15 Free Online Learning Communities

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Whether you're looking to study a new language, prepare for college or spread the word about a particular cause, online learning communities make it easy to find people who share similar goals. These collaborative communities typically focus on a shared learning objective and are almost always free to join.
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language learning communities

Language Learning Communities

  • Livemocha - More than 4 million people have joined Livemocha to learn a new language together. The site offers free language lessons, opportunities to chat with native speakers and other helpful resources.
  • Busuu - Language learners who join this free language community can practice their skills with other people around the world. Busuu also provides interactive lessons for learning English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.
  • My Happy Planet - My Happy Planet is a user-driven community that makes it easy to find a language learning partner. Members are also encouraged to upload videos and post their own language and culture lessons.

civic learning communities

Green and Civic Learning Communities

  • MakeMeSustainable - MakeMeSustainable is a community of people who are concerned about their environmental impact. Community members can calculate their carbon footprint and learn how to take action to reduce it.
  • SocialVibe - This social community has helped to raise nearly $1 million for various causes. Community members can choose the cause they are passionate about and then help spread the word through MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger and other social media properties.
  • Change.org - This online learning community raises awareness about important causes and encourages members to participate through petitions and other actions.

scientific learning communities

Scientific and Academic Learning Communities

  • ResearchGATE - This online learning community doubles as a professional network for scientists and researchers. Members can connect with colleagues, search for new papers and collaborate on special research applications.
  • Pronetos - Founded by the faculty of Boise State University, Pronetos is designed to help scholars network and publish research. The global community welcomes scholars of every academic discipline.
  • Academia.edu - This academic community helps scholars discover what other people around the world are researching and why. Academia.edu makes it easy for any academic to stay abreast of new papers and developments in their field.

learning communities for teachers

Education-Related Learning Communities

  • TeacherTube - TeacherTube is an online community for educators and other people who want to share instructional videos. Members can rate videos and engage in discussions in the community forum.
  • We The Teachers - Created specifically for teachers, this online community provides a place for educators to connect, share resources and ask questions.
  • TeachAde - TeachAde is a social network for educators. Members can find and share lesson plans, audio, video and other multimedia resources.

online learning communities

Miscellaneous Learning Communities

  • LearnHub - LearnHub is home to many different online communities for students and lifelong learners. Some of the most popular communities focus on studying abroad, standardized test prep, languages, social sciences and mathematics.
  • GradeGuru - Created for college students, this free knowledge sharing network makes it easy for students to share and find class-specific notes. Members can also utilize GradeGuru's free study materials and academic tools.
  • Connexions - This Rice University site allows members to contribute learning modules and study modules that have been created by other people.

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    1. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Teaching and Learning
      • Master of Project Management
      • Master of Finance
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
      • BS - Human Services
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
      • BS - Marketing
      • Undergraduate Specialization - Criminal Forensics
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
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    2. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    Master's
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master : Business Admin
      • Master: Psychology/General Psychology
      • MSPY - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
      • Master of Public Health
    Bachelor's
      • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Nutrition Science
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Business Admin.
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    Certificate
      • Psychology
      • Certificate in Human Services
      • Medical Office Administration Certificate
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
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    3. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts - Communication and Media Studies
      • Master of Education - Early Childhood Education
      • Master of Education - Middle Grades
      • Master of Science - Entrepreneurship
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Communication Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science - Psychology
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Financial Economics
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      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Marketing
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts - Liberal Studies
      • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies - Early Childhood Education
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education
      • Education Specialist - Middle Grade Education
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      • Post Graduate Certificate - Communication Management
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Finance
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    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA - Management
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
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      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
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    Master's
      • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
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      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology: General Psychology
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
      • BS in Early Childhood
      • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)
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    5. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
      • Master of Science in Education in Special Education
      • Master of Science in Engineering Technology
      • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
      • Master of Public Health
      • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology
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    6. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Economics
      • Master of Public Administration and Policy
      • Master of Science in Agile Project Management
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
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    7. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Business Administration
      • B.S. in Legal Studies
      • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
      • B.S. in Finance
      • B.S. in Management / Entrepreneurship
      • B.S. in Management / International Management
    Associate's
      • A.S. in Criminal Justice
      • A.S. in Legal Studies
      • A.S. in Marketing
    Certificate
      • Certificate: H.R. Management
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    8. Saint John's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
      • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Master of Science in Taxation
      • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
      • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship
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    9. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
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      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management
      • Ed.D. - Sports Management
    Master's
      • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • M.Ed. - General Education
      • Master of Business Admin - Accelerated General MBA
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership
      • Education Specialist - Special Education
      • Education Specialist - International Education
      • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education
      • Education Specialist - Curriculum and Teaching
      • Education Specialist - Instructional Leadership
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    10. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
      • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
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      • Masters in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
    Bachelor's
      • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
      • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics

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Colorado State University Global

  • MS - Teaching and Learning
  • BS - Communication
  • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management

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Kaplan University

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • Master: Legal Studies
  • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
  • AASBA in Business
  • Psychology

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Brenau University

  • Master of Arts - Communication and Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Psychology
  • Associate of Arts - Liberal Studies
  • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education

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Grand Canyon University

  • DBA - Management
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

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Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Master of Science in Education in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Engineering Technology

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American University

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Economics

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Post University

  • B.S. in Business Administration
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Certificate: H.R. Management

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Saint John's University

  • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
  • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
  • Master of Science in Accounting

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