Top 10 online education websites

By | June 18, 2014
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With the increase in the usage of internet so many people around the globe are depending on the internet for online education. If you want to increase your knowledge or want to learn completely the new technology through internet, there are vast number of sites providing the online courses to help on your way. If you search to learn some technologies and any other courses in internet you will find so many options and you will find it difficult which platform suits the best.

If you are a company and want to upgrade the skills of your employers or freelancers then it will be more difficult to choose the perfect match for their learning style. To help you to get out of this dilemma and navigate the rapidly expanding world of online education, here I am listing the 10 most popular online education websites to upgrade your skills.

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1. Coursera

Coursera is the one of the most popular online education website founded by the two professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University which offers massive open online courses. It has partnered up with the leading major universities in United States and make some courses available online and provides the courses in Computer science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Biology, business and other subjects.

Recently they have introduced specializations, the 10 different course pathways and will provide an official certification from an associated university. It offers the extensive diversity of subjects to choose, from data science to the musical theory. This website is accessible to everyone and many of the courses are available cheaper and even for free. But the higher certification at the end is costlier.

2. Udemy

Udemy is the another web platform for online learning which was founded by Eren Bali, Gagan Biyani, Oktay Caglar in 2010. An average of 800 new courses are added to their collection every month. It is bit costlier when compared to its competitors. The costs range form $10 to $500 depends upon the courses. The most popular courses of engineering, business and technology tends to be more than $100.

3. Lynda

Lynda.com is the privately held online education website which offers thousands of courses in software, engineering and business skills and it is founded in the year 1995. It offers the subscription based video courses. It is like an education based netflix where you will get all the video tutorials.  It is the great option for the people who want to learn through the online videos at a very reasonable cost of $25 per month. Membership users are provided the unlimited access to more than  80,000 videos on wide range of subjects.

4. Codecademy

It is the online interactive platform which offers the free online classes for six programming classes like Python, PHP, jQuery, Javascript and Ruby and the mark up languages like HTML and CSS. This site has more than 24 million users till January 2014 and completed more than 100 million exercises. It is dedicated in teaching the people how to code and it offer the courses for free. It motivates the people who want to learn in a fast pace and points system.



 5. Bloc

Bloc is the another online education website mainly focused on the web development and it is the best option for those who want to learn very quickly. Instead of short lectures and courses, it is the highly structured tutorial program runs for more than 25 hours per week runs for months. It doesn’t come cheap, the courses start at $4,250, but it offers a great option for those who want a career change.



6. Udacity

It is the online education platform which offers Massive Open Online Courses and it is founded by Sebastian Thrun, Mike Sokolsky, David Stavens in 2012. It mainly focuses on technology and the courses it contains are small but are well crafted. It has the best data science programs and it contains an impressive roster of trainers from the companies like Facebook and Salesforce. Its fee structure is very impressive, it allows you to pay monthly and if you want to drop in the middle you can pay the fee up to that point.

7. Skillshare

It is an online learning community which allows the users to master the real world skills from the project based classes. The courses on Skillshare are taught by industry leaders who wants to share their skills with others. It features a broad range of subjects to choose from and it offers an online catalogue for video based courses and also offer the personal workshops in the cities like New York and San Francisco.

You can take many classes without membership for $20-$30 but the classes taught by industry leaders are available only with the membership. The membership costs around $9.95 per month, but it doesn’t offer any free content but it provides 20 percent on all classes.

8. Khan Academy

It is the non profit educational website founded in the year 2006 and it provides the free world class education for everyone and from anywhere. It provides the users completely free library of educational micro lectures. It focuses mainly on the traditional academic subjects like History, Mathematics, Medicine, Finance, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, economics, computer science, cosmology and more. It is for those want to lean in the beginner mode, after tasting this you can move to the advanced level.



9. General Assembly

It is the New York based education website mainly focuses on design, education and technology. It has campuses around the dozen different places around the globe. The majority of the General Assembly classes are in person and they also offer the  compact selection of only online or mixed classes. It provides the popular live stream lectures and provides the real-time interaction with the lecturer and the students.

10. iversity

It is the MOOC provider and is called as the Coursera of Europe. It is the Berlin based online education website partnered with most of the European and international universities and offers the academic courses for free. But unlike coursera it is not providing any official certification form the universities. The courses are mainly conducted in English, German, Italian and Russian and planning to introduce more languages.



Author: Peter Jacksonn

Peter, the most experienced in The Tech Bulletin team is a professional blogger and interested in reviewing the gadgets, giving solutions for technical queries. He covers the consumer electronics section along with latest apps and games.+Peter