Channel provides mind-blowing facts and the best of the internet, which will make you realize how amazing our world is.  Learn about our awe inspiring past all in one wonderful place.
Yousician  Your personal guitar tutor for the digital age.  Blog about improving your life by making it simpler.  Take part in a huge variety of interesting studies of nature, science, and culture.