I love learning stuff online. I sign up for way to many classes than I can complete. I enjoy free tutorials too.

Over the past 10 years, I have spent lots of money buying these courses, and also sank countless hours consuming the content.

In this post, I will like to share my thoughts on the various options for online learning.

Lynda

Now part of LinkedIn, Lynda has a collection of courses geared towards professionals. Whether you want to be good in digital marketing, graphics design, excel guru, or learn about general business and strategy, there is something for you. There is high quality control. Instructors are presumably strong in their field. Courses are well-structured. Each video is pretty short at 2-5 mins so you won’t feel the drag.

One “con” I realised is that the courses cover mainly the basics of each topic. They seldom have a course that digs deep into a particular field. So the courses will give you a good introduction into a new area, but to become a master, you might need to look elsewhere or get a job in that field.

Coursera

This is a great online university. Instructors are usually lecturers from universities, so courses are structured in an academic way, with supplementary reading and assignments.

Because of this, you will feel that you are progressing well as you go through the content.

Most courses are free so that’s great, with payment only required if you will like the accompanying certificate.

Udemy

These guys have tons of courses on a huge range of topics, covering professional development, job related skills, and hobbies. Almost anyone can submit their course and make money, so you can learn from a wide range of people willing to share their skills.

Because it is so easy to launch a course in Udemy (even though I am sure there is a vetting process), you may get courses that are not as structured. Most courses start off well-designed, and gets boring in the middle, which is sad. As the prompt for reviews is sent out near the star, most courses tend to get strong ratings.

This is still a good option to get an insider view into the topics that you are interested in. Look out for the frequent discounts that drops the prices to $10-$20 per course. Makes me wonder who bothers with the “original” price of over a hundred bucks.

YouTube

The king of online video tutorials. Search well and you will find lots of gems on any topics that you want. People dedicate their time and effort to share their knowledge with the world, in exchange for some advertising revenue. Some channels are not even monetised, which showed the creators true dedication to teaching.

Of course you will have to filter out the bad ones, but you can’t beat the price of free.

Datacamp

I am currently into Python and signed up for Datacamp. Original cost is high but occasionally they have discounts, so look out for that. They are not the first portal to do this, but they have a cool interface where you can practise your codes and see what comes out, which is great for learning coding.

Their library is crazily extension, covering many programming languages and projects.

It will be tough to complete everything before my yearly pass runs out.

Masterclass

I have not signed up for this but am planning to. Have heard great things about these guys. Instructors are all famous within and outside their field, production value is high. It’s a Netflix for eLearning. I do suspect that only the basics of each topic is covered, but that’s what is expected for most online portals. It will still be cool to hear what these experts have to say about what they do. I missed the recent 1-for-1 promotion that they were running. Shall wait for the next one 🙂

Happy learning, everyone 🙂

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