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January 22, 2021

The internet has become the biggest learning tool used by billions around the world. As it is the largest library of human endeavour ever created, you can get information regarding virtually every topic which can be easily accessed from any part of the world, enabling people to take charge of their lives and make money with skills learnt. However, due to the sheer amount of information available on the internet, it can be overwhelming and difficult to sort through in order to get reliable and relevant information easily.

These are ten of the top websites offering high-quality education on various topics at a discounted or free price.

  • Coursera Academy
Coursera is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database.

Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses.

Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics or want courses from different schools and groups.

  • Udemy
Udemy’s free courses are similar in concept to Coursera’s but additionally allow users to build custom courses from lessons. Working with many top professors and schools, the site mixes the customizable platform of other sites with a heavy emphasis on top quality content. This is another site, however, that mixes free and paid content.

  • Skillshare
Skillshare offers more than 29,000 classes to anyone, anywhere, based on design, business, tech, and more. It prides itself on providing more than just access to education; Skillshare considers itself an online learning community of more than seven million strong. At Skillshare, you can learn skills, network with others, and discover new opportunities, all in one place.

There are classes available for free (check out “Going Freelance” or “Intro to SEO”), or for $99 ($8.25/mo), you can unlock all the courses at the premium level. Those funds enable them to pay teachers, and you’ll have access to classes offline and without ads. Not sure if you can afford them? Skillshare offers plenty of scholarships (and free or low-cost trials), too, so there is something for everyone.

  • LinkedIn Learning
You’ve likely already heard of LinkedIn, and may even currently use it for networking and job-searching. But the employment-oriented service also offers online education.

With LinkedIn Learning, you gain access to over 16,000 expert-led classes across business, technology, and creative. (Dozens are added every week and there’s no limit to how many you can watch.)

The platform also provides personalized course recommendations based on your skills. With classes available in five languages, you can download exercise files so you can practice while you learn and will earn a certificate for each class you complete.
Alison

Unlike the previous sites on these lists, Alison is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses. It’s a great option if users need certification for their learning as Alison also offers school curriculum courses.

  • Metro Courses
The Metro Courses by MSBM UK has been known for challenging, engaging and developing great minds all over the world. It is a world-class business school characterised by a tradition of innovation and practical knowledge research. The College has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people's lives.

MSBM empowers her teaching faculties to teach in the best possible way by harnessing modern technology and delivering best practice and real-time learning throughout its Curricula. MSBM UK Business School has over 500 courses which can be delivered via MSBM online campus in fields such as Business, I.T and Law.

MSBM offers British MBA, International PGDs as well as a host of various accredited professional certificate courses with access to academic support available 24/7.


  • edX
Another great option for free online education is edX. It offers fully online courses with teachers, discussion boards, quizzes, and so on, but it tends to focus on (and excel at) courses in math, the sciences and engineering.

Bringing together courses from many different schools, the site has impressive, quality information for everyone.


  • Codeacademy
Codecademy is a website dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.

The courses at Codecademy are well written and easy to follow and the website is organized very nicely. Codecademy features a centralized dashboard where you can monitor your progress, plus organizes lessons into complete modules.

This lets you learn an entire language without needing to pick the next course manually.


  • TedEd
Another great destination for more general learning is TED-Ed. From the same people that brought you the all-encompassing, motivational web series comes to a site chocked full of educational videos. Most include impressive animation, and all are ten minutes long or less.

Not only is TED-Ed an excellent site for the curious, but it also includes supplemental materials and quizzes on the videos. This makes the site extremely useful in formal education settings, as well as in entertaining ways to brush up on new discoveries and topics.


  • Khan Academy
Partnering with many post-secondary schools, Khan Academy offers a useable, well-organized interface. Also curating many courses from around the web, Khan Academy offers impressive depth on many different subjects.

The lectures are short and share a handful of information at a time, but build on each other as you progress.