The Best Free (or Cheap) Online Courses

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Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo is a global non-profit organization that specializes in teaching coding, web designing, software engineering, programming and other technology skills to children and teens from ages 7 to 17. All classes are free and led by volunteers. The organization also provides mentorship and peer learning. Coder Dojo has many chapters around the world, including one in New York City.

Code Avengers

Code Avengers is a site dedicated to learning how to create technology. You learn how to create websites, apps, and games using coding systems such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. There is a total of six courses to complete, and the first course is free. Once you complete the first course, you have the option to purchase lifetime access to all six courses at 40% off, which comes out to only $125.

The Best Free (or Cheap) Online Courses

Code School

Code School is a site that teaches a variety of programming and web designing courses. There are beginner courses as well as advanced. Code school specializes in screencasts and interactive exercises that help people learn better and faster. Courses are set up into five levels. Each level has a 10-15 minute screencast, which is followed by exercises or challenges that the user must complete to get to the next level until you complete all five. To start, all you need is a modern web browser and pay $29 a month.

General Assembly

General Assembly is a global network that has campuses all around the world. The organization specializes in programming, business and web design. They offer on-campus courses as well as online courses that are taught by professionals with real-world experience. Prices vary per course, but start as low as $25. General Assembly also offers scholarships for people in financial need.


Dash is a free online teaching platform that is run by General Assembly, which teaches HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Its goal is to make learning fun.

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Reader Discussion: 137 Comments

  1. Avatar of Lauren Plain

    Lauren Plain

    I absolutely love this post. It makes me happy that there are actually people in the world that still want to learn. sure, lots of people go to college, but there would not be as nearly many people in schools if they didn’t earn a degree for going. Hoping everyone will take the time out of their day to look at some of these websites.

  2. Avatar of Angelina Benham

    Angelina Benham

    Your article just earned a spot on my bookmarks. Great stuff!

  3. Avatar of Sara Bragg

    Sara Bragg

    Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps. There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. it’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. I can’t wait to learn something new. Already made an account on Alison. I want to learn Spanish.

  4. Avatar of Zoe Sawyer

    Zoe Sawyer

    Learning new skills can keep our mind sharp as you age and open up to a whole new world of possibilities. Thanks urbanette for the list I am so thankful to you. You have helped me in keeping my new year resolution of learning something new.

  5. Avatar of Alexis Schuler

    Alexis Schuler

    With little more than an internet connection needed, these websites are empowering millions of people from around the world, to build their skills, launch a business, and create meaningful changes in their lives. Thank you urbanette for the information and educating people.

  6. Avatar of Lucinda Hanslow

    Lucinda Hanslow

    Education isn’t about getting that degree. It’s about honing skills that will make graduates desirable in the competitive workplace. These list of the website is so good I didn’t know there were so many of them. I have only heard of Alison and coursera.

  7. Avatar of Lily Amiet

    Lily Amiet

    This list is so amazing, whether you desire to become the next business leaders, learn a new language, or hack the world of traveling, they, ve collected the best website to learn new things online.

  8. Avatar of Lynda Diaz

    Lynda Diaz

    The future of learning is online, where you can learn new things anytime, anywhere.

  9. Avatar of William Dean

    William Dean

    I have read somewhere, she’s responsible for over 3000 marriages. How in the world can someone make some many matches? I can’t find even one wife for my self. I need some tips from her.

  10. Avatar of Luthi Sanders

    Luthi Sanders

    Online courses have been prevalent for many years now, It just needs a little more boost and a little more advertisement for it to really be considered a new mode of education.

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