These are the top 10 online learning sites

The importance of learning cannot be understated. Learning basically means being open to new experiences and ideas, and allowing ourselves to grow from what we encounter in the world.

Gone are the days where if you wanted to learn something new, you’d go to school for it. Today, many educational institutions are offering some or all of their courses online. There are even some sites that allow different lecturers to upload and their courses.

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In this article, we shall discuss our top 10 online learning sites.

Udemy

For those familiar which online learning, Udemy must be a common site for you. It has an average of 800 new courses added every month. The costs of these courses vary, ranging from $10 to $500 for different courses. You can read the course overview and the reviews of former students before signing up to any of the courses, so you can make a more informed decision.

Also, there exist a lot of discount coupons for different courses. You can Google to find out if any exist as they can help reduce the price significantly.

Udacity

This is another of the popular learning sites available on the internet. It is dedicated to bringing higher education to the world in the most accessible, affordable and effective ways possible. It offers both the courses and credentials and they claim to do this at half price compared to traditional school.

Coursera

Coursera has more than 25 million learners, 149 university partners, and over 3000 courses. The courses cover a broad range of disciplines and skills, from neural networks and deep learning, to web development and even painting.

Courses are generally free, with the option to pay a range of $40 to $150 for graded assignments and certificates which can be used to bolster your resume. It also hosts online Masters degrees from accredited universities, such as the University of Illinois.

edX

This is one of those online learning sites that offer access to higher education from many of the world’s leading educational institutions including Harvard, the University of Maryland, the University of Queensland and others.

You can find courses in any field you’re interested in. Use it for high school level education or to earn credits for university. You’ll receive an official credential from the institution signed by the instructor to verify your achievement.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators.

It focusses on more traditional academic subjects like math, science, economics, humanities, and a bit of computer programming. Since Khan Academy is free for anyone to use, it’s a great way to get a taste for a subject before moving onto a more advanced course elsewhere.


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SkillShare

Skillshare is a community hub for new skills with a wide range of different subjects to choose from. It offers an online catalog of video-based courses, as well as in-person workshops in cities like San Francisco and New York.

Many classes are available to take without a membership at a cost of around $20-$30 each, but top classes—taught by industry leaders—are only available with a Skillshare membership. Membership costs about $9.95 per month and, while it doesn’t get you any free content, it does provide 20 percent off of all classes. Skillshare also provides student reviews for your reference.

Open Learn

This site was designed to give users free access to educational materials. OpenLearn offers both topical and interactive content in a variety of content formats.

You can filter the free courses by activity, format (audio or video), subject and more options. All courses are listed with their level (introductory, intermediate, Advanced) and time length to give you an idea of what you can expect.

Codeacademy

For people interested in coding, this is a great site to look into. Codecademy is dedicated to teaching people how to code, and it’s available for free. Codecademy motivates learners to keep a fast pace using supportive groups and a gamified points system. It offers courses on a number of languages, like PHP, Python, and Ruby.

iversity

This site collaborates with universities, companies, and non-governmental organizations to provide high-quality educational content to learners. Courses at iversity are available in both English and German, with some courses even supporting subtitles.

Students have access to all course materials, the learner community forums, and a free statement of participation at the completion of any course.

Pluralsight

This is another good one for developers or upcoming developers. It is an American publicly held online education company that offers a variety of video training courses for software developers, IT administrators, and creative professionals through its website.

Learning never ends. The above sites can enable you to learn new skills to better equip you to solve problems. Which one do you use? What do you like about it? Share with us in the comments below.