Online Learning Resources

Compiled by Carolyn Branch
Links checked and updated August 5, 2011

A selected few of the many resources available for free online learning. Note that some resources require a DBRL library card.

General | History & Genealogy | Health | Hobbies – Miscellaneous


  • LearningExpressLibrary
    LearningExpress Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You’ll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.   This is a subscription service purchased for you by the Daniel Boone Regional Library. For free access you must enter the site through the DBRL’s database page.
  • Universal Class
    Through the library’s website, library cardholders have free access to over 540 online continuing education courses with real instructors through Universal Class. You can take courses in exercise and fitness, entrepreneurship, arts and music, home and garden care, cooking, computers and technology, health and medicine, homeschooling, job assistance, law and legal, parenting and family, pet and animal care… plus hundreds more. With real instructors guiding the learning, engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses, you enjoy an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps you master and document your educational goals.
  • a free online typing course
    This is a web-based course – no downloads required. There are 27 guided lessons to learn typing step-by-step. Learn how to type correctly using all your fingers. Increase your typing speed.
  • Vocational Information Center
    A guide to free on-line tutorials, learning objects, open courses and self-paced learning modules on the Internet.
  • Microsoft Office program
    Microsoft Office programs are a staple in every office. This site has hundreds of tutorials on how to use Word, Access, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Outlook, Frontpage and more.
  • Bean Counter Accounting
    sequential online bookkeeping lessons, covering bookkeeping language and terminology and definitions, bookkeeping systems, debits and credits, double entry bookkeeping, financial statements, how business transactions are properly analyzed, recorded and summarized, property & property rights, the accounting equation, the cash and accrual basis of accounting, the general ledger and journals, types of business activities, types of business organizations and more.
  • Intro to Accounting – Simple
    a complete online accounting course for beginners with sample problems and their solutions, covering what accounting is and its role, accrual accounting, costs vs. expenses, credit purchases, debit and credit, deferrals, depreciation methods, double-entry accounting system, financial statements preparation, general journal records, historical cost of assets, intangible assets and amortization, inventory cost flows methods (FIFO, LIFO, etc.), perpetual and periodic inventory methods, product vs. selling and administrative costs, revenue and expenses, service vs. merchandising companies, single- and multistep income statements, tangible vs. intangible assets, the elements of financial reporting and more.
  • Small Business Administration
    The Small Business Training Network, sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, is a virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops and knowledge resources designed to assist entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise.
    The Training Network makes SBA’s business management resources available anytime and anywhere.It is a dynamic learning center designed to help small businesses compete in a constantly changing, global environment.
  • The Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
    offers more than fifty independent study courses. These are self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. For most courses you will need to download and print the materials. Others are interactive courses that you can take directly over the internet. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. Each Independent Study Course includes lessons with practice exercises and a final examination. Students who score 75 percent or better are issued a certificate of achievement from EMI.
    Complete courses and tutorials for more than 120 different vocational and academic disciplines. Study programs for homeschooling, advanced college prep, GED, technical careers, lifelong learning, and much, much more.
    Lessons to help you learn different computer software programs, including word processing and web site building programs.
    MIT OCW is a large-scale, Web-based electronic publishing initiative funded jointly by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation , MIT, and generous support for the Ab Initio software company.
    OCW provides a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT’s mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT’s values of excellence, innovation, and leadership. MIT OCW’s goals are to provide free, searchable, access to MIT’s course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world as well as extend the reach and impact of MIT OCW and the “opencourseware” concept. There were 1,400 courses online as of May 31, 2006.
    This site aims to promote the understanding of the many various aspects of biology
  • Anthropology
    TUTORIALS from Palomar College
  • The Physics Classroom
    The Physics Classroom includes a comprehensive and extensive online physics tutorial written for high school physics student.
  • ChemTeam: A Tutorial For High School Chemistry
    The ChemTeam offers several resources suitable for the Regular Chemistry students. ChemTeam was developed by a group of high school chemistry teachers and delivers its content in an understandable and well-organized format. Just some of the topics covered include: Acid Base, Bonding & Isomerism, Equilibrium, The Mole, Radioactivity, Reduction Oxidation, and Thermochemistry.
  • Math for Morons Like Us
    “A math tutorial/reference covering Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry and Calculus.”
  • Professor Freedman’s Math Help
    “A mixture of sound, humor, color, animation and graphics with lots of help for the ‘math anxious’ student. Its aim is to give students a self-directed and entertaining way to learn basic math and algebra. The site includes tutorial lessons authored by students, math assignments, study skills tips, links to free tutors and learning style information — all with really ‘cool’ animation and music.”
  • Statistics Every Writer Should Know
    “A quick tutorial in mathematics and statistics for even the most math-phobic information professional.” Written with journalists in mind, but also of interest to the general public.
  • MATH-abundance
    This is a set of rather in-depth mathematics tutorials, written at the upper-college level. You can go through the tutorials in order, or use the supplied index to find a specific tutorial of interest. Also includes links to other tutorials on the Web.
  • Beginning Algebra
    West Texas A&M University created this tutorial for students and “anyone who needs help”.
  • College Algebra
    A more advanced algebra tutorial from West Texas A&M University.
  • Learn Spanish
    This comprehensive and easy to understand tutorial covers what you need to know — nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, expressions, and so much more.
  • Directory of Online Language Courses from Word2Word
    Word2Word provides these links in the hope of all people developing a better understanding of others through the use of language. They have attempted to place as many online courses in the directory as possible. These sites contain lessons to help learn one language from another. The courses vary in quality and the quantity of material presented.

History & Genealogy

  • Preservation 101
    An online tutorial for the preservation of paper-based materials, which covers archiving; environmental, biological, and mechanical causes of deterioration; cleaning and tools of the trade; planning for emergencies; specifics on storage and care of photographic images; and organizing a preservation program. Includes an annotated bibliography and a glossary.
  • Brigham Young University
    Independent non-credit courses in Family History and Genealogy, including very detailed classes in the records of France, Germany, and Scandinavia.
  • Peopling North America: Population Movements & Migration
    This site is “An historical overview of migratory movements, this tutorial focuses on diasporas to and within Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean from Europe, Asia, and Africa.”


  • Interactive Health Tutorials
    These tutorials are interactive health education resources from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial.
  • Get Body Smart: An Online Examination of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    A collection of images of and quizzes on human anatomy. Allows the user to, “visually learn about the human body using… interactive ‘Flash’ animations.”

Hobbies – Miscellaneous

  • Level 2 Horsemanship Tutorial
    This site helps you learn a lot of terms about horses: riding, training, and general horse knowledge. The information is based on the CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association)Composite Horsemanship Manual.
  • Crochet Lessons from the Crochet Guild of America
  • How to play guitar from About.Com
  • Piano Lessons from MyPianoWorld
  • Taking Great Pictures from Kodak.
    Everything you ever wanted to know about taking pictures using film or digital cameras from the oldest name in the business. Includes detailed tutorials on printing, emailing, making online photo albums, and more.
  • Short Courses
    The On-line Library of Digital Photography Includes everything from buying a camera to what to do with the photographs you’ve taken.

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