Online Learning Treasure Chest

MOOC Platforms US

Udacity (Stanford University’s Sebastian Thrun’s spin-off company)

Coursera (launched by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng from Stanford University, attracted top universities like Princeton U., Stanford U., U. of Pennsylvania, The U. of Michigan, Columbia University New York, and more)

edX (joint venture between the MIT (initiative) and Harvard University, other universities added later)

others incl. Skynet University by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MOOCs on introductory astronomy. Participants gain access to the university’s global network of robotic telescopes, including those in the Chilean Andes and Australia)

MOOC providers Europe

FutureLearn (Britain): university and non-university course providers

iversity (Germany): Germany’s biggest MOOC provider with courses in German and English

OpenupEd (EU): courses in various European languages

ALISON (Ireland): basic education and workplace skills

MOOC providers Australia

OpenLearning (Australia): extensive curriculum with some basic and many specialised courses (“a business journey with caffeine latte”)

Open2Study (Australia): some free basic courses from the big island

MOOC providers South America (coming up)

Veduca (Brazil) : website not accessible yet

Webubox (Latin America, language: Spanish): website not accessible yet

Non-University Platforms/ Self paced learning:

Khan Acadamy (solid basics in math, science, economics and finance, arts and humanities, and computing; with test prep and partner content from e.g. the NASA, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History)
Peer-to-Peer University (P2PU): an attempt to create a free online “campus” from and for an open community
Udemy (some free courses, some charged ones)
Course Hero (access to study material)

Other learning/ teaching platforms

Eliademy.com: create your own online course (Finland)

Moodle: free software e-learning platform/ Learning Management System/ Virtual Learning Environment/ open-source

Hello learning world!

Finally, this blog goes online! My name is Philipp and I’m happy to be your philanthropic host on

“Learning How To Learn”.

After I have fought my excitement to launch a theme-based website with common sense for quite a while now (too much work, I’m no expert, does the world need another blogging human being, etc), I eventually let the child within me win the battle. This decision was encouraged by a very helpful MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the learning platform Coursera by Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, on which I based the site’s name.

So this is going to be your address for basically anything about learning in various areas:

  • What is learning?
  • How does learning work? – key concepts and illusions of learning
  • How to improve learning?
  • Learning in a fast-paced, real-time oriented world
  • “What do I do with all that stuff?” – Learning with purpose
  • My own experiences in a variety of fields

So be it!

I don’t wanna lose too many more words here and just see how this blog evolves as it gets started. If what you find here seems in any aspect worth liking, following or sharing, please feel free to do so and let me know what you think! If you wanna know more about me and my learning history, click here.

Well… let the journey begin! (always an epic line)