Online Education

Free Online Education Resources

There are numerous free courses offered online for people to not only increase their knowledge on things they have an interest in but to also get certifications, training, and even degrees.



Coursera is an education platform that partners with 80+ top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.




EdX is a massive open online course provider and online learning platform. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience at no charge.


GCF Learn Free

The freedom to learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free. Get the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. This site has over 125 tutorials covering careers, Microsoft Office, technology, school subjects, and more.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization that provides a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. It features thousands of educational resources, including a personalized learning dashboard, over 100,000 practice problems, and over 6,000 micro lectures teaching mathematics, history, healthcare, finance, physics, art, computer science, and more.


Make Use Of

A booming online technology magazine featuring cool websites, cool soft

ware and innovative tips and information on a daily basis that help you accomplish your goals and expand your knowledge.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Courseware

MIT OpenCourseWare publishes virtually all MIT course materials online and is available to everyone free of charge.
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Open Culture

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. All content is free and includes online courses, movies, e-books, e-audiobooks, certified courses, language learning, and kids educational resources.
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Open Education Database

Open Education Database is a comprehensive collection of online college rankings and free online courses. Content includes college rankings, open courses, a career portal, financial aid and scholarships, and online learning advice.
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Udacity is an educational organization offering massive open online courses (MOOCs). It focuses on offering university-style courses and vocational courses for professionals.



Improve your job related skills or learn a new one in this marketplace for online learning. Udemy provides a platform for experts of any kind to create courses which can be offered to the public, either at no charge or for a small tuition fee.

GED & ESL Locations Near DeSoto

List of GED Testing Centers
List of ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes

Online Colleges

Find and explore accredited colleges and universities that have online programs for associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees.

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Ashworth College
Dallas County Community
College District (DCCCD)
Guide to Online Schools
Walden University
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Open Education Database
Strayer University
University of Massachusetts
UMass Online
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Research Databases

The library provides access to a number of databases available online from any computer with Internet access. Some of the databases are subscription databases, which means that the library pays an annual fee for access. Below are the databases geared towards education. For the full list of research databases click here.

Learning Express Library (Learn-A-Test)
The library’s subscription allows DeSoto Library patrons unlimited access to a database of practice tests based on the official exams. Some of the practice exams include: GED, ASVAB, SAT, ACT, PSAT, TAKS for some grades, police officer entrance exams, firefighter entrance exams, and real estate license exams. To set up an account from home or work, click on "New User," and use the 14 digit number on the back of your DeSoto Library card as the username. Choose a password. Once the account is set up, you can login as a "Returning User."

Mango Foreign Language Learning
Mango is an online language-learning database that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and more. To use the database, type in the 14 digit number on the back of your DeSoto Public Library card.