Courses on Udemy and Coursera are some of the most popular classes. Both e-learning platforms have vocational programs and fun modules taught by industry professionals. Udemy has close to 600 fee courses, while Coursera has thousands.
Coursera free courses include those taught by instructors from Yale, Duke University, Stanford University, and other partnering institutions. Subjects include the following:
- Social Sciences
- Physical Science and Engineering
- Arts and Humanities
- Computer Science
- Date Science
- Personal Development
- Math and Logic
- Language Learning
- Information Technology
Free courses on Udemy do not offer completion certificates or some features like the Question & Answers, which is how you can ask the instructor or teaching assistant questions and see previous answers.
Likewise, you can audit Coursera classes for free, but you will not receive a certificate of completion.
However, these are great ways to test the platforms and try e-learning. With Udemy, you can choose to take a free class and then upgrade for a fee and receive the verified certificate.
The online Harvard free courses range from general studies to specific topics, like learning about Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the 19th Century Orchestra. Like Udemy, you can audit the course for free and later pay for a verified certificate.
Online courses from Harvard range from a few hours to 12 or more weeks. The school categorizes them by introductory, intermediate, and advanced. However, the introductory courses may still be challenging.
For instance, some of the introductory Harvard free courses include:
- Early Childhood Development: Global Strategies for Interventions
- Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
- Fundamentals of Neuroscience: The Electrical Properties of the Neuron
Some of Harvard’s paid online classes are as inexpensive as $25, and many are less than $200, and a few can be thousands of dollars. You can receive a Certificate in School Management and Leadership (CSML) in four weeks (at five to six hours a week) for $399. This certificate can be beneficial if you are a teacher looking to move into administration.
LinkedIn provides vocational e-learning courses. You will need to sign up for a subscription, but your certification will also appear on your LinkedIn profile. The site may prompt you for certain job opportunities after passing certain tests, such as WordPress, Microsoft Word, and QuickBooks.
You can take an assessment test for technical, business, and design skills through LinkedIn. Most assessment tests are about 15 multiple-choice questions. If you pass the exam, your profile will receive a badge next to the skill. You can retake the test in six months if you do not pass.
Badges for desired skills help you stand out to recruiters. The company states that candidates with skill badges are 30 percent more likely to receive job offers.
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