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The Top Six Websites to Learn a New Expertise

Learn a profitable skill today.

By Ha Le SaPublished about a month ago 3 min read
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The Top Six Websites to Learn a New Expertise
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Outshining in academics is essential to survive in this competitive world, but adults must learn some demanding skills to improve their artistic, physical, and emotional fields of life. The majority of the top technology sector companies, such as Google, Apple, Tesla, etc., prefer the required skill set instead of completing higher education from well-reputed institutions for high-paying job positions.

Here, I am going to tell you about a few supportive websites that are offering academy-level online courses almost free of cost. After making your profile in a few minutes, you can learn a new skill or gain additional knowledge of your field; by enrolling in different courses.

1. Edx

In 2012, Harvard University and MIT established a non-profit organization named Edx to provide free education. They cover a wide range of courses, related to multiple engaging topics, such as history, psychology, medicine, technology, etc. The main goal of the organization is to deliver high-quality knowledge to students from diverse educational institutions and universities across the globe. Without financial or location barriers, anyone can access these courses online.

In addition to the contribution by Harvard and MIT, highly experienced teachers from Boston University, the University of California, and the Ivy League Brown University are teaching there. Registration and taking the courses are free, but to get a certificate, you have to pay some fee. It is not an accreditation; it only demonstrates that you completed the course.

2. Udemy

Udemy was launched way back in 2010. Their primary goal is to provide courses to further develop work-related abilities. They have the broadest library of courses, with more than 150,000 accessible courses taught by more than 50,000 instructors around the world. Some of the top categories include IT, software marketing, and photography.

A majority of their courses are not free. To find the free stuff, you have to scroll down the page to the section in filters, find a price and select free. There are numerous different filters, you can use to figure out the courses of interest; you may go with the programming language courses, graphic designing, etc. Here only paid courses will offer any feasible certification or accreditation.

3. Future Learn

Future Learn was established in December 2012. Two communities: the Open University situated in the UK and the career company SEEK Limited together, own the organization. Future Learn is an extensive open online course (MOOC), degree learning, expert track, and micro-credential forum. Over 100 universities and companies from around the globe offer their courses; through this platform. Like other such websites, all the courses here are not free of cost.

Scroll through the home page, click on the short courses and select the one of your interest. By searching a little, you will see the duration and charges of the course. On Future Learn learning is typically free, but you can access the course for a chosen period: course duration and an additional 14 days. The digital upgrade usually includes added benefits at an additional cost.

4. Alison

Another classic that debuted in 2007 is Allison. All the courses on Allison are fully free to enroll in, study, and complete in a variety of areas, including IT, business, math, health sciences, and many others. In contrast to many websites, the forum is with a large number of courses. Although the assessment is free, you must score at least 80 to be certified, and depending on the certificate obtained, there may be an additional cost.

5. Udacity

I advise using Udacity if you want to learn a skill you can utilize in the technology industry. It was launched back in 2012. They provide nano degree programs, and these programs are accepted by numerous prestigious corporations, including Google, Facebook, and many others. While not free, they are considerably less expensive than a conventional degree.

You can browse previous free courses here if all you want to do is learn something for nothing. You can go to programs, click pick program information in the filter, choose the type of free courses, and then choose your course by selecting your skill level and projected duration. The free courses on Udacity are more relaxed and allow you to proceed at your own pace as opposed to other courses which force you to start and finish at the same rate as everyone else.

6. Coursera

In addition to partnering with prestigious universities like Duke, Princeton, and the University of Michigan, Coursera also hosts courses taught by major tech firms like Amazon Web Services, IBM, and Google. Coursera launched in 2012, like some of the others already mentioned, and was founded by two computer science professors from Stanford University. If you only want to learn and are not concerned about the certificate, Coursera will not let you memorize that it is a paid service.

Note: Check the ratings and reviews before enrolling on a course.

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