15 Free Online Learning Communities

About this article
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.
View available schools

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

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Golden Gate University - Aspire

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor's Degree - Business
      • Bachelor's Degree - Psychology
      • Bachelor's Degree - Accounting
      • Bachelor's Degree - Management
      • Bachelor's Degree - Organizational Leadership & Human Skills Development
  • Online Programs Available
    2. 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 - Human Services
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
      • BS - Marketing
      • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management
      • BS - Business Management
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Trident University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration (Ph.D.)
      • Health Sciences (Ph.D.)
      • Doctor of Business Administration
      • Educational Leadership (Ed. D.)
      • Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Education
    Bachelor's
      • Computer Sciences (BSCS)
      • Business Administration (BSBA)
      • Human Resources Management (BSHRM)
      • Homeland Security (BSHLS)
      • Information Technology Management (BSITM)
      • Leadership (BSL)
    Associate's
      • Professional Studies (ASPS)
    Certificate
      • CMCB - Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Purdue University Global

    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
      • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master of Public Health
      • Master - Accounting
      • Master of Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Nutrition Science
      • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
    Associate's
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
      • AAS in Information Technology - Multiplatform Software Development
      • Associate of Science in Fire Science
      • AAS in Criminal Justice and Criminology
      • AASIT: Network Admin
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
      • Medical Office Administration Certificate
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
      • Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing
      • Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
    Master's
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education
      • M.Ed. in Early Childhood
      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
      • MS in Nursing: Public Health
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
      • BS in Early Childhood
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
      • Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education (ITL)
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems
      • Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education
  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. 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
      • BS - Cloud Technologies
      • B.S. - Music Business
      • B.S. - Digital Cinematography
      • B.S. - Media Communications
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment
  • Online Programs Available
    7. 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 Criminal Justice
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice - Policing
    Master's
      • Master of Legal Studies
      • Master of Science in Computer Science
      • MS Organizational Leadership - General Organizational Leadership
      • Master of Science in Instructional Design
      • Master of Science in Information Technology
      • Master of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education - Character Education
      • Doctor of Education - Curriculum & Instruction
      • Doctor of Education - Higher Education
      • Ph.D. in Communication
      • Ph.D. in Education - Character Education
      • Ph.D. in Education - Curriculum & Instruction
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Government - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Journalism
      • M.A. in Business & Design Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Journalism
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Organizational Communication
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
    Certificate
      • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program - Autism Certificate
      • M.Ed. in K-12 Special Education - Autism Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Davenport University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Computer Science, MS
      • Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN
      • Finance Concentration, MBA
      • Health Care Management Concentration, MBA
      • Health Informatics and Information Management, MS
      • Human Resource Management Concentration, MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Business, BBA
      • Computer Science, BS
      • Accounting, BBA
      • Finance, BBA
      • Health Services Administration, BS
      • Human Resource Management, BBA
    Associate's
      • Computer Information Systems, AAS
    Certificate
      • Global Project Management Certificate
      • Family Nurse Practitioner, PG Cert
      • Managerial Accounting, GRC
      • Marketing, GRC
      • Forensic Accounting, Graduate Certificate
      • Medical Case Management Certificate, PB
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Applied Psychology
      • BA in Business Administration/Management
      • BA in Criminal Justice
      • BA in Accounting
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Child Advocacy
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
    Associate's
      • AA in Applied Psychology
      • AA in Criminal Justice
      • AA in Accounting
      • AA in Business Administration
      • AA in Healthcare Management
      • AA in Management

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Golden Gate University - Aspire

  • Bachelor's Degree - Business
  • Bachelor's Degree - Psychology
  • Bachelor's Degree - Accounting

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado State University Global

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

What is your highest level of education?

Trident University

  • Business Administration (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Computer Sciences (BSCS)
  • Professional Studies (ASPS)
  • CMCB - Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing

What is your highest level of education completed?

Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • AAS in Legal Support and Services
  • Medical Assisting Certificate

Which subject are you interested in?

Grand Canyon University

  • DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing
  • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

What is your highest level of education?

Full Sail University

  • M.S. - Entertainment Business
  • M.S. - New Media Journalism
  • BS - Sportscasting
  • BS - Cloud Technologies

What is your highest level of education?

Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • Master of Legal Studies
  • Master of Science in Computer Science

What is your highest level of education?

Regent University

  • Doctor of Education - Character Education
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
  • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program - Autism Certificate

What is your highest level of education completed?