A lot of people are talking about learning and studying to upgrade themselves – even to learn a new skill online. I for one didn’t like the idea of studying in my younger days. It’s quite tiresome, annoying and I could have done something better with my life (or so I and many other people on tweeter thought).

However, I grew to realize that is so important and it could also be a fun filled experience. I can’t reverse time and go back to my school days now, but it’s so easy to pick up an online course, new skills to learn for fun and study at your convenience!

Learning a new skill is an invaluable experience, and of course, it also comes with monetary benefits. Mother used to say “study hard, if not you will end up poor.” Well, I’m sure there SOME truth in there. What she didn’t say is study smart, instead of hard. Learn a skill to make money!

Learning a new skill doesn’t mean that you have to invest in a heavy, costly course. In fact, many completely free opportunities have emerged online. Not only is it affordable and light in the pocket, but it allows students to learn at any time and at anywhere in the world at their town time and pace! How convenient is that? What to learn during your free time? How about just to learn awesome new skills when bored or when you’re unemployed!

Let me show you where and how you can do that:

 

YouTube

According to a legendary story that the media has often repeated, Hurley and Chen developed the idea for YouTube during the early months of 2005. The development of youtube was lead due to a frustrating moment where they couldn’t share a video that had was shot at a dinner party at Chen’s apartment in San Francisco. Thus, leading to the creation of YouTube! (See, not all frustrations are wrong)

According to YouTube, “YouTube is a free video-sharing website that makes it easy to watch online videos. You can even create and upload your own videos to share with others. Created in 2005, YouTube is now one of the most popular sites on the Web, with visitors watching around 6 billion hours of video every month.”

Although YouTube is used as a free platform to share awesome music videos from around the world, funny clips of cats and such, and also TV shows and sitcoms, YouTube also works as a great platform to pick up a few new skills – or improve them. YouTube is also a global classroom! YouTube EDU has a high-quality selection of educational videos. It features channels such as YaleCourses, Gresham College and even Stanford Business School. Do you want to learn manage you on YouTube channel? Try looking for YouTube’s Creator Academy. Now you can YouTube without guilt and learn a new skill online!

 

Coursera

Well, would you like to take the world’s best courses, online? Yes, you can do that now with Coursera.

We envision a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life by accessing the world’s best learning experience

Coursera boasts that the world’s best universities and educational institutions teaches/guides each course on their site. They are very careful on who they pick as course lecturers/ guides. Courses that are on Coursera include auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, recorded video lectures and community discussion forums.

After completing a course, students will receive an electronic Course Certificate which is shareable.

Specializations on Coursera.

How about mastering an individual specific skill for your work or maybe just for fun? Consider joining a specialization to upgrade or learn that particular career skill. You can learn this within 4-6 months!

You’ll complete a series of rigorous courses, tackle hands-on projects based on real business challenges, and earn a Specialization Certificate to share with your professional network and potential employers.

Specializations incudes:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Math and Logic
  • Personal Development
  • Physical Science and Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Language Learning

Prices range from $250 – $500. It is affordable, accessible anywhere in the world and worth the study time.

How about online degrees?

An online degree should interest you If you are climbing the cooperate ladder and want to get promoted. A university-recognized degree will be a real help. Coursera believes that transformation should be accessible to everyone, so they have worked with their selected university partners to offer flexible, affordable online degree programs in business, computer science, and data science.

All studies are done online with a proper admission, which is strictly required. Students will be able to complete their education within 1 to 3 years. Prices are affordable too! It currently ranges at about $15 to $25,000. It’s time to earn an accredited master’s degree today or just learn a new skill online!

 

ALISON

Alison is an eight million-strong, global online learning community, filled with free, high-quality online education resources to help you develop essential, certified workplace skills.

Whether you are seeking a new job, promotion, a college place or starting a new business, ALISON empowers you to improve your economic and personal circumstances, and through you, that of the community you live in.

New skills and knowledge make you a more valuable employee, whether working for yourself, for an employer, or future employer. With today’s workplace changing faster than ever, it is essential everyone keeps learning new and updating old skills to remain or become competitive in the workplace. ALISON is for anyone taking their first step to a new or better job. ALISON is as individual as you are.

More than anything, learning with ALISON will improve your confidence giving you the hunger to learn more and make you more independent, helping you achieve your destiny in life and to be as content and productive as you can be in the world of work. The most important thing you can do now is to begin.

Every online course is standards-based and certified. That means bragging rights with family and friends and employers, an edge in your work, and to be all you can be. The power of ALISON online courses has been proven in testimonials from our learners all around the world.

Over 14 percent of our graduates stated in our ALISON Graduate Survey 2014 that learning with ALISON helped them get a new job, promotion, or college placement, an opportunity for success open to you for free.”

Browse their online education courses now, and get ready for a bright new future. The site boasts that more than five million people around the world have taken ALISON’s certified courses. ALISON has more than 750 courses on the platform range from topics on customer service to psychology.

 

Duolingo

So who created Duolingo?

“The brain behind Duolingo is Luis von Ahn, 34, a boyish-faced computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Sometimes called the father of crowdsourcing, he’s best known for inventing the CAPTCHA, the squiggly word or words you have to type in on password-protected forms.

How does Duolingo work? It works by leveraging the power of computer language and algorithms. Imagine users, and that’s about 70 million users worldwide to learn languages for free! Bring able to speak more languages means you can communicate and network with various people all over the world.

“Everyone learns in different ways. For the first time in history, we can analyze how millions of people learn at once to create the most efficient educational system possible and tailor it to each student.

Our ultimate goal is to give everyone access to a private tutor experience through technology.

The interesting thing is that they made the learning platform into a “game like” situation

“It’s hard to stay motivated when learning online, so we made Duolingo so fun that people would prefer picking up new skills over playing a game.”

Duolingo claims that it will remain free forever so that everyone (from those who can afford to the ones who can’t afford to further their education in language).

We created Duolingo so that everyone could have a chance. Free language education – no hidden fees, no premium content, just free.

Duolingo is used by the richest man in the world and many Hollywood stars, and at the same time by public schools students in developing countries. We believe true equality is when spending more can’t buy you a better education.”

Head on there now to check this site out!

Codecademy

Codecademy is an education company.

But not one in the way you might think. We’re committed to building the best learning experience inside and out, making Codecademy the best place for our team to learn, teach, and create the online learning experience of the future.

Education is old. The current public school system in the US dated back to the 19th century and wasn’t designed to scale the way it has. Lots of companies are working to “disrupt” education by changing the way things work in the classroom and by bringing the classroom online.”

Codecademy is an interactive, online educational platform that launched in the year 2011. It teaches students how to code and how to hack (I’m kidding, but it’s more towards coding and tech stuff). Freelancers who seem to be on the rise especially in the IT industry will discover how to make use of unique talents and skills over the internet.

What is coding?

Codeconquest.com says that “Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps, and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website – they’re all made with code.”

Today, skills demanded by the tech coding industry are such like app development, web design, etc. The rise of apps has caused many traditional websites to shut down, and new interactive media takes hold of the attention span of its viewers. We can see the grand impact of this when traditional websites of big multinational brands change their method to interact with its users. Coding allows communication to be interesting and a unique to the “customer service experience.”

 

Investopedia

Are you searching for the largest financial education website in the world?

With its tagline of “Sharper Insight. Smarter Investing, Investopedia is the world’s leading source of financial content on the web, with more than 20 million unique visitors and 60 million pageviews each month.”

Wholly owned by IAC (NASDAQ: IAC), Investopedia boats that it is th e largest financial education website in the world. Investopedia is powered by a team of data scientists and financial experts. The giant website offers “timely, trusted and actionable financial information for every investor, from early investors to financial advisors to high net worth individuals.”

How trustable is this site?

Investopedia says that the organization IAC Publishing is operating it. IAC Publishing is a collection of some of the web’s largest and most trusted digital media brands.

Investopedia promises to deliver high-quality content to a mass community who is hungry to learn about education on finances. This is because they want to empower them to better their lives and their knowledge base. Investopedia intends to invest in educating everyone! They are not just the Wall Street analysts and wealth advisors and reaches readers of all ages.

One of their highlights is the Investopedia’s interactive stock simulator. It serves as a stepping-stone platform to the real markets, wherein investors-in-training join a genuine growing community of investors (more than 700,000 over people) and can trade (risk-free) over $100,000 in virtual cash. Now, that’s a way to learn from mistakes and grow from them without having to take a big financial risk.

 

Coursmos

“Simplify teaching & learning. Coursmos is the most powerful open education platform at your fingertips.”

So what is Coursmo? It is a California-based startup that is purposed in developing leading-edge learning management platform. It enables mid-to-large size enterprises to efficiently share knowledge among employees and partners, and organize corporate education. Wow, how cool is that?

The site offers it’s users a streamlined friendly design that requires no assistance from IT specialists to set up and maintain. It also has a cool variety of tools for easy migration and customization.

As for learning in big groups: Individual and team also be tracked using internal tools or through integrations with over 1,000 external services including traditional CRMs and ERP.

Courses includes topics such as

  • Photography
  • Programing
  • Photo editing tools and graphic design
  • Investment
  • Journalism
  • Leadership & Management
  • Personal Development
  • Sales & Marketing

The site also provides access to an extensive collection of ready-to-go business courses that allow organizations to start using the system from the day of registration.

Conclusion

Besides spending time on Netflix, social media dramas/ stalking, and pointless activities, it’s time to create more value in your life. People who want to empower themselves have nothing to lose when they invest their time to improve themselves. Online learning allows you to stay in the comfort of your space, learn at your speed and schedule your time in the most efficient manner for your convenience. To be able to keep up with an ever-growing world, the key is never to stop learning, developing and growing at all times.

It keeps us sharp, motivated and advances our self-image. We will feel better about ourselves, more motivated and also overcome our fears of taking on the world and its challenges.

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