Free Classes – Resources for 2024

Want to learn a new skill? A new language? Upskill your work skills? Check out this (non-exhaustive) list of places where you can attend free classes!


Coursera has over a thousand free courses. Free courses are Coursera courses offered without charge to anyone who enrolls. They cover a range of topics. Degree programs and certificates are also offered, but require a fee.


Class Central

The Best Free Online Courses of All Time


Goodwill Community Foundation – GCFLearnFree

The Goodwill Community Foundation, through their site, offers free online technology training to users of all skill levels. From seniors learning computer basics to seasoned professionals brushing up on Microsoft Office to unemployed individuals gaining career skills to students practicing math, everyone can find something useful at For more than a decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century.


Microsoft 365 Training

Microsoft Office Training Center gives access to trainings on all Microsoft products, such as Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint. They highlight their newest offerings so you can always see the latest lessons that have been added.


MIT Open Learning Library

The MIT Open Learning Library is home to selected educational content from MIT OpenCourseWare and MITx courses, available for free to anyone in the world at any time. 


Open Culture

Open Culture provides free online courses, audiobooks, movies, podcasts, and ebooks.


Resources selected from the Illinois Heartland Library System’s “Resources for Libraries” page:

Accessed by Jenna Dauer 1/11/2024.

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