Want to put your time and mind to something productive? You're in luck because due to lockdown season, many online learning platforms are offering discounts. Now is the perfect time for those of you who want to keep learning, diversify your portfolio, excel in your career, pursue a passion or improve in life. Here’s a list of 10 online learning platforms to splurge on, in times of government-ordered Covid-19 self-quarantine.

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Udemy: on-demand courses

Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace aimed at professional adults and students. They offer over 100.000 courses to 50 million pupils, situated in categories going from business and entrepreneurship to music technology and academics. At this moment, some of their bestselling courses are offered at a discount.

Skillshare: subscription-based courses

Skillshare is an online learning platform where world-class teachers instruct you on topics like photography, creative writing, music, etc. Millions of members come together on Skillshare to find inspiration, passion, and creativity. The platform empowers members to get inspired and learn new skills. They also empower teachers to share expertise, earn money and give back to the community. At Skillshare they now offer a free premium membership for two months. Time to get creative!

The main difference between Udemy and competitor Skillshare is their cost culture. On Udemy you will have to pay for each individual course. On Skillshare you pay a monthly or annual subscription to unlock complete access to the courses on the platform. The videos uploaded on Udemy versus on Skillshare also differ in length. Classes offered on Udemy have a minimum course length of 30 minutes, whereas, on Skillshare classes can be as limited as 10 minutes.

Open Culture: free courses

Open Culture hosts a compilation of free online courses from the world’s top universities such as Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, and Oxford. The classes offered by Open Culture vary from history, philosophy and literature, to physics, biology, psychology and computer science. Open Culture's mission is to bring together high-quality cultural and educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. They also want to centralize content, curate it and give everyone access to that content whenever they want to.

Coursera: more free courses

Coursera is an American online education provider that offers hundreds of free courses and gives you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. On their platform, you can take various courses on a wide range of subjects brought to you by 190 leading universities and companies


DoYouYoga: all about yoga, fitness, and mindfulness

DOYOUYOGA is all about yoga, fitness, and mindfulness. They offer hundreds of online articles, video classes and programs. It serves as a global community for everyone who wants to upgrade their life with health, happiness, and yoga. On their Instagram-account, they share how yoga can impact your life positively.

Mindvalley: work on your personal growth

Now is an ideal time to work on your personal growth and the online learning platform Mindvalley is a good place to start. The curriculum of Mindvalley is designed to release the fullest potential of your mind, body, and spirit. Teachers and students of Mindvalley tell us there’s a certain magic in everything we do. On Instagram, Mindvalley shows that they aren't just a company or a movement, but a way of life.


Codeacademy: learn how to code

Codeacademy is one of the largest providers of online coding instruction, they are committed to building the best learning experience online. Providing expertly created courses for a variety of computer programming languages, from building websites to analyzing data, it makes learning to code a lot more interesting. Codeacademy focusses specifically on the computer programming section whereas LinkedIn Learning is rather built for learning how to expand a business, get creative and develop technology skills.

LinkedIn Learning: add skills to your LinkedIn platform

LinkedIn Learning, formerly called Lynda.com, is the online educational platform from, you guessed it right, LinkedIn. It helps you discover and develop business, technology-related and creative skills through expert-led course videos. They offer over 5000 courses and give personal recommendations. Those recommendations will make it easier to discover, complete and track courses related to your field of interest. Once you have completed them, you can opt to add these courses and related skills to your LinkedIn profile. And the best thing, when you sign up, it's free for a month! 


Duolingo: connect with people that learn the same language

Duolingo is one of the most popular online learning platforms for studying a new language. It’s also the most downloaded educational app in the world with over 300 million users. Duolingo offers lessons that use listening exercises, flashcards and multiple-choice questions. The app also offers community features that let you connect with other people who are learning the same language as you.

Memrise: learn from native speakers

Memrise is a language learning platform slash app that is totally the opposite of textbook learning. At Memrise they offer a team of in-house linguists that aren't only experts but are also passionate about teaching their students the language they speak themselves every day. That's the biggest difference with Duolingo. Their courses are packed with over thousands of video clips of native speakers speaking their own language. Learning also happens when you are enjoying yourself. Their content must pass this test before being uploaded onto Memrise's platform.

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Posted by on 02/04/2020

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