I recently mentioned that I have been taking a few online courses and I’ve received a lot of comments, texts and e-mails from you guys about how stoked you guys are about the concept. I totally get it! When I discovered Coursera and realized I could enroll in courses from actual universities with video lectures by actual college professors I freaked out. In fact, I actually had to force myself not to overdo it by enrolling in fifty classes at once (because sadly, who has time for that?). Since discovering Coursera I’ve realized there are actually quite a few websites available for continuing education. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite sites. If you you feel like I missed a great website or resource please let me know; I want to know about all of the learning resources out there.
Great Resources for Learning Online:
Though most classes on Udemy are not free if you sign up for the e-mail list the website is constantly sending out discount codes decreasing the cost of every class to $10. One of the benefits of this resource is that all classes are self paced and offered all throughout the year (there aren’t any set start or end dates). You can take courses on everything from using WordPress to Becoming a Dog Trainer to Graphic Design or SEO. I’ve had so much fun looking through the courses and daydreaming about all of the cool skills I can acquire! Definitely make sure you get on the e-mail list for discounted courses, $10 is truly a steal for all of the knowledge you can gain.
I’ve said it once (or twice, or three times) and I’ll say it again…I am SO obsessed with Coursera. Coursera offers free online classes from the best universities around the world for free. There are courses on practically every subject from Logic to Buddhism to Digital Marketing and Art History. I am currently taking Introduction to Marketing through the University of Pennsylvania and Management of Fashion & Luxury Companies through Universita Bocconi (in Milan). I’ve been taking the classes super seriously, taking notes as I watch the lectures and really preparing for the online quizzes (I totally feel like I am in college again). One of the coolest parts of Coursera is that all of the classes are free to watch and learn but if you want a certificate/fancy badge for LinkedIn you can pay a small fee to join the “Signature Track”. The cost of joining the “Signature Track” for each course varies but is generally around $50. Certificates require that you take the course quizzes and some require additional projects. By enrolling in a series of related courses you may be able to earn a special certificate of specialization. A pretty cool perk from the comfort of your own home of coffee shop.
Alison is an e-learning environment started in Ireland by a an entrepreneur. “Diploma Courses” are offered in professional skills such as Project Management, Social Media Marketing and Children’s Studies. These courses are intended to teach valuable skills and knowledge for the workforce; diploma courses are free however the certificate upon completion has an additional fee. Basic language courses are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Irish, Arabic, Swedish and Chinese. Further, the site offers health courses (on food safety, a drug free workplace) and personal development courses on subjects such as digital photography, yoga and even a course on study skills! Alison is a valuable resource for those hoping to add a new skill to their resume!
EdX offers a variety of online courses from universities all over the world (pretty cool right?). I primarily became interested in EdX because of the courses professional education courses. There is a course on How to Write A Novel beginning in January and a series of book club courses on classic novels! In addition to the college level classes offered there are also opportunities for high school students. EdX has a whole set of courses aimed at helping AP students prepare for the AP exams. These courses are an awesome way for AP students to study for their classes and a way for truly ambitious students to tackle AP tests their high school might not offer. EdX also offers freshman level university classes at a discounted price for students hoping to save money before transferring to a university…it’s a pretty amazing site right?!
MOOC List is a little different than the other resources I mentioned as it is more of a directory than a virtual classroom. Using the search features you can find classes in the language you prefer and the subjects you’re interested in across a variety of websites. You can sort classes by whether or not they offer a badge/certificate, if you have to pay for this accomplishment and by university (if you’ve always wanted to take a class from Columbia or wherever). MOOC List is essentially a gigantic course catalogue guide to your online University.
My list of resources for learning online is by no means all inclusive, so please share your favorite sites! Let me know if you have taken courses on any of the sites I featured and how they went. Happy learning pretty peaches!