|Alison, Academic Earth, GFC LearnFree, Udacity & Coursera |
help you build or re-build your career skills for free.
Whether you simply want to update your resume with some practical new job skills, immerse yourself in an exciting technical innovation (flying cars?... machine learning? ... virtual reality?) or tackle some cosmic academic subject (ancient Greek history?... astrophysics?... Shakespeare?) these five online resources will help you. In the summaries below, you'll find direct links to the sites' free course listings, as well as general background information about what is unique about each site.
From the website: "For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free."
This list of topics illustrates the wide range of skills you can acquire through this website: Image Editing, GED Prep, The Sharing Economy, Basic Spanish, Office 2010, Google Docs, Android Basics, Workplace Communications, Resume Writing & much more!
- Home page: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/
- Full course or topic list: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/topics/
- About: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/info/who-we-are/1/
- My 4 year old* video: Video Tour: GCF LearnFree Org *
From the website: Academic Earth believes that everyone has the right to a world-class education. [So] we ... curate an unparalleled collection of free online courses from the world’s top universities. ... In addition ... Academic Earth features an ongoing series of original videos [that] tap into our belief that a great deal of learning happens outside the classroom in those unstructured moments when provocative questions are raised, debated, and sometimes answered. We embrace intellectual curiosity..."
Universities represented at Academic Earth include Harvard, Yale, MIT, UC Berkeley & many other top institutions. You'll find courses ranging from Architecture, Entrepreneurship, Literature, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Computer Science, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Nutrition, MCAT test prep, Law, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice & many more!
- Home page: https://academicearth.org/
- Full Course or Topic List: https://academicearth.org/online-college-courses/
- List of free online courses: https://academicearth.org/universities/
- About: https://academicearth.org/about/
- My 5-year old* video tour: Video Tour: Academic Earth
From the website: "Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. It is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free, online, at any subject level. Through our mission we are a catalyst for positive social change, creating opportunity, prosperity, and equality for everyone... Alison has over 1000 high quality courses available across 9 distinct categories, all absolutely free to complete. All our courses are self-paced and have been designed by subject matter experts, to give you an interactive and enriched learning experience."
The "nine distinct categories" of free courseware at Alison include IT, Language, Science, Health, Humanities, Business, Math, Marketing, & Lifestyle.
- Home page: https://alison.com/
- Full course or topic list: https://alison.com/courses
- About: https://alison.com/about/our-story
- My 5 year old* video: Video Tour of Alison: Free Certified Learning
From the website: "Our mission is to democratize education through the offering of world-class higher education opportunities that are accessible, flexible, and economical. Virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection and a commitment to self-empowerment through learning can come to Udacity, master a suite of job-ready skills, and pursue rewarding employment."
Are you a wanna-be techy? Then you'll want to check out some of Udacity's courses that are available via a partnership with Google. Some of the more popular free "nanodegree" programs include: Intro to Programming, Android Basics Nanodegree by Google, Front-End Web Developer, iOS Developer, Machine Learning Engineer, & Android Developer. Other courses include Flying Cars & Autonomous Flight, Robotics Software Engineer, Business Analytics, Blockchain Developer and many, many more!
- Home page: https://www.udacity.com/
- Full course or topic list: https://www.udacity.com/courses/all
- Udacity's free courses: https://blog.udacity.com/category/free-courses
- Udacity's free developer courses (partnership with Google): https://www.udacity.com/google
- About: https://www.udacity.com/us
- My 5 year old* video: Video Tour of Udacity: Free College Courses Online
From the website: "Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate."
Here's a sampling of some of the free courses available: Becoming a Changemaker, Introduction to Social Innovation, Organizational Leadership, The Data Scientist's Toolbox, Machine Learning Foundations, Linear Regression & Modeling, Dairy Production & Management, The Science of Gastronomy, Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom, Understanding Violence.
Home page: https://www.coursera.org/
Full course or topic list: https://www.coursera.org/browse
Coursera's free courses: https://www.coursera.org/courses?query=free%20courses
* The bad news about my "old" video tours listed in these descriptions: A few menus at the websites might have changed over time. The good news: As you'll see in the updated links above, the sites are all still going strong and most of them have added lots of new free stuff! So they are definitely worth checking out!
- Exercise Your Right Brain & Improve Your Life with Art Lessons from Artyfactory.com [Video Tour Included]
- Free Management eBooks: A Comprehensive Collection of References and Tools for Managers
- Recipe for a Do-It-Yourself, Hands-on Project Management Basics Class for 10 Students: Under $500! *
- Inspirations: An Archived Collection to Motivate & Bring Peace of Mind
- Overwhelmed by Angst? “Spit on Your Hands & Get Busy!” (Including a Quick Start Guide to Banishing Angst)
- A Lesson from the Humble Pelican: Find Your Unique Mission, Then Soar!