The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic might have disrupted life for people from all walks of life, but it has also given them the opportunity to learn skills they could’ve never had time for otherwise. With remote learning being the new norm, several platforms have introduced an array of free online courses to sharpen your skills in anything and everything, from finance to digital photography, and so much more.
Here are some of the best platforms you can check out:
One of the most popular online learning platforms today, Coursera has tie-ups with universities and organisations around the world. Coursera offers a range of online courses offered by Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania, through which you can gain an in-depth knowledge on various subjects.
The topics taught under free courses include Machine Learning (Stanford University), The Science of Well-Being (Yale University), and Successful Negotiation (University of Michigan).
The website has such an extensive selection of courses that you will be literally spoilt for choice. Although Udemy’s free courses may be a little similar to Coursera, there’s another advantage that this platform offers. You can take your time to tailor your own courses from a wide variety of lessons! The website hosts courses from some of the top professors and schools from all over the world, which means you get only top-quality content.
Udemy’s free courses include Programming 101 (by Lawrence Turton), How to Design and Prototype in Adobe XD (by Daniel White), and Make your Writing Stand Out in Eight Easy Steps (by Rachel Leroy) among others.
Another great online platform to add to your list is Academic Earth. As the name suggests, the website offers a plethora of courses on academic subjects from the world’s biggest universities. The courses are segregated under subjects and schools, so that you can find what you are looking for with ease. Some of the world-class universities offering these courses include MIT, Stanford and Berkeley University. The free courses include Affective Computing (MIT), Building Dynamic Websites (Harvard Extension School), and Data Communication Network (MIT), among others.
Stanford Online has some of the best courses taught at Stanford University. The variety is a little less than others, since it is only one school that offers the free courses. But when it comes to quality, there’s no compromise there. Introduction to Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Through The Lens of Venture Capital, and How To Learn Math, are among the courses offered free of charge.
Harvard Extension School
This school under the Ivy League University offers courses with professional certificates, including PredictionX: Lost without Longitude, CS50 for Lawyers, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the 19th Century Orchestra, among others.
This Bengaluru-based online platform offers several programs from world-class universities to power your career across industries. The website boasts high levels of completion rates, as well as learner satisfaction, and has a staggering 1000+ hours of free learning content. Cloud Computing, IT and Software, and Machine Learning are among the free courses they provide.
(Edited by Athira Nair)