Here are my four favourite go-to places for online learning about new topics. You can easily start learning while you are on your commute, on your lunch break or just at home on the weekend.
The topics covered in these apps range from personal interest to business to technical. You can use all four via their website on your desktop or as an app on your smartphone or tablet.
Lynda is my favourite platform for online learning. It’s been around for a long time and covers a comprehensive range of courses. Think developer, business, design, web, photography and marketing courses. I like the Learning Paths which are a list of courses to help you upskill to a graphic designer or a Windows System Administrator (and more).
Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online. I’ve just started using this one and I like the way it’s easy to see your progress week by week. The videos are split into a couple of minutes to ten minutes so you can check first if you have time to fit them in. Highly recommended.
TEDx is based on the model of an expert talking to a group of people, usually a live audience. I personally prefer the official TEDx talks over the locally organised ones. It’s one of my life goals to attend one. You can specify your preferences in the app like how much time you have.
Topics include art, health, design, technology, personal, social change, psychology, politics, business, science, education and many more. Many of the speakers featured are top of their field or published authors.
Udemy courses can be of good value. They have over 100,000 online courses which may make selecting the best one confusing. The top categories are development, business, IT and software, design, marketing, personal development, photography and music.
The best way to pay for these courses is by joining their email newsletter and waiting for their regular discounts. I’d suggest watching a preview before paying.
You may like to change the settings to limit your costs by streaming high definition (HD) over Wi-Fi networks.
What apps do you like to use to learn specific skills? Please leave a comment below.
Photo credit: by Wes Hicks on Unsplash