Where can I learn online

Free, flexible, online: 7 platforms for further education


Learning from other users - this is how the concept of Skillshare can be summarized. The learning platform is a mixture of community and marketplace and offers over 1000 courses - from knitting for beginners to programming courses. Access is easy: everyone has certain skills that they can share with others. The offer can be tested free of charge for the first 14 days.


The top dog among the providers of academic courses, around 10 million people continue their education with Coursera. The continuing education programs are offered by various universities, including US elite universities such as Stanford. The courses start all year round. The offer is free, there are no entry requirements - anyone can register for a course.


Codecademy offers free programming courses. The New York learning platform has set itself the goal of teaching beginners programming basics. The offer is free of charge. Currently on offer: HTML & CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Python and Ruby.


The learning platform is a mixture of professional offerings from universities and courses from private individuals. The offer is mixed, there is a rating system that is supposed to help with orientation in terms of quality. Some courses are free, others are paid.


From Arabic to Urdu - language enthusiasts can let off steam on Livemocha. In addition to interactive courses, there is a large community. The learning units are basically free of charge, but you need points in order to use the entire offer on a permanent basis. Those who help others with learning and complete exercises collect points in this way for free. Those who do not want to help other learners or do not have the time can also buy the points.


Learning from start-ups: At Rocketship.fm, more than 100 founders talk about their daily work in podcasts. From time management to creative marketing strategies or trying to found 12 start-ups in 12 months.


Udacity emerged from a Stanford experiment - everything here revolves around programming. The courses are developed together with Silicon Valley giants such as Google. Access to the course materials is free of charge, the extensive range of support and feedback is subject to a charge.

We have already presented other providers in this blog post about MOOCs.

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