Learn for Free: 5 Sites That Offer Free Online Classes

I’m the epitome of a Sagittarius. It’s no surprise then that I love to learn about anything and everything. Taking courses would usually be an expensive endeavor but I get my learning fix from a number of sites offering free classes. While you do have to pay for some of them, they have a wide range of free classes for just about every topic.

Here are my top 5 sites for free online classes:

1. Coursera

Want to say you’ve studied at an ivy-league school? Here’s your chance – Coursera partners with universities and organizations across the globe to produce free courses online. The kicker is that taking the course is completely free but if you want to earn official recognition of course completion from the university (with a certificate to boot), you’ll need to fork up some dough. I’m not sure what these certificates are worth but it would be pretty cool to have a Yale-verified document with my name on it. Classes have specific start and end dates.
Classes I’ve taken: Learning How to Learn

2. CreativeLive

How CreativeLive works is that they host a live class with a host, cameras, a studio audience, etc. and only when the class is being aired live online is when you can access it for free. Most classes are held during working hours so just throw on some headphones and listen in while you’re at your desk. If you miss it or want to re-watch the class, the recording is available for sale where you can then watch on-demand as much as you want. The interaction and engagement with the studio audience (aka “the students”) is really cool because it feels like you’re sitting in an actual class.
Classes I’ve taken: Create Your Dream Career; Build a Successful Creative Blog

3. Udemy

Udemy has a course for everything. Seriously. Want to learn the cost of buying a home? There’s a class for that. WordPress training? They got you covered. And we can’t forget about designing gaming UI because they’re all over that too. You’ll have to dig through for the free courses as the majority are ones you have to pay but occasionally some become free for a limited time (the Secret Sauce of Great Writing class I took is originally $9). Take advantage of the Udemy app so you can listen to your classes on your commute home.
Classes I’ve taken: Secret Sauce of Great Writing; 30 Day Blog Transformation Challenge

4. Open2Study

I’ve only taken one course from Open2Study but highly recommend it to fellow bloggers, which is why it’s on the list. The course has a start and end date and you can take the classes at whatever pace you want during that time frame. The site is Australian-based so you just have to mindful of the time difference.
Classes I’ve taken: Writing for the Web

5. Skillshare

This is a gold mine for all the creatives out there. I have a long wish list of classes I want to take and continue to add more every day. I’m no artist but the design classes are tons of fun to watch and for whatever reason helps me feel inspired when I’m having a case of writer’s block.
Classes I’ve taken: Clear the Clutter: Design a Daily Writing Goal; Introduction to Mobile Photography: Capturing on the Go; Logo Design the Draplin Way: Building with Shape, Type, and Color; Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time

Have you taken a free online class from these sites before? Any others you suggest I try out?


Photo: Markus Spiske / / CC-BY

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  • Reply Kayla @ Femme Frugality January 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I didn’t know about these sites. I’ve been thinking about taking a couple of classes (partly for fun, but also to learn a bit more about certain subjects I didn’t study while getting my bachelor’s degree). Thanks for sharing these resources. πŸ™‚
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    • Reply Christine January 22, 2015 at 9:29 am

      No problem, Kayla! You can find a class on anything and it’s free so there’s low commitment. If you find yourself getting bored, just stop watching πŸ™‚

  • Reply Chela @SmashOdyssey January 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    This is great! Thanks for sharing! I’ve never taken an online class before, but it sure sounds interesting, especially with such a wide range of topics πŸ™‚
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    • Reply Christine January 22, 2015 at 9:30 am

      It’s a lot of fun! You learn at your own pace so you can check in whenever you have the time.

  • Reply Melissa @ Sunburnt Saver January 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I had never heard of Creative Live! Very cool! Thanks for sharing which classes you’ve taken too – they sound interesting. I might have to take them too! πŸ™‚
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    • Reply Christine January 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Awesome! Let me know how it goes. If you come across any other classes you find interesting, would love to hear about them πŸ™‚

  • Reply Barry @ Moneywehave January 22, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I started a course at Coursea but then got lazy. Love that they offer great courses for free but there’s only so much free time I have. Said while surfing the internet.
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    • Reply Christine January 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      I watch some of my courses while laying on the couch. Then it’s like I’m watching TV πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Ashley Wright July 16, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Hey Christine! β€œI watch some of my courses while lying on the couch, then it’s like I’m watching TV” it is the words best comment yet. It’s really true that learning online is like a fun and we never get bored. Online courses are more flexible and interactive as compare to traditional classes. That is why we love to hang with it.
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  • Reply Leandro December 4, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I did not know those sites. I really like online courses due to comididade, not having to leave home, get traffic and stuff. Being them for free is even better. Thank you for sharing.
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    • Reply Christine December 7, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Glad to hear it was helpful!

  • Reply Annabel February 17, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Great “Hey Christine! “I observe some of my courses while lying on the love seat, then it’s similar to I’m sitting in front of the TV” it is the words best remark yet. It’s truly genuine that learning online is similar to a fun and we never get exhausted. Online courses are more adaptable and intuitive as contrast with conventional classes. That is the reason we want to hang with it.

  • Reply Gene J. Horton July 4, 2016 at 5:36 am

    hmm.. Great sites… One can get quite a lot of information from these. Udemy is quite interesting!
    Elopage is also a great sources where one can find online courses for all niches.

  • Reply John Parker September 27, 2016 at 5:57 am

    It’s a great list! Thanks for sharing! I always love to take an online class. I hope a few of them will help me to something I need.
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