10 Online Course Platforms To Help You Upskill At Home
While the lure of new Netflix shows may be tempting to help pass the hours spent at home, why not invest in yourself during this downtime and sign up for an online course? Whether you're looking to learn skills to further your career, or just pick up a new hobby, there are countless resources out there.
Here, we round up 10 online learning platforms which offer a range of courses and classes on everything from business and finance, computer science and tech, to photography, design, cooking and more.
While we may not be travelling to far flung destinations this year, we can still learn a new language while at home. Babbel is an easy to use online platform that offers courses in 14 languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish and more. The app allows users to immerse themselves in a language and practice speaking from the beginning, with the use of human voices and speech recognition sure to get you speaking confidently.
Pricing: The app is free to download, but packages are billed every one, three, six or 12 months.
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Whether you’re looking to retrain for your career or just want to learn a new skill, Codecademy allows users to pick up technical skills and learn the basics of coding online. From building websites to analysing data, there are a range of courses to choose from on the platform––and if you’re not sure where to start, you can take Codecademy’s short quiz to find out which skills may align with your strengths and needs. Priding itself on allowing its users to learn by doing, the website promises that you’ll be writing real code in minutes, with instant feedback given to help you learn.
Pricing: Both free plans and paid monthly plans are available.
Online courses don’t just specialise on the world of coding and tech––FenderPlay offers a complete online guide to learning the guitar. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn an instrument, or have a guitar at home that’s gathering dust, brush up on your skills through simple step-by-step learning and easy-to-follow lessons. The platform also features a range of frequently updated popular songs, so you’ll be playing your favourite tune in no time. Along with lessons for both the acoustic and electric guitar, FenderPlay features courses for the bass and even for ukuleles.
Pricing: FenderPlay offers both monthly and annual paid subscriptions to its online classes.
Created by Harvard and MIT, edX is a hub of over 2,500 free online courses from 140 leading institutions worldwide. Trusted by more than 20 millions learners globally, the online platform features courses from the top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. Popular subjects include computer science, languages, data science, business and management, engineering and humanities.
Pricing: Prices vary according to course, with many courses available for free.
Whether you want to learn photography from Annie Leibovitz, cooking from Gordan Ramsay, filmmaking from Martin Scorsese or even skateboarding from Tony Hawk, Masterclass has it all. The online platform allows you to learn a range of subjects anytime and at your own pace through easy-to-follow videos bought to you by household names who are experts in their fields. The platform features over 85 classes from its “masters”, with each class featuring an average of 20 10-minute lessons.
Pricing: Users can access all classes for a flat monthly fee.
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6/10 Class Central
Class Central is an online learning platform that features thousands of free online courses from top universities and companies. Eight Ivy League schools—Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia—now offer free online courses across multiple disciplines on the site, including computer science, data science, programming, humanities, business, art & design, science, social sciences, health & medicine, engineering, education & teaching, mathematics, and personal development. While you won’t be receiving an official diploma at the end of your course, you will have Ivy League-level course material at your fingertips to help further your knowledge.
Pricing: The majority of classes on Class Central (including the Ivy League courses) are free
7/10 LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn isn’t just a useful tool when looking for work or sharing insightful information––it also has plenty of resources for if you’re looking to upskill via LinkedIn Learning. The platform features over 16,000 free and paid courses, ranging from business to creative and tech, which are taught via videos presented by industry experts.
Pricing: LinkedIn Learning is available as part of LinkedIn Premium, which is billed either monthly or annually.
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8/10 The Museum of Modern Art
While a trip to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York’s Midtown is largely out of the question for the time being, learning to appreciate modern art has never been easier. The Museum of Modern Art has listed a handful of free online courses that you can enroll in and complete at your own pace on online learning platform, Coursera. Nine courses and specialisations are available to choose from––including fashion as design, what is contemporary art?, seeing through photographs and modern art & ideas. The course offerings range from an approximate 12 to 38 hours in total commitment time but unlike a university course, they’re designed to be completed as leisurely as needed and are simply curated to instill a deeper understanding of art for the general public.
Pricing: All courses are available for free.
Not many other course platforms come close to the variety and quantity that Udemy offers––with over 150,000 courses available and 24 million students worldwide. The platform helps to connect students and professionals globally to a network of 57,000 instructors, with courses ranging from traditional academic subjects to business, finance, marketing and creative classes––even including instruction on mediation, nutrition, dance, bread making and music.
Pricing: Courses start at US$12.99.
If you work in a creative industry, or are looking to tap into it, Skillshare features thousands of topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. Aiming to not only just teach its members new skills, but to become empowered, the platforms classes are taught by real creators and experts.
Pricing: You can sign up to Skillshare for free and access a range of online courses, with the paid Premium Membership allowing full access to over 20,000 classes.
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