Learn a new skill at home with these online courses

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If you’ve become bored with your at-home decoration projects, cooking challenges and online shopping, it may be time to learn something new.

Right now, you can enroll in thousands of different online classes and start learning a brand new skill or two. Can you still remember that one class in college that you regret not taking? Are you looking to go back to school to enhance your degree? Or are you possibly just going stir crazy during quarantine?

Whatever the reason, there are plenty of websites that can teach you a new skill thanks to trained professionals from all over the world. Keep reading to get all the details on three of our favorite online learning sites.

Coursera

Coursera offers over 3,900 courses and specializations, over 13 professional certifications and over 20 degrees and MasterTrack certificates that you can complete completely online. The company also has both paid and free class options depending on if you want to take a class for your own personal knowledge or if you’d like to receive a certificate — and classes start just under $40.

Every single course is taught by a top-notch instructor and while you’ll be learning in an atypical classroom, you’ll still be able to test your knowledge with self-paced quizzes and projects. Some of Coursera’s most popular classes include Yale’s The Science of Wellbeing, MoMA’s See Through Photographs and University of Michigan’s Essential Negotiation.

According to a 2019 Coursera survey, “87% of people learning for professional development report career benefits like getting a promotion, a raise, or starting a new career.”

Browse Coursera’s courses here.

Codeacademy

If you’ve ever wanted to learn Python, Javascript, C++ or HTML coding, Codeacademy is a great place to start your education. This learning community has been around for seven years and has had 45 million students.

Their courses cater to those looking to study web development, computer science, programming, game development and data science and as their classes offerings are expansive, if you don’t know where to start, you can take their online quiz for course suggestions.

Start with 180 hours of free content or pay $19 a month with their Pro option, either way, you’ll be able to receive instant feedback and apply your new skills to real-world projects.

Browse Codeacademy’s courses here.

Skillshare

Skillshare is a great resource for those looking to learn something in the creative space. With classes available on topics like animation, illustration, design, photography, business and video, Skillshare can help you to pick up a new hobby and to hone in on a passion. You can even learn during your commute or when you’re on the go when you download their app.

Offering both paid and free course options, with Skillshare you can expect to find classes like the Fundamentals of DSLR Photography, Digital Poster Design and Getting to Know Your Paint that are all taught by industry professionals. Artists can even learn how to work on a freelance basis and how they should charge for their services.

Plus, if you have something to share, you can also apply to become a teacher.

Browse Skillshare’s courses here.

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