The Best Free (or Cheap) Online Courses
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CreativeLive has been seen in the New York Times and in Forbes. It takes on a different approach to learning online by doing live broadcast session instead of just videos. This means you take classes from a live professional, who you can interact with and ask questions. The cost vary per class, but your first class is free. Plus, they have tons of free classes on an array of subjects. This site is amazing if you want to learn creative skills like photography, design, video, audio, music and crafts, but they also have other categories as well.
Coursera is used by over 8 million people, and consist of only experts and professionals. Many colleges like University of Penn, Sylvia, John Hopkins, Rutgers, Yale, and Stanford post courses on the site. This site is completely free unless you want to get a verified certificate upon completing a course, which costs $49. Coursera is similar to taking an online college course. You learn online, use textbooks, forums and take quizzes. Classes are from 2-6 weeks. The subjects vary from math, engineering, history, English and other college-like courses.
This site is similar to Lynda and Tuts+, but has a heavy background in technical skills. It’s great for learning HTML, creating iPhone Apps and CSS, but they also have business and creative courses. You can learn via live broadcast or videos. They also have member-only forums where you can learn from other students, and meet new people. They also have excellent extras like live workshops, and quizzes to help you learn better. It only cost about $25 a month for basic membership and their pro is $45. There’s also a free 14 day trial.
This site gives access to college courses for free. Some categories are psychology, sociology, accounting, business, and many other majors. These courses are taught by top colleges like Carnegie Mellon, Yale and NYU. So, if you like the college course learning style, this site is for you!
Udacity is a site run by Stanford University, which posts in-depth college courses that are career-oriented (designed to help you get a job in that field). One of their most popular free courses is the “Introduction to Computer Science”, and they host dozens of courses in web development, software engineering, marketing, and app creation. While some of the courses are free, most run into the high hundreds and up to $1000. and take between 3 and 10 months to complete.