‘So, what are your interests and skills? Do you possess any ancillary knowledge about this topic that could help our association progress in some way?’. Well. These are some of the nerve-wracking questions that you are sure to face during your interview sessions. With billions of graduates passing out every year, companies would not want to hire a person with the same monotonously mediocre degree and knowledge. To stand out from the crowd and appeal to the companies, you need to be endowed with an X-factor that showcases your deluge of knowledge in a particular field. In fact, it would be an added benefit if you could acquire a course certificate for the same from some reputed institute. But, the question is where? Not everyone has the resources to travel to a particular institute just for the sake of a certificate. So, how do you resolve this issue? Well, the answer is simple. Internet. A simple yet irreplaceable part of technology. The supreme power that rules our world right now. Okay, so what about it? Well, the issue of completing a course in whatever field you like is easily solved with the help of MOOC(Massive Open Online Courses). There are certain educational websites which allow you to access the courses from the top, branded universities like MIT, Stanford and Harvard free of cost! So, let’s take a look at ten such online sources to help you learn whatever you want
Top 10 Educational Websites
Coursera is probably the first choice for anyone looking forward to exploring and learning some free online courses. This unbelievable website offers many free MOOC’s ranging from varied fields such as history, coding, business, languages and more from the world’s dream universities such as Yale, Stanford and Harvard. All you need to do is sign-up and boom! You will find yourself surrounded by an entire ocean of free courses which you can even download and access anytime. Though the video tutorials are freely available, you need to pay a couple of bucks to obtain a degree certificate. These certificates aren’t that expensive and believe me, having one severely boosts your resume. Afterall, who wouldn’t love to gloat a certificate from the world’s top universities?
2. MIT OpenCourseWare
‘Massachussetts Institute Of Technology’ (MIT) doesn’t even need any preface. The institute is unquestionably the best in the world. Needless to say, anything that comes out of it is of top class and quality. With its OpenCourseWare program, MIT brings out the sermon inside them. Now, you might think that such a dominant institute would definitely charge something to demand access to its courses, right? Well, the answer is no. All the MIT courses(which basically cover up the entire curriculum of the institute) is accessible to everyone for free. So, what are you waiting for? Start enriching yourself with the world’s best teachers from the world’s first-rate institute!
3. Khan Academy
The success story of Khan Academy is really quite beguiling. Its official website states the reason for its inception as follows:-‘Our mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.’ With this mission in mind, Mr. Salman Khan, the man behind this powerful educational site, with his nitty and gritty attitude established what is today, a prosperous and knowledgeable tool-Khan Academy. This academy offers free insight into various topics from the world’s best professors and universities. It is a perfect tool, to begin with for a student and also comes in handy for most teachers who would like to expand their knowledge beyond the horizon. Furthermore, you could also keep track of your performance on the dashboard and even apply for an internship with the academy!
With an interminable era of technology around us, needless to say, coding has become an inevitable part of it. Today, every engineer, businessman and teacher needs to possess at least some basic knowledge about a programming language or two. With a plethora of languages available, learners often find it difficult to gauge on a perfect starter-pack in order to begin studying a language. But worry not, folks as you can always rely on codecademy to save your day. Now, Codecademy, as the name suggests, is a website which helps you learn how to code in various programming languages right from scratch. It houses its own online compiler and also offers a pro version which concedes you to build a project with the help of experts. A perfect opener for everyone-be it a novice learner or an expert just looking forward to brushing up his/her skills!
W3Schools is my personal recommendation for this archive. The website has been a saving grace for many students including me. W3Schools is a perfect combo for anyone wanting to begin their journey of web development. It is, as stated by the site-world’s largest developer site’. The website delves into almost every web programming language out there and with its free, distinguished tutorial filled with lucid explanations and examples, one can easily get the hang of web development right there. W3Schools also offers web developer certificate, provided you pay a certain price pertaining to that course and clear it. I personally emphasize on the aspiring web developers out there to commence your journey towards web programming by halting at W3Schools first!
Alison is another open courseware offering its MOOCs in fields ranging from history to humanities and more. The tutorials are really effective and the professors are really the best in their respective fields. Alison has made quite a name for itself in this extremely competitive industry of online courses. At a certain cost, you can even gain a degree certificate relating to a course of your choice. You can totally entrust Alison to help develop your skills.
True to its name, Open2Study is an open online course accessible to anyone in the world. Its diversified course options make it really compatible for students and alike to follow. But, what sets it apart from its counterparts is its free certification courses. Yes. You heard that right. Open2Study offers free certificates on its courses provided you finish them and score at least 60 percent on their tests and quizzes. This not just salvages your money but also equips you with a well-respected course certificate which you could brag about in front of your employer!
8. Academic Earth
The motto of Academic Earth is ‘Rethink Education’. In its own word, the website is the Hulu of education and is irresistible to those nerds who are really keen on exploring more in their area of interest. From Business to Engineering, there is no dearth of high-class, creative courses on this website. In fact, Academic Earth even offers complete degree certificates such as Master’s and Bachelor’s which are equivalent to the traditional college degrees.
9. Stanford Online Courses
Another dream university that doesn’t need to rely on an introduction to make heads turn. Only the best of the best make it to Stanford. Since not everyone can dream of attending classes at Stanford, the institute takes a leaf out of MIT’s book and resolves this issue by making its curriculum available online. In fact, Stanford also allows MOOCs for professional degree programs, the facility of which you could avail by paying some bucks and clearing its courses. A degree certificate from Stanford, now that is sure to add the cherry to your resume!
edX has always been my top preference for any open online course. It was the first ever courseware, I stumbled upon, and after trying it out, its high-quality videos and professional teaching drew an ever-lasting impression on me. You can find courses from literally any field in the world. The meticulous details provided in any course can make anyone-right from a rookie to a grandmaster understand the concepts extravagantly well! Degree certificates are available of course but at an intermediate price. But, the certificates are certainly worth it. I wholeheartedly recommend anyone looking for an open online course to give edX a try. After all, who wouldn’t love to flaunt about these certificates provided by the top brands of the world?
So, all you need is a compatible device like a laptop or a mobile phone, an internet connection and the will to expand your knowledge beyond the horizon and experiment with it. And then you could deservedly brandish your proficiency in any field in front of your peers and most importantly, in your interviews!