In a world where the digital landscape is rapidly evolving, with new platforms and technologies being introduced every day, it can feel almost impossible to keep up. (Miss one news article or app update and you’re already living in the past!)
Thankfully, there’s an influx of companies that are eager to help you stay on top of—and expand—your game, offering full-time, part-time, online, and one-off courses to help you do just that (for a mere fraction of what it would cost to go back to school).
Lynda (an extension of LinkedIn) offers over 6,000 online courses (WordPress Essential Writing and SEO Foundations are among the top) across three main categories: Business, Technology, and Creative skills, each taught by leaders in the industry. Access them all for as little as $19.99 a month ($29.99 for Premium membership), or try before you buy with a free 30-day trial (the platform also offers special rates for businesses).
Udemy has dubbed itself “the world’s largest online learning marketplace,” with over 65,000 online courses offered at varying price points and skill levels. Sign up for a free membership to begin exploring what seems like endless possibilities. Last time we checked, there were over 2,500 free options, including “Learn Responsive Web Development from Scratch.” Like Lynda, Udemy offers business membership options, and also hosts special sales from time to time.
3. General Assembly
With 20 campuses located in major cities around the world, General Assembly has made a name for itself by offering a range of full-time, part-time and online courses (prices vary), many of them with a tech focus. You can also check the company site for a revolving calendar of one-off lectures and learnings (Talk Data to Me is just one of the exciting free events on the docket).
Offering over 1,000 online courses, each of them completely free, ALISON is like the best friend you never had (at least in education terms). Just register on the site to gain access to 16 course categories, including Marketing (Social Media and Digital Marketing), Software Development, and beyond. There are also certificate and diploma programs for those looking to take their newfound skills to the next level.
Udacity was started with the mission to democratize education (making it more accessible and economical around the globe) and offers a diverse suite of free online courses (many of them tech-focused) in order to do just that. As of right now, you can learn about VR, become an iOS developer, and explore the value of Google Adwords with the click of a few buttons (Udacity also offers nanodegree courses for an added cost.)
Learn a new skill in as little as 4-6 weeks with Coursera, where you can access online courses (among them journalism and information technology-related) taught by instructors from actual universities for as little as $29 to $99. You’ll receive a special electronic course certificate and, of course, a plethora of knowledge to show for your hard work. At time of print, you could also learn how to create a website for free in as little as one weekend.
Similar to General Assembly, CourseHorse offers physical and online course options, along with affordable (and even free) information sessions for those just getting started. Sign up to learn the latest software or strengthen your professional skills as a whole (the site is currently offering $10 off your first class).
Kristin Granero has 10 years of experience in journalism and digital media, having written for publications like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Women’sI Health and Teen Vogue, and managed social campaigns for TV networks like HBO. When she’s not exploring the latest industry trends or serving up tips for Ed, she’s searching for the latest and greatest guac in New York City.