Yesterday we talked about curiosity and how it’s one of life’s greatest driving forces and is key to learning. Today I am sharing with you thirty-seven sites that can help you increase your curiosity quotient.
Long gone are the days when learning was confined to four walls and an uninspired instructor. Today, you get to be the man/woman in charge! You get to choose from a multitude of websites and apps that can teach you most anything from learning a new language to learning how to code.
The list was curated by Kristyna Zapletalova, CEO at Maqtoob a site created to showcase the best available apps to grow your business and personal skills and knowledge in a range of relevant categories. The site allows you to compare ratings, read reviews, give feedback and even, help others choose.
TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE
1. edX — Take online courses from the world’s best universities.
2. Coursera — Take the world’s best courses, online, for free.
3. Coursmos — Take a micro-course anytime you want, on any device.
4. Highbrow — Get bite-sized daily courses to your inbox.
5. Skillshare — Online classes and projects that unlock your creativity.
6. Curious — Grow your skills with online video lessons.
7. lynda.com — Learn technology, creative and business skills.
8. CreativeLive — Take free creative classes from the world’s top experts.
9. Udemy — Learn real world skills online.
LEARN HOW TO CODE
10. Codecademy — Learn to code interactively, for free.
11. Stuk.io — Learn how to code from scratch.
12. Udacity — Earn a Nanodegree recognized by industry leaders.
13. Platzi — Live streaming classes on design, marketing and code.
14. Learnable — The best way to learn web development.
15. Code School — Learn to code by doing.
16. Thinkful — Advance your career with 1-on-1 mentorship.
17. Code.org — Start learning today with easy tutorials.
18. BaseRails — Master Ruby on Rails and other web technologies.
19. Treehouse — Learn HTML, CSS, iPhone apps & more.
20. One Month — Learn to code and build web applications in one month.
21. Dash — Learn to make awesome websites.
LEARN TO WORK WITH DATA
22. DataCamp — Online R tutorials and data science courses.
23. DataQuest — Learn data science in your browser.
24. DataMonkey — Develop your analytical skills in a simple, yet fun way.
LEARN NEW LANGUAGES
25. Duolingo — Learn a language for free.
26. Lingvist — Learn a language in 200 hours.
27. Busuu — The free language learning community.
28. Memrise — Use flashcards to learn vocabulary.
29. Babbel — Discover a new language experience.
EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
30. TED-Ed — Find carefully curated educational videos
31. Khan Academy — Access an extensive library of interactive content.
32. Guides.co — Search the largest collection of online guides.
33. Squareknot — Browse beautiful, step-by-step guides.
34. Learnist — Learn from expertly curated web, print and video content.
35. Chesscademy — Learn how to play chess for free.
36. Pianu — A new way to learn piano online, interactively.
37. Yousician— Your personal guitar tutor for the digital age.
While not for everyone, online learning offers many benefits that make it an important part of today’s educational landscape. It gives freedom and flexibility to those wanting to learn, but are hampered by tight working schedules. It keeps your skill set up to date and makes you more enticing to employers. Your sense of initiative and self-discipline also get an added boost as online courses, need more commitment than traditional forms of learning. Most importantly, I think, it gives you the opportunity to explore new avenues of expression and learning freely, without judgement or extended commitment, that you may have otherwise ignored or not had access to.
So, what have you got to lose? Absolutely nothing in my view. Make a positive contribution to yourself today, and go check out the above sites. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
If you find one you like or a currently using one, tell us about it and why you like it. We love hearing from you.