10 sites to further your personal development

10 sites to further your personal development image

One of the benefits of living in the digital age is that everything you need can be found online and at a click of a button, even an education. Not too long ago, if you wanted to learn something new or improve your resume, you would’ve had to go to an educational institute like a university, technical school or college, or apply for an apprenticeship.


Enter the world wide web, you beauty. Now, not only are educational institutions offering their programs and courses online, but companies and experts in almost every field and industry are creating their own platforms, programs and courses online to share their knowledge and expertise with their employees, students, followers and worldwide audiences.


Individual experts and educational institutions alike want to offer their courses and knowledge online and need somewhere to host it and get it out to people who want to learn. This, in turn, has increased the number of websites and platforms that are completely dedicated to offering online courses. Some websites focus on tighter niches like technology, while others include courses in a wide variety of fields.


Regardless of whether you’re a professional or a student, you can now improve yourself, your knowledge, education or expertise at your own pace and for free. In the past couple of years I’ve enjoyed learning about UX for Web Design, Online Advertising, Management for a Competitive Edge, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, Concepts in Games Development, Digital Marketing, Facebook Marketing for Small Businesses, and Web Design.


Here are 10 websites that offer free courses, with a few suggestions of popular courses you could try.


1. Udemy (https://www.udemy.com/)

Udemy has the world’s largest selection of courses; as of September 2018, they offer over 80,000 online video courses with new additions published every month. Some of the courses are free and some start from as little as R120. A few free marketing courses to consider are PHP Development, How to Make a WordPress Website, WordPress Basics for Beginners, or Android Development for Newbies.


2. Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/)


3. Lynda (https://www.lynda.com/)


4. Open Culture (http://www.openculture.com/)

Open Culture is your one-stop-budget-shop for top quality education. Their library of over 1 300 courses with over 45 000 hours of audio and video lectures is completely free. Some courses that caught our eye are Basic Concepts of Operating Systems & System Programming, or Programming for Designers.


5. EDx (https://www.edx.org/)

Accelerate your future by learning anytime, anywhere with edX. edX offers access to higher education from over 90 of the world's leading educational institutions including Harvard, MIT, Berkley, the University of Maryland, the University of Queensland and many more. Courses you might be interested in are Market Segmentation Analysis, Computer Graphics, or Basic 3D Animation using Blender.


6. Tuts+ (https://tutsplus.com/)


7. Udacity (https://www.udacity.com/)


8. Alison (https://alison.com/)


9. Future Learn (https://www.futurelearn.com/programs)

Future Learn’s purpose is to transform access to education. They offer flexible online programs which allow you to deepen your understanding of a subject and develop career relevant skills. Some useful courses to consider are Social and Digital Media Analytics, Digital Skills: User Experience, or Digital Skills: Digital Marketing.


10. Open Learn (http://www.open.edu/openlearn/)


Whatever you're interested in learning, chances are you can find a course about it from an online educational institute or online courses website. From beginner levels all the way to intermediate and advanced, there are programs and courses out there for everyone. What are you waiting for? Let tomorrow be the first day of a better you.


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