Wed. Oct 28th, 2020

Careers: Five free online learning platforms to enhance your job prospects

Give your brain a boost with a free online course from one or more of these internationally accredited educational institutions.

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2020 does not have to be a total educational mess: You can upgrade your skills while at home with online learning sites that will help enhance your knowledge and career – free of charge.

Too much time sitting at home without enough tasks can take a toll on our mental health, so why not give your brain a boost with one of many free courses available?

Degrees are needed for so many jobs in 2020, so to stand out you may need more than just a degree. The skills to go with your specific field, or branch, are also extremely important. As are other educational resources, such as short courses or qualifications — and 2020 is the perfect time to dive straight into online courses.

Five sites that offer free ‘virtual’ courses:

1. Coursera

Coursera works together with universities and other organisations around the world to offer online courses in various subjects.

The course material is free, but you pay if you want your work graded or if you want Coursera to courier a verified certificate.

You can use this site to learn a whole host of subjects and also help diversify yourself and your skills.

2. edX

edX is a non-profit organisation that has free courses in a range of different subjects. The costs related to edX are for a verified track or to enrol in a professional education course.

Otherwise, apart from the cost of your data, there are not many other costs related to edX. Similar to Coursera, edX can be used to learn different skills to diversify your work skills.  

3. Khan Academy

The Khan Academy is a trusted resource for academic content that is free for both students and teachers.

The academy offers practical exercises, videos and other forms of help to students.

 You can use its videos and other academic sources to teach yourself via self-study.

You also can use Khan Academy to help you understand concepts, related to your previous studies, better.

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4. MIT OpenCourseWare

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) publishes all of the educational materials from its undergraduate and graduate-level courses online via MIT OpenCourseWare.

The collections and related materials are easily accessible and made for students and educators.

MIT created this initiative with the simple idea of publishing all course materials online, making them freely and openly available to anyone keen on learning.

5. Sundance

Sundance offers courses that help creators take their skills to the next level.

Sundance is for the creative and entertainment industry and is a collaboration with The Sundance Institute.

The free service allows people to participate in online classes, watch videos and recordings, access curated resources, join free online events and engage with the community.

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