For quite some time now, the ceaseless development of technology, particularly the growth of the internet and virtual media, has made access to learning for students and professionals more efficient and readily available.
While the world experiences a global outbreak (the current COVID-19 pandemic), access to education has been undeniably a bit more difficult and challenging. However, with several academic sites you’ll find online in just a few searches or clicks, you’ll never fall too short of online courses to pursue.
As a matter of fact, with thousands of online programs accessible nowadays, choosing the right institution and program to take become too overwhelming. But these top websites for online courses are also specifically designed to guide learners pick the courses best suited for them by constant and thorough optimization of the platforms.
So let’s check them out!
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As one of the most leading academic websites today, Coursera has collaborated with over 200 universities and companies from a global scale. These institutions include some of the most prominent institutions you may already be familiar with such as Stanford University, Imperial College of London, and Google. Today, the site is used by over 60 million users worldwide.
The site also offers up to 3,900 courses and specializations encompassing a broad spectrum of subjects and fields like data science, business, information technology, math, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, arts, health, and personal development.
Most free courses also comes with certificates offered free with some formal certifications requiring additional fees.
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Partnering with well-known business institutions like Merces-Benz, Adidas, and Booking.com, Udemy offers courses and lessons from a wide range of fields including design, photography, music, development, marketing, IT & software, and an outstanding focus on business.
The site offers over 100,000 online video courses constantly updated to cope up with recent in-demand fields that can help students and professionals in their academic or career prospects.
Udemy also encourages instructors to join the platform and help them share knowledge through the platform’s leading educational skills and tools.
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The rise of modernization and technology has brought remarkable changes across various industries in a worldwide scale---making opportunities within the field sought out by many learners and professionals.
Having primary emphasis on science and technology, Udacity is a site designed for learners who aspire to learn more about technology and pursue a career in tech-driven fields and industries like data science, programming, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and even business.
Courses offered by Udacity feature self-paced learning, hands-on trainings, practitioner-level education, job-focused content, and real-life projects that can equip you with the needed knowledge and skills to have a better understanding on the different aspects of technology.
The platform is also recognized by some of the top tech global companies including Google, Amazon, and AT&T.
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EdX is an academic website made by the collaboration of a few of the most prestigious international higher education institutions with Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the founders and 130 partners all around the globe.
The platform offers over 3,000 courses and programs from a far-reaching scope of fields and areas of specializations. These include computer science, data science, engineering, language, business and management, and the humanities.
The site is non-profit platform and a remarkable medium for massive online open courses (MOOC). “Micro” master’s programs and professional certificates are also offered in some courses to help you earn great credentials.
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Masterclass is a platform with online courses and lessons lead by acclaimed experts from different fields, each being remarkably known for their expertise in their line of work.
For just 15 USD a month, you can get unlimited access to all available classes within the site, be part of a virtual student community where academic discourses can be shared, and be taught by distinguished icons like Natalie Portman for acting classes, Christina Aguilera on the music and entertainment industry, Neil DeGrasse Tyson for astrophysics lessons, and queen of drag RuPaul to train you on the secrets of powerful self-expression.
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TED-Ed is an award-winning youth and education platform that features free online courses and educational videos that touches interesting topics from a wide spectrum of fields.
The site’s network reaches over 250,000 educators and learners that continues to bring out creative contemporary content that can spark anyone’s curiosity and passion for learning.
Courses here feature offer compelling learning media, styles, and techniques such as animations available in the platform itself and in Youtube and interactive classes introducing innovative learning modes as educational institutions cope up with contemporary times.
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In addition to being an academic platform for online courses, Skillshare is also a virtual space for a learning community consisting of teachers, students, and professionals across different disciplines and places. Within the site, you can gain knowledge and skills through its offered classes, build your career from your academic and professional prospects, and form networks with others.
Most courses available here mainly focuses on business, technology, creativity, and lifestyle---making it an ideal platform for both aspiring and professional content creators.
Some programs are available for free but you can also upgrade to a premium subscription to access all the courses for 8.25 USD a month.
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Khan Academy is a non-profit organization whose principal objective is to make access to free and world-class education for all types of learners all over the world. The platform provides completely free courses, video lessons, and modules that mainly focuses on a variety of subjects such as science, math, economics, humanities, and programming.
Its versatility, breadth, being free of cost, and availability for anyone makes the platform a great place to start if you’re still laying your options down at the table.
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You may have heard about LinkedIn primarily as a site for networking and job-searching but this sub-platform is intended particularly for learners pursuing online education.
LinkedIn Learning (previously known as Lynda.com) is a platform with strong focus on business, technology, and creativity. Under these fields, various topics are also available including project management, programming languages, data analysis, design thinking, professional education, and leadership skills.
The site is in made in collaboration with big companies and organizations such as Adobe and the platform contains over 16,000 courses led by experts on different fields and industries. Full access, however, can only be availed through a monthly subscription over 20 USD.
With these online educational platforms available in a few clicks away, learning will be just right on your hands---whether you want to earn formal certifications, officially finish a degree, or just get a wider perspective on things you find interesting.