The great thing about technological development is that you can do basically anything online, from communicating with loved ones (via e-mail, Skype, social media etc) and watching TV series, movies and documentaries to online shopping.
But if you thought this is all what the Internet can do, you were wrong. A good interned connection allows you to take up some online courses and expand your knowledge. And no, we are not talking about reading some articles or watching some online tutorials, but rather about organized and structured courses which takes places on specific days of the week and last several weeks. Just like going to school, but in your pajamas. And in some cases, you even get a degree for completing the course.
So, here are ten incredible websites that offer online courses. And the best part is that they’re free.
Coursera is perhaps the biggest online courses portal. There are hundreds of courses available, from how to write in English to social epidemiology. Coursera offers courses in 12 languages, but most of them are in English and you can choose from a wide range: arts, education, medicine, law, mathematics, food and nutrition and many more. Plus, students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.
Duolingo is probably one of the most well-established sites that offer free online courses for learning a foreign language without a teacher. You will find here online English courses for beginners or advanced courses where you can learn German online, online French courses (including the famous numerals in French or verbs in French), online courses in Portuguese, Italian and Spanish. Plus, Duolingo is constantly hiring. So, if you have solid knowledge in foreign languages, know that they are offering competitive salaries, complete health, dental, and vision insurance, 20 days of paid time off, flexible hours, gym membership reimbursement and many more.
If you are looking for online courses in exact sciences, Udacity: Learn. Think. Do is the place for you. This online platform offers free online courses in areas such as business, mathematics, computer science, psychology or physics. As soon as you’ve finished the course, you will earn a certificate of completion along with new skills.
Udemy Online Courses is a large collection of free online courses available on topics such as business, technology, design, languages, music etc. These courses are specifically designed to prepare you to take external certification or licensing exams, such as certifications in IT (Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA), Finance (FRM, PRM), Business Operations (Six Sigma, PRINCE2) and more. The website also offers the possibility to become an Udemy instructor.
Open Learn University has over 600 free online classes, thus creating a huge base of courses available in almost every field. The materials they offer are in either video format, audio programs, interactive classes and other different ways that will make you learn in the best way possible.
6. Khan Academy
Another important portal devoted to free online courses, organized by area of interest. Whether you are interested in math, science, economics or finance, Khan Academy is prepared to offer you a wide range of courses.
7. Self Growth
Self Growth is another extensive collection of materials about development and personal development, motivation, movement, sports and more.
Another free e-learning platform is Iversity, which offers courses regarding communication skills, philosophy, design, finance, politics and many more.
10. Live Mocha
Live Mocha is a portal for learning other languages. With a vast collection compared to Duolingo, Live Mocha offers online courses in 38 different languages, plus a whole deal of information about the culture of the country whose language you want to learn.
Leaning was never easier. Forget about expensive classes and having to take public transport to get to school. These e-leaning platforms offer great opportunities, as long as you keep doing what you started, attend the classes and “do your homework”. You will realize that you can learn things much faster that in an ordinary classroom.