How to learn from home for free: trending platforms
August 5, 2020
Actually, in this days, you shouldn’t ask someone how can I learn from home for free?; because, there are so many options and platforms currently that, if we throw to the air that question, we will be overwhelmed with all the information and choices existing today.
So, the first step to learn something new or reinforce knowledge from home, is it to ask to yourself what do you want to learn? Or what do you want your kid or someone else to learn? And, most important of all, in which way do you want to have access to that knowledge? Do you want a full commitment learning time or just from time to time instead? Do you want to access from your workstation, your mobile, your tablet or even your game hub?
Knowing that, you can look more specifically for the platform that suits better for your needs. Or choose one among the trending platforms that we will introduce you in this article.
Top trending platforms to learn from home for free
Today, there are an open wide range of platforms to learn from home following the most important learning strategies like micro-learning, gamification, video based learning, LMS, and so on (but this is matter for another article).
Now, we are going to mention the most important platforms that offers to you several options to learn from home at no cost. Besides, most of them have some paid flavors access too, and some of them at very low cost.
At edx.org you will find a wide catalog of free online courses from very important universities, institutions and industry-leading companies worldwide like Harvard, MIT, Microsoft and so on. It is one of the most trending education providers of Massive Open Online Courses (also known as MOOC), and first reference as an open-source and non-profit education provider.
You will find a multidisciplinary catalog to choose from Computer Science, Business & Management, Art & Culture, Data Analysis & Statistics, Engineering, Medicine, Social Sciences, Music, Biology & Life Sciences, and so on.
You can access edX courses for free in audit mode in which you have access to all lessons, videos, resources and ungraded assignments. But paid is necessary if you want to earn the certificate and for full course completion.
Coursera.org is also a learning platform primarily academic oriented that facilitates courses from recognized universities and organizations worldwide such as Yale, Stanford, Duke, Google and others. It is a conventional education platform where you can access to lectures, assignments and on-demand videos for free from a wide catalog of subjects and professional careers like specializations, degrees and master track courses.
You have audit access to some courses materials and resources too, but also there is an open catalog of full access courses for free for specific topics and general purposes too like The Science of Well-Being from Yale or Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects from McMaster.
Skillshare is an online platform to learn new skills or expands your knowledge based on a project community approach where most of the courses focus on student interaction by completing a project. It has a collection of classes that are classified in categories such as creative arts, technology, lifestyle and more. Is good to know that the majority of the classes do not offer certification or are not accredited by any institution, but it is a good choice if you want to learn by doing things.
In Khanacademy.org you will find a set of online educational tools, materials and supplementary practice exercises that empower teachers and encourage learners to study at their own pace. It is a nonprofit organization which mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. In subjects such as math, science, history, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, among others.
Learning platforms for specific purpose
Duolingo is the top language learning online platform worldwide with the most downloaded educational app. It is fully accessible for free and very intuitive and easy to use with a wide catalog of courses to learn so many languages like Spanish, French, German even Klingon.
First Aid Web
Firstaidweb.com offer a self-guiding course to learn the fundamentals of Basic Life Support and provide to the students the minimum cognitive skills needed to administer CPR and First Aid in emergency cases.
Google Analytics Academy
Google Analytics Academy is a training platform that provides a set of free online courses to learn analytics. Which let you to know Google measurement tools to contribute to your business growth and collecting smart data for scale your business. Some courses that you can find are Google Analytics for Beginners, Advanced Google Analytics, Getting Started With Google Analytics 360 and much more.
So, knowledge is at your fingertips
Well, if this were not good enough, you always can find almost everything for every subject easily in Syrus.today, Google, Wikipedia and so on. The Good ol YouTube is one of the most visited platform for people who are looking for knowledge and learning how to do things. Even if you don’t believe it, TikTok can be used for something useful.
Finally, if you really want to learn from home for free, and you are self-taught, you only need a stable internet connection, a little bit of time, identify what you want and go for knowledge!