Our lives and careers paths are continuously changing. Sometimes faster than we anticipated.
And most of the times these changes can be wonderfully supported by learning new skills or by brushing up and improving old ones. The most successful people are the ones who know that you can never stop learning and that investing time in improving your knowledge and skills will take you a long way.
Traditional education is expensive but today we are lucky to have alternative sources of education at our fingertips.
I am a big fan of online education and I am excited to share today some of my favorite resources with you:
Open Culture is a website that curates “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”.
Here you can find impressive lists of free online courses, textbooks, e-books, audiobooks, language lessons, movies, images, resources for teachers and more.
So whatever you are passionate about, you will most likely find something here that will peak your interest and take your knowledge to the next level.
Coursera is one of the go-to platforms when it comes to quality online education.
They host courses from 142 institutions across 28 countries, including Stanford University, Brown University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University etc.
You can choose to take only one course or enroll in a specialization and obtain a certificate. You have the option to audit the courses, which gives you free access to all the course materials, except for the graded items. In case you’re interested in obtaining a certificate for passing the course or for completing a specialization, you will need to pay a fee.
Coursera offers a wide variety of subjects – from business, personal development to computer science, engineering, medicine and arts.
Maybe you’re looking for the knowledge to start your own business or for a fresh perspective on how to reason and argue. Or maybe you want to learn about photography basics, about food and health, or you want to uncover the mysteries of data science.
What if you’re looking to find out how to craft contagious content, become a SEO expert, or you just want to learn how to learn more efficiently? You can find the answers to all of these quests and more on Coursera. Right now there are 1,832 courses waiting for you.Everyone has a chance to learn, improve, and build up their skills. Tom Peters #quoteClick To Tweet
Udacity is the perfect place for you in case you are thinking of switching to a tech oriented career, or if you are looking to improve your current tech skills.
They create excellent courses by partnering with industry leaders like Google, Amazon and Facebook.
Here you can choose to enroll in a nanodegree, which includes intensive coursework and support aimed at getting you ready for the career of your dreams.
The model is similar to Coursera – you have access to free course materials and if you want a certificate (and the extra support that comes with it) you have the option to register for a fee.
If you are interested in data analysis, web development or machine learning, you will love Udacity. Also, if you have a curious mind, you can also take here introductory courses on subjects like computer science just for fun!
Academic Earth offers access to open courseware from the world’s top universities, plus a collection of original videos.
You can check out here a collection of curated playlists from their most interesting online courses, or learn some interesting things like how to take a punch.
TED Ed – Lessons Worth Sharing
I am a big fan of the TED conferences, which are now an international phenomenon.
And because I love the TED talks, I was also excited to discover the Ted Ed Lessons, most of which are built around the TED original talks. They feature the words and ideas of educator brought to life by professional animators.Here is a list of free #onlineresources to help sharpen your skills.Click To Tweet
Over to you
Which are your favorite ways to build new skills and learn new things? Do you prefer traditional education or are you open to other methods of learning? Please share in the comments!