Open Education

Open Courses & Alternative Education

Many universities and educational content providers offer free access to their contents for universities within different scope and periods to support instructors and students that had to switch to remote learning and teaching during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Besides, many universities and educational content providers in various disciplines continuously offer a wide range of free courses and open access to support self-learning and lifelong learning.

Below you can find various open and free courses and platforms that support the formal academy, alternative education, and lifelong learning. Most platforms require simple and free sign-up.

Turkish Open Educational Resources (OER) Platforms & Micro-Learning

TÜBA OpenCourseWare

The National Open Course Materials Project, initiated by and under the leadership of Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA), with the collaboration of National Open Course Materials Consortium (UADMK) and supported by the Ministry of Development, was launched in 2007 and between until 2012 a total of 80 courses have been prepared.

CoHE Courses Platform (Courses of Higher Education  Institutions)

The CoHE courses platform is a national open course platform initiated by Anadolu University, Ataturk University, Istanbul University, and Middle East Technical University (METU). It is open to the contributions of other higher education institutions in Turkey. This platform includes PDF textbooks, presentations and /or video recordings to the course contents of various departments connected to 8 faculties, four vocational schools in Turkey. Except for some courses contributed by METU,  the language of CoHE courses is Turkish,

Open Course Wares From Turkish Universities

Some universities in Turkey that prepare and provide open course materials over the Internet are given below.

  1. Anadolu University OpenCourseWare (Akadema)
  2. Ankara University OpenCourseWare  (@nkadem)
  3. Atılım University OpenCourseWare
  4. Başkent University OpenCourseWare
  5. Bilkent University “Bilkent courses on the web”
  6. Eastern Mediterranean University Open Coursewares
  7. Gazi University OpenCourseWare (GÜADEM)
  8. Hacettepe University OpenCourseWare
  9. Istanbul Technical University Public Courses (Ninova)
  10. METU OpenCourseWare


Bilgeiş, a project implemented by the Middle East Technical University (METU) on December 17, 2015, and co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey. The aim is to provide 100 online and free lessons. Bilgeiş offers interactive lessons on different topics from information technologies, programming, information security, digital marketing, photography, communication skills, business development, project and business management, professional and personal development, etc. The teaching language is in Turkish.

International Open Educational Resources (OER) Platforms & Micro-Learning

University OpenCourseWare

Some universities worldwide that prepare and provide open course materials over the Internet are given below.

  1. Health Education Assets Library (HEAL)
  2. John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health OCW Collection (JHSPH Open courseware)
  3. MIT OpenCourseWare
  4. Open Michigan
  5. Open Yale Courses
  6. Oxford University Open Education (OER & Podcasts)
  7. SUNY OER Courses
  8. TU Delft OpenCourseWare
  9. UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (UCI Open)
  10. UTS Open Free Taster Courses
  11. Penn State University Open Education Resources (OPEN.ED @PSU)

Open Educational Resources (OER) Platforms & Alternative Education

Academic Earth

Academic Earth has launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. Since 2009 it offers a collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities, including the Berklee, California, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Michigan, New York, Oxford, Princeton, the Standford University, etc.

ClassCentral: Ivy League Online Courses

Class Central is an aggregator database for free online courses provided by various universities. The eight Ivy League schools,  Dartmouth College, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Yale University – now offer more than 400 online and free courses across multiple disciplines and subjects and in 5 different languages but mostly in English.


Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX platform provides 2500+ open online courses from the top-ranked from 140 institutions.

Future Learn Short Online Courses

Future Learn offers 50+ free short online courses from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organizations. There are free digital upgrades for various subjects such as Business & Management, Creative Arts & Media, Politics & Society, IT & Computer Science, Teaching, Language, Study Skills, Psychology & Mental Health, etc.

Lumen Learning & Boundless Courses (Lumen Boundless OER Courses)

Lumen Learning, in collaboration with the Boundless, offers openly-licensed, high-quality, and customizable digital courseware in various subjects.

Open Culture Free Online Courses

Open Culture provides 1,300+ free online courses and 1000+ MOOCs from top universities like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Oxford. This collection of online courses enables students to learn everything from history, philosophy and literature, to physics, biology, psychology, and computer science.

Open Course Library

The Washington community and technical colleges’ Open Course Library (OCL) leverages open educational resources (OER) that can be used, adapted, and shared for free as well as low-cost publisher materials for 81 highest enrolled courses.

Open Education Consortium Courses

The Open Education Consortium tracks more than 25,083 courses from 79 content providers and uses MERLOT OER Search Engine for OER courses. OER are openly licensed online educational materials that allow teachers and students to freely use, share, and modify.

Open Learning Initiative (OLI)

Open Learning Initiative (OLI) of Carnegie Mellon University, collects student activity data and provides courses in a well organized and user-friendly format. Under the OLI Independent Learner Courses OLI offers open & free and low-cost independent paid courses in various subjects including Arts & Humanities, Business, Computer Science & Programming, Data Science and Logic, Language and Speech, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Logic, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Social Sciences, and Technology & Design.

Open Learning & UTS Open

Open Learning offers free UTC Open courses. UTS Open draws from the University of Technology Sydney’s extensive postgraduate program and industry connections.

Open University & OpenLearn

The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, offers  900+ free courses on OpenLearn on various subjects from Health, Sports, Psychology to Education, Development, History, The Arts, Business, Society, Politics, Law, Science, & Technology, etc.


The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching-MERLOT provides access to tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers.

Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative that helps to build new skills by offering 317 courses with proven quality from which 100 are full-length free and open courses and textbooks. Saylor Academy Youtube and Saylor Academy’s list of free and online, self-paced courses are well organized and easy to download.

OER Repositories & Micro-Learning

OER Repositories

OERs include different levels of information from various types of materials and different media formats like audio and video lectures, images and illustrations, lecture notes, lesson plans, course materials, textbooks, software tools, interactive instructional materials, downloadable docs, graphics/photos, text/HTML, etc. Some micro-learning platforms and OER Repositories are given below:

Google Digital Garage

Google offers a range of free learning content designed to help developing businesses and careers and approved by industry experts, top entrepreneurs, and some of the world’s leading employers. There are 126 different courses/modules, -including 46 courses on Data and Tech, 26 courses in Digital Marketing, and 54 courses on Career Development- where you can select individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end.

YouTube & Vimeo

YouTube and Vimeo host millions of Creative Commons-licensed videos. Here you can find some channels that motivate and support open education.

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