If you are a business owner that can’t afford hiring experts or simply would like to learn new business, software, technology and/or creative skills but don’t have the time to attend face-to-face courses here is a list of some excellent options that will save you a lot of time and money.
If you haven’t try virtual learning before, feel doubtful about its benefits or quality then this article is definitely for you.
Online training is available anytime, anywhere. Organizations we mention have expert instructors, leaders in their field, members of renowned companies and academia. Some companies offer courses in different languages and mobile apps to help you keep learning on the go.
On top of that, the majority of online training providers offer a free period trial and you can upgrade or downgrade your membership at any moment.
1. Lynda.com is considered one of the leaders in online training with 4,462 courses. According to its website, Lynda.com provides training for more than 4 million people worldwide. Membership starts at USD $25 per month. If you happen to live in Toronto, Ontario and have a Public Library Card you can access the Lynda.com courses library for free.
2. Udemy affirms having more than 40,000 courses and 10 million students. Udemy offers a wide range of topics including personal development, business, IT & Software, design, marketing, photography, health & fitness, music, languages, office productivity and more. Prices vary depending on the topic from $25 to $250 each. Navigate their library to find some basic-level courses for free. https://www.udemy.com
3. Shaw Academy is my go-to personal choice. Courses are live so you can ask questions during each session. Resources and materials are quite comprehensive. Knowledge is measured through online quizzes and its certificates are valid internationally.
4. Pluralsight courses are oriented to IT people, websites developers and graphic designers; however, it has a good selection of management, marketing, entrepreneurship and leadership courses.
5. Udacity offers NanoDegree programs that last on average 12 months. Some programs are provided in partnership with leading technology companies like AT&T, Google, GitHub, Facebook and Amazon Web Services. Udacity is so confident on its programs that guarantees all Nanodegree Plus graduates a job within six months of their graduation date or they will refund 100% of their tuition. Courses gravitate in the IT/Web development sector (e.g. Android or iOS Apps Development, Mobile Game development, etc.) but you can also find free beginner-level courses like Introduction to Html and CSS.
6. Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer online courses. Partners include: IBM, National Geographic Society, Caltech, Standford, McMaster University, Johns Hopkins University, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, Columbia University, among others.
Coursera offers a wide selection of topics including Business, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music, Arts, Personal Development, Languages Learning, etc.
Prices vary depending on course topic and duration. Financial Aid is available for learners who cannot afford the fee. https://www.coursera.org/
Other good options:
7. EDXOnline – https://www.edx.org/
8. MIT Open Courseware – http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
9. Khan Academy – https://www.khanacademy.org/
10. CodeAcademy – https://www.codecademy.com/
11. Iversity – https://iversity.org/
By Aida Guerra,
Founder & Digital Marketing Consultant