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:
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
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
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
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
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?
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