Great places to take classes online — on everything from programming to photography to cooking. Some free, some pay for individual classes, some you can buy an annual pass to all the classes.
Online learning has become a staple for students. The reasons are merely endless. They can choose their own schedule, save money on commuting, boarding, books and a slew of other expenses, and can often download course lectures for convenient offline reading. How about keeping your classes forever once you have paid for them? Sounds great! Some are free, and some sites let you take as many courses as you want for one annual fee. You can pick up professional certifications online, skills that help you get hired.
Online courses are a great way to advance your career or to pick up a new hobby once you are retired. Either way, it will enhance your life. All you need is internet access.
Udemy has probably the largest selection of online courses. It has over 100,000 video courses and new additions published every month. With the sales price of $11.99 per course, it’s often one of the most affordable options as well. Currently, there are over 30 million students using the service, and courses available in over 50 languages.
Topics range from business to IT & software to music and more.
Sign up with an email address to browse courses.
- The Complete Financial Analyst Course 2019
- Character Art School: Complete Coloring and Painting Course
- Machine Learning A-Z: Hands-On Python & R In Data Science
Browse their classes
Coursera has thousands of classes taught by top instructors from some of the world’s best universities and educational institutions, including Stanford, Penn, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Columbia, and Yale. Each course is like an interactive textbook with pre-recorded videos, quizzes, and projects. You can connect with thousands of other students to discuss course material, or get help.
Topics range from data science to personal development to linguistics to social sciences and more.
- Machine Learning by Stanford University
- Learning How to Learn by McMaster University
- Programming for Everybody by University of Michigan
- Python for Everybody Specialization by University of Michigan
- Chinese for Beginners by Peking University
Skillshare has over 25,000 classes taught by creators, entrepreneurs, and professionals from around the world.
Course topics span categories: design, illustration, business, technology, photo and film, entrepreneurship, and writing.
Each class has short lessons and a hands-on project for you to work on, which can be shared in class for feedback and collaboration from the online community. Skillshare will also recommend classes and “lists” based on your interests.
Sign up with an email address. You’ll have access to free classes on the web and mobile. A premium Skillshare membership is $15 billed monthly, or $99 up front for the year ($8.25 per month)
- Fundamentals of DSLR Photography
- Productivity Masterclass: Create a Custom System that Works
- iPhone Photography: How to Take Pro Photos On Your iPhone
- Intro to Procreate: Illustrating on the iPad Pro
- Investing 101: Understanding the Stock Market
MasterClass offers online classes created for students of any skill level, any age and taught by world-renowned instructors in each field. Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, and Serena Williams, among others.
Each MasterClass was created by the instructor and includes extensive pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and online community activities.
To get started, Find a class you’d like to take. Students who purchase classes individually ($90 each, generally) will have unlimited access to every lesson in their course. Students who enroll in classes with an All-Access Pass ($180) will have unlimited access to every lesson in each class until they cancel.
- Jodie Foster Teaches Film Making
- Will Wright Teaches Game Design and Theory
- Jimmy Chin Teaches Adventure Photography
- Dominique Ansel Teaches French Pastry Fundamentals
There are so many options, take the time to browse the classes and the course descriptions. Be sure to take into consideration the cost for unlimited classes versus the cost for one class.
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