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4 Free Online Learning Platforms to learn new skills in 2020

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As a student, you might be bored staying at home most of the time during this pandemic. Other than entertainment, you want to do something meaningful or better, provide you a more promising future. In this case, taking online free courses via e-learning platforms surely will help. But which online learning platforms should you pick? Let us guide you and help you out!


Coursera Home Page

From the official About Coursera blog post, we can have a thorough idea of how huge the list of courses on Coursera:

Coursera was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere. It is now a leading online learning platform for higher education, where 66 million learners from around the world come to learn skills of the future. More than 200 of the world’s top universities and industry educators partner with Coursera to offer courses, Specializations, certificates, and degree programs.


You’ll get the idea of what to expect throughout the whole course from their transparent course syllabus.

Small digestible section

Every course was split into many small digestible sections. While the video is playing, you can have subtitles in over 40 languages. Each course will take up 4-6 weeks and only requires a few hours per week. To make sure you’re making progress, a deadline will be shown on the dashboard of each course you’ve taken.

Peer Assessment System

After each milestone, you need to finish some assignments to assess your skill learned from the course. Coursera provides a peer assessment platform that allows coursemates to assess each other. You’ll have to assess a fixed number of users in order to proceed with your course. This ensures that you’ll get real-life feedback based on your work.

Online Forum

Having trouble doing your homework? Coursera got you back! Coursera provides an online forum specifically for the course so you can have your discussion with your global coursemates.

Access via any devices

You can use both mobile and desktop devices open up Coursera to access your course with ease.

You’ll get your shareable Course Certificate at the end of the course. This acknowledges your effort to learn a new skill. You can share it on social media or post it on LinkedIn to show your latest personal development.

At the end of March, Coursera announced that they’re offering Free Certificates for 100++ Courses until the end of May. The good news is, Coursera is extending its offer until the end of this year. Click here to get more information.


Udemy Home Page

The world’s largest selection of courses

In February 2020, Udemy just received a $50 Million Investment showing it’s potential in the online learning platform. Udemy currently has more than 150K courses available(free and paid) in topics from programming, health, and fitness, to leadership, personal development, and many more.

Access via any devices

Udemy also has their Android and IOS app available for us to learn via mobile devices.

Take courses at your own pace

On Udemy, there is no deadline for you to chase after, so you can learn at your own pace as you wish.


Even so, Udemy might not able to provide high-quality professional courses for students like you to learn your university syllabus. In contrast, you’ll find a lot of hobbies-based courses on Udemy.

With this large number of courses, you’ll have to pick the free course wisely. If the quality of the content is terrible(video quality is bad and having bad reviews), just switch to other courses on Udemy. The quality of the courses on Udemy tends to be lower than Coursera because anyone on Udemy can create a course.

Check this review out to know more about what Udemy can offer you as a student.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy Home Page

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization founded by Sal Khan, a former hedge fund manager. The mission of the site is to provide a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

High-Quality Content

Khan Academy provides high-quality content regarding Math, Engineering, Science, Economy, Arts, and so on. The website offers practice exercises, detailed instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower users to study at their own pace. They support more than 36 languages to allow any learners around the globe to start learning without hassle.

100% Free

You can access every feature on Khan Academy without paying a single penny. You might wonder how do they operate without getting any revenue: Khan Academy mainly operates based on donation by other parties such as Bank of America and Google.


Codecademy Home Page

If you’re looking for a website to learn to program, Codeacademy should be on your list.


The website provides simple explanation about any complex programming concepts while at the same time provide interactive exercises to users. The only con is that they don’t provide video content. Hence, if encounter any issue, you will need to google the related topic. (In fact “Googling” is essential for a programmer).

Wide range of Programming Languages

The site has tutorials on HTML, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, Rails, AngularJS, ReactJS, Ruby, Command Line, Git, SQL, and Java and many more to come!

Chance to access Premium Content

Amidst this pandemic, Codecademy provides Pro membership for FREE if you’re in the situation that your life affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.


While looking for online learning platforms is a good sign, you’ll need to take extra care on the pitfalls of online learning platforms. For example, remember to check the reviews of the platform before you register the course. If the website is unethical, you may compromise your personal information including email address, or worse, you make a payment with them but fail to refund.

I hope you find this post helpful and enjoy learning!

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