Online learning is popular with students because they can learn on their own schedule and it’s a lot less expensive than taking classes in person, and some courses are totally free. There are options that can help you learn new hobbies or advance your career - some even in the form of free Ivy League courses. If you’re cooped up at home and looking to expand your horizons or just learn something cool, these online learning communities can help.
- Udemy- With more than 100-thousand video courses and new additions added every month, Udemy has probably the largest selection of online courses. Sale prices as low as $10.99 a course make them affordable, so it’s no surprise there are more than 30-million students using the service. Topics range from IT to music and some of the most popular classes areAn Entire MBA in 1 CourseandCharacter Art School: Complete Coloring and Painting Course.
- Coursera- They offer thousands of classes taught by top instructors from some of the best universities in the world, including Stanford, Columbia, and Yale. You can even earn degrees and certifications on the site. Topics range from social sciences to data science and individual courses range from $22 to $99, but there are alsofree coursesyou can audit. Popular classes includeLearning How to Learn by McMaster UniversityandChinese for Beginners by Peking University.
- EdX- Founded by Harvard and MIT, EdX is similar to Coursera in that it hosts classes from some of the top universities in the world. They offer courses in everything from architecture to law and courses are free to enroll and audit, with the exception of professional education courses. Some of the most popular classes areBlockchain Technology by University of California, BerkeleyandAnalytics Storytelling for Impact by Microsoft.
- MasterClass- It offers online classes for any skill level taught by those in the top of their field, including authorDan Brownand tennis playerSerena Williams.There are more than 75 classes with an average of 20 10-minute lessons per class and individual classes are $90 each or they offer an All-Access Pass for $180 a year that allows you to enroll in any MasterClass. Popular classes includeNeil deGrasse Tyson Teaches Scientific Thinking and CommunicationandMartin Scorsese Teaches Filmmaking