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5 leading online learning platforms for times during and beyond COVID19 lockdown

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With COVID19 or Coronavirus becoming the talk of every household across the globe, demands have drastically fallen or meteorically upped for various products and services. Every service that needs physical contact or movement or services which are not considered necessitates, have taken heavy beating so far in the past few weeks. On the other hand, a certain handful of services with online ‘extensions’ or in other words, a service that you can avail online and is considered a necessity, is actually surging up in terms of demand. Online education and learning is such a domain which is gaining pretty good momentum in recent times.

Infotino has compiled a list of online education and learning service providers which are becoming more and more relevant for students, academics, trainees, professionals and even common people. Let’s find out.

Udemy

Udemy is a great learning platform that offers up to 100,000 online video courses. To keep pace with time, new additions are published every month. Udemy’s courses are accessible through web browser, Android and iOS apps. It offers courses across a wide variety of subjects like software development, business, finance and accounting, IT & hardware, productivity, personal development, design, marketing, lifestyle, photography, health & fitness, music, teaching & pure or fundamental academics.
The website suggests courses based on your interests after asking a few questions and understanding your exact needs. Udemy is the most widely used platform for learning as the variety of courses it offers is enormous.

Find out more about Udemy at: www.udemy.com

  • Fee and charges:
    Few courses on Udemy are free and others are chargeable. (For example – Java Tutorial for beginners by one instructor is free while a similar course Java Programming for Complete beginners by another instructor is charged at $13.99).
  • All courses have a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you are not satisfied with the course, you can get money back.
  • Udemy also offers a variant – Udemy for Business that enables leading organizations for their employees to learn virtually.
  • The Team model is meant for 5 to 20 users and is priced at US $360 / user/ year (plus applicable taxes)
  • The Enterprise model could be used for 21 and more users at a cost which is calculated based on the Business’s need.
Udacity

Udacity is one of the enriched platforms for learning. It provides around 200 free courses in the fields of Programming and Development, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Science, Business, Autonomous Systems and Career.  Udacity speakers are well versed with their knowledge making it an ideal platform for deep-diving into any technology. It offers very in-depth courses on AI and machine learning and is well-suited for people having a penchant for science and technology.

Visit Udacity’s website for more details.

Fees & charges:
Most of the courses offered on Udacity are Free, however, if you want to access their paid courses, enroll for Udacity Nanodegree Program. Udacity Nanodegree offers different courses at different prices (Ex: Data Streaming Nanodegree Program is priced at $339 per month). Nanodegree membership offers technical mentor support by answering your questions, motivating you and keeping you on track.

Udacity also offers a Personal Career Coach that helps in interview preparation, resume and online professional profile review that helps in career growth. Udacity for Enterprise helps companies in training their employees in desired skills. Udacity offers a customized learning program based on the company’s needs and objectives. Also, Udacity for Enterprise allows full access to all nanodegree courses, provides dedicated learning solutions architects and dedicated customer success managers.

Skillshare

Skillshare is a creative learning platform. It offers around 30000 classes in the fields of Animation, Creative writing, Graphic Design, UI \ UX Design, Illustration, Lifestyle, Photo & Film, Web development and Fine Arts. Skillshare is a great platform for enhancing your artistic and creative skills. Skillshare provides anytime, anywhere access through its iOS and Android mobile applications. With so much to explore, real projects to create and with the support of fellow-creatives, Skillshare empowers you to accomplish real growth in terms of knowledge and skill. Skillshare also provides workshops which are a curated set of classes, where you learn with like-minded individuals that further helps you to exchange ideas and improve your abilities.

Skillshare’s details can be found at: www.skillshare.com

Fees & charges:
Skillshare offers Premium membership for $8.25 per month (Billed annually for $99) or $19.00 per month (every month). By taking premium subscription, you can access all the classes on Skillshare. Starter plan for team size 3 – 49 billed annually at $99 per user. Enterprise plan for larger team size billed as per Business needs and the number of employees attending the classes.

Thinkful

Thinkful offers services like online learning, in-person community events, one-on-one mentorship, career services, and financing. It helps an individual to prepare for an IT professional job by providing training in the domains like Software Engineering, Data Science, Data Analytics, UI / UX Design, Product Management and Digital Marketing. Thinkful offers 2 variants of each of these courses – Immersion and Flex. While Immersion is a full-time course, Flex is a part-time one allowing you to complete the course along with other engagements of life. Before taking a course, Thinkful asks a few questions and based on your interest, suggests a course(s) that best suits you.
Thinkful assigns you a personal mentor to answer questions and help in structuring your study plan. Also a Career coach is assigned who helps you to get ready for professional life. Thinkful has communities around all the major cities of the USA and they organize various community meetups, workshops and events. You can meet your peers in those events and enrich your knowledge.

For details about Thinkful, please visit: www.thinkful.com

Fees & charges:
Thinkful courses come at different prices for different courses. For example – For the Engineering Flexible course, the tuition fee is $10,000, which can be paid in monthly installments, can be taken as a loan or paid all at once. Thinkful refunds 100% of your tuition fee if you are not offered a “Qualifying Position” within 180 days of graduation from your Thinkful program (which depends on a few conditions, mentioned on their website).

Coursera

Coursera is a learning platform to build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from about 190+ world-class universities and companies. Coursera offers learning videos in fields of Arts and Humanities, Business, Computer Science, Data Science, Health, Information Technology, Math and Logic, Personal Development, Physical Science and Engineering, Social Sciences and Language Learning. Coursera offers certificates in Professional and MasterTrack categories. Coursera offers 3900+ courses, 13+ professional certificates and 20+ Degrees and MasterTrack certificates. Once creating a profile on Coursera, it suggests the courses based on your profile and interests. Coursera offers self-paced quizzes and hands-on projects after you have completed the course. It helps you to connect with a global community of learners and get feedback from them. Coursera app can be downloaded on your smartphone and can be accessed from anywhere anytime conveniently. Coursera offers video subtitles in over 30 languages making it more scalable.

Find out about Coursera here.

Fees & charges:
Most of the courses offered here are Free. Degrees and Certificates come with a fee based on Course and University selected. However, Coursera for Business keeps its customized courses chargeable. The Team model is meant for smaller organizations and is priced at US $400/user/year (plus applicable taxes). The Enterprise model could be used for unlimited access and large size organizations at a cost which is calculated based on the Business’s need.

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