E-Learning Portals You Should Know About. #16Conversations
By Zuko Komisa
We can all agree on how important education is in shaping our society. With the statistics of unemployment continuing its downward spiral we need to begin to start using other avenues of acquiring knowledge at our disposal. This means we need to begin to embrace the power of the internet, and sharing of knowledge.
There are many portals that offer free online courses that can enhance which skills you wish to tap into. They have grown to be popular as more and more people are looking for convenient, portable learning options that allow them to study at their own pace.
For your convenience, we have put together a list of online portals where you can expand your mind at the click of a button.
- Cousera — Coursera is a learning site offering courses from over 100 partners — top universities from over 20 countries, as well as non-university partners.
- edX — The edX site offers free subject matter from top universities, colleges and schools from around the world, including MIT and Harvard, and many courses are “verified,” offering a certificate of completion for a nominal minimum fee.
- MIT Open Courseware — MIT OpenCourseWare is the project that started the OCW / Open Education Consortium with the full content of 50 real MIT courses available online, and later including most of the MIT course curriculum.
- NovoEd — NovoEd claims a range of mostly free “courses from thought leaders and distinguished professors from top universities,” and makes it possible for today’s participants to be tomorrow’s mentors in future courses.
- Do It Yourself — Do It Yourself (DIY) focuses on how-to’s primarily for home improvement, with the occasional tips on lifestyle and crafts topics.
- Ed2go — Ed2go aims their “affordable” online learning courses at adults, and partners with over 2,100 colleges and universities to offer this virtual but instructor-led training in multiple categories — with options for instructors who would like to participate.
- University of the People — University of the People offers tuition-free online courses, with relatively small fees required only for certified degree programs (exam and processing fees).
- HOW Design University — How Design University (How U) offers free and paid online lessons on graphic and interactive design.
- Skillcrush — Skillcrush offers professional web design and development courses aimed at one who is interested in the field, regardless of their background.