Every year, there seems to be more and more online learning platforms. As more companies enter the market, the general standard of material available to users goes up.
However, it can be hard to keep up with everything that’s out there.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best online learning platforms on the market – all in one place!
General Online Learning Platforms 🔥
Skillshare in a subscription based online learning platform that gives you instant access to over 18,000 courses. They covers topics like marketing, writing, SEO, illustration, photography, coding, film making any many more.
Videos are created by both industry leaders and the Skillshare community. If you’ve got expertise in a certain area, you can upload your own course too! It’s the Netflix of online learning and an invaluable tool for anyone looking to learn a new skill or improve an existing one!
Udemy has a massive collection of online courses with a huge range of topics. Unlike many of the other learning sites, you pay for the courses individually. Meaning you just get access to what you need. Udemy has the widest range of topics we can find in the online learning sphere. So if you’re struggling to find resources for a certain topic, be sure to give Udemy a try.
Masterclass is a rather unique online learning resource. Their courses are all taught by industry leaders, the very best in each of their respective fields. Want to learn Screenwriting from Aaron Sorkin, Composition from Hanz Zimmer or Tennis from Serena Williams? If so, Masterclass has you covered.
You can choose to individually purchase a course, or alternatively you can buy the yearly pass and get access to their entire library. Masterclass doesn’t cover every topic, however, if you’re looking to learn one of the subjects they offer, it’s an incredible resource.
LinkedIn Learning is a subscription based online training site with a focus on creative and career based skills. There are a huge number of courses available, all of which are quality controlled by LinkedIn. After completing a course, LinkedIn Learning give you a certificate of completion. Whilst its no diploma, it’s a good way to display a commitment to learning to employers.
Lynda was bought by Linkedin in 2015. So you may see the same courses under the Learning Linkedin name on Lynda.
Blinkist isn’t like the other online learning sites we’ve featured. The app & website condenses and summarizes non-fiction books into the most important points.
Most non-fiction books don’t need to be nearly as long as they are. Many chapters often focus on a single point that could be summarised quite quickly. Blinkist recognises this, it offers the chance to listen to short passages on each chapter of a book. They have over 2000+ books in their library. The must reads, such as, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ and ‘The Power of Habit’ and many more are available. Blinkist works on a subscription model and is definitely worth checking out.
Creative Live is an online learning platform that focuses on the creative professions and entrepreneurial skills. As well as their on demand video courses, and as the name suggests they host live sessions with creators and industry leaders from around the world.
Creative Live has probably the best production value you’ll see in the online learning world. The classes are a little pricier than their competitors, however, you get what you pay for!
Tutsplus, which is part of envato.com offers courses primarily focused on business, creative skills and coding.
It’s a little different from the rest of the resources featured here. Firstly, it has a large amount of free content, which is great! Secondly, it has a mix of in depth articles and video resources. Sometimes learning primarily from video can be a bit taxing as you’re constantly rewinding and re-watching sections of a video. Articles are nice in that you can freely hop between the tutorial and your work.
Envato have bundled their Tutsplus subscription in with Envato Elements which offer unlimited downloads on a massive amount of creative content such as themes, plugins, graphics, photos, fonts and other media.
Academic Learning Platforms 👩🎓
Coursera is a MOOC based platform that offers degree level education online.
They are partnered with a number of highly reputable Universities in the States and around the world. The courses are taught by top instructors, you’ll have access to recorded lectures, peer reviewed assignments, as well as access to the discussion forum. Coursera gives you three options. Courses, Specializations or Online Degrees. Specializations will take approximately 4-6 months to complete, whereas Courses and Online Degrees take 1-3 years.
If you’re looking for a degree level education online with official certification , then Coursera is a great option.
edX is one of the most extensive academic online learning platforms.
Founded in 2012, edX has since partnered with a number of very reputable universities around the world and you can earn a verified certificate with the associated school’s name on it. edX is what’s known as a Massive Open Online Course provider or MOOC for short. Being a not-for-profit, the money edX raises goes back into creating more content.
They currently offer more than 2000 courses online, most of which are free. You can choose to add a certificate for completing the course, although this will cost you a small fee.
Iversity is similar to Coursera in that it offers University level education. Instead of full course options, Iversity focuses more on a module or elective type system. Iversity offers both free and paid courses. Unlike Coursera, Iversity offers more self-paced classes, which is great for part-time learners.. Some courses offer a final exam and online certification. Iversity offers some quite specialized courses, so be sure to check them out!
Science & Mathematics Learning Platforms 🔬
11. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is an educational website aimed at providing a quality free education. The subjects and level of difficulty are modelled after the US school curriculum.
Khan Academy is a fantastic tool for both younger learners and those looking to brush up on those foundation skills. As well as the school curriculum, Khan Academy offers test preps for things like the SATs. You can also study for college admissions. You can choose to study both by area and grade level.
Brilliant is a learning platform focused on helping people achieve their goals in the STEM fields.
The majority of their courses focus on teaching concepts in Maths, Physics and Computer Science. Brilliant aims their service at students, professionals and lifelong learners. Although Brilliant is a subscription service, you can sign up for a free account and join in with the daily problem solving puzzle and join in with the community forum.
Coding Learning Platforms ⌨
Treehouse is undoubtedly one of the best places online to learn how to code. Especially for beginners! Their content is incredibly digestible, with each course broken down into short videos. After each section there are interaction quizzes to make sure you’ve absorbed the information.
Their model is subscription based. So you pay a monthly fee and then get access to all of their videos. They offer a pro plan, which gives you the option to download videos for offline use, access to members forums and talks from industry leaders.
Pluralsight is subscription based online learning platform that focuses primarily on industry technology software and coding.
They also offer various practical business courses. You can study anything from game development, JavaScipt, 3D modelling, all the way through to topics like project management.
For those looking to advance or learn technical skills for their career, Pluralsight is an amazing tool.
Bloc.io is a technology based learning site. It offers you the opportunity to follow either a design or developer route.
Bloc’s focus is getting you an industry job within 6 months of completing their programme. They don’t give too much information on their website, but they do offer a chance to speak with an adviser if you want more information. Their courses are quite intensive, so if you’re looking for a fast route to a job, check out Bloc.io.
16. Code Academy
Code Academy is undoubtedly one of the largest online learning spaces around today. It boasts a huge 45 million users around the globe.
Unsurprisingly, Code Academy is focuses on teaching people to code. They offer their complete course catalogue for free, however, there is an option to upgrade to a pro account which provides access to an adviser, projects and quizzes. The Pro accounts offer a little more direction in your learning and are a good option for complete beginners.
Language Learning Platforms 💬
Duolingo is a freemium online language learning platform which you can access it either through their website or mobile app. Duolingo’s method is to game-ify the language learning process, to keep you motivated along you language learning journey. You earn experience points as you progress through the different levels, and have access to stats to see how you’re progressing. In
Duolingo’s own words it’s “It’s 100% free, fun and science-based”. Duolingo is a fantastic free resource. However, we wouldn’t recommend only using Duolingo as a language learning method, but it does make a fantastic addition to your toolkit.
iTalki is a website that helps you find an online teacher for your target language. You can browse the available teachers by hourly rate and level of proficiency to help you find the right match. iTalki has almost any language you can think of. So, it’s especially helpful if you’re learning a lesser known language with not many resources to learn from.
An online teacher is a great way to practice speaking the language. It also allows you to get feedback in real time. iTalki also offers the chance for users to take part in a language exchange, whereby you trade your time teaching your native language to a foreign user, and they will do the same for you.
Babbel is a rapidly growing web and app based language learning platform that focuses on ease of use and interactive lessons. The app is gamified, much like Duolingo, designed to make the process fun and engaging. It can feel like Babbel throws you in at the deep end, but you’ll be surprised just how fast you retain the information.
If you’re looking to learn on the go, you can download some of the content to be used offline. So there is no worrying about data usage (especially abroad!). Babbel makes a great addition to any language learners kit, if you’re not currently using it. It’s definitely worth a try!
Memrise is our only addition here that isn’t actually solely a language learning platform. It is a app and website founded by Greg Detre and ‘Grand Master of Memory’ Ed Cooke. The app utilizes flash cards and the principles of the memory palace to maximise your memorising capabilities. The content is generated by the community, so there is plenty of content to get through. Although Memrise’s main focus is now languages, users have set courses up on various topics that you may want to remember. The app itself is similar to Duolingo, Babbel and Busuu, in that it’s gamified. It’s a great addition to any language learners kit.
Ed Cooke has a lot of interesting content online about the memory palace that you should check out, as well as a book. He featured prominently in Joshua Foer’s book Moonwalking with Einstein, a book about memory and the subculture of memory champions. To check out more about the memory palace, we’d recommend checking out Joshua’s TED Talk as a starting place.
LingQ is a subscription based online language learning platform. It is and app based. Its founder Steve Kaufman is a serial language learner and polyglot. He also has a language learning YouTube channel, which you should check out!
LingQ works by giving you a series of text and with accompanying audio, that you work through with the built in online dictionary. As you work through the text you create ‘LingQs’, which turns a word yellow. A yellow LingQ, when hovered over, shows your chosen definition from the available dictionaries.
Lessons can be submitted by users, which means there is a huge amount of content available. It’s a fantastic tools for anyone who’s serious about their language learning.