Coursera was founded in 2012 for the purpose of ‘providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere’. Their website offers a range of online guided projects, courses, specialisations and certificates from an incredible variety of reputable universities and businesses worldwide. Much of their learning material is available for free and offer the option to purchase a shareable certificate at completion from as little as $40.
EdX is the brainchild of two of the most prestigious education providers in the world, Harvard and MIT. EdX has grown and is now partnered with over 120 other educational institutions to bring you this online platform for education and learning. EdX is a non-profit that ‘delivers courses for curious minds’ and is aimed at transforming traditional learning and removing the barriers of cost. Their courses offer a range of learning material for free with the option of purchasing a certificate of completion. Prices of these certifications vary based on the programs and degrees.
Udemy has over 150,000 courses to choose from across subjects such as Development, IT, Business, Music, Personal Development, Design, Health & Fitness and much more you’ll be spoilt for choice with Udemy. You’ll learn at your own pace and go back to re-watch the videos any time! Unfortunately, they don’t offer any free course options, however, courses start from as low as $13.99 so they are still a budget-friendly option for learning.
- Skillshare‘s goal is to inspire creative exploration, believing that ‘the seemingly simple act of creating can be a force for growth, change, and discovery in people’s lives’. They have a range of videos and classes to explore across the topics of creativity, business, tech and lifestyle. They’re currently offering two months free access when you sign up and after that, if you continue to learn with Skillshare you’ll pay via a monthly subscription-based service.
5. Deakin University
Deakin University is a leading education provider in Australia and has released a range of free online courses. You’ve probably heard of them and many of you have probably event studied there (or still currently are!), they have a number of degrees and courses available to enrol and pay for, however, they also have a small selection of short online courses available for free!