There are now a whole host of resources available for you to supplement your learning alongside your degree course, or to help you specialise in a particular field or area. With online learning its particularly important to remain critical as different platforms will have different vetting systems for courses. Be sure to check course reviews and /or the institution that has uploaded the content.
- Youtube can be a valuable learning resource offering tutorials, explanations and insights from many different people on many different topics.
- Even less regulated than the other platforms, as a result, you have to be even more careful when fact-checking any information learned.
- Paid learning courses.
- Courses on many topics ranging from technology to languages.
- Be careful and do your research before buying a course as content quality can vary.
- Founded by Harvard and MIT, courses are lead and accredited by many recognised institutions around the world.
- Courses can be taken for free (audited) but you have to pay if you want certified recognition of completion.
- Wholly owned by The Open University.
- Courses can be taken for free for a limited time but you have to pay if you want certified recognition of completion or unlimited access indefinitely.
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- Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors who wanted to share their knowledge and skills with the world.
- Similar to the previously mentioned online learning platforms, content is often free but accreditation costs money.
Google Digital Garage
- Founded in 2015 to provide free, online, and face-to-face courses on digital skills.
- Courses are wide-ranging and developed by Google and partner institutions such as Yale and The Open University.
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