So, I think it’s fair to say that a lot of us have become time rich in the past five to six weeks. Whilst we have to physically stay restricted to our homes because of COVID-19 (and for good reason), that doesn’t mean that our minds shouldn’t be exploring new realms.
Online learning has been booming for the past few weeks, from Instagram Live cooking classes, to video yoga and fitness classes, we’ve officially brought everything to life through the power of the internet. So why not take advantage of the time and the fact that many of these platforms are now offering their services for free (or significantly less)?
To help, here’s a list of the best platforms I’ve found for online learning. Just so you know, this isn’t limited to business courses and self-development. These platforms include everything from cooking to music and dance. So the question is, what do you want to learn today?
Ever wondered how Simone Biles trains? Or how Gordon Ramsey makes his lunch? Well, now is your opportunity to find out with Master Class. They’re an online learning platform that literally has the best teachers in the world offering up to 20 lessons on whatever it is that they do best. The choice of teachers is incredible and, even better, they currently have a 2 for 1 offer at the moment. Buy a pass for yourself and get access to all of these classes for a year, and you’ll have a second pass to give someone else as a gift.
Price: £179/$180 annually (currently buy one pass, get one free)
With a catologue of well over 400 free short courses to learn from, Future Learn is a great place if you’re looking for 2-3 hours of work per subject. These courses are powered by Universities and specialist organisations who have a host of people who genuinely know their stuff. You can even start degrees through Future Learn as they have some of the best universities in the UK, like Kings College, featuring their courses there. Whilst you can join for free, there are typically additional modules or content within a course that comes at a price (usually starting at around £30-40). Not bad, considering the variety and quality of their content.
Price: Free, some additional content for £30+/$30+
In regards to the working world, a key lesson that we can take-away from this pandemic, is that digital skills are paramount. So, regardless of the industry that you’re in or your job title, having some fundamental digital knowledge in your arsenal is likely to be beneficial to your future. Luckily, Google offer free online courses through their digital garage, which can definitely help. You have the option of taking a course from beginning to end or just picking up on the modules that make sense for you to cover. Either way, as a leader in the digital space, these courses by Google are worth taking a look at.
A lot of you are probably wondering why Udemy isn’t right at the top of the list… mainly to give you a bit of variety because they’re already well-known in the realm of online courses. They have instructors from around the world creating courses on everything from digital marketing to python and financial analysis. So, there is more than enough to keep you preoccupied here. Each course comes at a price and this varies depending on the experience of the instructor. However, a lot of courses have drastically dropped in price since COVID-19 lock-downs have been keeping people at home across the globe. Courses that were once, £100 are now £20. So you could literally take 5x courses for the price of one if you wanted to.
Price: Varies from £10 – £100+/$20-$150+ (plus some incredible free opportunities!)
Here’s one for all of the foodies out there. Delia Smith has a range of online cooking courses for you to choose from. Want to make the best roast chicken? Done. Always wanted to learn how to make a quiche? She’s got you. And, the best part is you can learn all of this from the comfort of your kitchen for free. I’d say that’s winning.
Skill Share is an amazing online learning platform for creatives. The beauty of it is, they offer you more than just courses. You also have access to their community of creatives so you can figure the tough stuff out alongside some incredibly creative minds. Animation, illustration, design, photography, you name it, they have it. They’re also offering new customers 2x months free premium membership access, which is typically $9 a month or $99 for the year.
Price: Currently 2 months free premium membership (typically $99/year)
HubSpot’s Academy is a great space for marketers of all levels to learn more about their field. All of their courses are thorough and range from 1 hour to 5. Better yet, you can also get their certifications (which will look pretty good on your LinkedIn profile).
By partnering with so many leading organisations and companies, Coursera has quite an impressive list of courses for you to choose from. Fortunately, they also have a combination of free and paid for courses too. It’s a platform that’s been designed for you to learn in your own time and at your own pace, so there’s no pressure to finish a course at speed if you need to take your time and absorb the information.
Price: Free (for some courses, but certificates cost an average of £39/$49) and also a Coursera Plus option for an annual fee of £387/$399