As the world develops more digitally, there are almost no more boundaries to share and get new information. Such as in the educational sector, online learning has been a notable breakthrough to facilitate people to learn and escalate their knowledge. Whether they want to learn new skills or upgrade their competence, they can always join an online class anytime and anywhere.
Online learning offers efficiencies in cost and time, that’s why people are more and more attracted to it. This trend doesn’t seem to waver anytime soon, as around 79% of learning and development (L&D) professionals invest more in online learning. Whereas, 31% of employees prefer virtual training and only 13% want in-person training.
As the demand for virtual classes keeps increasing, numerous online learning platforms have bloomed in the past few years. Some offer flexible schedules, and some even provide certifications to their students. However, people may face difficulties finding the best platform to support their online learning. If you’re one of them, keep on reading to find out the five best online learning platforms in 2022.
Skillshare is one of the major online-learning platforms that offers various topics for its students. There are nearly 70 topics available and most of them are in the creative fields, such as writing, visual arts, animation, film, photography, interior design, and many more. Students can also find business and marketing classes.
The platform doesn’t enforce per course payment but by monthly or yearly subscription. If you pay for a yearly subscription, you can access many courses on the platform in accordance with the terms and conditions. The subscriptions can be purchased for $168 per year.
Moreover, Skillshare offers team plans for groups of 20 people and a free seven-day trial for subscriptions. They also provide free learning videos that are accessible to anyone, including non-subscriber.
Compared to the previous platform, Coursera is more formal just like college courses. It offers more than 3000 academic courses which are delivered by professors and university instructors. Users can get a certification or even a complete degree upon completing the full rundown of a course.
Coursera has several price options depending on the class types. Guided projects can be purchased for $9,99 per course, whereas professional courses start from $39 per month. Users can also get a higher-university certificate that costs $2,000 per course.
Providing wide options of courses from the experts, Coursera is also well-known for its in-depth classes. It also offers over 1,500 free courses that are available in several languages. However, free classes can’t provide certification.
If you wish to join a course and do the assignments at your own pace, you may want to consider MasterClass. There are nine categories that you can choose from, including Writing, Photography, Music & Entertainment, Film & TV, Culinary Arts, Sports & Games, Business, Fashion, Lifestyle, Politics & Society, and Science & Technology.
It’s a great platform for people seeking to escalate their competence. You can join a monthly subscription starting from $15 for unlimited access to all courses. Each course usually consists of 20 classes. What makes MasterClass more interesting is that the courses are taught by well-known experts and celebrities.
Moreover, there are no deadlines on the assignment, and courses can be downloaded and accessible on all devices. You can connect and discuss the materials with other students. However, MasterClass doesn’t provide certifications after completing courses.
Another reputable online learning platform is Udemy, which is well-known for its wide options of course topics. There are 13 different categories that cover more than 150,000 courses starting from creative fields to business and marketing classes. Moreover, all courses are divided into three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
Every course on Udemy consists of lesson videos, assignments, quizzes, practice tests, and additional resources if there are any. A lesson class can be 30 minutes to five hours long and can be downloaded for offline learning anytime and anywhere.
Udemy doesn’t offer monthly or yearly subscriptions, but per-course payments. Each course usually costs $9 and can be higher for certain courses. One thing to be noted, Udemy isn’t an accredited institution, but students can get a certificate upon completing a course.
Founded by Harvard and MIT graduates, Edx.org is no wonder one of the best online learning platforms available. It offers more than 2,500 college-level courses that are classified into 15 topics. All courses are divided into three levels: introductory, intermediate, and advanced.
There are two ways to get a course in Edx.org. You can get a free course by enrolling in the Audit Track which allows you access to lecture videos, course materials, and ungraded assignments. However, you can’t issue a certificate upon completing a course by this method.
You also have another option by enrolling in Verified Track Courses that cost from $50 to $300 each. You will get access to lecture videos, course materials, graded assignments, and certificates. If you join a course through Audit Track but then want to get a certificate, you also have a chance to switch to the Verified Track.
Learning is a never-ending process in every individual’s life. If you’re the kind of person who always wants to escalate your skills and broaden your knowledge, enrolling in an online learning platform can be one of the best solutions for you.
Each of the online learning platforms mentioned above has its own winning points. Not only do they vary in price, but they also differ in terms of learning style. Skillshare, MasterClass, and Udemy are suitable if you’re looking for less-formal courses, while Coursera and Edx.org are suitable for those who prefer a more college-like environment.
Whatever courses you take, make sure to finish what you started to deepen your skills, broaden your knowledge, and achieve your goals. Moreover, you can get more connections with people around the world who share the same interest as you.
Andre Oentoro is the founder of Breadnbeyond, the award-winning explainer video production. He helps businesses increase conversion rates, close more sales, and get positive ROI from explainer videos (in that order).
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