If you've streamed your favorite series for the third time and hit a wall with your latest game, what should you do while hiding at home? Maybe incorporate a new skill or hobby by taking a course.
There are a huge number of courses available online, from coding to history to languages, and there are many different sources to choose from. Below we have listed some of the main sites where you can find online classes, some you can attend in real time and others you can visit at your leisure.
While many of these websites charge for membership or specific classes, we have listed which also offer free courses.
Code Academy offers courses in computer science, data science and web development. You can sign up for the free plan, which gives you access to 25 courses, or you can opt for the Pro level for $ 19.99 per month, which comes with 65 courses, as well as exercises, quizzes, and projects. When you sign up for the Pro plan, you also get access to the Class Academy's "paths," which can help you prepare for a particular career or learn a specific skill.
Sample Courses: Introduction to HTML; Create a website; Learn SQL
Coursera is one of the best-known online lesson platforms and the catalog is so extensive that you can even earn a degree on the site. It organizes courses from institutions and organizations including Google, Stanford and, more recently, MoMA in a wide variety of topics. You can join Coursera for free and you can audit many of the classes for free, but you have to pay if you want a course certificate, submit assignments or get grades. Some courses have a one-time fee or you can pay a monthly subscription fee to access a related series of courses, a & # 39; specialization & # 39; called. You can also pay an annual subscription fee for Coursera Plus, which gives you access to and earn certificates for most Coursera classes. (Here is a complete list.)
Sample Courses: Yale's The Science of Well-Being; Machine learning from Stanford; MoMA & # 39; s Seeing through Photographs
edX was founded by Harvard and MIT and collaborates with other universities, including Berkeley, Brown and Cornell, to provide online courses. The site has a wide variety of classes, including topics ranging from data sciences to arts and humanities. Most courses are available for free, but you usually have to pay between $ 50 and $ 300 to submit assignments for feedback and receive a certificate.
Sample Courses: Berkeley & # 39; s The Science of Happiness; NYU & # 39; s Basics of Computing and Programming; Harvard's Modern Masterpieces of World Literature
If you really want to take a Harvard course, the university lists its online courses on its website. (These lists refer to edX, where you can take classes.) Harvard offers courses on a variety of topics; classes range from two to more than 12 weeks. On the site you can easily filter the results to find free courses. The paid courses cost anywhere from $ 30 to over $ 3,000, and if you want a certificate to show that you completed a free course, an additional fee is paid for that. (Those we viewed ranged from $ 49 to $ 169.)
Sample Courses: Introduction to Computer Science; Religion, conflict and peace; Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science
Kadenze offers courses on art and technology – everything from graphic design to media career preparation to instrument learning. Some of these courses were created by Kadenze, others are from institutions such as the Maryland Institute College of Art, Berklee College of Music, Stanford, and Columbia. You can sign up for the free plan, which allows you to register for the courses, but you cannot submit assignments or receive credits. To access additional course content, submit assignments, and receive grades, sign up for the Premium plan, which costs $ 20 per month. To earn credit for the course, you must pay $ 300 per credit on top of that monthly subscription fee.
Sample Courses: Gender, Race and Technology; Media technology career; Guitar for Beginners
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization designed as a resource to support students from kindergarten through high school and offers all of its courses for free. It includes courses in math, science and engineering, as well as in the arts and humanities. It offers some courses that can be useful for people who are no longer students, such as career advice, entrepreneurship, personal finance and MCAT and LSAT test preparation.
Sample Courses: Navigate your career; Algorithms; Statistics and Probability
Like Kadenze, Skillshare mainly offers courses in the arts, with lessons in animation, music, photography and creative writing, but also provides instruction in business, technology and marketing. The course catalog is designed to encourage creativity and help people build creative skills in their careers. Skillshare has a number of courses available for free, but to access the full catalog of courses, you have to pay for a premium membership of $ 19 per month or $ 99 per year.
Sample Courses: How to Make a Podcast; Build your freelance business; Demystifying graphic design
Udemy has a collection of 100,000 courses available, most of which are usually career-focused, covering topics such as finance and accounting, office productivity, programming and marketing. However, Udemy also offers courses on topics such as music, lifestyle, personal development and health and fitness. While most Udemy courses are subject to a fee, you can filter your results to see the courses Udemy offers for free; however, you do not obtain a certificate and cannot communicate with the instructor as you would in a paid course.
Sample Courses: Best Practices for Remote Working; Start playing the guitar; Free basic digital marketing course