What I love about Coursera is that the classes are set up like a college course in the sense that they are a set number of weeks in length (usually 4-16, although it varies depending on the course), and most have deadlines for turning in assignments, it’s all on your own time. It’s all online, so you can do it early in the morning or late at night, or anywhere in between. This can be very helpful if you want to take a class but are so busy with work and homeschool, along with everything else, that you just don’t see how you can fit in going back to school.
While they don’t count for actual college credit, you can learn so much from these courses, and you could list them on a resume to show not only that you have knowledge of a particular topic, but also that you take initiative to educate yourself.
I will first say that I am still learning my way around Learnist, therefore my knowledge is still rather limited. Basically, though Learnist is similar to Pinterest. You essentially “pin” things to boards that you create, and like/follow boards that others create – but it’s all educational. You curate your boards, so that you can create a board that is, for example, all about photography, and then pin all kinds of educational stuff about photography – how cameras work, the difference between macro and landscape photography, digital vs. film: which is better, anything you want that would teach you (or your children) about photography. Think of it as being similar to the bookmarks that you save on your browser, but better organized and with pictures and blurbs that help you remember what it was about. It can also help you keep together the various websites and materials for projects and entire lesson plans on various subjects.
This is another great site for full length documentaries. Their variety of categories includes such things as 9/11, History, Performing Arts, Religion, Technology, Health, Science, Environment and Politics. You can browse categories or search for a particular topic or documentary title. As with FullDocumentary, there is the occasional private video or one that has been removed due to copyright issues, but for the most part, this is an excellent resource.