There has never been a better time to learn something new or upgrade your skills, be it for personal growth or a change in career. And now you can learn online for free.
Regardless of where you are now in life, whether considering a completely new career direction, a new challenge in life or maybe you’re looking to add to your skill-set to improve job prospects, the rise of courses available gets greater by the day. There has never been a better time to learn online for free.
Starting from ‘no knowledge required’ up to a degree or professional qualification, many courses are usually self paced (you can take as much time as you need to complete each bit of the course). With many coming as video tutorials and full notes.
The courses are normally broken down into small chunks with a test on what you have learnt at the end of the ‘chunk’ so you can see how much progress you are making as you go through the various parts.
Many of the courses have been created by experts and leaders in their particular field, which means it should be good. They are usually run by the worlds leading educators and universities.
And once you’ve finished your course, you have the choice of whether to end it there with a big smile on your face having learnt something new for free, or, you can pay (I did say learn for free), usually a small sum for certification to recognise your accomplishments. This is how lots of online learning works with the fee helping towards keeping the teaching free. Certificates can be validated online so they can be displayed on your online cv for example.
Lots of the courses are also officially recognised too, which can only be good thing if you’re looking to advance your current position, be that in life or work.
If you are thinking about university, or perhaps looking for an alternative way to educate yourself without the burden of a debt, then learning for free online is definitely something to consider. Granted you miss some of the social aspects but you gain the freedom to learn at your pace. Without any pressure other than your own determination to drive you on.
Anyway, here is a short list of some of what’s available online to learn for free. Even if it’s not for you at the moment but think it might help someone you know. It wouldn’t hurt to take a peek at one or two of those below so you’re info’d up, now would it? And, if you do fancy looking into learning something new, it’s a good place to begin looking. You never know, you could unlock talents you didn’t know you had.
Codecademy – offers a wide range of computer coding courses for free. 25 million plus people have learnt here so far and it’s not as hard as you think.
Khan Academy – offers a huge range of subjects from Arts and humanities to maths, economics, science and engineering
The Open University – As well as their renowned paid for courses, the OU has a multitude of free courses available for you to discover and learn.
Edx – has thousands of courses, many created by some of worlds best known universities and places of learning for free.