There are always both sides to learning new skills in an online setting.
Working at your own pace is always an advantage, especially if you’re busy with other things, or other commitments may get in the way of actually attending a class. Picking the topics that you’re interested in also benefits the way you will learn. If you like what you’re learning, you’ll be more willing to learn. Some people may even learn better than in a class room setting and may even feel more comfortable learning online.
As with other learning better online than in a classroom, there may be some people who are on the flip side and learn better in the classroom than online. Other commitments may get in the way of learning online, being as you can take your time, there is always the risk that you won’t get the learning done and lag behind. Most online courses also require an online connection, unless you’ve downloaded the videos/courses for offline use.
Here are my top 5 online learning resources to use:
Lynda is a learning resource featuring many different courses, as well as skills that can be updated and taught to you by experts in the field. This resource may be free to some students through their school, using their logins. For everyone else, this does cost around $25 for a standard membership. Learning paths are also featured, containing a list of courses that will gradually gear towards a specific path that is chosen. Some paths include: becoming a web designer, becoming a video editor and becoming a photojournalist. Certificates for completing courses and paths are also available; perfect for portfolios.
LinkedIn learning is the most known to students and employers, as it is part of a platform that most employers and students use to showcase themselves. LinkedIn learning does come at a cost for some courses, but there are a select few courses that are free or become free for a limited time. The monthly cost would be around $30, but if you have a premium subscription to LinkedIn, it does come by design. These courses also provide a certificate that can be printed out and can also be added to your LinkedIn profile with ease.
Coursera has partnered with universities from around the world to offer courses online. It is free to join, and a limited selection of courses may be free. Most courses do cost tuition, with an option for financial aid. The length varies, along with the course work. The only requirement to pass most courses is the completion of the coursework with a passing grade. A certificate of completion may be requested at an additional cost. The universities include: University of Toronto, McMaster University and University of Alberta. There are also many more from around the world, with a variety of different topics.
4. Khan Academy
Khan Academy has a variety of videos to help students with subjects they may be finding difficult. This one is more geared towards high school students and middle school students, but do have information that may be of use to college/university students as well. There are subjects including arts & humanities, economics & finance, and math topics by either subject or grade. Signing up is completely free for all ages, provided you create an account. The courses are interesting, with a variety of components for young minds.
5. Code Academy
BONUS: Ted Talks
TED Talks are one of my all-time favorite resources to use and watch for fun. With a variety of different talks, different lengths and even a button to randomize the video you watch based on your criteria; these talks are a good way to learn while learning something you enjoy. These talks are all free too! The only problem you’ll have is which talk to watch first.
Each resource is better suited for different learners, but are all worth a try if you enjoy learning!