7 Places to Take Classes Online

7 Places to Take Classes OnlineOne of my favorite things about the internet is the amount of knowledge that’s being shared. You can learn essentially anything you’ve ever dreamed of in the comforts of your own home, all for a more affordable rate than most universities. So grab your sweatpants, computer and a notebook, and learn something new today with any one of these seven places to take classes online:

1. Creativebug— art & craft video classes by expert makers. Can access on desktop or through their mobile app. Membership gets you unlimited viewing of classes and is $9.95/mo with a free two week trial.

2. Coursera— classes from top universities that you can do for fun, specialization, or certification. Learn law, medicine, business, etc from professors at Yale, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and more. Membership is $0 (that’s right, free!).

3. Skillshare— creative classes you can watch on your own time. You can also engage and collaborate with other students in your class. Membership ranges from $0-$10 a month.

4. Treehouse— Video classes that focus on web design, coding, business and more. Practice your skills through quizzes and challenges to earn badges and connect with other students in the class. Membership ranges from $25-$50 a month.

5. Atly— Classes that range from business to food, to photography to language and more. Can upgrade account for instructor feedback to help you improve your skills. Enrollment fee varies by class.

6. Udemy— Largest online learning marketplace with a huge catalog of classes (22,000+) on almost any topic. Can even take courses in different languages. Enrollment fee varies by class.

7. Craftsy— creative classes in knitting, quilting, cooking, arts, and more. You can also shop the supplies and pattern section to get the materials for your classes. Enrollment fee varies by class.

*Have you tried any of these platforms out? Know of any others?

  • Carrie

    Lynda.com is an excellent subscription service that offers a large array of classes of interest. I’ve been a member for 3 years. Classes range from Microsoft office lessons, to photography to marketing your own blog with a large assortment of choices in between.

    • Oh that’s amazing! 3 Years is quite the endorsement too. Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely have to check it out!

  • Vintage Writer

    Khan Academy is pretty cool also. It was created by Harvard professors. You can learn math, medicine, physics, art history, astronomy, etc! And it’s totally free.

  • Travelcraft Journal

    Great to see these all listed in one place!

    Brit + Co offers $19.99 classes on topics like knitting, hand lettering, and LED electronics. Haven’t taken any of these yet. There’s a ton I’d like to learn…but also a ton I know how to do and barely have time for! :)

    Have you taken classes with anyone on your list?

    • Perfect, thanks for sharing! I’ve taken classes with Skillshare and Creativebug, so far! It’s all about finding the time, right?

      • Travelcraft Journal

        Good to know – thanks! And, yep, there’s more good stuff out there than anyone has time to try. :)

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  • Travelcraft Journal

    Whoops! Meant to post this link (to Brit + Co classes) with my comment: https://www.brit.co/shop/classes/

  • bob

    curious.com is pretty amazing as well

  • Clara

    edX is great too, although I think all of their courses are featured in Coursera

  • Alyson

    Alison.com is pretty awesome and is also free. They do, however, try to get you to buy your certificates after your first free one.

  • I love Skillshare! I’ve been a member for about six months now.

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  • Carolyn Corrigan

    I was learning how to code using Code Academy for a while. I stayed far, far away from computer programming in high school, figuring I would never need it in art school! Now, it’s actually kind of fun. Here are some other sites I have bookmarked for free classes:
    Open Culture – a storage space for links to free classes from major universities including MIT and Yale

    Gale Courses – accessible for free through some libraries, covering topics from Microsoft Word to creative writing to accounting

    Open Learning Initiative – hosted by Carnegie Mellon University

    Udemy – “your place to learn real world skills online” available on your phone

    Open Learn – “the home of free learning from the Open University”

    Go forth and learn for free! Also, the public library is a great place for free knowledge…

    “I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.”
    ~Ray Bradbury

  • LS

    Of all of these, I have only heard of Skillshare. Thank you for these suggestions! I found you on accident through Pinterest and have spent hours going through your posts! Love them!

    • Yes! You should totally try creativebug first (it’s my current favorite). Seems like they just lowered their monthly free to about $5! And I’m so happy you found me :)

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