We are currently going through tough times. The COVID-19 is at its peak and people are isolated inside their own homes for safety. Moreover, students are learning via video conferencing platforms like Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams including Television sets right from the comforts of the home. They now have ample time to extend their knowledge with the help of online course platforms. These platforms provide a wide range of courses from learning basic regional language to programming. You can pick a course suitable to your requirements and interests and learn at your own convenience. In this article, we will examine top five online course platforms that are changing the learning environment across the globe due to the ongoing pandemic.
Udemy is a US-based Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider with a catalog of more than 130,000 courses. Udemy was founded in May 2010 by Eren Bali, Oktay Caglar and Gagan Biyani. The online course platform includes over 60000 instructors in over 70 languages. The platform saw an overwhelming response with more than 400 million enrollments. With headquarters in San Francisco, Udemy also have offices in Denver, Dublin, Ankara, Sao Paulo and Guragon. The company is constasntly pushing to add more educators and motivates them to create courses. The idea to develop Udemy started in 2007 when Eren Bali created an exclusive software for a live virtual classroom. He understood the huge potential for a e-learning online course platform and started Udemy in 2010. Even though the founders tried to raise venture capital funding, they failed miserably since their idea was rejected several times. However, they had hope and bootstrapped the development of the product. The company is conststly raising funding and the latest happened in February 2020 when they raised $50 million from Benesse Holdings, Japan. Udemy is currently valued at $2 billion. You have to pay to purchase online courses offered by Udemy. However, they do offer free courses once in a while. We recently found YouTube Thumbnail creation course, that was offered free for a limited time. You just need to search to locate the course you would like to learn. There will be several other courses but you can go through the reviews before proceeding to purchase. Udemy also provides an opportunity for the emerging educators to showcase their talent by providing all the required resources to create and publish courses.
Coursera was founded in 2012 by Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, who worked as Standford University’s professors. The online course platform offers massive courses in various specializations, degrees, professional and mastertrack courses. The company works in close collaboration with universities and organizations to provide online courses, certifications and degrees in engineering, data science, machine learning, financing, computer science, digital marketing, biology, medicine and others. The platform comprises of over 3000+ courses separated across broad range of information and experience in various fields. The Coursera courses last four to twelve weeks spanning vedio lectures sanning more than 2 hours. The courses provide quizzes, weekly exercises, peer-graded and reviewed assignments including a final project, which is madatory to complete the relevant course. Coursera has tied up with Illinois, Duke, Google, IMB, Imperial College London, Stanford and Penn universities to offer their professional degree certificate courses.
Unacademy is an India-based startup founded in 2014 by Roman Saini, who was the IAS topper. He resigned from civil services and started his own venture, which turned out to be the number one online learning platform in India. The company provides live classes for school level and competitive examinations. Previously, Unacademy provided recorded lessons but the company changed the policy and removed the ability to upload recorded lessons. You will be able to watch live interactions from educators at the specified time. You can also chat with the instructions during the class session. Unacademy is one of the official sponsors of the ongoing IPL T20 being held in the UAE.
LinkedIn is the top resume building platforms available on the web. The LinkedIn Learning enables you to learn various topics from within the platform. You will find several courses that are useful to build a professional resume. You can also upgrade your knowledge with the help of the courses.
Last but not the least, YouTube is the ultimate destination for tech-savvy people. The video-sharing portal offers a huge repository of videos related to various topics. For example, if you want to learn Commerce, you can do so just by searching on YouTube. You can also listen to music including evergreen. The possibilities are immense. If the videos are classified under playlists, you can easily play and watch them. Otherwise, the videos are scattered all over YouTube and it will be tedious to locate them.
Going forward, there will be huge popularity for Online courses. With COVID-19 not going to vanish from the globe so soon, the demand for e-learning platforms will continue to rise. Even if you are a school student, you can learn courses at your own convenience and comfort. We are unable to tell you the platform you need to pick because it varies by individual choice. You can sit and check out the course offerings provided by the respective online course platform providers before deciding to purchase the course.
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