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Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

Many of you will be working in good places and will also have good wages or maybe you are in a good position where you work but nowadays you know a college degree is no longer important. If you have good working skills in the technology sector companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, Tesla just wants people with the necessary skills whether they have a degree or not. They want excellency. They don't prefer a degree. And, also you can learn new skills using 10 useful free websites that offer college-level courses which are in high demand, so take advantage and learn a new skill.

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

1. Udemy

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

One of the oldest online learning platforms is Udemy which launched way back in 2010. Their primary focus is providing courses to improve job-related skills. They have the largest selection of courses with more than 150k available taught by more than 50k instructors worldwide. Some of the top categories include IT and software, marketing, and photography. A majority of their courses are not free. 

To find the free stuff.

1. Just go to the top and go to the categories.
2. Select your category. For example, you can go with it and software or any other according to your need select all it and software.
3. Scroll down the page to the section with the filters. In filters find a price and select free. If needed use the other filters to find what you want.

For those of you getting into programming languages, python is a good one to learn right now. If you're just starting out these are 2 that look promising with good reviews. On Udemy just like most of the other sites I have mentioned in this article only paid courses will offer any possible certification or accreditation.

2. Coursera

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

Coursera is yet another heavy hitter in the world of online learning. It launched in 2012 like some of the others already mentioned and was founded by two computer science professors from Stanford University. In addition to working with top universities like Duke, Princeton, and the University of Michigan. There are also courses taught by big tech companies like amazon web services, IBM, and google.

Coursera is a paid service and I assure you they don't let you forget about that. If you want to gain knowledge and don't care about the certificate here's how you can take a course for free. You can go with google it supports offering the professional certificate.

1. Go to the overview page. It's a five-course series. On this page when you click enroll for free it will require signing up for 49 dollars per month after the free trial ends.
2. Instead, go back and go down to click on courses.
3. Select a specific course that you would like to take.
4. Select and click to enroll for free. You'll still get the offer to sign up. Instead, right below click audit the single course.

This way you can gather the knowledge for free or at least it gives you a taste to find out for yourself if you'd like to pursue that certificate.

3. Future learn

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

Future learns just like EDX was founded in 2012. It's jointly owned by the open university based in the UK and the employment company seeks limited. They offer courses from over 100 universities and organizations located around the world. Not all are free on future learning. If you want to access the free courses?

1. At the top select courses and then select short courses.
2. Scroll down the page and find the subject and course you'd like to take. On the right artificial intelligence. You can go with computer science or other courses according to your interest.
3. Look at the bottom of the page it'll show you the duration, weekly study, and it'll show you that cost to learn is free.

Typically this means that you have access to the course for its duration plus 14 days and to the right of that for digital upgrade it usually includes added benefits with an additional cost.

4. Edx

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

Edx this non-profit was founded back in 2012 by Harvard University and MIT with the goal of providing people without the financial means and with location barriers, access to high-quality courses from institutions and universities from around the world. There's a wide variety of subjects to choose from including economics, and finance history, medicine, computer, science, and a whole lot more.

Other than MIT and Harvard's other contributors include the University of California, Boston University, and the ivy league brown university. You'll even find courses for major companies like Microsoft. For example, if you take this course the cost is completely free with the option to add a verified certificate for a fee. adding this is not accreditation it just proves that you completed the course.

5. Udacity

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

Udacity which was founded in 2012 is what I recommend if you're looking to acquire a skill to be used in the technology sector. They offer nano degree programs that are recognized by top companies like Google, Facebook, at&t, and many others. While not being free they are a fraction of the cost of a traditional degree. If you're just looking to acquire the knowledge for free where you can access the past free courses to audit.

1. So at the top go-to programs and select the full catalog.
2. In the filter by click select program details and for type select free courses.
3. You can also select your skill level and estimated duration then select your course.
4. Unlike other courses on Udacity that require you to start and go at the same pace as everyone else, the free courses are more casual letting you go at your own pace.

6. Kadenze

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

Kadenze offers free online courses. It launched in 2015 and offers courses geared towards music, art, engineering, science, technology, design, and math. Some of the top contributors offering courses and programs include Columbia University, Stanford Princeton, the Paris college of art, and many more. When going to their course catalog you simply choose a subject. You can go with music technology or any other course according to your interests.

1. Just choose the skill level. Your choices are beginner, intermediate, and expert. Go according to your choice.
2. If you go with the beginner then all of the courses are free. All the courses are free letting you participate in forum discussions and allowing you to build a portfolio to showcase your work.

They also have a premium plan for $20 per month with additional benefits including the ability to collaborate with your peers.

7. Stanford online

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

Stanford university I've mentioned in the previous entry has its very own education initiative called Stanford online. Their site is user-friendly making it easy to find free courses you want.

1. Just go to the top select free content.
2. Click on free online courses. It will show you some of the categories available. if you don't see yours listed click browse all.
3. This will bring you to their catalog in filters. Make sure that free is selected.
4. Use the other filters to narrow down your selection then select your course to get additional information.

8. Alison

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

Alison is another oldie but goodie that launched in 2007. Unlike many sites with quality and a large number of courses, Alison is more focused on providing high-quality courses to learn skills to be used in the workplace. All courses are completely free to enroll study and complete in several categories including IT, business, math, health science, and many others. While the assessment is included you will need to achieve 80 or higher to be eligible for certification. Depending on the certificate earned there is an additional fee.

9. Open learning initiative

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

This will be a quick one the open learning initiative from Carnegie Mellon University. Doesn't offer a large database of free courses but what they do have is first grade. How to find them?

1. At the top go-to courses and select student courses.
2. Scroll down and select independent learners.

Courses that are free are clearly labeled open and free. The various categories are listed on the right to refine your search.

10. OpenLearn

Top 10 Best Websites to Learn a New Skill for Free

Just like the future learn also OpenLearn is from the folks at the open university. Openlearn predates their other site. It launched way back in the last century in 1999. Long before the most popular sites of today. All courses are free for beginners to experts in various subjects including health, sports, and psychology, money and business, science and technology, and many more.

Upon completion of any course, you'll receive a free statement of participation. It's kind of like a participation trophy. There's no accreditation but at least it does provide proof to employers of your interest in learning a new subject having completed the course.

Khan Academy and Codecademy

Before wraps, up here are some bonus sites worth checking out including khan academy. It's primarily for those in k through 12 but does have valuable content for those wanting to learn computer programming. And for those of you wanting a career in computer programming, there is Codecademy and I'd recommend checking out the dash course on the general assembly site that will teach you the basics of web development. 

For those of you that noticed that there is an emphasis in this post on computer programming, there's a good reason for that there's a shortage of programmers right now and it's expected to be more demand in the future. If you know of a website not mentioned that is great for learning a new skill let me know about it in the comments.

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