Can anyone tell me about online learning platforms?

While talking to a friend she mentioned online learning platforms. It seemed interesting to me and I’d like to know what the best online learning sites are because I quit college after I got married. I can’t go back to campus now that I have a small child and I’d like to spend more time with him at home but I’d like very much to take some courses if there are good online career schools or a good distance education university. I’m able to organize my time to follow studies at home, if it’s possible.

James Washington

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Justin Parker on June 6, 2018

Technological progress has also reached the educational field and it has transformed it in a positive way. Today, it is possible for everyone everywhere to get a degree by studying on the internet.

An online learning platform is basically a website that offers an array of courses that you can take in your workplace or at home. Some courses are credit-eligible and they represent a good choice to start earning academic credits if you are thinking about going to college later. Some courses are offered for free while you may need to purchase a verified certificate – if you want, but it can be useful to join it to your CV when applying to a job – after you complete your assignments and pass the corresponding exam to finish your course.

There are many learning sites on the internet. Some of them offer a variety of courses in many different disciplines and others are more specialized in a determined field of study. All of them contain online courses and resources to enrich your path of learning. You will find PDF files with lectures and explanatory videos in most courses to make your course more pleasant to study.

Since there are different types of educational websites, the best online learning site is different for each person. You can browse several platforms before deciding what course to take. You will find platforms that offer activities to practice what you are learning online or on campus but that do not offer a certificate or a diploma. Look for sites accredited by national or regional educational agencies to ensure that the courses provided on those sites meet acceptable levels of quality.

An online career school offers the advantage of taking classes in the comfort of your home. However, you will be responsible for setting your own schedule and committing to it.

Udemy, Coursera and EdX are among the most popular learning sites on the internet. EdX is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in May 2012. On that platform, you will find online graduate level courses in a wide array of subjects and some of those courses are offered for free.

There are several distance education universities that have a long tradition in providing this type of education with lessons created in house or produced by external academic contributors designed to be available online (http://www.openuniversity.edu/online-degrees). 

Craig Stewart2 months ago

I don’t know since when it’s possible to find a distance education university on the internet, but no doubt it’s an innovative way to lend a hand to those people who for some reason can’t go or don’t have time to attend classes on a physical campus. I haven’t stopped taking courses since I discovered those online learning sites that you mentioned. My favorite learning site is Coursera, but I think that most of them are very good, offer a wide variety of courses and you can get a certification if you want. Most of the courses I’ve taken have been free courses. I only paid once for one becaue I wanted to receive a framed certificate that I got by mail. I already have a degree but studying online has kept me motivated to keep learning and who knows? I may go back to college to get another degree. 


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