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Launched in late 1998, Free-Ed.Net has been a pioneer in free online learning from the very beginning. But now it is time to revise the mission (again) to include resources specially selected for the new wave of self-directed lifelong learners. Here's why:

Since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever must be learned. -- John Holt, Educator

Worthwhile learning experiences are personal adventures that last a lifetime. Formal education is a structured experience that is most relevant for a relatively short time.


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Skilled-Trades Subject Catalog


These are free learning resources that have been prepared on the level of 2-year trade schools and 4-year apprenticeship programs.


Auto Repair, Welding, Plumbing, Healthcare, Aircraft Maintenance, ...


Our mission through 2018 and '19 is to strengthen the quality and scope of free online courses specifically designed for skilled-trade apprentices and journeymen.

Go  to the Skilled-Trades Subject Catalog

Academic Subject Catalog

These are free learning resources for those pursuing academic programs -- especially for the first two years of university work. 


Prealgebra, Economics, World History, Russian Language and Culture ... and much, much more.

Go  to the Academic Subject Catalog


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About Lifelong Learning 

This is a brief guide, or handbook, that describes the SDLL learning resources and how to get the most from them.


Free-Ed.Net  May, 2018. The learning revolution is coming sooner and faster than I imagined.
- Dave Heiserman

I've always been something of an amateur prognosticator. Sometimes I've been proven right, and a few time disastrously/embarrassingly wrong. I was spot-on right about this one, though.

Back in the 1970s, when mainstream technical book publishers were buying up just about any manuscript I prepared (chemistry, experiments in four dimension, robots, radio astronomy ...), I proposed a book titled How to Teach Yourself Anything You Need to Know. Not a single publisher even wanted to look at an outline. Considering there was no Internet, we relied upon libraries and mail-order correspondence courses.

Forty years later, when I bought my first domain name and launched my first website, I could clearly see the potential for providing educational material to a worldwide audience at low (or no) cost to them. That little site, Free-Ed.Net, was an instant success. There was no big brand-name, deep-pocket competition from universities and learning organizations supported by big-name philanthropists. My little free-education site was drawing over a half-million unique visitors each month. Low cost learning at your fingertips (or keyboard) was becoming a reality.

I had a wonderful time proving my point -- for about eighteen months. Then the places with huge resources (like MIT) got into the online free education business, and my little site plunged into relative anonymity. One person operating a site from a spare bedroom versus places funded by the Gates Foundation is a classic David & Goliath scenario. At that point, Goliath took round one over David.

The next wave is the biggie, though.

The time is coming--very soon, now--when personal learning will be pursued as vigorously as personal health and well-being  is today.  Personal learning is becoming a serious part of our culture today; and it will be much more evident by 2020.

So, as I've done in the past, I'm gearing up Free-Ed.Net to portray a vision of what the most popular learning resources will be like in a few years.

Check back often ... more to come.

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