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.

Popular Schools

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    1. Claremont Graduate University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Marketing Analytics
      • Master of Science in Marketing Analytics
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    2. Independence University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Accounting (BS)
      • Business Administration (BS)
      • Business Administration - Human Resources Emphasis (BS)
      • Business Administration - Marketing Emphasis (BS)
      • Business Administration - Technology Emphasis (BS)
      • Health Information Management (BS)
    Associate's
      • Business (AAS)
      • Graphic Arts (AAS)
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Concordia University Portland

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership
      • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Methods & Curriculum
      • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - Early Childhood Education
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Reading
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Environmental Education
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    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • 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
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice
      • MSTIM - Computer Science
    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
  • Online Programs Available
    5. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Business Administration/Management
      • BA in Communication
      • BA in Communication/Journalism
      • BA in Criminal Justice
      • BA in Criminal Justice/Human Services
      • BA in Humanities
    Associate's
      • AA in Criminal Justice
      • AA in Liberal Studies
      • AA in Psychology
      • AA in Business Administration
      • AA in Sociology
      • AS in Accounting
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    6. 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
      • Master - Human Resource Management
    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
  • Online Programs Available
    7. 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
  • Campus and Online Programs
    8. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
      • M.S. - Public Relations
      • MS - Instructional Design and Technology
      • Master of Science - Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting
      • B.S. - Music Business
      • B.S. - Digital Cinematography
      • B.S. - Media Communications
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment
      • B.S. - Sports Marketing and Media
    Certificate
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Tulane University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity Management
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Seton Hall University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance
      • Master of Business Administration - Marketing

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Claremont Graduate University

  • Master of Science in Marketing Analytics

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Independence University

  • Accounting (BS)
  • Business Administration (BS)
  • Business (AAS)
  • Graphic Arts (AAS)

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Concordia University Portland

  • Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
  • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Methods & Curriculum

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
  • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership

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New England College

  • BA in Business Administration/Management
  • BA in Communication
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Liberal Studies

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Colorado State University Global

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

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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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Full Sail University

  • M.S. - Entertainment Business
  • BS - Sportscasting
  • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology

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