Free-Ed.Net is a  free-education website that was launched in late 1997. It was clearly a pioneering effort to bring free online courses and other learning resources to a global audience. But now it is time to expand the mission to include resources specially selected and presented for the new wave of self-directed lifelong learners.

Since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever must be learned. -- John Holt, Educator

The list shown below allows you to browse the complete list of Free-Ed's lifelong learning topics. Yes, it is a very long list; and, yes, you might have to browse the entire list to find a topic that interests you at this moment; and yes, it is constantly evolving as Free-Ed.Net grows and evolves with the times.

Who knows? You might accidently discover something that boosts your level of insight and excitement about learning some new stuff that might change your life for the better!.

Arts & Humanities

  • Visual Arts and Design
  • Humanities
  • Performing Arts
  • Media Studies
  • Writing, Editing, and Publishing
  • Radio and Television Production

Building & Construction

  • Construction
  • Building Trades

Business, Marketing & Economics

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Marketing, Advertising, and Sales
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Office Skills and Administration

Computer Science &
Information Technology

  • Computer Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Database Operations
  • Web Scripting and Design
  • Computer Networking
  • Digital Communications
  • Game Design and Animation
  • Virtual Reality

The Technology Place

  • Core Studies for Contemporary Technologies
  • Aeronautical & Space Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Technology
  • Civil Construction Technology
  • Electronics Technology
  • Industrial Technology
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Nuclear Technology

Food, Agriculture, and
Environmental Science

  • Agriculture
  • Food Science
  • Food Production and Processing
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Horticulture and Landscaping
  • Environmental Science
  • Wildlife and Forestry

Hospitality and Human Services

  • Hotel and Resort Management
  • Travel & Tourism
  • All Things Culinary
  • Cosmetology
  • Funeral Service & Mortuary Science

Manufacturing & Industry

  • Basic Skills: Manufacturing
  • Production Processes
  • Machine Tools
  • Robotics & Numerical Controls


  • General Mathematics
  • Arithmetic and Basic Math
  • Prealgebra
  • Algebra
  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Linear Algebra

Nursing and Allied Health

  • Core Studies
  • Nursing and Medical Assisting
  • Introductory Nursing and Medical Assisting
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Allied Health Technologies
  • Medical Office: Records and Administration
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Health Administration and Management
  • Medical Law & Ethics



  • General Science
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physics

Social Studies

  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government
  • History
  • Law
  • Modern Language and Cultures
  • Psychology
  • Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Sociology

Transportation Technologies

  • Road Transportation
  • Rail Transportation
  • Water Transportation
  • Air Transportation
  • Space Transportation




We are currently building and revising the items listed in this column.

Select one of the following general topics to see more details and to access the free online manuals.

Core Topics

Core topics are those common to most skilled trades. In fact, many are essential prerequisites.


Automotive texts included basic theory of operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance procedures for the mechanical and electrical  systems common to today's autos and trucks.

Aviation (Part 1): Powerplants

Aviation (Part 2): Airframes

This is an extensive series of technical manuals that cover the major topics of modern aircraft powerplants and airframes.

Building and Carpentry

These manuals are all about strengthening your knowledge of lumber, interior  carpentry, concrete, and masonry.


The electrical textbooks here cover a wide range of skills, from local distribution systems to domestic fuse box wiring.


These tutorial manuals cover the theory of operation, installation, and maintenance procedures for modern heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.


The Plumbing series of online manuals covers water distribution systems as well as inside plumbing and fixtures.


This extensive series of free online manuals is intended for apprentice tradesmen (and women).