Online education has evolved as one of the best learning methodologies in the modern world. Online education is a process of digital learning where students study and learn things on the internet according to their desired time and location. All you need is a computer with an internet connection.
Online study can be beneficial to kids who have just started learning, school and college students for academic programs, professionals for enhancing their technical skills and free learners who always wish to learn something new.
Advantages of Online Education (e Learning)
- You don’t need to go to school/college for learning.
- You don’t need to waste time getting ready and commuting.
- Students can study the same thing again and again as long as you have completely understood the stuff.
- You can access the course anywhere at any time.
- You can discuss the courses and learn within your community.
- Freedom from a pressure oriented education system.
- Lower or no fees.
Having this much said, I would like to list the top 5 free education websites which can really change the way you have been studying your whole life.
There are many free websites out there which provide free courses and tutorials but these are the best among all. The important thing is they cover top-level courses from the best brains in the world.
Edx is known for providing free online courses from the world’s best universities. It was founded with the collaborative effort of scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012.
More than 70 schools, nonprofit organizations, and corporations today offer or plan to offer courses on the edX website. With more than 10 million students taking more than 1,270 courses online makes edX the most reputed online education community in the world. Edx offers thousands of courses featuring Architecture, biology, life science, art, culture, science, math, law, computer, literature, medicine, philosophy, language and many more.
Currently, edX is offers three different certificate programs:
i) Micro master certificate
ii) professional certificate
iii) series certificate
Khan Academy is one of the top online Study portals which was founded in 2006 by Salman khan. It is a non-profit educational organization which provides lecture and tutorials from kids to college grad.
Khan academy provides interactive online courses on subjects featuring Maths, science, engineering, accounts, economics, arts & Humanities and computer programming.
It also provides test preparation for SAT, MCAT, GMAT and IIT-JEE. Besides these, Khan academy also play a vital role in career counseling for students.
Udemy is an online learning platform aimed at professional adults who want to add new skills to their resumes, or explore their passions.
It provides technical skill in the fields of software, IT, programming, management, marketing, personal development, photography, office productivity, design, lifestyle,health& fitness, Teachers training, music,language and various test preparations.
In simple words, Udemy is just an amazing website if you are really serious in learning something new and enhancing your skill. It provides both free and paid courses. There are more than 45,000 courses available on Udemy today. Udemy also serves as a platform that allows instructors to build online courses on topics of their choosing, Upload the course and earn money.
Udemy for business is a program that provides corporate training for the employees within a company.
Codecademy is the goldmine for programmers and developers.
Founded in August 2011 by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, Codecademy has 26 million users learning to code and enhancing their programming skills from around the world. If you are a programmer or an aspirant, Codecademy is a heaven for you.
As the name suggests, National Geographic Kids is an online study portal which makes free videos, tutorials, games and quizzes for younger kids.
It provides amazing videos featuring life science, animal world, puzzles, brain games, making stuff and many more which is intended towards positive growth and development in the child. Kids can play various puzzle and brain games, collect their points and badges and overall enjoy learning which is the main objective of National Geographic kids. The courses and teaching methodology at National geographic kids focus on the overall mental, psychological, cognitive and social development of a kid.
Online Learning Platforms in Nepal
The concept of online education and distance learning is relatively new. The online education thing came to mainstream discussion only during the lockdown in coronavirus pandemic. There are a lot of educational websites in Nepal that provide information related to courses and colleges. However, only a small amount of them provide online courses. Some companies like Midas and Kullabs have been trying to provide paid online courses in Nepal but are struggling to find enough students. Recently(2020), however, there has been a visible increment in online course providers. Although in the early stage, here are few websites that offer free online courses in Nepal.
E-Pustakalaya is an education-focused digital library containing full-text documents, books, images, videos, audio files, and interactive educational software that can be accessed through an intranet or on the Internet. Although it is basic and still in development, there are lots of free courses from various authors and teachers. This is one of the various free online courses in Nepal that actually has a lot of courses.
If you are looking for online course in Nepal for your child or study in class 1-10, this portal developed by Nepal Government might be a good choice. The graphics and videos are of good quality and the option to study in Nepali or English is a great feature. This seems one of the promising free online course in Nepal if the development is continued and user interactions are given more priority.
World wide web (WWW) has proved to be one of the biggest technological inventions of the century. It has completely changed the lifestyle of people. It has changed the way of communication, shopping, learning and lifestyles & has proved to be the foundation of much sizzling technology like Artificial intelligence and modern spacecraft.
People use the internet for various purposes like communication, marketing, learning, banking and many other daily activities. As far as our country Nepal is concerned, there are more than 6 millions Facebook users among which 55% are male and 35% are females. Wow, That’s huge. This really speaks the story of our progress in the digital world. But do you know that maximum of these users is only limited to social networks according to the latest report? Out of 100 million active users on Quora, There is hardly 1K users from Nepal. Let’s leave other productive websites apart.
I just want to say that we should adapt ourselves with the change. Countries like the US, Korea, Japan etc are advancing Artificial intelligence and us people are still commenting on Facebook. In my opinion, It would be better to avoid wasting time on social networks. Utilize the web and start doing something productive on the internet.
Here are few additions to our list added on 7th May 2020. These are with no any particular order.
- Lynda (by LinkedIn)
- Alison (Has some free online courses with certificates)
- FreeCodeCamp (Free course for coding)
These were the top 5 free websites(Plus 5) for the best learning experience. Each of them has their own uniqueness and identity. To get free courses, simply filter FREE on the course search page. So what are your views on the top online learning websites? Do let me know in the comment section if you would like to add more to our list. Thanks for reading!