Did you know that because of the COVID-19 crisis, more than 18 million Americans are unemployed?
If your area is subject to workplace closures, you are probably considering how you can best use your time and increase your employment opportunities.
Have you considered using online classroom platforms to learn a new skill?
With so many options available, it can be difficult to know which skill or specialization to take up.
Why not take a minute to learn more about these platforms and how they can help you.
When browsing the available online learning software options, you should start by thinking of what your needs and availability are. How much time can you give to lessons and also of course what is your budget?
Skillshare offers courses on a surprisingly large amount of subjects for a reduced price. For just $15 per month, you can access more than 20,000 classes. These are on subjects ranging from simple courses for kids to creative skills to tech skills.
If you are not sure then you can signup for a free 2 months trial to check out their course content and see if the style of teaching is for you.
2. LinkedIn Learning (Formerly Lynda)
LinkedIn knows a thing or two about business, and have a special module for those who want to improve their skills.
Their basic package comes in at $29.99 per month and for this price, you can access 16,000 courses. Their courses are generally business and creative arts-based.
These courses are not accredited but LinkedIn will provide you with a certificate of attendance and completion.
Masterclass is a learning platform with a twist – all the instructors are industry-leading celebrities.
As you can understand this means that there is a select number of courses under a small number of categories. The instructors include Steve Martin, Gordon Ramsey, Natalie Portman, and many other well-known professionals.
Accessing courses from celebrity teachers is not as expensive as you would think. For $180 per year, you can take all the courses available.
Udemy offers a vast number of courses for a low price in a number of languages. Whether you want to learn in English, Russian, Chinese, or Spanish (or other languages) you will find courses in those languages.
These courses are curated by experienced professionals who have the goal of breaking down the formal barriers that prevent people from getting an education in their fields.
The courses are priced individually and start at $9. The average length of a course is 5 hours, this can be much longer depending on the course content.
If you are looking for courses from accredited foundations then you may want to choose Edx. This website was created by Harvard and MIT and the syllabus often comes from university course content.
One of the most important things to mention is that many of Edx courses are free. This is with the exception of professional education courses.
The courses are available in a number of languages and Edx is famous for the quality of teaching in its courses. Definitely one to check out.
Have you heard of “nanodegrees”? Udacity offers a range of courses on mostly technical development subjects in the form of nanodegrees. Each nanodegree consists of a number of smaller courses. The subject of these courses could be anything from Artificial Intelligence to Coding to Robotics and so on.
While many of the single courses are free, Udacity offers many higher-level educational opportunities. This includes tutorage and mentoring from top industry professionals.
This of course comes at a much higher price. Courses with full tutorage come with a price tag of up to $15,000. However, you will benefit from exclusive time with an industry-leading professional.
This one on one time is something that many online courses lack. If you are looking to change career and master a new skill this may give you the edge that you need.
If you are looking to change your career entirely then Coursera may provide enough education to be able to accomplish this.
Coursera offers individual courses or specializations – these are short courses that last 3-4 months and are linked together to form more advanced courses. You can continue to take these linked courses until you master the subject.
Course prices start from about $29 each however, you can access many of the courses for free using the audit option.
If you complete a course you receive a non-accredited certificate of completion. However, if you choose a professional certificate, the certification of completion will bear the name of the company that curated the course, giving it a little extra weight.
Futurelearn offers a broad range of courses on a range of subjects. However, with one subtle difference. Most online learning platforms offer video-based tutorage only. You do not interact with a live teacher in many cases. However, Futurelearn offers something different.
Premium courses offer the opportunity for learners to receive education in a small group setting. Courses are available on the following subjects:
- IT and Digital Skills
- Business and Management
If you are looking for a course that is fully accredited, you can check out their micro-credential courses. These require students to complete 100-150 hours of study over a 10-12 week period. If you pass the required tests then you will receive a certificate of completion with complete accreditation.
The Most Effective Online Classroom Platforms and Much More
If you want to benefit from distance learning and education from home, you will need the tools to make it as easy as possible. Fortunately, there are more online classroom platforms available than ever before. The key is understanding your unique needs and choosing a platform to match it.
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