With so many options at so many price points, let us help you make your decision.
Millions of people around the world are learning the skills they need to succeed online, from the comfort of their home. But with more and more options popping up, finding the right program for your needs can be a challenge. We did some research and our guide will help you through the cluttered world of online education. We split our guide into three convenient categories for you to browse through.
Coursera is one of the hottest online learning platforms in the world. They are a pioneer and industry leader in the growing trend of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOCs are a system for universities around the world to share their entire curriculum for a given course online.
Using video and web-based testing, you can expand your knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and earn official recognition with a certificate of completion. Some courses do charge a fee for specialization (a multiple course program) or for a certificate.
Our friends at Apple are also providing MOOC based education through their platform iTunes U. You can do your learning through your iPad if you have one, but any Windows PC or Mac computer will be suitable. Most courses don’t offer any kind of recognition, but it will still look great on your resume and LinkedIn page.
Last but not least, edX is the third MOOC giant on our list. Want to learn more about Astrophysics, or build on the education you already have? edX is worth checking out. Like iTunes U and Coursera, most courses are 6-8 weeks long and require around 5 hours per week to study. You can learn on your schedule from top universities like Harvard and MIT, for FREE.
Skillshare is great for creative types. Most of the classes they provide are very specific to a certain artistic skill like hand-lettering. But there are many other areas of learning including Graphic Design, Technology, Marketing, Writing, and Culinary. A membership (starting at $8USD per month) will give you full access to their learning catalogue.
Lynda is one of the most popular learning platforms on the internet and it is recommended by many industry professionals. Their model is a series of tutorials that can help you learn the ins and outs of many different software programs, as well as business skills and creative techniques. A monthly subscription is required, but some libraries
offer free access with a library card.
With a huge catalogue of courses in all types of subjects, Udemy is a great way to learn a new skill at your own pace. Each course is sold individually so you only pay for what you want to learn. You will have access to course materials, downloadable videos, and one-on-one conversations with your instructor.
Degree & Diploma
Many colleges and universities in Canada have an online or distance education option. These courses have a wide range of enrolment fees, but most are comparable to what you would pay for an in-class education from the same institute.
Popular choices in Canada include, but are not limited to, Ryerson University, Athabasca University, and the University of Waterloo. Most of these programs are eligible for OSAP and offer a full degree or diploma at completion.
We hope that our list of online education resources inspires you to keep learning and acquiring new skills that will help you in your life and your professional career. Happy learning!