Websites for Learning New Things

By Ashley Paskill on January 25, 2018

As college students, it is important to learn the most that we can while we have the opportunity. However, with high tuition costs, it can be difficult to take classes that are not within our majors. Fortunately, there are alternatives that allow students and non-students alike to learn new things online for free or for a modest price while earning course certificates.


Udemy is a course library that is made up of over 65,000 courses. Students can choose from a variety of subjects such as history, music, computer science, and many others. While some of the courses require payment, they are often on sale and there are a ton of free classes to choose from as well. The courses are varying in length so you can choose ones that fit your busy student schedule. Students are given a certificate upon course completion that can be added to LinkedIn, your social media, and your website.


Coursera is made up of classes from universities and colleges around the world. From career success to science among many other topics, there is something for everyone who wants to learn something new. Students have the opportunity to choose classes that are made up of one course or a series of classes that include a capstone. The classes have specific start dates and while they are self-paced, there are due dates for final assignments.  Courses are generally free, but you have to pay if you want a certificate.


Like Coursera, Edx is a website that is made up of classes across various subjects taught by professors in top universities and college across the country and around the world. Many courses are self-paced so you can do it in whatever free time you can fit into your schedule. The classes themselves are free, but if you want a certificate to add to your LinkedIn or other sites, you will have to pay for it.


Lynda is a website that has a variety of courses in different subjects. Unlike the other websites, Lynda is mostly geared toward skills, such as career networking, photography, and computer software. The courses are varying in length and can be viewed in one or multiple sittings. While this platform is not free, Temple students get free access to it through the portal. Also, not every course has a certificate attached to it, so it is important to keep that in mind.

By Ashley Paskill

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