Reviews: 4 Online Learning Platforms

If you are currently seeking for career advancement opportunity or exploring professional skills development, you are able to upskill at your own time through online learning.

Why online learning platforms are important?

However, you can find online tutorials on YouTube for free, but they do not have nice structured explanation that can be really helpful and it is difficult to find consistently useful content. Also, maybe you are unsure about your teacher’s credibility and experience. That is why you need to commit by signing up for any online courses. That will save your time. In addition you can have more concentration on what you want to learn with properly guided by expert instructor.

These are 4 best online learning platforms for you to find online courses:

1. Udemy

Udemy is the largest e-learning platform today. It was founded in 2010. Also known as a “course marketplace”, since Udemy offers an open platform that allowing anyone to create and market their own courses.

udemy website

It is very important to choose a course by a creator with a great reputation before signing up. Some Udemy creators are really experts in their field. Udemy provides content previews for every courses to make sure everybody can understand the course overview. Their rating system also helps to identify which courses have high ratings, means those courses are really good.

Udemy courses is straight forward, no enrollment period and no deadlines to complete the course. Udemy does not provides membership system such as monthly or yearly subscription, nevertheless they provides pay per course system which means all courses have lifetime access with affordable price. Most courses price range between $20 and $200, however can get less with discount.

Although, a certificate of completion will be given on successful completion of the course, this completion certificate is not recognized by employers because Udemy is not an accredited institution. Anyway, students still have a certificate as proof that he/she already had the knowledge.

2. Coursera

Coursera Website

Coursera was founded in 2012 by professor Daphne Koller and professor Andrew Ng from Stanford University. Courses at Coursera are taught by top instructors from universities and big companies (e.g., Google, IBM, etc).

Anyone can sign up to take Coursera’s courses, no qualification required, but need to enroll and wait for the course starting date. Each course takes between 4 to 6 weeks to complete and it requires participation and graded assignments to evaluate your skills. The lessons are most on high quality, considering that the courses are taught by top instructors from most well-respected educational institutions in the world. Actually, learn at Coursera is more similar to a traditional classroom and has less flexibility for fast learners.

Coursera offers from a certification of completion to a completed degree. Currently, Coursera offers five types of learning programs; Courses, Specializations, Professional Certificates, MasterTrack™ Certificates and Online Degrees.

Coursera courses are free to audit (e.g. watch videos). New user will have 7 days free trial with unlimited access to all courses in the specialization.

Price for courses and specializations varying amounts (starting at about $39 and above, monthly). Exact price is hidden and need to login Coursera website to see the pricing information. Courses may be available either on a subscription basis or for individual purchase.

Coursera offers digitally shareable course certificates that can add into resume and LinkedIn Profile. Meanwhile, Specialization is a series of related courses in a specific topic. To get a Specialization certificate, students must have individual course certificates for all courses in the Specialization. All certificates are optional with extra cost.

3. edX

edX website

edX known as a global non-profit MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform for education and learning. Founded in 2012 by partnering Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Currently, edX offers 7 types of learning programs; individual courses, Xseries, Global Freshman Academy, Professional Certificate, MicroBachelors Program, MicroMasters Program and Online Master’s Degree.

edX also offers online courses in subjects including business management, computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, law, history, biology and much more.

In addition, edX courses are free to audit (e.g. watch videos) for a limited period. Verified certificate is optional with an extra cost and this certificate can be added to LinkedIn profile or resume.

4. From LinkedIn

lynda website was founded in 1995 before being acquired by LinkedIn in 2015. Then, Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in 2016. This learning platform offers a wide variety of courses that can be taken at any pace. Each course is provided with high quality tutorial’s video. Those tutorials are from professionals with higher academic backgrounds.

Lynda have a package that includes all of their courses. Starting with 1-month free trial, then $29.99 per month, online students are provided with on-demand and unlimited access to every course in their website.

Lynda is built on the LinkedIn platform, which provides the LinkedIn members with additional value. LinkedIn members can get recommendations for courses based on their interests and have the option to easily add completed courses to their LinkedIn profile.

So, make your search now by using any of these 4 online learning platforms. Surely you will satisfy and start your course immediately.

*** Notes: ***
All these 4 online learning platforms provide Mobile Learning through iOS or Android Apps, which allow you to access the courses from your smartphone or tablet, thus you can stream video lectures from anywhere, or download them for offline viewing. One thing to alert is that you are not able to refund, cancel or manage your subscription purchased through iTunes or Google Play Store. Normally, all refund, cancellation or modifying on subscription can be done through those online learning platforms website.

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