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Upskill Yourself While #dudukdirumah — 7 Trusted E-Learning Platforms to Learn for Free



  April 17, 2020

The worsening Covid-19 situation has led to the closure of businesses and schools around the world, impacting more than half of the global population. Countless workers have lost their jobs. 


This is a wake-up call for all of us to rethink how we should future-proof our job skills to reduce risk of unemployment during critical times. After almost a month of Restricted Movement Order, it's time to start picking up some new skills. 


ZOM-IN has curated a list of trusted Online Learning Platforms that provide good-quality courses covering a wide range of fields and topics at affordable rates, or even free. Let’s discover these websites now! 


#1 Malaysia MOOCs


This is a Ministry of Education’s initiative since 2014 to increase the quality and accessibility of higher education. Under the plan, twenty public universities in Malaysia have uploaded over 439 online courses onto OpenLearning. While the main objective of developing this MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform is to promote active learning and to foster inter-university collaboration amongst higher education students, the public is able to access all the courses freely. 


Let’s explore courses ranging from foreign languages to web programming, all prepared by our public universities. 


Website: https://www.openlearning.com/malaysiamoocs/

Pricing: Free


#2 Khan Academy


Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The website provides short lessons mainly for STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in the form of videos. This is a good platform for those who want to sharpen themselves in STEM subjects. 


Website: https://www.khanacademy.org/

Pricing: Free


#3 Digital Garage 


The Digital Garage is a non-profit program from Google delivering free digital skills training via an online learning platform. This platform provides individuals with a tailored training plan to learn digital skills, completely for free. Besides, these courses are approved by industry experts, top entrepreneurs and some of the world’s leading employers. So you can be sure you’re learning up-to-date, real-world, skills that help you reach your career/business goal. 

The platform also offers a Certification in the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing which features 26 modules created by Google trainers, each module is packed full of practical exercises and real-world examples to help you turn knowledge into action. You’ll earn a digital marketing certificate that is shareable on LinkedIn upon completion of this course. 


Website: https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage/courses

Pricing: Free


#4 FutureLearn


FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. Depending on your needs, you can choose from short courses to micro-credential programs to even a complete degree. Users are able to access most of the short courses for free. However, if you want to get evidence of learning, you will need to purchase an upgrade starting from USD$49 per course. 


Website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses

Pricing: Learn for free; Certificate from $49 per course, or $249.99 for an annual subscription. 


#5 Coursera


Coursera is the most well-known MOOC platform, the reason being it offers courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM. There is a series of Professional Certificates Programs that enable learners to gain in-demand skills like information technology or data science. These online programs are useful for those who want to break into a new career field. 


Similar to FutureLearn, you can access almost all courses and the course materials for free without getting certificates. You can consider committing to earning a certificate if the course can give you career benefits. 


Website: https://www.coursera.org/

Pricing: Learn for free; Certificate from $49 per course, or $399 for an annual subscription. 


#6 edX


Created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, edX is a MOOC platform that hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including some courses at no charge. You’re able to attend online courses prepared by top universities like MIT and Harvard for free on the platform. 


Website: https://www.edx.org/

Pricing: Learn for free; Certificate from $49 per course


#7 SkillShare


Skillshare is an online learning community featuring classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. Besides providing courses, the platform has introduced the "Groups" feature that allows members to connect with other creators, share work, and take skills to the next level through engaging discussions and prompts. This feature enables users to connect with other members more easily — ask questions, give and receive feedback, or simply discuss their interests. 


Website: https://www.skillshare.com/

Pricing: Free for first two months; $15 per month; $99 per year if paid annually; Students can apply for 50% scholarships. 


If you are a Netflix (or Apple TV+, iflix, dimsum, viu, tonton, etc.) subscriber, maybe it’s time to shift part of the time you spent watching dramas to start investing in learning some new skills. 


Hope everyone stays healthy and safe in this pandemic season. 


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