Learning at a Social Distance: 5 free learning platforms

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If you’re like me and you’re currently practicing social distancing, then you’ve found yourself with lots of time on your hands milling about the house. There’s only so many times you can watch the latest news bulletin before it starts to sound the same and there’s only so many things you can watch on Netflix before you get bored. After a few days being stuck at home, I find I have a need to do something productive and one of my favourite ways of filling that need is by doing some learning. I’ve gone through many an online course in the past from topics like Data Structures to MoMA’s Seeing Through Photographs.

Luckily, there are many online courses for free with more getting added every day as institutions realise this is the best time for online learning. So I’ve compiled a list of some that I’ve found around the internet:

Have you ever wanted to learn about Search Engine Optimisation? Moz Academy, the learning side of SEO experts Moz, have made many of their courses free through to May 31. These include topics such as SEO Fundamentals, Keyword Research, Page Optimisation and Selling the Value of SEO. You can start with their One Hour Guide to SEO to get a quick and easy introduction to the world of SEO.

365 Data Science have made all their courses free until April 15th. That’s enough time to take their Data Science Fundamentals module and get an introduction into the world of Data Science.

One of the most popular textbooks for one of the most popular programming languages. While the video course on Udemy is paid (its often free, just not right now), the textbook itself is available for free on the website. Aimed at total beginners, you’ll learn how to do practical things while learning the basics of Python.

StartupStash have a list of 130+ free online courses across a variety of topics. Their list is aimed toward start-ups and businesses, with practical courses covering Marketing, Design, Business and Programming.

FreeCodeCamp, which itself is one of the best places to learn how to do some front-end programming, has compiled a list of 450 free online courses from the top American universities. These “MOOCs” (Massively Online Open Courses) are specifically made by the universities for online learning and cover a wide range of topics from various faculties such as Computer Science, Business, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

I personally plan on trying out some courses to learn some Python, Data Science and Modern American Poetry. Are there any courses that perk your interest? I’d love to hear which ones. Also, keep an eye on this blog. We’ll be posting some informative articles over the next few weeks on different topics such as social campaigns and tracking through Google Tag Manager.