Harvard Extension School offers a free online 10-part lecture series spanning 6,000 years of Chinese history. The online course consists of recorded video lectures, readings, interactive exercises and student discussion forums. Parts one to five cover ancient Chinese history, while parts six to 10 examine modern China.
A free online course offered by Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona focuses on Chinese history as seen through the eyes of Western explorers and missionaries from the 13th to 17th centuries. For younger students, an overview of Chinese dynasties from the Hsia to the Qing dynasties is available at MrDowling.com and includes a downloadable PowerPoint presentation and audio file of the lesson.