In today’s world, the internet has become the primary source of information for many people. Because of this, online courses have become a popular option for those looking to further themselves in their careers or educations. Many websites provide platforms that allow anyone with an Internet connection and computer access to participate in free online courses ranging from language education, finance, hobbies, cooking, to health care. There are even websites that offer free college courses for those looking to enter the work force with the proper education.
These online classes allow students to access lectures, discussions, and readings at any time of day! As an added benefit much of this material can be downloaded so that students can review lessons on their way to work, on the subway or bus, or just before bed.
The sheer number of options available can become overwhelming and confusing when one is looking for what will be most helpful.
About: Launched in April 2012, Coursera has 29 million users around the world. It is a for-profit educational technology company that offers massive open online courses.
Founded by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller.
Facts: Coursera courses don’t offer academic credit; however, interested students can pay $30 or more to take an exam at the end of each course and obtain a digital certificate.
Course offerings are created by 34 partners, including Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and the California Institute of Technology.
The current courses are divided into several categories: academic areas, business, technology, creative arts and society & culture.
On Coursera you can learn topics such as Linear Dynamical Systems & Signals The Science of Gastronomy – The Psychology of Your Food Choices, Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science How To Win In The Mega Millions Lottery 101 Promoting a New Product Online – A Digital Marketing Case Study
About: Launched in May 2010, Udemy is an online education platform that enables people everywhere to create and share courses. It has more than 8 million students and 30,000 courses available on its platform.
Founded by Eren Bali, Gagan Biyani and Oktay Caglar.
Facts: Udemy courses are created by individuals, not universities or colleges. Topics currently include photography, music production, programming languages, life improvement and personal development.
The company receives 5 percent of the profits when a student gets a certificate after paying for a course.On Udemy you can learn topics such as The Queen of the Desert (2015) – Panorama Trailer Unexpected Harsh Realities of Life in Rural Pakistan Before & After Shots: Food Photography How to Make Money Online – Build Your Own Internet Business
3) Khan Academy
About: Founded by Salman Khan, who is now its chairman and chief executive officer.
Khan Academy is a for-profit educational organization with headquarters in Mountain View, California. Khan Academy’s stated mission is to “provide a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.”
Salman Khan began making YouTube videos in 2006 when his cousin Nadia sent him some notes from a lecture he had missed and asked if he could record his lectures.
Salman Khan’s YouTube channel has more than 3,700 free videos with combined views of more than 1 billion.
Notable Alumni of Online Course Provider Company are Pakistani’s very own Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai and Pakistan’s IT Guru Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri.
Facts: The organization’s name was Khan Academy.
Salman Khan worked in hedge fund management, internet software development and instructional design before founding Khan Academy with the goal of creating engaging educational videos.
Khan believed that giving free access to high-quality education would allow anyone to achieve their dreams, or as he often says “that a teacher is what makes the difference in the world”.
Currently Khan Academy has over 36 million registered users who watch more than 450 million hours of video lessons per month.
Salman Khan spoke at TED (conference) in October 2011 about his vision to reinvent education through computer-based learning.
On Khan Academy you can learn topics such as Communications Technology for Development ICT Opportunities in East Africa – A Kenyan Perspective How to Get Started with Turkey – An Introduction to the Turkish Economy
About: e-learning software company based in Carpinteria, California that offers instructional videos and courses through its website and DVDs.
Founded by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin.
Notable Alumni of Online Course Provider Company are Pakistani’s very own Malala Yousafzai, Umar Saif and Omair Zawar.
Facts: Lynda was founded by Lynda Weinman in 1995 in Ojai, California, where the company is still headquartered. Lynda has built a library of high-quality, short videos that teach technical skills for software applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Illustrator.
The company is an online education platform that teaches the creative world with video courses taught by industry experts.
On Lynda you can learn topics such as Get Started in Motion Graphics How to Build a Smarter Planet – The Future of ICT in Pakistan The Art and Techniques of Digital Color Correction: The Basics
About: Launched by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens and Mike Sokolsky as a for-profit educational organization that works with corporations to offer massive online courses (MOOCs).
Notable Alumni of Online Course Provider Company are Pakistani’s very own Malala Yousafzai and Umar Saif.
Facts: Udacity, Inc. provides massive open online courses (MOOCs).
Udacity is venture funded by Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, Drive Capital, General Catalyst Partners, Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures.
On Udacity you can learn topics such as Introduction to Artificial Intelligence How to Build a Startup Education for All – A Model for the Future of Learning Google Search Engineering Bootcamp
About: Founded by Harvard University and MIT in May 2012, it is an online learning destination and MOOC provider.
Notable Alumni of Online Course Provider Company are Pakistani’s very own Malala Yousafzai, Umar Saif and Muhammad Suleman Khan.
Facts: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University launched edX in May 2012 to offer online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to learners everywhere.
Coursera and edX are the only MOOCs that have been authorized to offer credit for certain courses through a process known as ‘authentication’.
On Edx you can learn topics such as The Challenges of Global Poverty – Views from the Frontlines How to Make a Video Game – Design a Gameplay Experience The Science & Literacy of Climate Change
About: A global marketplace for learning and teaching online, where students are mastering new skills and achieving their goals by learning from an expanding library of over 10,000 courses taught by expert instructors in over 50 different languages.
Founded by Eren Bali, Gagan Biyani and Oktay Caglar, in January 2010.
Ranking: Udemy comes at top when it comes to personal development learning.
Udemy is ranked #16 overall among the websites offering online courses by Alexa rank and #38 among all sites worldwide by similarweb.com.
On Udemy you can learn topics such as Android App Development for Beginners Business Writing Skills The Java Programming Language HTML5 Game Development Building Your First Mobile Game
About: A social learning platform, designed specifically to provide free online courses from leading UK universities and cultural institutions.
FutureLearn is part of the Open University (the largest academic institution in the UK & a world leader in flexible distance learning)
Ranking: FutureLearn ranks at #32 among the websites offering online courses according to Alexa rank.
SimilarWeb reports that it has 250k visitors per month.
On Futurelearn you can learn topics such as An Introduction to Dutch Art and Architecture Simply Shakespeare – Exploring Shakespeare’s Language My Life in Photography How to Get Started with Online Marketing
About: Focused mainly on offering online short courses.
Open2Study is part of the Open Learning Initiative which is focused on increasing access to quality education and learning through open, online study programs that are free, open and easily accessible.
Founded by Ben Zwebner in Australia, in February 2013.
Ranking: Open2Study ranks at #32 among the websites offering online courses according to Alexa rank.
SimilarWeb reports that it has over 500k visitors per month.
On Open2Study you can learn topics such as Discover Dentistry Social Entrepreneurship The Psychology Specialty Fashion Styling The Future of Work
About: Focused mainly on offering online short courses, as well as providing access to open educational resources and MOOCs for educators and trainers.
Founded by MERLOT (the California State University – the leading provider of technology enhanced learning solutions for higher education in the United States) and IMS Global (the leading association for professionals involved in the development and maintenance of learning, teaching, training materials)
Ranking: OpenupEd is #38 among the websites offering online courses according to Alexa rank.
SimilarWeb reports that it has over 500k visitors per month.
Online education is a growing market, and we’re all looking for ways to improve our skills.
We know that online courses are convenient because you can learn at your own pace, but they also have their drawbacks as well. It’s hard to keep track of what you’ve learned and how much progress you’ve made in the course. The worst part about these courses? They don’t give us any way to measure whether or not we’re improving!
Nearpeer solves this problem by offering an assessment feature where students can take practice tests after each video lesson to see if they’re learning new material or need more review on existing content before moving forward with the rest of the course. This allows students to gauge their progress and see exactly which areas they need more help on so they can move through the program faster without wasting time re-learning material already mastered earlier in the course!