There was a time when it was a challenge to get educated. A time when it was only for the elite. A time when a trade was limited to a family and taught from generation to generation. These times are gone. In this day and age, we all must be lifetime learners with the development of online learning.
We now have hundreds of addresses to go to in order to learn something new; some for certificates, some for a sense of pride, some to up our game in life. Thanks to the internet, we can learn to do anything from the comfort of our own homes. There is no excuse not to be a lifetime learner. If you are not signed up for any online class right now, get to it! It is no longer a competitive advantage. Being part of online education is a requirement to advance in your career and life. But with so many options where do you start?
There are so many to choose from, so you can get lost. I know I did. Being a stay-at-home mom, I wanted to make sure that I kept my academics in check. I tried many websites and several different courses. I want to share my humble experiences from the last year or so. Here are my top three for you to check out.
For university certificates/credit go through all the courses offered on this website and choose what you want to improve your education on. Affiliations with University of Michigan, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins make coursera.org quite sought after and very valid to invest time and money into. You pay per course or specializations and follow a set timeline with other students. Course prices range from $30 USD to a couple hundred. But don’t worry, you can audit them for free! Have your organization pay for these, if you can. Well worth the money.
Owned by LinkedIn, this website gives users the option to learn something new or improve on business, software, technology and creative skills. Pay a monthly subscription and you have access to over 4,500 courses. The courses are top notch and very easy to follow. Sometimes they are a bit long and can last to over 86 hours if not longer. But you take the course at your own pace and you get every little detail of the topic – they make the courses as comprehensive as possible. Through this website, you are learning from top performers in their fields. You also have the added bonus of displaying it on your LinkedIn account. Access is with either $20 or $30 USD a month, but do the free trial first to make sure you’ll commit.
An organized learning website made by the people, for the people? Yup, that’s skillshare.com. With over 4,000 classes, this organization is making ripples with their promotions and their engagement. User’s pay a fee of $10 USD a month (or less if you commit to a year or two). There are 506 free classes right now so make sure you check it out. The videos are lower quality and teaching styles of teachers vary. There aren’t strict standards that regulate class quality but classes tend to be no more that an hour long; most are 15 – 20mins. They also encourage you to teach and will pay you if you have more than 25 students enrolled. I took advantage of that, check out my class: Decorative Designs and Scripts: Inspiring with Arabic Lettering
All these organizations have smart phone application downloads. No excuses. Enroll in something! You’ll feel more accomplished, I promise.
Please note – I don’t get any benefits for writing about this websites. Just an honest opinion – these are the best 3 from my experiences
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