best online learning sites

Best Online Learning Sites

Best online learning sites for your career

Looking for the best online learning sites offering free or low cost learning to boost your knowledge and skills? Online courses are a great way to keep learning throughout your life both personally and professionally.

Although non-accredited, online courses are not a replacement for recognised qualifications, there are many benefits to online learning which I’ve outlined in an earlier post. By far the biggest advantages to online learning are convenience, accessibility and the sheer number of courses on offer.

With hundreds of thousands of online learning providers around the world, it can be difficult to find quality, affordable courses to boost your knowledge and skills. Here’s three great online learning sites to get you started on your online learning journey:

Coursera

Coursera.org boasts being one of the largest providers of MOOCs (massive open online courses) in the world. Whether you’re looking to take a short, introductory course or take your career to the next level with a master’s degree, you’re bound to find something of interest.

Coursera offers courses on a range of topics from universities and organisations around the world from The Science of Wellbeing at Yale, to Mathematics for Machine Learning at Imperial College London. 

You can audit a course for free or pay a certification fee to gain a certificate of completion. This can be a great way to enhance your CV and LinkedIn profile (Coursera certificates are directly shareable to LinkedIn).

Edx

Edx.org was founded by scientists from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology back in 2012. Since then, it’s become one of the most popular MOOCs in the world offering university-level online courses from universities such as Harvard, MIT and Berkeley in the US and many other universities across the globe.

Like Coursera, you can ‘audit’ a course (take it for free) and only pay a fee if you wish to be certified. This involves choosing the verified track where you sit exams at key points throughout the course.

Whether you want to learn Agile Project Management or Python Programming, or study Climate Change Education or Microeconomics, you will find quality learning from reputable institutes from around the world to advance your career.

Udemy

Udemy.com offers over 100,000 courses on a wide range of topics including business and entrepreneurship, technology, the arts, language, music, health and fitness. While you can learn job related skills via the Udemy online learning platform, it also offers a lot of hobby and personal interest courses you might take for enjoyment rather than enhancing your CV.

One of the downsides to Udemy is that anyone can publish a course there. So you need to understand if it is going to meet your needs particularly if you are looking to take a course professionally. 

Udemy can be a good otion for those looking for general learning. For instance, if you’re looking for introductory courses or hobby courses, it can be a great option. But since Udemy courses don’t publish as many professional courses as Edx and Coursera do, it’s probably not the best choice if you’re looking for online learning to boost your career.

Summary

No matter what you want to learn, there’s bound to be a course on offer at one of the above online learning sites to suit your needs.

Some of the best universities from around the world offer a broad range of courses from a short introduction through to master’s level qualifications.

When looking for a course, be clear about your motives. Are you learning for fun or are you looking for a course that will enhance your career prospects? If you’re looking to gain a recognised qualification, make sure you choose a reputable and registered training organisation, college or university.

Take time to do your homework. Check reviews and rankings to ensure you make the right choice. Most importantly, enjoy!  Learning should be enjoyable and life-enhancing. 

Lisa LaRue, RCDP, MCDI, MAC

Lisa LaRue, RCDP, MCDI, MAC

Registered Career Coach with more than 20 years’ experience helping people plan, manage and find happiness in their careers.

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