The Report by Class Central https://www.classcentral.com/report MOOC News, Interviews, and Analysis Wed, 31 Aug 2022 13:07:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 Course Review: Zoroastrianism – History, Religion, and Belief https://www.classcentral.com/report/review-zoroastrianism-history/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/review-zoroastrianism-history/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2022 13:07:05 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=82193 Learn about the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism and its languages with a lively community of students and contemporary Zoroastrians from around the world.

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Course: Zoroastrianism: History, Religion, and Belief

Length: 4 weeks, 3 hrs/wk

School/platform: SOAS, University of London/FutureLearn

Instructor: Sarah Stewart, Celine Redard

Zoroastrianism has had a profound influence on major world religions. Its history tells the story of imperial culture, persecution, migration and the establishment of diasporic communities.

Utilising a rich visual repository of artifacts, paintings, and texts, this four-week course will take you through the story of Zoroastrian religion, history, and culture.

The course draws inspiration from an exhibition titled ‘The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination’, as well as the book of the same name.

Why I took the Zoroastrianism course

Every once in a while, I’ll run into a reference to Zoroastrianism in something I’m reading or in a MOOC or a video on philosophy, religion, or ancient history. Yet I know very little about it. Most of what I knew prior to this course came from A Global History of Architecture MOOC I took a few years ago, but that wasn’t much: fire, sky burial, Persia. So when Class Central tweeted this into my feed, I thought, “hmmm, that looks interesting”.

Dr. Sarah Stewart, course instructor

The MOOC is based on SOAC’s 2013 exhibit, and companion book of scholarly essays, titled The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination. The material, about half video and half article, is divided into four weeks: an overview of the texts and beliefs of the religion, its history in the ancient world, the diaspora and contemporary Zoroastrianism, and the Avestan language, the original language of the sacred texts.

What I learned with this MOOC

My biggest takeaway was how so many aspects of the religion were similar to Christianity; in fact, one section looked at the influence of Zoroastrianism on the three Abrahamic religions, as well as Buddhism and Hinduism. We have a fight between good and evil, with a fallen angel being cast out of heaven, and a final battle between good and evil at which point a descendent of Zarathustra (aka Zoroaster), the primary prophet, born of a virgin, will resurrect the dead to dwell in perfection as Ahura Mazda, the creator god, had originally planned. I have often heard that the three Wise Men, the Magi, were thought of as Zoroastrians from Persia. To complicate matters, there’s also the judging of souls after death by weighing of the heart, which sounds a lot like the process outlined in the manuscripts now known collectively as Egyptian Book of the Dead.

From “Introducing Zarathustra”, week 1

The history of the religion, as covered in the course, is somewhat fragmented. The original tenets, prayers, and worship features were transmitted orally for a few thousand years; they were eventually written down in one language, then translated to others as the followers were subsumed within other cultures due to migration or conquest. Thus, little of the original written material remains. After the Islamic conquest of Persia, Zoroastrianism moved to India, which I found surprising. I get the impression of a proto-religion, something like the Indo-European language that in itself no longer exists but can be retroactively surmised by combining aspects of the languages descended from it.

The final week was about the Avestan language of the original documents, though these are piecemeal and need to be combined with later transcriptions into other languages to provide a potential picture of the original religious practices and beliefs. Normally, this is something I’d jump all over, but I had a lot of distractions and I’d really lost the thread by then.

Video of Yasna ceremony, week 2 – “Reciting the litany to the fire”

Some of the more unusual parts of the course include a reading of a particularly popular story of the test of faith, comments from contemporary Zoroastrians on their connection to what is a widespread but distinctly minority religion, and the language piece which includes practice in writing the alphabet and in reading a few words.

Conclusion

I’ll take most of the responsibility for my less-than-stellar focus in this MOOC, but for me the presentation wasn’t the most engaging. Others, if the forums are of any indication – and they usually are, were quite delighted, including a number of contemporary Zoroastrians from around the world, as well as many students with backgrounds in the general vicinity of interest. I’m glad it was offered, as I do know a bit more now than I did before. Maybe at a future time, I’ll be able to better absorb more of the material.

Republished from A Just Recompense (December 1st, 2021)

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Photo editing is all the hype today, especially when it comes to posting them on social media. You might be someone who’s thinking of getting into photo editing, or a seasoned photographer looking to take your skills to the next level. Wherever you are in your photo editing journey, it’s worthwhile to take a look at this article!

In this article, I’ve selected the 10 best free and paid Adobe Lightroom online courses and tutorials for you from the 250+ Adobe Lightroom courses on our catalog by following a well-defined methodology that you can find below.

But if you want to jump straight to the results, here are my top 10 picks. You can click on a course to jump to the corresponding section:

Course Workload In Brief
1. Lightroom Classic Tutorial for Beginners (Envato Tuts+) 2-3 hours Best free overall complete course on Adobe Lightroom Classic for beginners
2. Adobe Lightroom Classic: A Beginner’s Guide (Domestika) 10-11 hours Best affordable course on Adobe Lightroom Classic for beginners with certificate
3. Adobe Lightroom CC Photo Editing: Your Lightroom Masterclass (Udemy) 18 hours Great course for learning photo editing in Adobe Lightroom CC from scratch
4. Lightroom Classic Essential Training (LinkedIn Learning) 3-4 hours Fun and easy-to-follow course on Adobe Lightroom Classic with a real-world workflow
5. Lightroom Tutorials (Brendan Williams) 5 hours Great free course on Adobe Lightroom for learning pro tips and techniques
6. Adobe Lightroom Classic CC: The Complete Guide (CreativeLive) 23-24 hours Bootcamp-style complete course on Adobe Lightroom Classic CC for anyone
7. Adobe Lightroom: Finding Your Unique Editing Style (Skillshare) 1-2 hours Short course on Adobe Lightroom focusing on building a unique editing style
8. Adobe Lightroom Classic – Beginner Level (Udemy) 2-3 hours Ideal course for learning the basics of Adobe Lightroom Classic for beginners
9. Lightroom CC Tutorials (Signature Edits) 3-4 hours Good free course on Adobe Lightroom CC to work alongside the instructor
10. Lightroom for Faces (LinkedIn Learning) 1-2 hours Short course on Adobe Lightroom focusing exclusively on editing portraits

What is Adobe Lightroom?

Adobe Lightroom is a family of photo editing apps developed for photographers. Lightroom is both a library and a development tool that lets you edit, organize, store, and share your photos.

Lightroom also comes with a 7-day free trial, which you can avail from Adobe’s own website.

In this article, we’ll cover both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic, the specifications of which are given below.

Lightroom vs. Lightroom Classic

Lightroom (previously Lightroom CC) is Adobe’s cloud-centric photo service that works across multiple devices such as desktop, mobile, and web.

Lightroom Classic (previously Lightroom Classic CC) is Adobe’s desktop-based digital photography product where the files are stored locally on the hard drive.

According to your requirements, you can choose which Lightroom is right for you.

Why are Adobe Lightroom Skills Important?

As you know by now, Adobe Lightroom is a powerful app for both large file collection management and photo editing. There is a whole market on Lightroom presets that you can buy (or sell) from famous artists and photographers and apply to your work right away.

Learning Lightroom can be a valuable skill for photographers, content creators, influencers, and designers as this tool can be applied for creating professional looking edits for your photos, and improving your workflow.

On an average, the cost of editing a photo is around $90 per hour, and you can easily see freelancers charging $26 per photo on well-known platforms. As a freelance photographer, you can save up some money and develop your own style, or even sell your services online. If you are working for a company, now you know how valuable photo editing services are.

What is My Experience with Adobe Lightroom?

I have edited photos many times in Adobe Photoshop, and created animations in Adobe Flash. Intuitively, Adobe applications work in a very similar way (especially Photoshop), so understanding Lightroom is not that difficult.

Besides that, I am a Guided Project Instructor and a Beta Tester at Coursera, having tested many courses before they’re officially launched. I have taken over 50 online courses in various subjects.

My experience as an online learner and teacher has given me some perspective on what to look for in an online course. I used my experience to evaluate each course in this list.

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Course Ranking Methodology

I built this ranking following the now tried-and-tested methodology I used in previous rankings (you can find them all here). It involves a three-step process:

  1. Research: I started by leveraging Class Central’s database with 100K online courses and 200K+ reviews. Then, I made a preliminary selection of 250+ Adobe Lightroom courses by rating, reviews, and bookmarks.
  2. Evaluate: I read through reviews on Class Central, Reddit, and course providers to understand what other learners thought about each course and combined it with my own experience as a learner.
  3. Select: Well-made courses were picked if they presented valuable and engaging content and they have to fit in a set of criteria and be ranked accordingly: comprehensive curriculum, release date, affordability, ratings and enrollments.

The end result is a unique selection of courses that combines a decade of Class Central data and my own experience as an online learner to try to get the best of both worlds. So far, I’ve spent more than 14 hours building this list, and I’ll continue to update it.

Course Ranking Statistics

Here are some statistics regarding this course ranking:

  • Combined, these courses have accrued over 206.9K enrollments.
  • 3 courses are free or free-to-audit and 7 courses are paid.
  • The most-represented course provider in the ranking is YouTube, with 3 courses.
  • All 10 courses are in English.
  • The Adobe Lightroom subject has been bookmarked over 5.4K times on Class Central, and accounts for over 250+ courses in Class Central catalog.

So without further ado, let’s get to my picks for the best Adobe Lightroom online courses.

1. Lightroom Classic Tutorial for Beginners (Envato Tuts+)

Andrew Childress, instructor

My first pick for the best Adobe Lightroom online course is the free Lightroom Classic Tutorial for Beginners, offered by Envato Tuts+ on YouTube.

This completely free course will teach you pretty much everything you need to know in order to get started with photo editing in Adobe Lightroom Classic. You’ll be able to conquer all the fears that you might have about using this app, and become a confident Lightroom user who can manage catalogs of any kind.

What You’ll Learn

In this course, you’ll learn why Lightroom exists and who it’s for, whether to use Lightroom 6, Lightroom Classic, or Lightroom CC, 10 quick and easy tips for every Lightroom user, and physical storage suggestions for Lightroom users.

You’ll learn how to import and organize files, move photo files and organize, rules-based renaming for photos, build smart previews, use metadata for workflows, and organize your images with keywords in, sort your images with color labels and flags.

After that, you’ll learn how to rank your images with star ratings, and get super organized with power filtering, make collections of your images, use smart collections, make a custom sequence of photos, and sync lmage settings between photos.

You’ll explore how to post-process photos efficiently, essentials of photo correction, correct exposure, recover highlight and shadow detail, correct white balance, correct tone and contrast, and use the histogram and sliders for precise tone control.

Next, you’ll learn how to correct saturation, crop a photo, perform batch processing of photos, apply creative contrast and color adjustments, use color curves to create expressive images, and make creative black and white photo conversions.

You’ll also take a look at how to use the adjustment brush to make localized changes to photos, reduce noise in pictures, deemphasize parts of a photo, and understand what a signature look is and how you can find one.

Finally, you’ll end the course by learning how to apply instant look for photos with presets, export jpgs for the web, and apply the best practices for delivering photos to clients from Lightroom Classic.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 40 videos. Each video involves about 2 to 3 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through video lectures only.

Channel Envato Tuts+
Provider YouTube
Instructor Andrew Childress
Level Beginner
Workload 2-3 hours
Certificate Not available

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

2. Adobe Lightroom Classic: A Beginner’s Guide (Domestika)

Mikael Eliasson, instructor

My second pick for the best Adobe Lightroom online course is Adobe Lightroom Classic: A Beginner’s Guide on Domestika.

If you want a certificate to show off your Adobe Lightroom Classic skills, then this is your best choice! After completing this course, you’ll be able to develop a structured and organized workflow, going all the way from shooting to final export.

What You’ll Learn

First, you’ll take a look at the interface of Lightroom Classic, You’ll learn how to import images from a hard drive, download images from camera, organize images, work with collections, edit capture time and add to map, sync with Lightroom CC, auto import images, and use tethered capture.

Next, you’ll learn how to navigate your images, rate, flag, label, understand keywords and metadata, library filter and finding missing images and folders, use quick develop, sync images, export, and use publish services.

You’ll then be introduced to the Develop module. You’ll learn how to use the basic adjustments panel, tone curve, HSL/color and color grade, black and white, sharpening and noise reduction, lens corrections and transform, and effects and calibration.

After that, you’ll learn about copy, paste, previous, reset and presets, smart previews, virtual copies and crop, cloning and spot removal, red eye removal, graduated filter, radial filter, adjustment brushes 1 and 2, and creating custom profiles and camera calibrations.

You’ll also learn to explore Photoshop integration, get an overview of the output modules and add your own branding, learn about the Book module, create a book and custom template slideshow module, and use the print module.

Finally, you’ll learn about installing custom profiles and soft proofing prints, use the web module, perform watermarking, and export and import catalogs and back ups.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 5 subcourses, and each subcourse is broken down into 9 to 11 modules. Concepts are taught through video lectures only.

Provider Domestika
Instructor Mikael Eliasson
Level Beginner
Workload 10-11 hours
Enrollments 2.8K
Rating 100%
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • In 2009 Eliasson started his own photography school – Photography Course London, based in Shoreditch, central London.
  • He has a very unique portfolio with a collection of Clown photos!

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

3. Adobe Lightroom CC Photo Editing: Your Lightroom Masterclass (Udemy)

Phil Ebiner, instructor

My third pick for the best Adobe Lightroom online course is Adobe Lightroom CC Photo Editing: Your Lightroom Masterclass on Udemy.

Whether you’re a beginner or a professional photographer, this course is for anyone who wants to learn how to edit photos in Adobe Lightroom CC from scratch. With this course, you’ll be able to master the Lightroom editing workflow and organize photos in Lightroom just like a pro.

What You’ll Learn

In this course, you’ll learn about navigating the Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC applications, importing and organizing photos, fixing white balance, crop and exposure, hue, saturation vs. luminance adjustments, and sharpening and noise reduction.

You’ll also learn about vignettes, grain and dehaze filters, using and creating presets, lens corrections, removing blemishes, gradual, radial and brush adjustments, improving portraits and photos of people, and exporting photos and adding watermarks.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 14 sections. Each module involves about 25 minutes to 3 hours hours of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos and readings.

Provider Udemy
Instructor Phil Ebiner
Level Beginner
Workload 18 hours
Enrollments 182K
Rating 4.7/5.0 (4.8K)
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • This course is a bestseller on Udemy.
  • Ebiner is a top-rated Udemy instructor, with 2M+ students.
  • He has also been featured in Class Central’s Adobe Photoshop BCG and Canva BCG.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

4. Lightroom Classic Essential Training (LinkedIn Learning)

Theresa Jackson, instructor

My fourth pick for the best Adobe Lightroom online course is Lightroom Classic Essential Training on LinkedIn Learning.

This course will teach you Adobe Lightroom Classic from the ground up in a fun and easy-to-follow way. The topics in this course are taught in the order of a real-world workflow so that you can easily follow along. This course will address all those burning questions that might be stopping you from using Lightroom.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll start by understanding the Lightroom Classic catalog. You’ll learn what a catalog is, and how to create a catalog for this course. You’ll then learn how to get photos into Lightroom Classic, and get some tips for organizing your photos.

You’ll learn how to import photos from your computer, create copyright metadata presets, apply copyright and keywords during import, work with image previews, import with drag and drop, and import photos from a memory card.

Next, you’ll explore the Lightroom Classic workspace. You’ll get a Lightroom Classic workspace tour, explore the Library module, view photos and their information, and compare photos. You’ll then learn to review, keyword, and rate images.

You’ll learn about keywording photos, people view face recognition, and reviewing and rating images. You’ll also learn to get organized by grouping photos into stacks, regular collection, smart collection, collection set, and finding photos with the filter bar.

Then, you’ll learn about the Develop module and basic photo editing. You’ll get a tour of the Develop module, customize the Develop module, choose a profile, use the Basic panel, fine-tune the black point and white point, use the Effects panel, and work with the Crop tool.

After that, you’ll learn more about the Develop module and advanced photo editing. You’ll use the Tone Curve panel, the HSL/Color panel, split toning, the Detail panel, the Lens Corrections panel, the Transform panel, and the spot Removal tool.

You’ll also work with selective editing tools and virtual copies, create black and whites, and batch edit multiple images. You’ll also learn how to get photos out of Lightroom. You’ll create a watermark, exporting edited photos, and edit interchangeably in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Then, you’ll learn to connect Classic to Lightroom (Cloud). You’ll understand the Lightroom ecosystem, sync a Lightroom Classic catalog with Lightroom, and Lightroom cloud, create a public link to share online, and manage photos synced from Lightroom mobile.

Finally, you’ll learn about troubleshooting. You’ll take a look at how to find missing photos, lost photos, collections, or edits.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 10 modules. Each module involves about 15 to 45 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos, practice exercises and quizzes.

Provider LinkedIn Learning
Instructor Theresa Jackson
Level Mixed
Workload 3-4 hours
Enrollments 25.4K
Rating 4.8/5.0
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Jackson graduated from UCLA with a BFA in 1984.
  • She worked in prepress where she developed an expertise in photo retouching, photo composition, and all matters related to prepress and printing.
  • Since 2005 she has worked as an independent contractor and graphic artist, with a major focus in print design.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

5. Lightroom Tutorials (Brendan Williams)

Brendan Williams, instructor

My fifth pick for the best Adobe Lightroom online course is the free Lightroom Tutorials, offered by Brendan Williams on YouTube.

This playlist is less of a traditional course and more of a tutorial showing different techniques in Adobe Lightroom. It is expected that you already have some working knowledge of Lightroom in order to take this course. Ultimately, you’ll be able to take your Lightroom photo editing skills to the next level.

What You’ll Learn

In this course, you’ll learn how to use the new color grading tool, make the orange and teal look, learn photo editing tricks, understand auto masks and range masks, edit soft brown tones in your photos, and edit sunset photos using easy steps.

You’ll also learn how to fix your white balance, organize and cull thousands of photos in less time, edit for a film look, make photos look soft and dreamy using sliders, make yourself look tanned, edit soft muted tones, and customize Lightroom with logos and text.

Next, you’ll understand the bright and white photo editing style, use the Tone Curve to improve your photo editing, dodge and burn photos, make photos look dark and moody, enhance skies, darken backgrounds, and blur backgrounds.

Then, you’ll learn how to share Lightroom Mobile presets, get earthy tones, use editing plugins (Luminar AI), work with Lightroom Mobile, import Lightroom Mobile presets, work with Lightroom’s masking tools, and retouch skin using the Skin Smoothing brush.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 33 videos. Each video involves about 10 to 30 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through video lectures only.

Channel Brendan Williams
Provider YouTube
Instructor Brendan Williams
Level Intermediate
Workload 5 hours
Certificate Not available

Fun Facts

  • Williams posts some truly inspirational photos regularly on his Instagram that you should definitely check out!
  • By signing up to his newsletter, you will receive a package of 12 free lightroom presets.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

6. Adobe Lightroom Classic CC: The Complete Guide (CreativeLive)

Ben Willmore, instructor

My sixth pick for the best Adobe Lightroom online course is Adobe Lightroom Classic CC: The Complete Guide on CreativeLive.

Originally an Adobe Lightroom Classic CC bootcamp for professional photographers, this course can be taken by complete beginners and self-taught Lightroom users. Join Ben as he teaches you all that you need – from importing to troubleshooting and everything in between – to get going with Lightroom.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course by learning how to import images and customize Lightroom. You’ll understand catalogs and file management, baseline raw image adjustments, create finalized files and print.

Next, you’ll  organize your images and manage projects, make your images searchable with keywords, fix isolated problems, learn image adjustment techniques, fine tune your image, and use facial recognition and map viewing.

After that, you’ll perform adjustment workflows with BW, HDR, and panoramas, organize your keywords, find any image quickly, showcase your work with slideshows and books, and perform image adjustments using a workflow.

Finally, you’ll take photos from Lightroom to Photoshop and back, perform basic troubleshooting, learn advanced tips and tricks, and refine your workflow.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 20 lessons. Each module involves about 1 to 2 hours of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos and readings.

Provider CreativeLive
Instructor Ben Willmore
Level Beginner
Workload 23-24 hours
Enrollments 76.5K
Rating 97%
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • As a professional photographer, Willmore has shot in all 50 states in the USA and explored over 80 countries!
  • He is part of a select group of non-employees that Adobe trusts with pre-release beta versions of their software so he can have a voice in the future direction of their software.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

7. Adobe Lightroom: Finding Your Unique Editing Style (Skillshare)

Sean Dalton, instructor

My seventh pick for the best Adobe Lightroom online course is Adobe Lightroom: Finding Your Unique Editing Style on Skillshare.

With this course, you’ll not only learn how to edit your photos in different styles in Adobe Lightroom, but will actually develop a unique editing style of your own that stands out. From amateurs to professionals, this course is for anyone willing to take their editing skills to the next level.

What You’ll Learn

In this course, you’ll learn what makes a photo unique, find your editing style, get an overview of Lightroom and editing process, and learn the most important features of Lightroom.

You’ll also create and effectively use presets, and use orange and teal editing style, dark and moody editing style, and vintage portrait editing style.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 10 videos. Each video involves about 5 to 10 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos and projects.

Provider Skillshare
Instructor Sean Dalton
Level Beginner
Workload 1-2 hours
Enrollments 26.3K
Rating 99%
Certificate Not available

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

8. Adobe Lightroom Classic – Beginner Level (Udemy)

Villiers Steyn, instructor

My eighth pick for the best Adobe Lightroom online course is Adobe Lightroom Classic – Beginner Level on Udemy.

This course is ideal for any photographer who is using Adobe Lightroom Classic for the first time. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to implement all the basic concepts of Lightroom, from importing and organizing to developing and exporting of images.

What You’ll Learn

In this course, you’ll understand the exact difference between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic, how Lightroom and your computer ‘communicate’ with each other, and keep your computer as ‘fast’ as possible by saving space on its built-in hard drive.

Next, you’ll learn how to import existing photos and copy new photos into Lightroom, organize your image folders in the Library Module by moving and renaming images and folders, and view your photos as thumbnails, single images, full screen and zoomed in.

Then, you’ll learn how to quickly learn more about each image by viewing important metadata, like settings and equipment used, at the press of a button, and assign attributes like flags, star ratings and colors to images, helping you to filter for specific subsets.

After that, you’ll explore how to do the most important basic editing in the Develop Module, including cropping, white balance changes, exposure corrections, image saturation, image sharpening, and spot-removal.

Finally, you’ll end the course by learning how to export raw files for social media or print use, and use shortcut keys to greatly improve your Lightroom workflow.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 7 sections. Each module involves about 5 to 10 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos, readings and quizzes.

Provider Udemy
Instructor Villiers Steyn
Level Beginner
Workload 2-3 hours
Enrollments 1.5K
Rating 4.6/5.0
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • After completing a Masters Degree in Nature Conservation in 2008, Steyn started his own photography business, Vision Photography.
  • His course, Digital Photography Course for Beginners, has been taken by thousands of aspiring photographers from all over the world.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

9. Lightroom CC Tutorials (Signature Edits)

Ryan, instructor

My ninth pick for the best Adobe Lightroom online course is the free Lightroom CC Tutorials, offered by Signature Edits on YouTube.

If you want a completely free Adobe Lightroom CC course where you can edit photos along with the tutorials, then this is the course for you! Ryan is an enthusiastic instructor with whom you’ll be able to learn and apply all the techniques in Lightroom as you’re watching the videos.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course by learning how to install presets in Lightroom CC, get Lightroom presets on your phone, fix high contrast blown out images and maximize dynamic range, use the range mask, change colors, and fix bad presets.

Next, you’ll learn how to downgrade Adobe programs, add watermarks, sharpen and reduce noise, change your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, edit like Blvck Paris, and create dramatic landscapes.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 19 videos. Each module involves about 3 to 5 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through video lectures only.

Channel Signature Edits
Provider YouTube
Instructor Ryan
Level Intermediate
Workload 3-4 hours
Certificate Not available

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

10. Lightroom for Faces (LinkedIn Learning)

Kristina Sherk, instructor

My tenth pick for the best Adobe Lightroom online course is Lightroom for Faces on LinkedIn Learning.

If you’ve been reading this article all the way till here hoping to find a course exclusively for editing portraits, then here it is. Our final candidate for this list is this course specifically focused on editing faces in Adobe Lightroom. You’ll be able to easily retouch portraits by working smarter, not harder!

What You’ll Learn

First, you’ll learn about Lightroom optimal settings and tips for speed. You’ll learn about performance preferences, catalog settings, and history states., and move on to creating a nNew masking panel where you’ll learn about Lightroom’s new masking interface.

You’ll learn about selection tools, selection changing options: hybrid masking, and masking options and features, and then work on blemishes. You’ll learn about the Spot Removal tool to remove blemishes, change referencerea, spot healing: custom opacity, and removing hard elements.

Next, you’ll get an overview of the Local adjustment brush. You’ll learn what it does, reset the tool, and explore the brush characteristics and settings. You’ll also learn how to save custom Local adjustment brushes.

You’ll understand the five time rule, create and save a Local adjustment brush, modify and update a local adjustment brush, decrease the overall effect of a local adjustment brush, and get a recap of the Local adjustment brush.

After that, you’ll learn about the Eyes section. You’ll work with the Global overall brush, fix under eyes, add lashes, and fix eye whites. You’ll also explore the Skin section, smooth skin, and understand the difference between texture, clarity, and dehaze.

Then, you’ll learn about dodge and burn. You’ll understand what dodge and burn are, use dodge to reduce distracting elements, use burn to reduce distracting elements, and move on to the  Mouth and Teeth section.

Finally, you’ll end the course by learning how to whiten teeth. You’ll sync Adjustments across multiple images, and sync multiple adjustments across images.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 10 modules. Each module involves about 5 to 10 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos and practice exercises.

Provider LinkedIn Learning
Instructor Kristina Sherk
Level Kristina Sherk
Workload 1-2 hours
Enrollments 3.3K
Rating 4.8/5.0
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Sherk has offered top-notch headshots to actors, performers, dancers, executives, and CEOs in the Washington, DC area for over a decade.
  • Her name has grown to become synonymous with the term Washington DC Headshots!
  • Over the past 10 years, she has taught the fundamentals of retouching in Photoshop and Lightroom by writing for numerous magazines and teaching courses.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

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Learn English as a Second Language (ESL) with Hundreds of Courses and Sites https://www.classcentral.com/report/esl-english-as-a-second-language/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/esl-english-as-a-second-language/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2022 12:45:46 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=68715 Check out our list of free and paid online courses and sites to help you learn and improve your English.

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How to Learn English

Although Class Central lists online courses in 77 languages, courses made in English outnumber all of the others by more than four to one. English is therefore a useful language to know, even though some courses have subtitles in a range of languages.

Earlier this year, we updated our list of courses to help improve your writing skills. These courses all assume some fluency in the language.

But what if you do not know any English, or your English is very poor?

If you do not have convenient access to a teacher, the internet is a useful place to learn. Like many other skills, learning a language requires some memory techniques, plenty of practice, and learning from your mistakes.

It also helps if a friend or family member learns and practices with you. On the other hand, with available apps and online tools, you no longer need to have a learning companion.

If you are not a native English speaker, read on to find various online learning resources. Also, over 400 free and paid online courses to help you improve your English are listed below, arranged into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced categories.

Some of these courses are also listed in the Improve Your Writing Skills article mentioned above. If you start a free course and find it is either too hard or too easy for you, it is easy to drop it and try another.

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Why Learn English?

Here are just a few of the many reasons for learning English:

  • English is becoming the most common communication language worldwide (a world language or Lingua franca). According to Ethnologue (2022, 25th edition), 1.452 billion people speak English. Estimated numbers of English speakers vary from site to site on the internet.
  • If it is not your native language, learning English can help you communicate with others who have also learnt the language, for example, a Spanish speaker talking with a Chinese speaker in English.
  • You will have a more enjoyable traveling experience if you can communicate with the local people as you travel. Many tourist destinations have English-speaking guides and hospitality staff.
  • Enhanced opportunities to study in different countries.
  • Enhanced employment prospects worldwide.
  • More social opportunities.
  • More online resources become available to you.
  • Understand English-speaking countries’ cultures better and acquire a deeper understanding of your own culture.
  • Research shows that using the brain to recall and practice with different words and sentence structures can boost your brain health and may even delay the onset of dementia.
  • Improve your communication skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

English Tests

People wanting to work or study in an English-speaking country often need to prove their English proficiency by taking a test. According to Voice of America’s Learning English, there are three common tests for English proficiency. They are the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Various Free Language Sites

Duolingo: Duolingo claims to be the world’s most popular language learning site with more than 500 million users. Learn a language in a game format. Enjoy free access, including mobile apps, or you can pay a subscription to remove ads and access other features.

Duolingo site in Hindi

Forvo: Forvo is a pronunciation dictionary, with millions of words recorded and shared to the site by thousands of native language speakers of more than 370 languages. Free access, donations welcome. You can join for free and add your own pronunciations of words in your native language to help others learn. Forvo has more than 425,000 English speakers who have pronounced over 300,000 words.

Forvo site in German

The Mimic Method: Idahosa Ness uses listening and mimicking to learn new languages. He explains that different languages use different sounds. Some sounds are common to various languages, others are unique to specific languages. A big part of learning how to communicate is to listen to those sounds so you can discern them and learn to pronounce them yourself, progressing to reading and writing the language later.

The Mimic Method site

The Learn English Network is based in the UK. Free with ads, with donations accepted to this non-profit organization. Offers grammar and vocabulary sections, plus magazine, diary, games, and tests.

The Learn English site

Free content may be fine for your needs, but to really get your teeth into a language, you may need to pay for lessons. Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of options.

Babbel: Founded in 2007, Babbel is a pioneer in online language learning, with more than 100,000 hours of content in 14 languages, including lessons, games, podcasts, and live classes. You can try the first lesson, then it’s subscription-based.

Babbel site in Spanish

Rosetta Stone: With millions of users worldwide, Rosetta Stone’s app uses a speech recognition tool to give instant feedback on your pronunciation via your own device. It uses native speakers, downloadable audio lessons, and phrasebooks of common phrases. Payment is subscription-based, ranging from three months to lifetime access.

Rosetta Stone site

Yabla: The language immersion style videos have optional dual-language interactive subtitles. Learn on the go with the mobile app. Free trial available. Yabla can also be used in schools and universities.

Yabla site in French

FluentU: Taught by real-world videos with interactive subtitles. Try free for 14 days before your first subscription payment. FluentU also offers unlimited quizzes, flash cards, and spaced repetition reviews. Take a look at 10 Catchy English Learning Games to Improve Your Fluency the Fun Way.

FluentU site

Italki: Join 5 million learners in 150+ languages. Test your proficiency level and choose from more than 7000 English teachers, select a lesson date and time, then connect for your personal lesson using Skype or other video chat software. Students purchase italki Credits which are stored in their Student Wallet. Credits are deducted from the Student Wallet when a lesson is requested. The italki Credits are transferred to the teacher’s Teacher Wallet after the lesson is completed. Or use italki’s learning tools to learn without a teacher.

italki site

Oxford Online English: A range of options and prices, from free pre-recorded lessons to 1-to-1 learning in a range of topics from speaking, writing, IELTS exam preparation, business English, and more.

Oxford Online English site

Preply: Use the filters and read profiles to choose your personal tutor at a time and price suitable for you. Book a free trial lesson on Preply’s video platform, then you can buy a set of tutoring hours. Get a discount for buying more hours at once. Or join a small group class in a range of topics.

Preply site

British Council: As well as offering online courses via FutureLearn, the British Council offers self-study courses, online classes and private tutoring.

British Council site

YouTube

Type “learn English” into YouTube’s search box and you will have access to a seemingly never-ending list of videos. Some teach general language learning skills relevant to learning a range of languages, not just English.

Websites and Mobile Apps for Chinese Students

Kaomanfen: An English education website from TAL group. It covers test preparation materials for TOEFL, IELTS, GRE and GMAT, mainly for Chinese students. Free or paid online courses and free test simulations for each test such as 50+ official TOEFL Practice Online are also provided by the platform. 7 mobile apps have been launched: KMF TOEFL, KMF GRE, KMF IELTS, KMF GMAT, KMF Vocabulary, GRE Vocabulary, KMF Courses.

Open Language: An English learning mobile application launched by the host of a popular podcast. It provides multiple English learning services including online courses, vocabulary learning, Open Language FM, online chatting, etc. The company was acquired by Bytedance in March 2018.

Yidian English: A mobile application that helps users practice English speaking with short videos cut out from TV series, movies, speeches, music videos, etc. You can learn new words, practice listening and speaking along with the app.

HelloTalk: A community of language learning through online chatting with people from different countries. You can find partners and exchange languages with them through the mobile app. You can also practice vocabulary, listening, speaking inside the app.

Baicizhan: A mobile application for English vocabulary learning by matching a word with the right picture. It covers different levels of English vocabulary resources from elementary school to college. You can also practice vocabulary by playing a series of mobile games like joining an online word match competition.

MOMO Vocabulary: A mobile application for English vocabulary learning with different kinds of learning statistics. Multiple English vocabulary resources from primary school to workplace are available.

Liulishuo: A mobile application for practicing English speaking by shadowing English conversations. You can get immediate feedback from the system after repeating each sentence by marking your weakness in word pronunciation. It also offers free and paid learning services like online courses, one-on-one real-person training and dubbing for videos.

Qupeiyin: A mobile application for learning English speaking through movie dubbing. You can receive timely feedback and guidance from the system about your speaking.

Shanbei: A series of mobile applications in English learning including Shanbei Vocabulary, Shanbei Listening, Shanbei Reading, and Shanbei Speaking.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Listen to podcasts, radio, movies and television shows in English, particularly any you are already familiar with. If subtitles are available, turn them on in English, not your own language. Reading the English as you hear it will help you learn more quickly.

Keep a daily journal in English. Even 5 or 10 minutes will help. Don’t be overly concerned with accuracy as you write. Write about your activities, feelings, hopes for the future, your memories, or any other topic.

Try to think in English rather than constantly translating from your own language.

Start Learning Today

Thanks to the internet, it is now more convenient than ever before to learn a foreign language. Frequent practice helps you improve more quickly.

134 Beginner English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

Basic English 1: Elementary
King’s College London via FutureLearn
Learn basic English for everyday situations and improve your listening skills with this online course.
★★★★☆ (8 ratings)

English Pronunciation in a Global World
University of Amsterdam via FutureLearn
In this course you will improve your English pronunciation skills and learn about speaking English in today’s globalised world.

Basic English 2: Pre-Intermediate
King’s College London via FutureLearn
Develop your English for use in different everyday situations and build more confidence in your listening skills.
★★★★★ (6 ratings)

O Curso Completo de Inglês – Introdução
via Udemy
A maneira mais rápida e fácil de aprender inglês e começar a alcançar seus objetivos

NLP ile Hızlı ve Kolayca İngilizce Konuşmayı Öğren
via Udemy
Hızlı ve Kolay İngilizce Konuşmayı Öğren

Free Elementary level (A1.1) English language course
via Udemy
Learn Elementary English grammar with Michael and One World!
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Inglés básico: conversacional y networking
Universidad Anáhuac via edX
Cumple tu meta de aprender inglés básico para utilizarlo de forma estratégica en los negocios e incrementar tu éxito profesional.
★★★★★ (51 ratings)

Consonants of American English Pronunciation
University of California, Irvine via Coursera
In this first course of The Pronunciation of American English specialization, you will learn and practice all of the consonant sounds of American English, including some pairs of consonants that are especially tricky.

Vowels of American English Pronunciation
University of California, Irvine via Coursera
In this course, you will learn and practice all of the vowel sounds of American English, including pairs of vowels that may be easy to confuse. Each week you will receive practical advice from successful English learners and practice an effective technique called shadowing to improve your pronunciation of vowel sounds.

The Music of American English Pronunciation
University of California, Irvine via Coursera
In this third course of The Pronunciation of American English specialization, you will learn and practice the “music” of American English, the features of pronunciation such as stress, rhythm, and intonation that will help improve your listening comprehension as well as your ability to communicate more clearly.

253 Intermediate ESL Courses

English for Career Development
University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in advancing their careers in the global marketplace. You will learn about the job search, application, and interview process in the United States, while comparing and contrasting the same process in your home country.
★★★★★ (24 ratings)

Speak English Professionally: In Person, Online & On the Phone
Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera
Do you want to speak better English? This course will help you reach that goal.
★★★★★ (4 ratings)

Inglés Empresarial: Proyecto Final
Arizona State University via Coursera
In this capstone project, you will create a plan of action to launch a new product.

Upper-Intermediate English: Business and Industry
Universitat Politècnica de València via edX
Take your English language skills to the next level. Learn how to write letters, use appropriate verbal tenses and enhance your vocabulary and grammar, all within the context of business.
★★★★★ (61 ratings)

English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development
British Council via FutureLearn
Discover how very young children learn English as an additional language and how you can help them progress.
★★★★★ (1388 ratings)

Upper-Intermediate English: Business and Technology
Universitat Politècnica de València via edX
Take your English language skills to the next level.We will discuss technological innovations as you enhance your English vocabulary and grammar and learn how to write a business plan.
★★★★★ (38 ratings)

English for Effective Business Writing
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera
This course aims to improve your Business English writing skills by developing your use of vocabulary, grammar, understanding of different business writing genres, and your ability to write professional business documents.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

Business English for Cross-cultural Communication
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera
After completing this course, you will be able to: – identify possible cross-cultural issues and misunderstandings in communication – apply strategies to overcome possible cross-cultural issues – produce documents with an appropriate style for business communication – deliver a speech with an appropriate style for business communication

Exploring English: Language and Culture
British Council via FutureLearn
This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills.
★★★★★ (824 ratings)

Using Email for Networking in English
University of Washington via edX
Improve your writing skills. Write effective emails including great subject lines, greetings, and closings. You’ll be more confident as you communicate for business, send messages, expand your network, and search for jobs in English.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

80 Advanced ESL Courses

English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in improving their English skills in the sciences.
★★★★★ (11 ratings)

English for Business and Entrepreneurship
University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in learning more about the global business economy.
★★★★★ (7 ratings)

Writing your World: Finding yourself in the academic space
University of Cape Town via Coursera
In this course, we provide practical insights into how to write an academic essay. We show you how to develop the academic skills needed to be a competent academic writer.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Business English: Meetings
University of Washington via Coursera
This course will teach you vocabulary and skills related to participating in meetings.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Upper-Intermediate English: Business and Globalization
Universitat Politècnica de València via edX
Learn how to write letters, use appropriate verbal tenses and enhance your English vocabulary and grammar, all within the context of globalization.
★★★★☆ (30 ratings)

English for Journalism
University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in developing the skills needed for a career in modern journalism.
★★★★☆ (15 ratings)

Business English: Basics
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera
This course aims to improve your Business English language skills by developing your vocabulary and reading skills and your understanding of tone, style and knowledge of communication methods.

Business English: Marketing and Sales
Arizona State University via Coursera
In this course, you will learn to use English more efficiently while joining successful global professionals around the world.

Business English: Management and Leadership
Arizona State University via Coursera
In this course, you will follow along a recently promoted manager as she builds and leads her team to success.

Business English: Finance and Economics
Arizona State University via Coursera
After taking this course, you will be able to read and create efficient e-mails, reports, and impactful presentations with words and phrases commonly used in finance and economics.

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In this article, I’ve picked the best online courses, tutorials, and resources to learn Ruby and Ruby on Rails framework. Ruby was created with a focus on productivity and simplicity, which is why it has a natural-sounding syntax which is easy for beginners to pick up. It is most popular for the Ruby on Rails framework that is used to build complex modern web applications. Some courses in this guide are comprehensive with hundreds of hours of material and tips for job search, while others will get you coding in Ruby in a couple of hours.

Here are my top picks. Click on one to skip to the course details:

Course Workload In Brief
1. Full Stack Ruby on Rails (The Odin Project) 500–1000 hours long Best Ruby course overall
2. Ruby Primer (RubyMonk) 1–2 hours long Best concise Ruby course
3. Learn Ruby (Sololearn) 2–8 hours long Best Ruby interactive tutorial
4. Ruby Programming Language – Full Course (freeCodeCamp) 4–5 hours long Best video-based Ruby course
5. Learn Ruby (Codecademy) 10 hours long Alternative to 3.
6. Learn Ruby on Rails (freeCodeCamp) 4–5 hours long Best video-based Ruby on Rails course
7. Ruby (Exercism) Self-paced Best Ruby exercises for practice
8. Learn Ruby on Rails for Beginners course (gorails.com) 5 hours long Best introductory course to Ruby on Rails.
9. Learn Ruby On Rails For Free (Rails Code Along) 14–15 hours long Best real-world Ruby on Rails course for code-along.

What is Ruby?

Ruby is a high-level, general-purpose programming language with a focus on productivity and simplicity. Its creator, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, wanted to create an easy-to-read language that leveraged object-oriented programming for greater code reuse but also support multiple programming paradigms. The result was a human-friendly language with natural syntax that’s easy to pick up but could also become really complex when wielded by an experienced programmer.

Although Ruby is a general-purpose programming language, it’s highly popular for developing rich web applications, especially with Rails framework. You can find many big name companies like Twitch, shopify, GitHub, and airbnb who built their products with it. The demand for Ruby programmers is high, which is why according to Glassdoor, the estimated total pay for a Ruby Developer is $130K+ per year.

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Best Courses Guides Methodology

I built this ranking following the now tried-and-tested methodology used in previous Best Courses Guides (you can find them all here). It involves a three-step process:

  1. Research: I started by leveraging Class Central’s database with 100K online courses and 200K+ reviews. Then, I made a preliminary selection of 100+ courses by rating, reviews, and bookmarks.
  2. Evaluate: I read through reviews on Class Central, Reddit, and course providers to understand what other learners thought about each course and combined it with my own experience as a learner.
  3. Select: Well-made courses were picked if they presented valuable and engaging content and they have to fit in a set of criteria and be ranked accordingly: comprehensive curriculum, price, release date, ratings and enrollments.

Course Ranking Statistics

Here are some aggregate stats about the ranking:

  • Together, the courses account for 985K enrollments.
  • All of the courses in this ranking are free or have free limited-access.
  • All of the courses except for three are beginner-friendly.
  • The most represented provider is freeCodeCamp with 2 courses.
  • 2K people follow Class Central’s Ruby Topic.

Without further ado, let’s go through the top picks.

1. Full Stack Ruby on Rails (The Odin Project)

My #1 pick for the best Ruby course is Full Stack Ruby on Rails pathway provided by The Odin Project.

This free comprehensive course pulls you into the world of Ruby on Rails to create beautiful responsive websites. You’ll start from scratch, learning the basics of Ruby programming before taking Ruby to the next level with the Rails framework where you’ll learn about web design patterns along with other languages like HTML/CSS, SQL, and even JavaScript!

The course is designed to make you job-ready. In fact, the final section of the course is all about how to get hired. You’ll also have access to The Odin Project’s amazing Discord community of developers.

Note: If you want to only learn Ruby programming, only take the Ruby lessons in this course. But if you’re interested in learning the Ruby on Rails framework for making websites, go ahead and complete all the lessons.

You do not need any experience with programming prior to taking this course.

What You’ll Learn

Your first task of the course is to familiarize yourself with the Ruby programming language. You’ll start by learning all about the basics of Ruby along with some classic programming basics like variables, loops, and methods. Then, you’ll explore the world of object-oriented programming, which will show you how to cleanly and neatly organize your code into reusable objects.

A good developer must also be a good computer scientist to ensure that they aren’t writing inefficient code. Hence, you’ll dive into some basic computer science, where you’ll learn about recursion and common data structures. You’ll then see the benefits of test-driven development before going through the more advanced features of Git and its workflow used by professional developers. Finally, you’ll tie everything together by building a fully-fledged chess game.

Now that you have a good understanding of Ruby, the rest of the course trains you to become a skilled Ruby on Rails developer. You’ll learn intermediate and advanced HTML and CSS to create web projects that look beautiful on any device. You’ll also deal with databases so that your website can retrieve and store data at all times. Then, you’ll explore the Model-View-Controller design pattern which forms the foundation of the Ruby on Rails framework. After that, you’ll make your website dynamic and interactive with JavaScript, before ending the course with a few tips on getting hired.

How You’ll Learn

This course consists of 5 sections with 120 lessons total and is 500—1000 hours long. You’ll learn primarily from going through the articles and answering the knowledge check at the end of each article to test your memory.

Regarding assessments, the subsections of each section end with a project where you’ll apply what you’ve been taught. When you are satisfied with your project, you’ll submit your project through GitHub for other learners to view and learn from.

Institution The Odin Project
Level Beginner
Workload 500–1000 hours
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • The Odin Project curriculum pulls various free high-quality resources from around the web and compiles them in one place so that you spend less time searching and more time learning!
  • The Odin Project has also received a lot of praise from around the internet, due to its high-quality learning resources and active learning community.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

2. Ruby Primer (RubyMonk)

My 2nd pick for the best course to learn Ruby is Ruby Primer by RubyMonk.

What You’ll Learn

‘Everything in Ruby is an object’ will be the first thing you’ll discover as you begin this course. You’ll learn that every object has methods that you can invoke by supplying arguments. Then, you’ll learn how to operate on strings along with other data types.

Conditions and loops allow you to control the flow of your program. You’ll learn how to construct these and utilize them especially when dealing with arrays that store a list of values. You’ll also learn how to use hashes to pair values together.

Next, you’ll dive deeper into object-oriented programming (OOP). You’ll investigate what classes are and how to use them to define real-world objects as code, and then add methods to your classes to give them behavior. You’ll also be introduced to lambdas which are functions without names and their opposite called blocks.

Finally, the course ends with a discussion on modules that split groups of methods into code together with interacting with I/O like streams and files.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 1–2 hours long. You’ll learn by going through the interactive tutorials and solving the in-browser exercises by practicing your Ruby coding skills.

Institution RubyMonk
Instructors Sidu Ponnappa and Jasim A Basheer
Level Beginner
Workload 1–2 hours total
Certificate None

Fun Facts

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

3. Learn Ruby (Sololearn)

Sololearn’s free Learn Ruby course teaches you Ruby from the ground up. It starts from the basic concepts like variables and functions before moving to more advanced like object-oriented programming, modules, and mixins.

What You’ll Learn

The first thing you’ll learn in this course is that everything in Ruby is an object. Then, you’ll be taught the basics of Ruby, like variables, data types, getting user input, and printing data to screen. You’ll also learn about control structures like `if`, `unless`, `while`, and `for` statements. They allow you to change the order in which code is executed, allowing the program to decide or repeat itself.

Going deeper, you’ll investigate collections of values, shortened to collections. You’ll learn about arrays that hold ordered data, hashes that hold pairs of data, and how to manipulate and retrieve data from them. Meanwhile, methods are repeatable statements of code which you can define yourself. You’ll make great use of methods, especially when you explore recursion.

Ruby is an object-oriented programming (OOP) language. You’ll learn the basics of OOP, beginning with classes and objects, learning how to define classes and inherit class properties. These will prove themselves useful when you create games or websites.

Modules bundle code, and mixins share methods between modules. You’ll explore some of the built-in modules (called the standard library), before ending the course with reading and writing files.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 2–8 hours long. You’ll learn by going through the tutorials and completing the MCQ quizzes or code exercises.

Institution Sololearn
Level Beginner
Workload 2–8 hours total
Enrollments 641K
Certificate Free

Fun Facts

  • Sololearn offers many courses on different programming languages. Some of the popular ones are HTML, Python, C++, Java, and JavaScript.
  • They also have an Android and iOS app where you can learn coding on the go from your mobile device.
  • Whenever you practice writing C# code on SoloLearn, you’ll collect points which can help you show off your skills.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

4. Ruby Programming Language – Full Course (freeCodeCamp)

Ruby Programming Language – Full Course by freeCodeCamp will teach you everything you need to know to get started with writing programs in Ruby by developing mini applications like games and calculators to help you get some essential programming skills.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a solid foundation of the Ruby programming language.

This course is suitable for complete beginners to programming.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll start off with the basics like installing Ruby, getting Ruby set up with a text editor and executing your first Ruby programming. Then, you’ll get to know some of the basic programing concepts like variables, dealing with different types of data (like string and numbers), and storing user input.

You’ll also get into if statements and loops that allow you to control the flow of your program. These constructs are especially useful when used in conjunction with data structures like arrays and hashes.

The final part of the course deals with more advanced programming concepts, namely object-oriented programming. You’ll learn the ins and outs of OOP, like classes, objects, and inheritance. You’ll also learn how to read and write files and how to group methods into modules.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 4–5 hours long. You’ll learn by following along with the instructor as he codes.

Institution freeCodeCamp
Provider YouTube
Instructor Mike Dane
Level Beginners
Workload 4–5 hours total
Views 840K
Likes 16K
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • freeCodeCamp offers many other courses on various programming languages on their YouTube channel as well as on their website.
  • Meanwhile, Mike has several free courses on various programming topics like MongoDB, C, Ruby, and PHP on his personal website.
  • He is currently working on Dev Simulator, a coding RPG with a fun storyline to help you learn while having fun!

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

5. Learn Ruby (Codecademy)

In this free limited-access Learn Ruby course by Codecademy, you’ll learn the fundamental programming concepts with Ruby language. By the end of the course, you’ll have a firm grasp of Ruby, including the object-oriented paradigm.

No prior knowledge of programming is required to take this course.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course with the basics. You’ll learn about variables and the different data types they can have, before moving on to getting user input and printing it to screen. Then, you’ll be trained on conditional statements and loops. These constructs allow you to control the flow of the program to make decisions or automate repetitive tasks respectively.

The first data structures you’ll be introduced to are arrays and hashes. Data structures allow you to contain data in a certain ‘shape’. For example, arrays store sequences of data while hashes store pairs of data. You’ll learn how to utilize these data structures effectively either through their in-built methods or by iterating through them with loops, perhaps by defining your own methods with blocks.

Refactoring is the process of restructuring existing computer code to improve readability. You’ll learn a few best practices, conventions, and little tips to help you write clean, idiomatic Ruby. Afterward, you’ll learn the similarities and differences between blocks, procs, and lambdas.

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a popular paradigm especially when it comes to creating websites as it allows you to organize information and behavior in a program. You’ll study classes, objects, and the key concept of inheritance. You’ll then finish the course by exploring the more advanced aspects of OOP, like modules, mixins, and method privacy.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 10 hours long. You’ll learn by going through the interactive tutorials and completing exercises which involve hands-on coding.

If you have Codecademy Pro, you’ll earn a certificate upon completing the course and have access to three portfolio projects to showcase your skills and quizzes to retain your memory of programming concepts.

Institution Codecademy
Level Beginner
Workload 10 hours total
Enrolments 315K
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Codecademy was co-founded by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, with the goal of giving  anyone in the world the ability to learn the skills they’d need to succeed in the 21st century.
  • They offer free courses in 12 different programming languages, the most popular courses being Python, Java, C++, C#, and Swift.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

6. Learn Ruby on Rails (freeCodeCamp)

freeCodeCamp’s Learn Ruby on Rails teaches Ruby on Rails by guiding you through the development of a friends list app. You’ll learn a lot about web programming and design in this free course.

To take this course, you’ll need some Ruby programming experience.

What You’ll Learn

The course begins with an introduction to Ruby on Rails and its installation, before quickly starting work on your first webpage! You’ll be taught about the Model-View-Controller pattern to help you implement user interfaces, data, and controlling logic. You’ll then learn how to create new pages using the base template given to you.

CRUD stands for CREATE, READ, UPDATE and DELETE. These operations are important to maintain persistent data in a database. You’ll create a webpage that can display and modify data stored in an SQL database.

Then, you’ll style your web application with Bootstrap, a popular CSS framework, so that the UI looks pleasing. This will also mean implementing different views of the same webpage, depending on whether the user is logged in or not. As you’re making a social media website, users should be able to add other users as friends, so you’ll implement that feature too. Finally, you’ll learn how to upload your code to GitHub with Git and deploy the final product to Heroku.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 4–5 hours long. You’ll learn by following along with the instructor as he codes.

Institution freeCodeCamp
Provider YouTube
Instructor John Elder (codemy.com)
Level Intermediate
Workload 4–5 hours total
Views 517K
Likes 9.7K
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • The Codemy.com channel teaches other programming-related topics, from Python, to Django to HTML and CSS and more!
  • You can find the Ruby source code here.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

7. Ruby (Exercism)

To become a good programmer, you need to program. And the best place to practice Ruby programming is on Exercism.

Exercism is an free online coding platform where you can practice your Ruby coding skills through well-designed programming exercises.

The best feature about this platform is that you’ll receive free personal mentoring. When you have solved an exercise, you’ll receive personalized feedback about your code. I can’t stress how helpful this is, especially for new programmers since they don’t have the programming experience yet to judge the quality of their own code.

Programmers of all levels of experience can join this platform, as exercises range from easy to challenging.

What You’ll Learn

The course has learning exercises where it’ll teach you the Ruby fundamentals through exercises. You’ll begin with the basics like “Hello, World!”. Then, you’ll learn how to manipulate and use strings, along with other Ruby programming concepts like conditionals, loops, raising exceptions, enumerations, and more.

After completing the learning exercises, you can practice what you’ve learned on exercises of three different difficulties: easy, medium, and hard.

Some easy exercises include converting a long phrase into its acronym, finding the differences of squares, and implementing the Affine Cipher.

Meanwhile, the medium exercises include OCR numbers, compute Pascal’s Triangle, and spelling numbers as words.

Some of the most challenging exercises available are computing the result for a game of Hex / Polygon, implementing regex search, and finding the largest discount available from a bookstore.

How You’ll Learn

This course is self-paced, so you can take all the time you need to complete the 109 hands-on programming exercises. Each exercise comes with automatic analysis of your code as well as personal mentoring to help you understand your code’s strengths and flaws.

Institution Exercism
Level Beginner–Advanced
Workload Self-paced
Enrollments 29K
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • Exercism provides exercises on 50+ programming languages like Python, Kotlin, F#, and WebAssembly.
  • Their mission is to help everyone get really good at programming, regardless of their background, share the love of programming, and help people upskill as part of their upward social mobility.
  • Over 200 people have contributed towards the Ruby syllabus and exercises, with 1000 mentors available at the time of writing.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

8. Learn Ruby on Rails for Beginners course (gorails.com)

This free course teaches you Ruby on Rails by building a Buffer clone with authentication, OAuth, Twitter’s API, and background workers. You’ll learn the ropes on becoming a professional Rails developer.

To take this course, you’ll need some Ruby programming experience.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll start off the course by installing Ruby on Rails and creating your first Rails application.

Then, you’ll learn how HTTP requests work in the browser before learning about the Model-View-Controller design pattern that is predominantly found in web applications. Afterwards, you’ll learn about routes and route types.

Then, you’ll spice up your website with Bootstrap CSS and JavaScript to make it super responsive. You’ll design the Navbar before setting up a Git repository to keep it all in.

You’ll create the account creation system and then learn how to validate passwords and everything to do with the user experience. Then, you’ll integrate Twitter’s API into your application to allow you to tweet from your app — pretty sweet.

Finally, you’ll end the course by polishing your application to make sure it runs flawlessly, before deploying it to Heroku to show it off to the world.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 5 hours long. You’ll learn by following along with the instructor as he codes.

Website gorails.com
Instructor Chris Oliver
Level Intermediate
Workload 5 hours total
Views 188K
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • Chris Oliver is the creator of GoRails, Hatchbox.io and Jumpstart. He spends his time creating tutorials and tools to help Ruby on Rails developers build apps better and faster.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

9. Learn Ruby On Rails For Free (Rails Code Along)

In this free course, you’ll learn how to build, test, troubleshoot, and launch a real production Rails application — a fitness tracking app.

This course is hands-on. You’ll learn a lot about real-world product development, like troubleshooting, searching documentation and API, if you are pairing with the instructor.

This course is for anyone who has enough experience with Rails to be dangerous, but have never built a production application.

What You’ll Learn

The course begins by installing rails and learning how to use GitHub, the main platform where you’ll implement and configure Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD).

Then, you’ll learn how to deploy a Rails app with Heroku, where you’ll begin working on the app itself. You’ll test the user model and user flow, write system tests, and create a user authorization system where accounts can be created and stored.

Optimize and offload expensive queries will also be taught to make your web application run much more smoothly. You’ll work on the front-end, devising different views and building a custom search form. Finally, you’ll learn how to use callbacks to run calculations and refactor code when needed.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 14–15 hours long. You’ll learn by following along with the instructor as he codes.

Website railscodealong.com
Instructor Steve Polito
Level Intermediate
Workload 14–15 hours total
Views 1.3K
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • Steve Polito is a full-stack web developer who specializes in WordPress and Ruby on Rails.
  • You can find the source code of the course’s project here: A simple Strava clone.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

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In 2015, the United Nations came together to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on topics such as as health, inequality, and climate change. Since their adoption, SDGs have served as a platform for organizing global, national, local, and individual action.

With the help of SDG Academy, a free online education platform from the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Class Central has put together a list of online courses that will help you discover SDGs, how they’re being implemented, and how you can contribute too.

Class Central’s SDG Collection shows course overviews and allows you to filter by SDG

More specifically, we’ve created a Sustainable Development Goals online courses collection, where you’ll be able to easily navigate and filter the more than 250 SDG courses in the Class Central catalog, as you can see above.

Below, you’ll find a selection of courses about each SDG. For the full list, head to our dedicated collection.

SDG Academy alone has produced about 40 free online courses on cross-cutting issues related to SDGs, such as human rights, resilience, and environmental security. The list also includes sustainability courses offered by global universities like Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and MIT on various online course platforms.

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Whether you’re interested in poverty reduction, food security, education, or any other sustainable development topic, these courses will help you join efforts to achieve prosperity for both people and planet.

Click on a topic to jump to the corresponding courses:


Introduction to Sustainability and SDGs

The Age of Sustainable DevelopmentColumbia University via Coursera
The Age of Sustainable Development” gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
★★★★★ (14 ratings)

Introduction to Sustainability
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.
★★★★★ (16 ratings)

Age of Sustainable Development
SDG Academy via edX
Learn the basics of sustainable development — what it is, why it’s important and how we can achieve it.
★★★★★ (8 ratings)

The Sustainable Development Goals – A global, transdisciplinary vision for the future
University of Copenhagen via Coursera
Within this course, you will get a historical overview of how sustainability has been understood, as well as a thorough introduction to the SDGs – what they are, how progress can be measured, and how the SDGs are relevant for the management of the global systems supporting humanity. The course will examine how various societal actors are responding to and implementing the SDGs.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Driving business towards the Sustainable Development Goals
Erasmus University Rotterdam via Coursera
This course has been developed by Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (RSM). It focuses on the role of businesses in achieving the SDGs. You will gain insights from leaders of international companies and academics in business and management who will guide you through the issue of how businesses can contribute to the SDGs.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

More courses: You can find over 500 sustainability courses here and over 250 SDG courses here.

SDG 1: Sustainability Courses for No Poverty

SDG 1: Sustainability Courses for No Poverty

SDG 1: No Poverty
End poverty in all its forms everywhere. 

From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development
University of Oxford via edX
Learn about the role of government and the key political, social, and economic processes that elevate any society from poverty to prosperity.
★★★★★ (7 ratings)

America’s Poverty and Inequality Course
Stanford University via edX
It’s a special moment in U.S. history in which income inequality has reached unprecedented levels, poverty remains extreme, and racial and gender inequalities are intransigent.
Why is there so much inequality and poverty? How might they be reduced? Find out from the country’s top scholars in “America’s course” on poverty and inequality.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Understanding Poverty and Inequality
SDG Academy via edX
Explore the many facets and faces of poverty and inequality, and discover opportunities for individuals, countries, and a global community to help ensure that no one is left behind.

The Challenge of World Poverty
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via MIT OpenCourseWare
This is a course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, and are hopeful that economists might have something useful to say about this challenge.

Poverty & Population: How Demographics Shape Policy
Columbia University via Coursera
The course is part of a sequence in social policy that has an HONORS TRACK. This course addresses issues of power, oppression, and white supremacy.

More courses: You can find over 80 courses on SDG 1: No Poverty here.

SDG 2: Sustainability Courses for No Hunger

SDG 2: Sustainability Courses for No Hunger

SDG 2: No Hunger
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. 

A Nutritional Approach to Agriculture and Food Security
University of Leeds via FutureLearn
This course presents current research, which aims to place nutrition at the heart of the food system.
★★★★★ (10 ratings)

Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability
SDG Academy via edX
How do we create a healthy and sustainable diet for the growing world population?
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Sustainable Food Security: Food Access
Wageningen University via edX
Who decides what food is on your plate? Understand the basics of access to food and food decision-making from a multilevel perspective in this course. This online course is offered as a MOOC, and is part of the XSeries Sustainable Food Security.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Remote Food Security Monitoring
Leiden University via Independent
This course aims to give a clear understanding of what remote food security monitoring entails, when it is a useful tool, and how to implement a remote food security monitoring project.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Feeding the World
University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
This course will explore the concepts driving current food production science (population growth, urbanization, emerging affluence, resource constraints, and underlying biological limits) with the main focus on livestock production.

More courses: You can find over 80 courses on SDG 2: Zero Hunger here.

SDG 3:Sustainability Courses for Global Health

SDG 3:Sustainability Courses for Global Health

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. 

The Challenges of Global Health
Duke University via Coursera
Taught by Dr. David Boyd, an award-winning professor at Duke University’s Global Health Institute the course combines lectures with videos shot around the world and interviews with some of the world’s foremost Global Health experts.
★★★★★ (11 ratings)

Global Public Health
SDG Academy via edX
Understanding the value of health not just as a benefit or right of individuals, but as a global public need.
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

An Introduction to Global Health
University of Copenhagen via Coursera
This course will provide you with an overview of the most important health challenges facing the world today. You will gain insight into how challenges have changed over time, we will discuss the likely determinants of such changes and examine future projections.
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

Essentials of Global Health
Yale University via Coursera
Essentials of Global Health is a comprehensive introduction to global health. The course will be global in coverage but with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, the health of the poor, and health disparities.
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

Public Health Perspectives on Sustainable Diets
Johns Hopkins University via Coursera
This short course looks at the urgent need to address the sustainability of our food systems, including better understanding the complex relationship between diet and climate change.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

More courses: You can find over 80 courses on SDG 3: Global Health here.

SDG 4: Sustainability Courses for Quality Education

SDG 4: Sustainability Courses for Quality Education

SDG 4: Quality Education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. 

Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion
University of Cape Town via FutureLearn
On this course you will learn about inclusive education, understanding what barriers there are to learning and how to challenge them.
★★★★★ (100 ratings)

The Right to Education: Breaking Down the Barriers
University of Glasgow via FutureLearn
This online course will answer these and other questions, and help you join the movement to get children the world over into education.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development
SDG Academy via edX
We’ll explore how neuroscience, sociology, anthropology and other studies have influenced our understanding of early childhood development.

Leading for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education
University of Michigan via Coursera
This course is open to professionals interested in learning more about leadership in higher education for a changing demographic or interested in developing their own leadership skills. The very idea that individuals can be taught to lead is not without its skeptics.

Diversity and Inclusion in Education
University of Glasgow via Coursera
Student diversity is becoming the rule rather than the exception in education systems across the world. Students bring to classroom different characteristics such as ability and disability, socio-economic background, race, ethnicity, and cultural background, beliefs and religion, and gender characteristics.

More courses: You can find over 90 courses on SDG 4: Quality Education here.

SDG 5: Sustainability Courses for Gender Equality

SDG 5: Sustainability Courses for Gender Equality

SDG 5: Gender Equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. 

Doing Gender and Why it Matters
The University of Hong Kong via edX
Understand gendered realities through an in-depth consideration of “sex” and “gender” as cultural, social and legal phenomena impacting society and how they interact with structures of power and violence using an interdisciplinary lens.
★★★★★ (11 ratings)

International Women’s Health and Human Rights
Stanford University via Coursera
This course focuses on women’s health and human rights issues from infancy through old age, including information about positive interventions relating to those issues. Learners are encouraged to interact with each other through interactive discussions.
★★★★★ (4 ratings)

Confronting Gender Based Violence: Global Lessons for Healthcare Workers
Johns Hopkins University via Coursera
This course introduces participants from the healthcare sector to gender based violence (GBV), including global epidemiology of GBV; health outcomes; seminal research; and clinical best practices for GBV prevention, support, and management.
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

Health Across the Gender Spectrum
Stanford University via edX
This course offers an intimate, story-based introduction to the experiences of six transgender children and their families. Through illustrated stories and short teaching videos, learners will gain a better understanding of gender identity and the gender spectrum.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Gender, Race and Technology
The University of Texas at Austin via Kadenze
What are the issues affecting women and minorities in the creative and technological fields?
What are some of the ways to solve them? Why is diversity important? These are some of the
questions we will address in this class.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

More courses: You can find over 60 courses on SDG 5: Gender Equality here.

SDG 6: Sustainability Courses for Clean Water

SDG 6: Sustainability Courses for Clean Water

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. 

Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries Part 1: Understanding Complex Problems
University of Manchester via Coursera
Our course explores what can be done to solve the complex problem that half a billion people worldwide do not have improved water supplies and two billion do not have improved sanitation.
★★★★★ (8 ratings)

International Water Law
University of Geneva via Coursera
In recent decades, international law has undergone a series of major developments in order to accommodate the many new facets of freshwater management and protection. This course aims to provide the necessary background to understand and examine the regulation applicable to transboundary freshwaters especially to rivers, lakes and aquifers.
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne via Coursera
In this course you will learn about the most important water treatment methods at household level, successful implementation strategies and about assessing the impact of HWTS.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems: the Nexus between Water, Energy and Food
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) via Coursera
In this course you will become familiar with the ideas of the water-energy-food nexus and transdisciplinary thinking. You will learn to see your community or country as a complex social-ecological system and to describe its water, energy and food metabolism in the form of a pattern, as well as to map the categories of social actors.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Water: Addressing the Global Crisis
SDG Academy via edX
We are living in a water stressed world. It is a global crisis and therefore we must act now! What can we do to save the planet and ensure availability of water for all by 2030?

More courses: You can find over 80 courses on SDG 6: Clean Water here.

SDG 7: Sustainability Courses for Clean Energy

SDG 7: Sustainability Courses for Clean Energy

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Assure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. 

Our Energy Future
University of California, San Diego via Coursera
This course is designed to introduce students to the issues of energy in the 21st century – including food and fuels – which are inseparably linked – and will discuss energy production and utilization from the biology, engineering, economics, climate science, and social science perspectives.
★★★★★ (7 ratings)

Introduction to solar cells
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) via Coursera
How do solar cells work, why do we need, and how can we measure their efficiency? These are just some of the questions Introduction to solar cells tackles. Whether you are looking for general insight in this green technology or your ambition is to pursue a career in solar, “Introduction to Solar Cells” is an excellent starting point.
★★★★★ (10 ratings)

Photovoltaic solar energy
École Polytechnique via Coursera
The course is an introduction to the photovoltaic (PV) applications in the general mix energetic context dominated by climate warming mitigation. The various uses of solar energy are firstly presented before a short description of the principle of the direct solar photon conversion into electricity (PV).
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

Politics and Economics of International Energy
Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris via Coursera
Energy issues have always been important in international relations, but in recent years may have become even more important than in the past due to the widespread awareness of existing limits to energy sources and negative climate impacts.
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

Global Energy and Climate Policy
SOAS University of London via Coursera
The Global Energy and Climate Policy course offers an introduction to the theoretical and practical understanding of how energy and climate change policies are designed, shaped, advocated and implemented.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

More courses: You can find over 90 courses on SDG 7: Clean Energy here.

SDG 8: Sustainability Courses for Economic Growth

SDG 8: Sustainability Courses for Economic Growth

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. 

Driving business towards the Sustainable Development Goals
Erasmus University Rotterdam via Coursera
This course has been developed by Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (RSM). It focuses on the role of businesses in achieving the SDGs. You will gain insights from leaders of international companies and academics in business and management who will guide you through the issue of how businesses can contribute to the SDGs.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Economic Growth and Distributive Justice Part I – The Role of the State
Tel Aviv University via Coursera
If you really care about the big questions in the economies and societies of the 21st century, such as distributive justice – namely, inequality of income or wealth, and its correlation with economic growth – this course is meant for you. The knowledge you will gain can truly change your outlook on our world.
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

Global Trends for Business and Society
University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
In this course, you’ll learn to analyze rapidly changing global trends, their effects on consumer and labor markets, financial systems, and geopolitical relationships among countries all over the world.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Country Level Economics: Policies, Institutions, and Macroeconomic Performance
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
This course examines macroeconomic performance in the short and long run based on the economy’s institutional and policy environment.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet
SDG Academy via edX
Is it possible to develop a thriving global economy in an equitable and environmentally-resilient way?

More courses: You can find over 130 courses on SDG 8: Economic Growth here.

SDG 9: Sustainability Courses for Industry Innovation

SDG 9: Sustainability Courses for Industry Innovation

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. 

Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation
University of Cape Town via Coursera
This free 6 week course is for anyone who wants to make a difference. Whether you are already familiar with the field of social innovation or social entrepreneurship, working for an organization that wants to increase its social impact, or just starting out, this course will take you on a journey of exploring the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions.
★★★★★ (36 ratings)

Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia
Lund University via Coursera
This course will explore greening the economy on four levels – individual, business, city, and nation. We will look at the relationships between these levels and give many practical examples of the complexities and solutions across the levels.
★★★★☆ (7 ratings)

Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators
University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
This course offers an introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurship, including key concepts, an overview of the field, and tools to get started as a changemaker.
★★★★☆ (6 ratings)

Design Thinking for Innovation
University of Virginia via Coursera
Today innovation is everyone’s business. Whether you are a manager in a global corporation, an entrepreneur starting up, in a government role, or a teacher in an elementary school, everyone is expected to get lean – to do better with less.
★★★★★ (5 ratings)

Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology
Delft University of Technology via edX
How to deal with risks and ethical questions raised by development of new technologies.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

More courses: You can find over 150 courses on SDG 9: Industry Innovation here.

SDG 10: Sustainability Courses for Global Inequality

SDG 10: Sustainability Courses for Global Inequality

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
Reduce inequality within and among countries. 

Challenging Wealth and Income Inequality
The Open University via FutureLearn
From religious leaders to heads of state, everyone is talking about economic inequality. But what form does this take in different countries? What impact does it have on society? And why does it matter to you? This online course will explore these growing concerns about wealth and income inequality.
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

Global Inequality
Wellesley College via edX
Explore how class, gender, and racial inequalities shape our personal and social worlds.

Inequality and Democracy
Utrecht University via Coursera
Most countries are getting more and more unequal. But the core of democracy is political equality: that everyone should have an equal say in how their country is run. Can we really expect these things to go together? Can people have equal political power while economic inequality grows and grows? Take this course and decide for yourself.

COVID-19 and Global Inequalities
University of California, Berkeley via edX
This course explores the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on members of disadvantaged communities, with lectures and course materials from dozens of countries, around the world.

Measuring Economic Inequality in Today’s World
University of London via FutureLearn
Learn to analyse data related to economic inequality, and present it in a way that can foster government policy change.

More courses: You can find over 110 courses on SDG 10: Global Inequality here.

SDG 11: Sustainability Courses for Smart Cities

SDG 11: Sustainability Courses for Smart Cities

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. 

Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities
Lund University via Coursera
This course explores sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy in Europe and around the world. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. We connect the key trends of urbanization, decarbonisation and sustainability.
★★★★★ (53 ratings)

Cities are back in town : urban sociology for a globalizing urban world
Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris via Coursera
Urbanization is reaching a new peak in the contemporary world with the rise of mega cities. Researchers try to make sense of these large urban areas using a variety of concepts. The class will review debates and present social science models of cities to analyse and compare contemporary developments.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Smart Cities – Management of Smart Urban Infrastructures
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne via Coursera
Learn about Smart Cities within the context of management of urban infrastructures. The introduction of Smart urban technologies into legacy infrastructures has resulted in numerous challenges and opportunities for contemporary cities and will continue to do so.
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

Co-Creating Sustainable Cities
Delft University of Technology via edX
Sustainability is a result of the interplay between technology, policy and people’s daily lives. Understanding this interplay is essential for creating sustainable cities. Learn how citizen’s co-creation is key in making cities worldwide more sustainable in this open and online course.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Sustainable Cities
SDG Academy via edX
Learn how government, the private sector, and other actors can support sustainable urban development
★★★★★ (1 rating)

More courses: You can find over 60 courses on SDG 11: Smart Cities here.

SDG 12: Sustainability Courses for Responsible Production and Consumption

SDG 12: Sustainability Courses for Responsible Production and Consumption

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. 

Natural Resources for Sustainable Development
SDG Academy via edX
Explore the sustainable development opportunities and challenges in using oil, gas and minerals.

Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa
United Nations via Independent
In this course, we will go on a journey to Africa and and discuss what are the challenges and outlooks for sustainable development on the continent. The course introduces you to the key approaches, policies and international frameworks that aim to unlock more sustainable patterns of consumption and production (SCP).

Socially-Responsible Real Estate Development
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX
Explore socially responsible real estate development, including the role of impact assessment and public consultation.

More courses: You can find over 70 courses on SDG 12: Responsible Production & Consumption here.

SDG 13: Sustainability Courses for Climate Change

SDG 13: Sustainability Courses for Climate Change

SDG 13: Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 

Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries
University of Cape Town via Coursera
This course challenges you to consider how one might lift societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. We explore the inherent complexity of developing country governments wanting to grow their economies in a climate friendly way.
★★★★☆ (29 ratings)

The Health Effects of Climate Change
Harvard University via edX
Learn how global warming impacts human health, and the ways we can diminish those impacts.
★★★★★ (6 ratings)

Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change
The University of Chicago via Coursera
This class describes the science of global warming and the forecast for humans’ impact on Earth’s climate. Intended for an audience without much scientific background but a healthy sense of curiosity, the class brings together insights and perspectives from physics, chemistry, biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, and even some economics—all based on a foundation of simple mathematics (algebra).
★★★★☆ (9 ratings)

Climate Change Science and Negotiations
SDG Academy via edX
Humanity is up against a tight timeline to address climate change. Learn how we can deeply decarbonize the global energy systems, and put the world on a 2°C pathway.
★★★★☆ (8 ratings)

Global Warming Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX
Learn about the physics, chemistry, biology, and geology of the earth’s climate system.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

More courses: You can find over 140 courses on SDG 13: Climate Change here.

SDG 14: Sustainability Courses for Ocean Ecosystem

SDG 14: Sustainability Courses for Ocean Ecosystem

SDG 14: Life Below Water
Conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development. 

Tropical coastal ecosystems
University of Queensland via edX
Take the challenge and understand problems and solutions to managing tropical coastal ecosystems.
★★★★★ (7 ratings)

Urban Water – Innovations for Environmental Sustainability
The University of British Columbia via edX
Learn about innovative urban solutions to the global water crisis, with inspiring real-life examples from architects, engineers, planners, ecologists, and artists.
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

One Planet, One Ocean
SDG Academy via edX
A holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Oceanography: a key to better understand our world
University of Barcelona via Coursera
The course for a round the world regatta leads the boats through the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic, Southern Indian and South Pacific Oceans. On their voyage, the skippers come across a large variety of oceanographic situations: strong currents, floating ice, wave formations of every kind and biological diversity.

Our Global Ocean – An Introduction Course
Smithsonian Institution via edX
Our ocean is vast, mysterious, and key to all life on our planet. This short course will introduce you to the basics of our ocean, marine life, and the connection between humans and our ocean.

More courses: You can find over 70 courses on SDG 14: Ocean Ecosystem here.

SDG 15: Sustainability Courses for Terrestrial Ecosystem

SDG 15: Sustainability Courses for Terrestrial Ecosystem

SDG 15: Life on Land
Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss. 

Environmental Gamechanger – Lead the Way to Sustainable Development
Wageningen University via edX
Do you wish you could have an actual, tangible impact on global challenges, like climate change and pollution? Do you know of concrete issues in your community that need to change for the better, but no-one is taking on the challenge? Then let this online course empower you to ‘be the change you want to see in the world’. Join game changers from all over and start creating that sustainable environment now, right where you are.
★★★★★ (7 ratings)

Planetary Boundaries
SDG Academy via edX
Can our planet continue to support the current scope of human activity?
★★★★★ (5 ratings)

Global Environmental Management
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) via Coursera
Learn about the best environmental technologies for a sustainable development and how they are managed in various settings around the world. This course gives you an opportunity to learn about global trends that influence our environment and the living conditions and how different management systems and approaches that are used around the world to manage the environment.
★★★★★ (5 ratings)

The Science Advisory Toolbox for Environmental Management
University System of Maryland via edX
Develop your own science and management strategy while viewing the environment through a multicultural lens. Learn how science advocacy can drive effective environmental and sustainability decision-making.
★★★★★ (5 ratings)

Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050
University of Western Australia via Coursera
The Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050 Course is based on a clear vision: imagine best practice farming for 2050, start to implement these strategies now, all the while making sure it will still be profitable.
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

More courses: You can find over 110 courses on SDG 15: Terrestrial Ecosystem here.

SDG 16: Sustainability Courses for Humane Society

SDG 16: Sustainability Courses for Humane Society

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels 

Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace
SDG Academy via edX
Natural resources and the environment as a vehicle for peace.

Data Ethics, AI and Responsible Innovation
University of Edinburgh via edX
Our future is here and it relies on data. Medical robots, smart homes and cities, predictive policing, artificial intelligences – all are fuelled by data and all promise new benefits to society. But will these innovations benefit everyone? Who stands to gain and who is put at risk? How can we ensure that data is part of a just and sustainable world? Join us on this course as we explore these increasingly important topics further.

Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home
SDG Academy via edX
A mini-course on the urgent call to action: protect the earth and its inhabitants from ruin.

More courses: You can find over 130 courses on SDG 16: Humane Society here.

SDG 17: Sustainability Courses for Global Partnership

SDG 17: Sustainability Courses for Global Partnership

SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. 

Strategic Communication for Sustainability Leaders
University System of Maryland via edX
Communicating science effectively is a critical skill for anyone involved in environmental policy or sustainability. Learn how to integrate effective visualizations into compelling narratives to clearly explain complex ecosystem processes.
★★★★★ (41 ratings)

The Changing Global Order
Leiden University via Coursera
How are international power relations changing and how can global peace and stability be maintained? This course familiarizes you with some main theories of international relations, shows how the global order is gradually changing and discusses how selected international and regional organizations contribute to the maintenance of global peace and security.
★★★★☆ (10 ratings)

Global Sociology
Wellesley College via edX
Connect your personal biography to global history as you develop your sociological imagination.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

BGP-003: Conflicts and Peace: Global Perspective
IGNOU via Swayam
The Programme is focused on the understanding of peace and conflict resolution, to deal with conflict in the society particularly in Gandhian perspective.The giant strides man has made in science and technology have failed to engender peace of mind in the individuals, harmony in society, and peace among nations; nor have they helped in liquidating poverty, ignorance, and exploitation.

More courses: You can find over 120 courses on SDG 17: Global Partnership here.

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Course Review: The Age of Sustainable Development https://www.classcentral.com/report/review-age-sustainable-development/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/review-age-sustainable-development/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2022 16:59:09 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=81923 An interdisciplinary and comprehensive course to keep our heads up in striving for change despite the reasons to be disappointed with the current state of affairs

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Intro to Sustainable Development – Week 1

I have never expected to describe a completed online course, let alone an audit-only one, as “pivotal,” but here we are. Is it really possible to make a digestible overview of a complex, yet indispensable, perspective that is Sustainable Development, and to do so without trimming excessive content? The Age of Sustainable Development course by Columbia University, helmed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, proves that it is. While the audio-visuals are not extraordinary, but expected from outputs of topnotch institutions and leaders of the field, the content and the story crafted from it definitely are. The last time I felt a similar level of awe while taking and after completing a MOOC was when I took “Mountains 101” by University of Alberta. Interestingly, “Mountains 101” also has, officially at least, 12 weeks’ worth of content. Perhaps, both the course length and the apparent dedication & expertise by the makers are essential ingredients to make an online course unforgettable.

What to expect from “The Age of Sustainable Development”

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist.

Sustainable development, by itself, is interdisciplinary and comprehensive. True to these characteristics of the topic, the course demonstrates the same. Professor Sachs is perhaps one of the few, if not the only one, who has the sufficient amount of experience and expertise to effortlessly make the individual subtopics and their connections clear to casual audiences. Most importantly, for me, this course provides, in detail, the reasons to be disappointed with the current state of affairs and, simultaneously, the reasons to keep our heads up in striving for change that benefits the greatest number of people – the currently-living and the generations of yet-to-be-born. Furthermore, the quizzes are excellently made and generally utilize authoritative resources. Regardless of your current standing in life, you will be encouraged to “get dirty” and examine unforgiving research/statistical data that form the basis of sensible policies and forecasts.

What improvements this course needs

Country Income Groups (World Bank Classification – July 2011)

The only flaw I can think of regarding the course is that it is outdated. Since the course’s release circa 2015, much has changed in the planet and, as a species, we have been experiencing several pinpoint-able events that can make or break (or are already making or breaking) the global community and its constituents. In connection with this, some of the internet links leading to resources needed to answer some questions are already dead (with a little bit of taking advantage of context clues, though, the same or similar resources can be located). A possible update of this course will likely include an adjustment of the optimism/pessimism (on our collective capacity to bring about timely sustainable development) demonstrated in the material.

Conclusion

Intro to Economic Development is New – Week 3

At the end of the course, I feel “well-rounded” in the understanding of the world around me in terms of matters beyond my field of training (healthcare). Overall, I believe that this course, or any resource on understanding sustainable development, should be watched and/or read by everyone. Little by little, accompanied by on-going events that are causing hardship to numerous people worldwide, we realize that our action, or inaction, on sustainable development is a pressing concern on both existential and moral grounds.

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1000+ Medical Online Courses with Free Certificate & CME Credit https://www.classcentral.com/report/free-medical-certificate-courses/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/free-medical-certificate-courses/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2022 13:31:34 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=81886 Free certificate courses from Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Brown, and other top universities and med schools.

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To support continuing medical education (CME), many universities — including top institutions like Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Yale — offer free medical online courses and webinars.

These include free certificates of completion like the ones above, and often also a transcript. And if you’re a healthcare professional, they also carry continuing medical education credit (CME credit).

I’ve scoured the web in search of platforms that offer free medical courses, testing these platforms one by one, and collecting a dozen free certificates along the way, including five from Ivy League schools. 

In this Class Central article, I’ve compiled all the platforms I’ve found. Combined, they offer over 1000 medical online courses and webinars, with free certificates and CME credit.

I’ll continue to update this article as I find more platforms. If you know a platform that fits the article and isn’t listed below yet, please share it in the comments.

Understanding Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Columbia University CME platform

Medical research is very active. Every year in the US, more students earn doctoral degrees in life sciences than in any other field. And in most EU countries, medical sciences are the primary recipients of research funding. This is only natural. We’re talking about people’s health. The stakes are high.

Since the medical field evolves rapidly, lifelong learning is an integral part of medical professions. Continuing medical education (CME) simply formalizes this necessity. It consists of activities, including courses and webinars, that allow healthcare professionals to keep up with development in their fields.

These activities lead to certificates and carry continuing medical education credit (CME credit) in proportion with the activities’ length and depth. In many places around the world, healthcare professionals must earn CME credit on an ongoing basis to demonstrate their continued competency.

While primarily geared toward healthcare professionals, fortunately for us, these activities are often accessible to everyone, whether you work in healthcare or not. And sometimes, they’re even free. In this article, we focus on online platforms that offer free CME resources available to everyone.

Enrolling in CME Courses

Johns Hopkins CME activities

After spending some time researching CME platforms, you start to notice some patterns.

For one, most med schools offer CME activities. Some only organize in-person activities. But often, they also offer online activities, in the form of courses or webinar recordings — so called enduring materials.

Additionally, universities typically rely on third-party platforms to organize their online CME activities and issue certificates. A couple of platforms seem to be particularly popular. I’ve come across these quite often:

  • CloudCME — used by Stanford and Johns Hopkins, among others.
  • EthosCE — used by Brown and Chicago, among others.

The advantage of these platforms being popular is that once you’ve tried them, you’ll feel comfortable navigating the CME platforms of most universities, at least US-based ones.

The sign up process, in particular, is almost always the same. Compared to platforms like Coursera, CME platforms tend to ask for more information, including your phone number, address, and current degree.

If you don’t want to share that information, you can just fill in random values. They don’t verify phone numbers. But know that the degree information you input will usually be appended to your name on certificates, and the address will typically show up on your transcript, so you might want to fill in sensible values.

Earning CME Certificates

My Stanford transcript, listing the course I’ve taken

After finishing an online CME activity, you’ll have to complete a posttest to demonstrate your learning. These typically involve 2 to 10 multiple-choice questions, specifically about the CME’s content.

Some instructors make their posttests very easy — sometimes concerningly so, since some posttests just involve ticking a checkbox promising that you’ve watched the CME videos in full. I found this a bit alarming, considering these activities are used for the ongoing validation of clinicians’ knowledge.

Other instructors make their posttests quite difficult, testing learners on minute and sometimes subjective details, verifying programmatically that the learner watched the CME videos in full before unlocking the posttest, and allowing learners only two attempts to pass the posttest.

If you achieve a passing grade in your posttest, you’ll typically be asked to fill a survey evaluating the quality of the CME activity. Once you’ve filled the survey, you’ll have direct access to your certificate of completion, or the certificate will be emailed to you within a day.

Additionally, most platforms will also allow you to access and print a transcript listing all the CME activities you’ve completed on the platform. You can see one of my transcripts above.

CME Platforms

Without further ado, here are the CME platforms I’ve explored. Combined, they offer over 1000 CME activities, most of them with free certificates, and for healthcare professionals, CME credit. I’ll continue to expand the list as I find new platforms. If you have a recommendation, please share it in the comments.

Stanford Free CME Courses

My certificate of completion for Stanford’s Intro to Food and Health

Stanford Medicine offers more than 730 online learning resources in the medical field, from podcasts to full-fledged courses, many including free certificates of completion and CME credit. Learners also have access to a formal transcript from Stanford, listing all the training they’ve completed.

Here are some of the free resources available on the platform:

You can find Stanford’s entire CME catalog here.

If you’d like to learn more about Stanford CME, I’ve written a detailed article about the platform: Stanford Medicine Offers Courses with Free Certificate & CME Credit.

Johns Hopkins Free CME Courses

My certificate of completion for Johns Hopkins’ Management of Low Back Pain

Johns Hopkins University offers close to 250 online CME activities, including mini-courses, webinars, and grand rounds, which involve discussing specific patients, their treatment, and outcomes, to turn these cases into learning opportunities.

Here are some of the free resources available on the platform:

You can find Johns Hopkins’ entire CME catalog here.

Dartmouth Free CME Courses

My Dartmouth transcript, listing the course I’ve taken: Calming and De-Escalation

Dartmouth University offers just over 210 online CME activities, almost all free, including grand rounds and webinars on topics such as patient and pain management, pediatrics, organ donations, and sexual violence.

Here are some of the free resources available on the platform:

You can find Dartmouth’s entire CME catalog here.

Note that on this platform, you may have to click on the “Purchase” button to take a course, giving you the impression you’ll have to pay, but the on the checkout page, price will actually be $0.

Brown Free CME Courses

My certificate of completion for Brown’s Fears, Bias and Discrimination in Substance Use Disorders

Brown University offers over 100 free online CME activities on a wide variety of topics, including psychiatry, opioid use disorders, and autoimmune diseases.

Here are some of the free resources available on the platform:

You can find Brown’s entire CME catalog here.

California Free CME Courses

My certificate of completion for California’s Improving Access to Contraception

The University of California has a common CME platform for its various campuses, including UCSF, UCLA, and UC Irvine. In total, the platform offers close to 50 free CME activities, on topics such as diabetes, addiction, and emotional wellbeing.

Here are some of the free resources available on the platform:

You can find California’s entire CME catalog here.

Chicago Free CME Courses

My certificate of completion for Chicago’s First, Do No (Financial) Harm

The University of Chicago offers over 40 online CME activities, many of them free. These discuss topics related to various areas of medical research, such as oncology, palliative care, and pediatrics.

Here are some of the free resources available on the platform:

You can find Chicago’s entire CME catalog here.

Penn Free CME Courses

My certificate of completion for Penn’s Tarasoff Duties

The University of Pennsylvania offers just over 25 free online CME activities. These include mini-courses and webinar recordings on both purely medical topics as well as topics surrounding the medical field, such as the laws and ethics of doctor-patient confidentiality.

Here are some of the free resources available on the platform:

You can find Penn’s entire CME catalog here.

Yale Free CME Courses

My certificate of completion for Yale’s Neuro-resuscitation after Traumatic Brain Injury and Cardiac Arrest

Yale University offers just over 20 online CME activities, almost all free. These range from mini-courses to full fledged symposiums on topics such as inflammatory diseases, COVID-19, and HIV/AIDs.

Here are some of the free resources available on the platform:

You can find Yale’s entire CME catalog here.

Columbia Free CME Courses

My certificate of completion for Columbia’s How Common is Celiac Disease Around the World?

Columbia University offers a couple of free webinars about celiac disease that include a free certificate and CME credit:

You can find Columbia’s entire CME catalog here.

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How The Open University Works: An Insider’s Perspective https://www.classcentral.com/report/open-university-insiders-perspective/ https://www.classcentral.com/report/open-university-insiders-perspective/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2022 16:45:26 +0000 https://www.classcentral.com/report/?p=67197 In this article, I present an in-depth overview of what studying with The Open University is like.

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Open University Graduation Ceremory
Open University Graduation Ceremony

A few years ago, I graduated from the The Open University (OU) with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Studying online proved a great fit for me. So much, in fact, that I went on to apply to Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS). I’m currently working my way through the program, specializing in machine learning. This puts me in an unusual situation: I’ve completed my entire higher education online. I suspect that in a near future, this situation will become more common.

Unlike most OU students, who are usually in their mid-thirties, I joined the OU in my early twenties. I chose the OU over a brick university because I had started working full time after high school, and I wanted to continue working during my studies. Furthermore, I lived in Belgium, but I envisioned my career in the US. So I wanted to study in English and my degree to be recognized internationally. As it happens, the OU is one of a handful of UK universities to be fully accredited (that is, regionally accredited) in the US. That settled my choice.

In this article, I retrace my steps at the OU from enrollment to graduation. The goal is twofold:

  • First, to give you a sense of what studying with the OU is like.
  • Second, to highlight particular aspects of the OU experience that aren’t readily apparent from the outside, but that every prospective student ought to know.

If you’d rather try for yourself, the OU has an online course platform with hundreds of free courses, leading to certificates like the one below. You can find more information here: 800+ Open University Free Certificates.

Free certificate earned by my colleague @pat

Open University Origins & Challenges

The Open University is a UK public research institution and the world’s first distance-learning university. Founded in 1969 following a government push for a more accessible higher education, it has grown to become the largest academic institution in Europe with over 205,000 students. It offers courses on a wide variety of subjects and degrees including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate. In 2012, the OU founded FutureLearn, which has grown to become Europe’s largest online course platform and is now co-owned by the OU and SEEK. 

Over the years, the OU has faced important challenges. Funding reforms in UK’s higher education compounded with Brexit led to cuts in student aid, hikes in course fees, and drops in enrollments. In 2018, the situation prompted the OU vice-chancellor to resign, following a vote of no confidence from OU staff. The vice-chancellor’s departure was precipitated by his controversial plans to lay off staff, cut courses, and scale down research.

So the OU has and will continue to face many challenges. To overcome them, the university may adopt measures that’ll change its approach to online teaching, perhaps drastically. But the purpose of this article isn’t to speculate about the OU’s future but to describe the OU experience as I lived it, and for the sake of future students, as I hope it will remain.

Open University Admission & Cost

“I paid about $1,500 per course and $18,000 in total for my degree. But since then, prices have increased, with big swings up and down.” 

As its name indicates, the Open University is built around the notion of openness. There are no barriers to entry besides knowing English, having internet access, and paying your tuition fees. Given the OU’s public, nonprofit nature, tuition fees fluctuate according to UK politics.

I paid about $1,500 per course and $18,000 in total for my degree. But since then, prices have increased, with big swings up and down. In 2021, the degree would have set you back $26,500. This year, the cost has gone down: $23,000 in total.

So the OU isn’t cheap, but it’s more affordable than most British universities, and it doesn’t require you to shoulder the cost of living in the UK.

Open University Courses

Subjects

The Open University offers for-credit courses in pretty much every discipline you’d expect from any large university: biology, economics, engineering, journalism, law, and mathematics, to name a few.

Levels

Undergraduate courses are classified into levels 1, 2, and 3. These roughly correspond to academic years.

For example, level 1 courses are the type of course you’d take in your first year in a brick university. They are often introductory courses and involve some hand-holding. At level 2, courses are likely to build on previous ones, and you’re expected to be more self-reliant. By level 3, you’re autonomous and ready to tackle semester-long research and development projects.

You can take individual courses at any level, or you can study toward a degree comprising a series of courses across several levels.

Availability

The OU offers courses worldwide, but the exact course catalog varies from country to country. As a general rule, most courses are available throughout Europe, but options in other continents may be more limited. For instance, the OU currently offers 241 undergraduate courses in the UK, but just 217 in the US.

Open University Degrees

Types

“Certificates and diplomas can serve as stepping stones toward full degrees, reducing the time it takes to gain a credential.” 

Different qualifications allow to accommodate different student needs and constraints. At the undergraduate level, qualifications available include:

  • Undergraduate certificate — equivalent to ⅓ of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Undergraduate diploma — equivalent to ⅔ of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Bachelor’s degree without honours — equivalent to ⅚ of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Bachelor’s degree with honours — full bachelor’s degree.

Similar qualifications are offered at the graduate level:

  • Graduate certificate — equivalent to ⅓ of a master’s degree.
  • Graduate diploma — equivalent to ⅔ of a master’s degree.
  • Master’s degree — full master’s degree.

The difference between these qualifications isn’t trivial. They don’t all benefit from the same level of recognition, especially outside the UK. For example, many graduate programs only accept applicants with an honours undergraduate degree. Certificates and diplomas can serve as stepping stones toward full degrees, reducing the time it takes to gain a credential.

In addition, the OU offers “top-up” degrees. These correspond to the final year of an honours degree. They allow students who already have a non-honours degree, potentially from a different country, to study an additional year to earn a UK honours degree.

For instance, if you already have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, you may “upgrade” it to a bachelor’s degree with honours in engineering. 

Finally, the Open University offers doctoral degrees including PhD and EdD.

Open Degrees

OU undergraduate degrees focus on either one or two complementary subjects. For example, you can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. But you may prefer a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics. If you decide to study two subjects, you’ll spend equal time on each.

But the OU also offers an alternative to regular undergraduate degrees called open degrees. Instead of focusing on one or two subjects, open degrees allow you to pick and choose courses to tailor your degree to your needs and interests. The only requirement is to take courses across different levels (usually four courses at level 1, four at level 2, and four at level 3).

But open degrees are a double-edged sword. If they offer more control to students, they can also be perceived as lacking focus — for example, if a student chooses courses that don’t complement each other. Moreover, employers are unlikely to know what open degrees are. This may not be an issue if you’re studying simply for the pleasure of learning, but if your goal is to improve your professional prospects, a regular OU degree is your safest option.

Specializations

OU degrees may offer different specializations. These are specific fields of study within your degree subject. For instance, in computing, undergraduate specializations include:

  • Computer Science
  • Software Development
  • Communication and Networking

Each specialization involves a different set of courses. And while some of these courses are compulsory, others are elective — that is, you can choose between several alternatives. For example, in the Computer Science specialization, taking Object-Oriented Programming and Algorithms, Data Structures, and Computability is compulsory. But Software Engineering, Data Analysis, and Interaction Design are electives — you may decide to take only some of these courses.

Open University Teaching Method

Open University Campus at Milton Keynes

In addition to being a distance-learning university, the OU is a research institution. Its campus and research facilities are located some 50 miles north of London in the town of Milton Keynes, also home to the famous Bletchley Park. If most OU courses, and by extension, most OU degrees are completed online, some require students to spend time on campus.

This is notably the case for courses that don’t lend themselves naturally to an online mode of delivery — for instance, because they require direct communication (such as a foreign language course) or access to special resources (such as a laboratory chemistry course). Rather than not offering those courses, the OU decided to add an on-campus component to them, requiring students to spend time at Milton Keynes, or at a partner institution, to attend classes, take part in practical activities, and collaborate.

This is also the case for doctoral students, who are usually required to live at a commutable distance from Milton Keynes to fully engage with the research environment and regularly meet with their doctoral advisers.

But these cases are the exception rather than the rule. The OU remains first and foremost a distance-learning institution.

Calendar

Most undergraduate courses are offered twice a year (starting in February and October) and last about nine months. Registrations close a few weeks before courses begin, and there’s a limit to how many courses you can take at once. Maxing out credits each year, you can finish a bachelor’s degree with honours in as little as three years, but most students take longer.

Open University Platform

Open University Student Home

The heart of the OU is its website. There, you can find most of the information you need to determine if the OU could be a good fit for you. And if you enroll, it’s from there you’ll log into your student homepage or Student Home, which centralizes the main components of your virtual student life, including your:

  • Profile — where you can access your academic record.
  • Newsfeed — where faculty posts announcements.
  • Email — which ends in .ac.uk, the UK equivalent of an US .edu student email.
  • Calendar — which aggregates all your course deadlines.
  • Services — such as career support, digital library, financial aid, and help center.
  • Communities — such as OU student associations, forums, and social media.

Finally, your student homepage allows you to access your courses.

Course Website

Open University Course Website

Each course has its own website with at its center, a study planner. The planner is divided into weekly checklists of activities, where each activity links to the corresponding course material. As you advance through the material, you check items off your list to track your progress. Note that although the study is self-paced, assessments do have hard deadlines.

Studying with the Open University

Learning Materials

Open University Textbooks

The Open University remains a firm believer in traditional learning materials, which they’ve been producing in-house since 1971 and are included in the course fee. A few weeks before classes start, you’ll receive a UK-stamped package containing textbooks, USB flash drives, and sometimes, special equipment.

For example, in one course I received a programmable board similar to a Raspberry Pi. The board was used in conjunction with a collection of sensors and a motor to introduce students to programming through a hands-on approach. This is a recurring theme with the OU: they try hard not to let distance get in the way of a rich learning experience.

Open University SenseBoard

Tutors

“Think of your tutor as both your professor and TA. If you have a question, you can contact them for help.” 

The OU has a very particular approach to course building and teaching. Courses are built by multidisciplinary teams that comprise experts from academia and industry, educational technologists, content creation specialists, and external examiners. They are in charge of producing all the course material from theory to assessments, from printed to digital format.

But on a daily basis, courses are run by tutors. Think of your tutor as both your professor and TA. If you have a question, you can contact them for help. When you submit an assignment, they’re the one to mark it and provide feedback. And periodically, they conduct live online sessions. Simply put, your tutor is your most valuable source of support during your studies.

Each tutor is in charge of a tutor group that usually comprises 30 students. Think of these students as your classmates: they’re all in the same course, follow the same schedule, and have the same tutor as you.

Tutors are experts in their course subject matter, and many combine their work as tutors with related positions in academia or industry. Some of my tutors were also lecturers in brick universities, some were engineers, some held PhDs, some were OU alumni, and some, several of the above. But regardless of their background, my tutors were all helpful and experienced. Maybe I got lucky, but the OU prides itself on ranking high in the national student satisfaction survey conducted annually by UK authorities, so I suspect my experience isn’t an outlier.

Shortly before the term begins, you’ll receive an email from your tutor where they introduce themself and welcome you to the course. From there, how much contact you have with them is entirely up to you. My suggestion is to engage in meaningful exchanges with your tutors. Their support can be invaluable both during and after the course. Few distance-learning programs give you the chance to build meaningful relationships with instructors, so take full advantage of this opportunity.

Course Content

The bulk of the course material consists of text interspersed with supporting images and charts. Audio and video material aren’t all that common. I imagine this is a deliberate choice by the OU. It helps keep production costs down. And it helps maintain parity between the printed and online material, ensuring that students get a similar experience whether they study through textbook or computer.

Of course, this parity has its limits. Some resources simply can’t be put in printed format, such as interactive quizzes and links to external references. So there’s a gap between the printed and online material. And as newer and better educational technologies are integrated into the OU platform to enrich the learning experience, this gap is bound to increase.

Online Sessions

“I remember online sessions being a nice break from the monotony of solo learning.” 

Every month or two, your tutor will schedule a live online session. These are like going to class but over the internet. You and your classmates use a web conferencing app to join your tutor in a virtual classroom. There, you can communicate through video, audio, or chat, and collaborate on a shared blackboard.

Your tutor spends one to two hours teaching the course material, often with the support of a slide presentation. Online sessions tend to focus on the more challenging topics, the ones students can really benefit from being taught directly.

And if you have a question, all you need do is raise your hand. Your virtual hand that is. Virtual classrooms have a system of emojis that can be leverage different ways — for example, by students to draw the attention of the tutor, or by the tutor to ask if students are following along, which is usually echoed by a wave of thumbs up.

I remember online sessions being a nice break from the monotony of solo learning. They’re a great opportunity to get some face-to-face time with your tutors and bond with classmates.

And if you can’t make it to a session, don’t worry; these are systematically recorded, so you can always catch up later. In some courses, you can even access recordings from other tutors. This is useful when dealing with difficult subjects because if your tutor’s explanations don’t click with you, another tutor’s just might. In addition, I found that cross-referencing the advice shared by different tutors prior to assessments would give you a good idea of the type of questions you’d get. No wonder pre-exam sessions had by far the largest attendance.

Communication

Tutor Support

“You can expect a response within two days, although in my experience, tutors often reply on the same day.” 

At some point, you may have to contact your tutor. You have different options to do so.

For personal matters, use email. Your tutor’s email address is always available to you, and it’s the main avenue for official contact. For instance, if you need an extension on an assignment, request it by email. You can expect a response within two days, although in my experience, tutors often reply on the same day. And if you’re wondering, tutors will gladly grant you an assignment extension as long as you contact them well ahead of the deadline.

For urgent matters, you may be able to call or message your tutor. They often share their phone number and contact hours at the start of the course. I never resorted to contacting one of my tutors on their phone, but having this option was certainly reassuring.

For general questions, you can still ask your tutor, but you may want to use the course forums instead.

Forums

Forums are ideal to discuss the course material and get quick answers to questions. There, you can receive replies from both tutors and students. And since those students work on the same problems and must meet the same deadlines as you, you’re likely to get a timely response. In addition, you’re probably not the only one asking yourself those questions. So by sharing them, you ensure that others benefit from the community answers.

Each course has several forums, and how these are broken down differs from course to course. Some forums are specific to particular course sections or assignments (to ensure that all questions stay on topic), while others are more general and informal (to allow for more relaxed discussions on a wider range of topics).

One special forum that is present in every course is the tutor group forum. This forum is restricted to your tutor group — that is, all students in the course that have the same tutor as you. So you can think of it as your class forum. But in my experience, tutor forums are seldom used, except by tutors themselves to post class announcements.

Open University Assessments

The OU uses two methods of assessment: homework and exams. Let’s discuss each.

Homework

Regularly during the course, you’ll have to submit homework. Naturally, these are assignments you complete at home and at your own pace, and they come in two types.

Tutor-Marked Assignments

The first type of homework is the tutor-marked assignment (TMA). TMAs are substantial assignments that aim to assess your understanding of a large chunk of the course material. And as their name indicates, they are marked by your tutor.

TMAs require anywhere from 20 to 40 hours of work and can involve a wide variety of tasks, such as short- and long-answer questions, programming problems, or essays. Most courses have between three and five TMAs, and the precise number is listed on the registration page, so you can get an idea of the course load before you register. Although TMA deadlines are known from the first day of class, the TMAs themselves may only become accessible later. For instance, in my algorithms course, TMAs were released two months before their deadline. So you can work ahead, but within some limits. Once you complete a TMA, you submit it by uploading it to the course website.

After the deadline, your tutor can score your TMA. They check your answers one by one, marking in green the correct ones, marking in red the wrong ones, providing feedback on each as required, and finally, giving you a score out of 100 and an overall comment on your performance. So the OU adopts a very conventional approach to scoring TMAs. There were no automated scoring agents, no peer feedback involved, just good old manual marking.

Interactive Computer-Marked Assignments

The second type of homework is the interactive computer-marked assignment (iCMA). iCMAs are short assignments that you completed online and that are graded automatically.

iCMAs have a predefined availability window, usually several weeks long. You may complete them at any time during that period. iCMA’s include multiple-choice questions, fill-in-the-blanks questions, drag-and-drop questions, coding questions… In short, all question types that are easily autograded. Although more numerous than TMAs, iCMAs require less time to complete and don’t impact your grade as much. So they’re not as critical. In fact, I remember iCMAs being entirely optional in some courses, serving only as a tools for self-assessment.

Open University Exams

“Having students fly to the UK to sit their exams would defeat the purpose of studying online. So instead, it’s the exams that go to the students.” 

All courses end with an exam, and just like homework, exams come in two types.

Proctored Exams

The first type of exam the is the bona fide proctored exam — that is, an exam taken in person, in a timed environment, and under the watchful eye of an invigilator.

So once again the OU departs from a purely online experience in favor of a more traditional approach, and this despite the logistical overhead it implicates. I suspect this decision is motivated by a desire to leave no doubt about the rigor of the university.

Having students fly to the UK to sit their exams would defeat the purpose of studying online. So instead, it’s the exams that go to the students: the OU has partnered with over 100 examination centers across Europe, where students can go take their exams. And if you don’t live in Europe, the OU can make individual arrangements with an appropriate venue in your country of residence.

In my case, the exam center was a ten-minute drive from home. I’d go there and find myself in a room full of OU students taking exams on different subjects. An invigilator would verify our identities and point us to our allocated seats, where our exam papers would be waiting face down. After instructing us on what to do, and more importantly, what not to do during the exam, we’d be allowed to start. Exams would usually have a four-hour time limit. So all in all, a pretty typical exam experience.

I should add that that’s how proctored exams worked back when I completed my degree. Since the start of the pandemic, the OU has transitioned to online proctoring, and apparently, online exams will continue though 2023. So maybe they’re here to stay.

I don’t know what software the OU uses for online proctoring, but in the context of my master’s, I’ve taken many online proctored exams using different proctoring software, such as Proctortrack and Honorlock, and they all work more-or-less the same:

  • First, you’ll have to install the proctoring software. It will monitoring everything that happens on your computer during the exam, and it will capture video and sounds through your webcam.
  • Second, you’ll have to show some ID and potentially do a “room scan”, using your webcam to show where you’ll take the exam, to demonstrate that you don’t have forbidden course materials at hand.
  • Third, you’ll take your exam, which typically consist of multiple-choice and short-essay questions, while being recorded by your webcam.
  • Fourth, once you finish the exam or the time runs out, the recording will be automatically uploaded to be analyzed. If the recording gets flagged because of any suspicious activity (for instance, you spoke to someone during the exam), it will be manually checked by an instructor.

End-of-Module Assignments

The second and less common type of exam is the end-of-module assignment (EMA). EMAs are a cross between a student project and a very long TMA. Just like homework, EMAs are completed at home and at your own pace. But unlike homework, EMAs are not marked by tutors, but by external examiners, to ensure consistency and prevent biases.

EMAs require 30 to 60 hours of work and aim to assess your knowledge of the course material, but also, your ability to apply this knowledge in practical contexts. To this end, EMAs often adopt an open-ended, project-centric approach. And for this reason, only courses where a project seems like a natural extension of the course material have EMAs. For instance, my data analysis course had an EMA that involved conducting a full-fledged analysis of a couple of seemingly unrelated data sets. We were given free rein as to how to approach our analysis. Our score only depended on our ability to unearth relations between the data sets, extract valuable insights, and thoroughly report on our findings using the concepts and tools learned in the course.

Open University Grading

“The OU grading system is particularly ruthless.” 

Once you receive all your homework and exam results, your final course grade can be determined. This is done in three steps.

First, your homework scores are combined to form your so-called continuous score. This involves calculating a weighted mean of your TMA and iCMA scores. The specific weights used vary from course to course, but TMAs are always weighted more heavily than iCMAs.

Second, your exam score becomes your so-called examinable score.

Third, your continuous and examinable scores are compared, and the worst of the two is used to determine your course grade using the following table:

Score Boundaries Course Grade
85 – 100 Distinction Grade
70 – 84 Grade 2 Pass
55 – 69 Grade 3 Pass
40 – 54 Grade 4 Pass
0 – 39 Fail
Open University Grading Scale

The OU grading system is particularly ruthless. Imagine you get perfect scores on all your homework, resulting in a continuous score of 100, but you bomb your exam, resulting in an examinable score of just 65. Since only the worst score is used to determine your course grade, you end the course with a Pass 3. And the same would happen if you aced your exam but did poorly on your homework. So the only way to get a good course grade is to perform well on both.

Unfortunately, there’s no single way to convert UK grades into US letter grades. But for what it’s worth, when I had my OU degree evaluated by World Education Services (WES) to apply to grad school in the US, both Pass 2 and Distinction grades were converted to As.

Open University Graduation

Open University Degree Classification

“An Open University First translates into a 4.0 GPA and an Upper Second into a 3.8.” 

Once you pass all your degree courses, you can apply for graduation. Based on your academic results, you’ll be offered to graduate with one of the following classes of honors:

  • First
  • Upper Second
  • Lower Second
  • Third

Again, there’s no one way to convert these to the US system, but according to WES, an Open University First translates into a 4.0 GPA and an Upper Second into a 3.8. But your mileage may vary.

If you’re satisfied with the class of honors you’re offered, you can immediately graduate. But if you’d like to improve it, you can also delay your graduation to take more courses. Good results in these could offset previous lower results and bump you up a class of honors.

Once you accept your graduation offer, you have immediate access to documents detailing your degree, including the courses you’ve taken, the grades you’ve achieved, and the skills you’ve gained. These documents also explain how courses were delivered and assessed, and they don’t shy away from the fact the OU is primarily a distance-learning institution.

Two months later, you’ll receive by post your shiny new diploma with the usual ornaments and information, including the university coat of arms and the degree class of honours.

Open University Coat of Arms

Open University Graduation Ceremony

The OU organizes graduation ceremonies with the traditional bells and whistles: academic dresses, inspirational speeches, rolled diplomas, the works. Ceremonies are held monthly in venues across the UK. If you get the chance to attend, I encourage you to do so. They’re a great opportunity to meet faculty and classmates. And having your name called, walking the stage, and hearing the cheers from your family makes for some great memories.

Open University Accreditation & Recognition

“The Open University is fully accredited both in the UK and US.” 

Despite its unconventional mode of delivery, the Open University is on paper a university like any other. More specifically, the OU is fully accredited both in the UK and US. It’s a recognized body in the UK, which is British legalese for fully accredited. And it’s one of the few UK universities to also be regionally accredited in the US. (To learn more on the subject, head to our Beginner’s Guide to US Accreditations.)

So if after your OU degree, you want to pursue further studies in a brick university, you can. And this includes prestigious universities. For instance, one of my OU classmates went on to study a master’s degree in computer science at Oxford University.

Student Services & Associations

“Student Support offers direct, individualized assistance to students. For example, they can provide you a letter of recommendation that reflects to your academic performance.” 

Open University students have access to structures of support that extend beyond their studies, such as Career Services, Student Support, and OU Associations. Here’s how each can help:

  • Career Services offers resources to help students at every step of their job search. For example, they provide access to private job listings, they organize career-oriented webinars and consultations, and they facilitate contact between students and employers.
  • Student Support offers direct, individualized assistance to students. For example, they can provide you a letter of recommendation that reflects your academic performance. Although these tend to be a bit generic, it’s nice to have a streamlined process for requesting them. And if you need a more personal, more inspired recommendation, you can always try to get one directly from a tutor. If you did well in their course, they’ll likely oblige.
  • OU Associations, such as the OU Student Association and the OU Alumni Association, offer access to a vast network of OU students and alumni. Keep in mind the OU has over 2.2 million alumni working in a wide range of industries and companies. So needless to say, leveraging this network can be key to successfully launch or advance your career.

Conclusion

In 1969, the Open University became the world’s first distance-learning university. Since then, its approach to education has continued to evolve at the pace of technological development. But this evolution has been selective: embracing technology to augment the learning experience but retaining proven features of conventional education (such as close contact between students and instructors). And this nuanced approach, balancing tradition with novelty to offer the best of both worlds, seems to have struck a chord with students, because more than 50 years after its inception, the Open University is the largest academic institution in Europe. And if you too would like to join, I hope this article helped shed light on how you should proceed and what you can expect.

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English is one of the most popular languages today; no doubt many people want to learn and get better at it. A crucial part of any language is its grammar. But for some, it might be a daunting task. “How do they write so well while I struggle to get a sentence right?”

If you’re one of them, don’t worry. Grammar is not a mathematical formula. In fact, it’s simply the way a language has developed… just like your own language. So you actually know a lot of grammar already! And with so many online courses today, learning English grammar is a piece of cake.

In this article, I’ve selected the 10 best free and paid English grammar online courses for you from the 750+ English grammar courses on our catalog by following a well-defined methodology that you can find below. My colleague, @Fabio, an ESL instructor, has helped me with the research.

But if you want to jump straight to the results, here are my top 10 picks. You can click on a course to jump to the corresponding section:

Course Workload In Brief
1. Grammar (Khan Academy) 10 hours Great free course for beginners, builds a strong foundation, with a fun and interactive instructor
2. Grammar and Punctuation (UC Irvine) 17 hours Best university course for learning tricky punctuation and improving English writing
3. Learn English: Intermediate Grammar (UC Irvine) 132 hours Best university specialization for learning complete intermediate English grammar
4. English grammar Launch: Upgrade your speaking and listening (Udemy) 8 hours Useful for getting a lot of speaking and listening practice while learning English grammar
5. Writing with Proper Punctuation (LinkedIn Learning) Less than 1 hour Short course on punctuation, with a best-seller author and influencer, free trial available
6. Learn English: Beginning Grammar (UC Irvine) 26 hours Great beginner-level university specialization on the fundamentals of English grammar
7. Learn English: Writing Effectively with Complex Sentences (UC Irvine) 39 hours Good university specialization for writing more advanced and sophisticated sentences
8. Advanced Grammar (LinkedIn Learning) 2-3 hours Simple, short and straightforward advanced English grammar course, free trial available
9. Learn English: Advanced Grammar and Punctuation (UC Irvine) 110 hours Best advanced-level university specialization on English grammar and punctuation
10. Learn English grammar (English with Alex · engVid English Classes) 11 hours Free course, with the classic whiteboard and face to face approach to teaching

What is English Grammar?

Grammar is a set of conventions and rules that govern a language. This is true for any language. For English, this includes the structure of words, phrases, clauses, sentences, and whole texts.

Rule is the bare minimum of what it takes to make your language understandable by other people. On the other hand, convention is a generally accepted principle, which is context dependent.

There are many kinds of English, and their conventions may differ. But the basics (the rules) are the same. In fact, we use different kinds of grammar throughout the day depending on the context.

Why are English Grammar Skills Important?

English is the most popular language today, spoken by a whopping 1.452 billion people worldwide, according to Ethnologue (2022, 25th edition)! And any language needs its grammar.

Here are some of the many reasons why English (and so its grammar) skills are important:

  • Academic purpose – the majority of scientific papers are published in English nowadays, being prevalent even in non-English speaking countries such as India, Germany, France, and Spain.
  • English for traveling abroad – most tourist places in the world will have a pamphlet and a tourist guide who speaks English, also it’s really helpful with handling immigration, restaurants and hotels in general, and also communication with foreigners.
  • English for connecting with people worldwide – the internet is in English and there is no denying that. If you want to connect with people from all over the world such as reddit communities or study groups such as Class Central Cohorts and bootcamps, you have to communicate well in English.
  • English for business – English has become the standard language for doing business and for online learning. So, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of learning good grammar since my work involves writing articles in English with the help of an international team at Class Central.

What is My Experience with English Grammar?

I have been learning English grammar since my early school days. Even in college, I had to learn English grammar as part of my curriculum. Other than that, my habit of reading English fiction has polished my grammar.

Most important of all, I am a writer here at Class Central. To this day, I’m learning something new while writing my articles. My colleagues, @Pat and @Manoel (two awesome people), have helped me improve my writing at every step.

Besides that, I am a Guided Project Instructor and a Beta Tester at Coursera, having tested many courses before they’re officially launched. I have taken over 50 online courses in various subjects.

My experience as an online learner and teacher has given me some perspective on what to look for in an online course. I used my experience to evaluate each course in this list.

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Course Ranking Methodology

I built this ranking following the now tried-and-tested methodology I used in previous rankings (you can find them all here). It involves a three-step process:

  1. Research: I started by leveraging Class Central’s database with 100K online courses and 200K+ reviews. Then, I made a preliminary selection of 750+ English grammar courses by rating, reviews, and bookmarks.
  2. Evaluate: I read through reviews on Class Central, Reddit, and course providers to understand what other learners thought about each course and combined it with my own experience as a learner.
  3. Select: Well-made courses were picked if they presented valuable and engaging content and they have to fit in a set of criteria and be ranked accordingly: comprehensive curriculum, release date, affordability, ratings and enrollments.

The end result is a unique selection of courses that combines a decade of Class Central data and my own experience as an online learner to try to get the best of both worlds. So far, I’ve spent more than 10 hours building this list, and I’ll continue to update it.

Course Ranking Statistics

Here are some statistics regarding this course ranking:

  • Combined, these courses have accrued nearly 1M enrollments.
  • 7 courses are free or free-to-audit and 3 courses are paid.
  • The most-represented course provider in the ranking is Coursera, with 4 specializations and 1 course.
  • All 10 courses and specializations are in English.
  • Combined, these courses have been bookmarked nearly 15.7K times on Class Central, while the English grammar subject has been bookmarked over 300.3K times on Class Central, and accounts for over 750 courses in Class Central catalog.

So without further ado, let’s get to my picks for the best English grammar online courses.

1. Grammar (Khan Academy)

Explanation of nouns

My first pick for the best English grammar online course is the free Grammar, offered by Khan Academy.

This one is my personal favorite. I love the way Khan Academy teaches, which is very different from traditional tutorials or courses. They have really fun teachers who know how to grab the student’s attention, particularly through their boardwork (as you can see above!).

Even though their courses are primarily made for school kids, I believe anyone can learn anything at any age. And a big plus point of their classes is that they focus on strengthening the basics, which is often overlooked elsewhere. That’s why I’ve put this course at #1.

What You’ll Learn

First, you’ll be introduced to nouns. You’ll learn about the types of nouns, the different types of irregular plural nouns, and move on to verbs. You’ll learn about verb tenses, linking and helping verbs, irregular verbs, and the different types of verb aspects.

Next, you’ll be introduced to pronouns. You’ll learn about possessive and reflexive pronouns, relative pronouns, subject, object, person, and number, and indefinite pronouns, pronoun vagueness, and emphatic pronouns.

You’ll then move on to modifiers. You’ll be introduced to adjectives and articles, adverbs, and learn about adjective order and commas with adjectives, and comparative, superlative, intensifiers, and adverbs of degree.

After that, you’ll be introduced to prepositions and conjunctions. You’ll learn about the types of prepositions and phrases, correlative conjunctions and starting sentences, and move on to punctuations.

You’ll be introduced to commas, and learn about commas in space and time, more ways to use commas, and apostrophes and contractions. You’ll also be introduced to the possessive, and learn about “its” versus “it’s”.

Next, you’ll be introduced to colons and semicolons. You’ll learn about formatting styles, hyphens, dashes, and ellipses, and move on to sentences and clauses. You’ll be introduced to sentences, types of sentences, and learn about subjects and predicates, and phrases and clauses.

You’ll then explore the conventions of standard English. You’ll learn about subject-verb agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement, fragments and run-ons, and dangling modifiers and parallel structure.

Finally, you’ll end the course with usage and styles. You’ll learn about frequently confused words, common expressions, and styles.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 10 modules. Each module involves about 1 hour of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos and practice quizzes. At the end of the course, there is a final exam to test your understanding.

Institution Khan Academy
Instructor David Rheinstrom
Level Beginner
Workload 10 hours
Certificate Not available

Fun Facts

  • Rheinstrom is an award-winning creator of children’s educational media in print, video, and audio at Khan Academy and Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Even though not a professional chef, he has loved cooking since he was a teenager!

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

2. Grammar and Punctuation (UC Irvine)

Tamy Chapman, instructor

My second pick for the best English grammar online course is the free-to-audit Grammar and Punctuation, offered by UC Irvine on Coursera.

If you’re someone who learned English grammar a long time ago, and want a refresher, then this course is for you.  Of course, you can still take this course if you’re going to learn English grammar for the first time, and that’s what we’ve put it here for!

What You’ll Learn

In the first module, you’ll learn some of the basics of grammar and punctuation that you’ll need to do good writing. All aspects of English grammar are not covered, only the few important topics are taught in this course.

In the next module, you’ll review verb tenses. You’ll learn how to use conjunctions in your sentences, so that you can write different kinds of sentences and make your writing more interesting.

After that, you’ll learn about different types of sentences. In English, there are four types of sentences that you can use to make your writing more interesting. You’ll also learn about two of the advanced sentence types.

In the final module, you’ll learn about 95% of the ways commas can be used. You’ll also learn about creating parallel structure and sentence variety, so that when you add these to your writing tools, your writing will be even better.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 4 modules. Each module involves about 4 to 6 hours of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos, readings and practice quizzes.

At the end of each module, there is a graded quiz. Paid learners can complete these quizzes to earn a course-completion certificate.

Institution University of California, Irvine
Provider Coursera
Instructor Tamy Chapman
Level Intermediate
Workload 17 hours
Enrollments 654.3K
Rating 4.7/5.0 (18.2K)
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Chapman began teaching in the field of ESL in 1996, and since then, has taught all levels and subjects of ESL and teacher-training classes.
  • Her teaching experience also includes high-school and community college in the U.S. and several years as an EFL teacher/teacher trainer with the Peace Corps in China.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

3. Learn English: Intermediate Grammar (UC Irvine)

Emily Wong, instructor

My third pick for the best English grammar online course is the free-to-audit Learn English: Intermediate Grammar, offered by UC Irvine on Coursera.

This one is actually not a single course but a complete specialization. It covers all the common topics of intermediate grammar such as perfect verb tenses and adjective clauses.

This specialization consists of the following four courses:

  1. Perfect Tenses and Modals
  2. Adjectives and Adjective Clauses
  3. Tricky English grammar
  4. Intermediate Grammar Project

What You’ll Learn

Perfect Tenses and Modals

In this course, you’ll learn about important intermediate verb tenses like present perfect, present perfect progressive, past perfect, and past perfect progressive. You’ll also learn about common modal verbs used in English.

Adjectives and Adjective Clauses

In this course, you’ll learn about the use of adjective clauses in speaking and writing in upper level English learners. Adjectives and adjective clauses are very common in English, so it’s very useful for students in order to be able to understand them in real life.

Tricky English grammar

In this course, you’ll learn some tips that will help you understand confusing English grammar rules more easily. You’ll get lots of practice so that you get a better handle of the tricky grammar of everyday English.

Intermediate Grammar Project

In this capstone project, you’ll create a grammar scrapbook of English grammatical structures that you studied in the preceding courses. You’ll choose a tool of your choice to show the proper use of English grammar.

How You’ll Learn

The specialization is broken down into 4 courses, and the first 3 courses are broken down into 4 modules. Each module involves about 2 to 3 hours of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos, readings and practice quizzes.

The final course is a capstone project, broken down into 6 modules. Here, you will apply all that you have learned in this specialization.

Paid learners can complete all the graded assignments to earn a course-completion certificate for each course, and a separate specialization certificate for the entire specialization. So you get 5 certificates altogether if you make it to the end!

Institution University of California, Irvine
Provider Coursera
Instructor Brad Gilpin, Emily Wong, Helen Nam, Judy Hu, Tamy Chapman
Level Intermediate
Workload 132 hours
Enrollments 104.8K
Rating 4.8/5.0 (3.6K)
Certificate Paid

One Thing to Note

You can enroll into the final course, Intermediate Grammar Project, only if you have completed courses 1 to 3 of the specialization.

Fun Facts

  • Wong has taught ESL/EFL in Japan and in the US.
  • She spent two years teaching junior high school and elementary school students with the JET Program in Mie Prefecture.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

4. English grammar Launch: Upgrade your speaking and listening (Udemy)

Anthony Kelleher, instructor

My fourth pick for the best English grammar online course is English grammar Launch: Upgrade your speaking and listening on Udemy.

What makes this course stand out is its emphasis on practice, both listening and speaking. Practice is extremely important, especially in language learning. With this course, you can be assured that you’ll get all the practice you need to become confident in your English grammar skills.

What You’ll Learn

This course is focused on the intermediate and upper intermediate level of English grammar structures. Each lesson starts with an explanation of a target structure followed by examples and practice exercises. The structures covered in this course are:

  • Had better (for things you should do);
  • Enough and too (to modify adjectives, adverbs, and nouns);
  • So and much (to intensify adjectives, adverbs and nouns);
  • Used to (to be familiar with);
  • Present verb tenses (continuous, simple, and perfect);
  • Past simple;
  • Future with going to and will;
  • Relative clauses (a kind of dependent clause);
  • Verb + -ing;
  • Both, neither and either;
  • Even;
  • Phrasal verbs with “in” and “out”;
  • Must;

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 21 sections. Each section involves about 20 to 25 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through video only. The videos are of 3 types: Instructional, speaking practice, and listening practice. So the practice is covered in the videos themselves.

Provider Udemy
Instructor Anthony Kelleher
Level Intermediate
Workload 8 hours
Enrollments 106.9K
Rating 4.6/5.0 (21.4K)
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Kelleher has a bachelor’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Linguistics.
  • He is an English teacher at Sir English.
  • He has over 520,000 learners and nearly 60,000 reviews on Udemy.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

5. Writing with Proper Punctuation (LinkedIn Learning)

Mignon Fogarty, instructor

My fifth pick for the best English grammar online course is the Writing with Proper Punctuation on LinkedIn Learning.

This course is not a general English grammar course, but one that focuses on the basics of proper punctuation. Good punctuation makes your writing many times better, and helps readers get the right meaning out of your words.

The instructor, Mignon Fogarty, better known as the Grammar Girl, is well-known in this field. So you’re in good hands when it comes to learning English grammar!

What You’ll Learn

First, you’ll learn about apostrophes. You’ll learn how to use apostrophes for possessives, how to use apostrophes for contractions, and when to use apostrophes for plurals.

Next, you’ll work with commas. You’ll learn how to use commas after an introductory element, how to use commas between main clauses, when to use the Oxford or serial comma, when to use commas with dependent clauses, how to use commas with nonrestrictive clauses, and how to use commas with names.

After that, you’ll explore hyphens. You’ll learn how to use hyphens in compound modifiers, when to use hyphens with prefixes, and when to use suspensive hyphens. You’ll then learn about question marks. You’ll learn how to use question marks in wondering sentences, and how to use question marks with rhetorical questions.

Then, you’ll work with quotation marks. You’ll learn how to combine quotation marks with periods and commas, how to mix quotation marks with question marks, how to mix quotation marks with other punctuation, and how to use ellipses in quotations.

You’ll also learn about semicolons, how to use semicolons to join main clauses, and how to use semicolons in complicated lists. Finally, you’ll learn how to use parentheses, how to use periods with abbreviations, how to use asterisks, how to use colons, and how to use dashes.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 7 modules. Each module involves about 5 to 10 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos and quizzes. This course comes with a 1-month free trial as well.

Provider LinkedIn Learning
Instructor Mignon Fogarty
Level Beginner
Workload Less than 1 hour
Enrollments 32.3K
Rating 4.8/5.0
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Fogarty is the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network.
  • She has a YouTube channel, Grammar Girl, where she shares lots of short videos on grammar tips.
  • Grammar Girl has been named one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 best websites for writers multiple times!

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

6. Learn English: Beginning Grammar (UC Irvine)

Rachel Fernandez, instructor

My sixth pick for the best English grammar online course is the free-to-audit Learn English: Beginning Grammar, offered by UC Irvine on Coursera.

This one’s also a specialization, apt for complete beginners in English grammar. It covers the fundamentals of English grammar such as word forms, verb tenses, and question and answer formation.

This specialization consists of the following four courses:

  1. Word Forms and Simple Present Tense
  2. Questions, Present Progressive and Future Tenses
  3. Simple Past Tense

What You’ll Learn

Word Forms and Simple Present Tense

In this course, you’ll learn about different word forms. You’ll learn about articles, “be” verbs, how to form other verbs in the simple present, including spelling rules, and how to make negative forms.

Questions, Present Progressive and Future Tenses

In this course, you’ll learn about question words. You’ll use the present progressive, and look at the differences between the simple present and present progressive. Finally, you’ll use “to be going to”, the present progressive, and also “can”.

Simple Past Tense

In this course, you’ll learn how to form and use the simple past. You’ll learn to add “-ed” endings, form negatives and questions in the past, and work with object pronouns and some other forms of adjectives.

How You’ll Learn

The specialization is broken down into 3 courses, and each course is broken down into 4 modules. Each module involves about 2 hours of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos, readings and practice quizzes.

Paid learners can complete all the graded assignments to earn a course-completion certificate for each course, and a separate specialization certificate for the entire specialization. So you get 4 certificates altogether if you make it to the end!

Institution University of California, Irvine
Provider Coursera
Instructor Karen Vallejo, Rachel Fernandez
Level Beginner
Workload 26 hours
Enrollments 15.9K
Rating 4.9/5.0
Certificate Paid

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

7. Learn English: Writing Effectively with Complex Sentences (UC Irvine)

Meg Parker, instructor

My seventh pick for the best English grammar online course is the free-to-audit Learn English: Writing Effectively with Complex Sentences, offered by UC Irvine on Coursera.

Continuing with specializations, this one focuses on writing complex sentences. It covers all that you need to know about adverbs, adjectives and noun clauses, so that you can write more sophisticated sentences easily.

This specialization consists of the following four courses:

  1. Enhance your Writing with Adverb Clauses
  2. Enhance your Writing with Adjective Clauses
  3. Enhance your Writing with Noun Clauses

What You’ll Learn

Enhance your Writing with Adverb Clauses

You’ll begin this course by learning the basics of adverb clauses. You’ll then practice using subordinating conjunctions, and finally, end the course by learning how to use different types of sentences in your writing.

Enhance your Writing with Adjective Clauses

In this course, you’ll learn the basics of adjective clauses. You’ll also take a look at the specifics of how to identify adjective clauses, and use adjective clauses and the pronouns that begin them.

Enhance your Writing with Noun Clauses

In this course, you’ll go through the basic concepts of noun clauses. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to see how much your week 1’s writing has improved compared to week 2.

How You’ll Learn

The specialization is broken down into 3 courses, and each course is broken down into 4 modules. Each module involves about 2 to 3 hours of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos, readings and practice quizzes.

Paid learners can complete all the graded assignments to earn a course-completion certificate for each course, and a separate specialization certificate for the entire specialization. So you get 4 certificates altogether if you make it to the end!

Institution University of California, Irvine
Provider Coursera
Instructor Meg Parker
Level Intermediate
Workload 39 hours
Enrollments 2.1K
Rating 4.6/5.0
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Parker has over 16 years experience teaching English to kids, teens, and adults in both the United States and Mexico.
  • She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, a Master’s degree in Teaching, and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics.
  • She is a top instructor at Coursera.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

8. Advanced Grammar (LinkedIn Learning)

Judy Steiner-Williams, instructor

My eighth pick for the best English grammar online course is the Advanced Grammar on LinkedIn Learning.

As the name suggests, this is an advanced English grammar course. It will not only help you review basic grammar rules, but will also let you use correct words, locate incorrect grammar, and review parts of speech, punctuation and sentence structure.

What You’ll Learn

First, you’ll learn about verb tenses, irregular verbs, conjunctions, coordinating conjunctions, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, and prepositions. You’ll also learn the commonly confused or incorrect words, and misused or misunderstood words.

Next, you’ll move on to punctuations. You’ll learn about commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes, dashes, hyphens, and ellipses, parentheses and brackets, and misfits that distract readers.

Finally, you’ll review sentence structure, and learn about the components of a sentence, sentence structure errors, parallel structure, and dangling modifiers.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 4 modules. Each module involves about 20 to 40 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos and quizzes. This course comes with a 1-month free trial as well.

Provider LinkedIn Learning
Instructor Judy Steiner-Williams
Level Advanced
Workload 2-3 hours
Enrollments 132.2K
Rating 4.6/5.0
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • During her 30-plus year tenure at Indiana University, Steiner-Williams has taught both students and support staff.
  • English, business, and adult education are her areas of expertise—all related to increasing effectiveness in the workplace.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

9. Learn English: Advanced Grammar and Punctuation (UC Irvine)

Emily Ellis, instructor

My ninth pick for the best English grammar online course is the free-to-audit Learn English: Advanced Grammar and Punctuation, offered by UC Irvine on Coursera.

This is the final specialization on our list, and the more advanced one at that. It covers concepts such as noun clauses, conditionals, verb tenses, and punctuations. This specialization is helpful for both non-native and native English speakers in improving fluency and accuracy.

This specialization consists of the following four courses:

  1. Verb Tenses and Passives
  2. Conjunctions, Connectives, and Adverb Clauses
  3. Noun Clauses and Conditionals
  4. Advanced Grammar & Punctuation Project

What You’ll Learn

Verb Tenses and Passives

In this course, you’ll first review verb tenses. You’ll then cover all 12 of the English verb tenses and passive verb forms, and finish the course by learning how to blend these tenses like native speakers.

Conjunctions, Connectives, and Adverb Clauses

In this course, you’ll learn about two types of conjunctions, many types of connectives, and adverb clauses. You’ll also learn how to punctuate these expressions and the types of sentences they create.

Noun Clauses and Conditionals

In this course, you’ll learn about the advanced grammar concepts of noun clauses and conditionals. You’ll learn several different types of each and get to practice using them.

Advanced Grammar & Punctuation Project

In this course, you will create a grammar portfolio of the English grammatical structures that you studied in the preceding courses. Your portfolio will include several items that you create, and show the proper use of grammar.

How You’ll Learn

The specialization is broken down into 4 courses, and the first 3 courses are broken down into 4 modules. Each module involves about 2 to 3 hours of work. Concepts are taught through a combination of videos, readings and practice quizzes.

The final course is a capstone project, broken down into 6 modules. Here, you will apply all that you have learned in this specialization.

Paid learners can complete all the graded assignments to earn a course-completion certificate for each course, and a separate specialization certificate for the entire specialization. So you get 5 certificates altogether if you make it to the end!

Institution University of California, Irvine
Provider Coursera
Instructor Brad Gilpin, Emily Ellis, Nicole Jacobs, Tamy Chapman
Level Advanced
Workload 110 hours
Enrollments 62.7K
Rating 4.8/5.0 (1.7K)
Certificate Paid

One Thing to Note

You can enroll into the final course, Intermediate Grammar Project, only if you have completed courses 1 to 3 of the specialization.

Fun Facts

  • Ellis has done her M.A. in TESL/TEFL and in Spanish from Colorado State University.
  • She has taught both Spanish and English at the University of Denver and Colorado State University, and has been teaching English at UCI Extension since 2011.
  • She is a top instructor at Coursera.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

10. Learn English grammar (English with Alex · engVid English Classes)

Alex, instructor

My tenth pick for the best English grammar online course is the free Learn English grammar, offered by English with Alex · engVid English Classes on YouTube.

Learn intermediate English grammar with Alex from engVid! This playlist is fairly comprehensive for a YouTube course, teaching all the topics in detail. Alex uses the traditional whiteboard-and-pen method of teaching, and makes you feel as if you were in a classroom.

What You’ll Learn

This course covers English grammar mostly from lower to upper intermediate topics. You’ll start by learning about causative verbs and how to use subject-verb agreement with “each”, “every”, “any”, and “some”.

Then, you’ll learn about gerunds, the difference between “bad” and “badly”, “too” and “enough”, “good” and “well”, “now” and “still”, “less” or “fewer”, “either” or “neither”, “should” or “must”, “being” or “been”, “could” or “should”, and much more.

You’ll also have the opportunity to review some basic structures such as “be” verbs, present simple questions, possessives, adverbs of frequency, demonstratives, articles, when to use “is” or “It’s” and how to answer with “Yes, I do” or “Yes, I have”.

More advanced topics will also be discussed such as adjective clauses + quantifiers, irregular plural nouns, adverb clauses, imperatives, modals, active and passive voice, and so on.

How You’ll Learn

The course is broken down into 83 videos. Each module involves about 5 to 10 minutes of work. Concepts are taught through video lectures only. Full English transcripts for each video are provided in the YouTube descriptions, which is a great advantage for non-native learners.

Channel English with Alex · engVid English Classes
Provider YouTube
Instructor Alex
Level Intermediate
Workload 11 hours
Certificate Not available

Fun Facts

  • Alex was born in Poland but moved to Canada when he was 7, so he knows the struggle of learning a second language from experience.
  • He has been teaching English since 2008, and is one of the instructors on the engVid platform.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

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In this article I’ve picked the best online courses to learn Kotlin, a cross-platform, general-purpose programming language created by JetBrains. It was designed to be easy to learn for beginners with human-friendly syntax and less boilerplates required. It was recently chosen as the preferred language for Android development in 2019, but is also used in server-side development among other uses.

Here are my top picks. Click on one to skip to the course details:

Course Workload In Brief
1. Kotlin Basics (JetBrains) 108 hours long Best overall for beginners
2. Learn CS Online: An Introduction to Computer Science (University of Illinois) 32–40 hours long Best university level course
3. Android Basics in Kotlin course (Google) 3–9 weeks long Best for learning Android development
4. Kotlin for Java Developers (JetBrains) 25 hours long Best for Java programmers
5. Your First Kotlin Android App: An App From Scratch (raywenderlich.com) 2 hours long Best concise course
6. Kotlin: An Illustrated Guide (typealias.com) 2–3 hours long Best text-based course
7. Learn Kotlin (Codecademy) 15 hours long Best interactive course
8. Kotlin Bootcamp for programmers (Google) 1–2 hours long Best for experienced programmers
9. Kotlin Course – Tutorial for Beginners (freeCodeCamp) 2–3 hours long Best YouTube course
10. Android Basics with Compose (Google) 3–6 weeks long Best for learning with Jetpack Compose

What is Kotlin?

Kotlin is a cross-platform general-purpose programming language created by JetBrains, the company that also created IntelliJ IDEA. It was designed to be statically-typed to remove boilerplate code notoriously found in Java but to also provide modern functional programming features. Its syntax and functionality was inspired by several modern language like Scala, Swift, C#, and Groovy, which has made it much easier to learn for complete beginners. In fact, it is the 11th most loved programming language according to the 2022 Stack Overflow Developer Survey.

Kotlin can be used almost everywhere Java is used today, from server-side development to Android development. Not only that, it is also fully interoperable with Java, meaning that you can call Java libraries in Kotlin code. Hence, experienced Java programmers will find the transition to Kotlin completely seamless.

It is easy to see why Google has replaced Java for Kotlin as the preferred programming language for Android development. Since then, it has risen in popularity to become one of the 30 most popular languages according to the TIOBE Index. And if you are wondering about the salary, the estimated total pay for a Kotlin Developer is $100K+ per year according to Glassdoor.

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Best Courses Guides Methodology

I built this ranking following the now tried-and-tested methodology used in previous Best Courses Guides (you can find them all here). It involves a three-step process:

  1. Research: I started by leveraging Class Central’s database with 100K online courses and 200K+ reviews. Then, I made a preliminary selection of 100+ courses by rating, reviews, and bookmarks.
  2. Evaluate: I read through reviews on Class Central, Reddit, and course providers to understand what other learners thought about each course and combined it with my own experience as a learner.
  3. Select: Well-made courses were picked if they presented valuable and engaging content and they have to fit in a set of criteria and be ranked accordingly: comprehensive curriculum, release date, ratings and enrollments.

Course Ranking Statistics

Here are some aggregate stats about the ranking:

  • Combined, the courses account for 132K enrollments.
  • All of the courses in this ranking are free or free-to-audit.
  • All of the courses except for one are suitable for beginners.
  • Around 1K people are following Class Central’s Kotlin Topic.

1. Kotlin Basics (JetBrains)

My #1 pick for the best Kotlin course is Kotlin Basics by Jetbrains Academy.

This free course by the creators of Kotlin themselves provides all the Kotlin essentials to give you a feel for this popular programming language as you build fully functional applications.

This course is suitable for both complete beginners and those with programming experience. First, you’ll pick a project with its difficulty ranging from easy to challenging. This ensures that your learning is driven by a practical goal. Then, the course generates a personalized study plan for you by quizzing you on your pre-existing programming knowledge.

As this course was developed by the creators of IntelliJ, the course integrates seamlessly into IntelliJ. All code will be run and tested through the IDE.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course by learning the core programming concepts found in every programming language. You’ll master variables, data types, control flow statements, loops, functions, and much more. Additionally, you’ll be introduced to some computer science topics like algorithms, data structures, software constructions, and programming principles. These will help you write efficient programs, no matter the programming language.

Next, you’ll dive deeper into the Kotlin language. You’ll take a look at collections like maps and sets, the Kotlin standard library, interfaces that define the behavior of a specific piece of code, and generics that allow blocks of code to be accessed by different types.

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a fundamental aspect of Kotlin. You’ll be trained on the pillars of OOP like classes and objects, along with more advanced topics like special classes and constructors.

Finally, you’ll one up your knowledge by learning how to work with professional development tools like the Java Virtual Machine, ironing out bugs in your program, writing clean code, and working with the files.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 108 hours long. It’ll take you 22 weeks to complete the course if you study 5 hours a week. You’ll learn by going through the course articles which come with a quiz to test your memory.

You’ll be going through the course in the context of completing a project of your choice. If you have a personal or organizational subscription, you’ll receive a certificate upon finishing a project.

Institution JetBrains Academy
Provider Hyperskill
Level Beginners
Workload 108 hours
Enrollments 41K
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Hyperskill is JetBrains’ learning platform. It currently hosts 20 courses on various programming languages like Java, Python, Go, and SQL.
  • The course has a Problem of the day, where you can practice solving random problems to help strengthen your coding skills.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

2. Learn CS Online: An Introduction to Computer Science (University of Illinois)

My second pick for the best Kotlin course is Learn CS Online: An Introduction to Computer Science by the University of Illinois.

This free course is perfect for complete newbies to programming as it teaches you the fundamentals of Computer Science through Kotlin. This course mirrors the syllabus of university students on campus, so you can be sure that the material you’re learning is rigorous and rewarding.

Additionally, if you have any questions, the course forums are staffed by helpful instructors and volunteers who are happy to help!

No prior experience with programming is needed to take this course.

What You’ll Learn

‘Hello, World!’. This perennial phrase appears everywhere in the programming world, and this course is no different. You’ll learn the basics of how programs work in this course. You’ll explore how variables can have different types, and then move on to conditionals that enable programs to make decisions.

Your first data structure will be the array that puts data values in order. You’ll learn how to iterate through the array to retrieve each element with loops. You’ll also be introduced to algorithms, a series of steps to be performed with a definite end goal.

Functions can be found everywhere in programming. You’ll learn how to define your own functions, before moving on to more intermediate topics like nullability, immutability, Kotlin’s standard libraries, and data structures (also called collections) like maps and sets.

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a major theme in Kotlin programming. You’ll investigate the modeling of real-world systems with classes and objects. You’ll also uncover the main pillars of OOP, like inheritance, encapsulation, and polymorphism. After that, you’ll learn how to handle nasty exceptions when they inevitably occur and interfaces which allow interactions between two systems.

The final lessons of the course go through the common algorithms and data structures taught in every CS syllabus. You’ll dive further into data structure, especially analyzing their efficiency, like linked lists, maps, hash tables, and graphs. You’ll accompany these data structures with sort and search algorithms and learn the advantages and disadvantages of each data structure and algorithm. Only after studying data structures and algorithms can you be confident in the efficiency of your programs!

How You’ll Learn

This course is roughly 8 weeks long, with an expected study time of 5–6 hours per week (as the class is 3 credit hours on campus). You’ll primarily learn through interactive code walkthroughs, articles with code examples, and video content. You’ll act on what you’ve learned through small practice problems, homeworks, and tests.

Institution University of Illinois
Instructor Geoffrey Challen and Colleen Lewis
Level Beginners
Workload 32–40 hours total
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • If you want to learn Java as well, you’re in luck — the lessons and exercises are also available in Java.
  • The course has 2,304 interactive explanations from 242 instructors, which includes 163 hours of live coding walkthroughs.
  • Additionally, there are 132 programming problems covering all core language features — that’s a lot of problems to practice!

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

3. Android Basics in Kotlin (Google)

My third pick for the best Kotlin course is Android Basics in Kotlin by Google.

This free course teaches beginners with no programming experience how to build Android apps. Along the way, students learn the fundamentals of programming, the basics of the Kotlin programming language, and how to use Android Studio through hands-on programming in labs and projects. In addition, the course will also prepare you for the Associate Android Developer certification exam.

Basic computer literacy and basic math skills are recommended prerequisites, along with access to a computer that can run Android Studio.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course by setting up Android Studio on your computer and learning the basic Kotlin concepts! You’ll develop two apps, a static birthday card app for someone’s special day and an interactive dice roller app, before practicing designing UI layouts by building two more apps: a tip calculator app and a daily affirmations app. This will involve learning about data structures like lists and arrays and object-oriented programming concepts like classes and inheritance.

So far, you have only created apps with a single screen, so you’ll expand further by adding multiple screens that users can navigate between. You’ll learn about Jetpack navigation components and how to maintain a healthy app architecture. You’ll create a word-lister app, a dessert-clicker app, a word-unscrambler game, and a cupcake app that ties everything you’ve learnt previously.

Time to connect your app to the internet! You’ll explore how to retrieve the latest information from a server, like an app that displays the most recent images of Mars. This will also be your first introduction to integrating third-party libraries into your code, as well as concurrency and coroutines, two highly important topics that allow you to run and coordinate multiple lines of code at the same time.

Relational databases ensure that data can be saved and maintained between processes, and SQL is the language of relational databases. You’ll use SQL and the Room library to guarantee data persistence. Finally, you’ll wrap up the course with Jetpack’s WorkManager API to schedule necessary background work, regardless of whether the application process is still running.

How You’ll Learn

Depending on your proficiency, the course will take between 3–9 weeks to complete.

Android Basics in Kotlin is organized into units, and each unit is made up of a series of pathways. Each pathway consists of videos and codelabs, which you’ll primarily learn from.

At the end of each pathway, there is a quiz to assess what you’ve learned so far. Each completed quiz will earn you a badge that can be saved to your Google Developer Profile to showcase your skills.

Institution Google
Instructors Daniel Galpin, Kat Kuan, and Meghan Mehta
Level Beginners
Workload 3–9 weeks
Certificate Only badges (free)

Fun Facts

  • The predecessor of this course was hosted on Udacity, before being updated and moved over to the Android website.
  • You can find other free courses created by Google in Google Digital Garage.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

4. Kotlin for Java Developers (JetBrains)

If you’re an experienced developer who knows Java and wants to learn Kotlin, this free-to-audit course is for you.

Kotlin for Java Developers introduces Kotlin through the lens of Java programming by comparing similarities and differences between the two languages. You’ll not only get a grasp of the Kotlin language, but you’ll also understand how Kotlin can interoperate with Java code, which means you can keep your Java modules the way they are.

The course doesn’t cover the programming fundamentals, so it is not suitable for beginners.

What You’ll Learn

The course begins with a history of the Kotlin language and why it became the preferred programming language for developing in Android. Then, you’ll learn the basic syntax of Kotlin, like variables, functions, control structures, as well as extension functions that extend classes. You’ll see that Kotlin is really similar to Java, and that you can even mix Java and Kotlin code in the same project as they both compile to Java Bytecode.

Unlike Java, all types are non-nullable by default. You’ll learn how to create nullable types and safely work with them to prevent nasty errors like null point exceptions. You’ll also explore the functional programming features in Kotlin that make it a truly modern language.

Don’t worry, object-oriented programming is still a thing in Kotlin, although the syntax is wildly different (getters and setters aren’t required!). You’ll also learn about constructs like properties and operator loading, along with Kotlin programming conventions.

The Kotlin standard library is incredibly powerful in that simple functions bring no performance overhead whatsoever if you inline them! You’ll learn all about the library, as well as a few other key topics like Kotlin’s type hierarchy and collections vs sequences in the final module of this course.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 5 weeks long with 25 hours worth of material. You’ll learn by watching the lecture videos that come with in-video questions and by completing small playground tasks with solutions.

For verified learners, you’ll have access to the end-of-module assignments which test your Kotlin programming skills.

Institution JetBrains
Provider Coursera
Instructor Andrey Breslav and Svetlana Isakova
Level Beginners
Workload 25 hours total
Enrollments 91K
Rating 4.7 / 5.0 (1.8K)
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • The course has 322 bookmarks on Class Central.
  • Svetlana is a developer advocate at JetBrains and the co-author of two books about Kotlin, Kotlin in Action and Atomic Kotlin.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

5. Your First Kotlin Android App: An App From Scratch (raywenderlich.com)

Your First Kotlin Android App: An App From Scratch by raywenderlich.com walks you through building a complete Android app in Kotlin from start to finish. You’ll additionally learn XML for building the interfaces. By the end of the course, you’ll have the fundamentals of Kotlin to turn you from a complete novice to an accomplished Android developer.

The free course is designed to be hands–on, where you’ll build the app together with the instructor step-by-step.

No programming or Android development experience is required to take this course.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll start the course by being tasked with building Bull’s Eye, a simple game where players have to guess the target value using a slider. You’ll understand the reason behind why most modern Android apps are developed using Kotlin.

Then, you’ll download and set up Android studio and download the components required to start developing Android apps. Next, you’ll create a basic user interface for the Bull’s Eye app. You’ll do this using both XML, a markup language like HTML, and the Design View.

In the next part of the course, you’ll learn how to connect the layout you created to code to add interactivity, like displaying a popup dialog whenever a button is tapped. You’ll accomplish this by learning how to work with something called an activity in Android. You’ll also learn how to refactor your code to reduce the amount of lines of code it takes to implement the functionality.

In the process of building the app, you’ll learn about the basics of Kotlin. You’ll learn about variables, conditional statements, loops,  functions, classes, and other language features. You’ll finally learn how to work with the Kotlin Standard Library which provides lots of tools so that you don’t need to reinvent the wheel for common functionalities.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 2 hours long, split into three sections. You’ll learn by watching the lecture videos and following along with the instructor as he codes. The course also contains several hands-on challenges where you get to practice what you’ve learned on your own.

Institution raywenderlich.com
Instructor Emmanuel Okiche
Level Beginners
Workload 2 hours total
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • Raywenderlich.com’s mission is to create a world-class educational platform and community for mobile developers.
  • They have over 20+ free courses on various topics mostly related to mobile development.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

6. Kotlin: An Illustrated Guide (typealias.com)

If you prefer an article-based approach to learning, then Kotlin: An Illustrated Guide is for you.

As the name suggests, this free course covers the fundamentals of Kotlin through handy illustrations and visuals. It builds concept on concept, so that even complete beginners can grow into proficient Kotlin developers.

No prerequisites are required to take this course.

What You’ll Learn

Variables, expressions, statements, and data types are the foundation of most programming languages. These combined with functions, which takes an input and returns an output, allow you to write simple programs such as calculating the perimeter of a circle. You’ll also learn about conditionals that enable the program to make decisions, specifically the `when` and `if` statements.

With these basic concepts out of the way, you can finally get a taste of object-oriented programming (OOP), a programming paradigm used especially to write graphical-based applications. This will involve learning about classes and objects. One special kind of class is enum, which is used to represent a limited number of values.

Sometimes, a variable might not actually hold a value. These are called nulls, and they can sometimes be a headache to work with. You’ll be instructed on how to use them effectively in your program, along with lambdas that are essentially functions without names.

Collections are a unique way of structuring data. You’ll study lists that contain sequences of values and sets which are lists that only contain unique values. You’ll also learn about maps that allow you to pair values together. Then, you’ll learn how to loop through them to retrieve every value from them.

Finally, you’ll end the course by learning about standalone functions and object functions, along with receivers and extensions.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 2–3 hours long. You’ll learn by reading through the well-illustrated articles and taking notes of the code examples provided.

Institution typealias.com
Instructor Dave Leeds
Level Beginners
Workload 2–3 hours total
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • The author of the course is still releasing chapters. You can receive announcements of new chapters by following his Twitter.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

7. Learn Kotlin (Codecademy)

Learn Kotlin by Codecademy introduces you to the fundamental programming topics through interactive hands-on learning. You’ll start from the bottom with data types and variables and climb your way up to the top with functions and classes such that you’ll have a firm grasp on Kotlin.

No prior programming experience is required to take this free limited-access course.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course by going through the fundamentals of programming, starting with “Hello World!”. Then, you’ll learn about variables and the basic data types represented in Kotlin, before moving on to the more advanced data types called collections. You’ll learn how to represent lists or mathematical sets of data in Kotlin.

Moving on, you’ll learn about conditional expressions that allow you to control the flow of code, or in other words, allow your program to make decisions. You’ll pair this with loops that repeat blocks of code and see how conditionals, loops, and lists can work together to create complex programs.

Functions are named, reusable code blocks that can be called throughout a program. You’ll learn how to create one yourself, add arguments to it, and see how they greatly simplify the code-writing process. Finally, the course ends with object-oriented programming, an important programming paradigm that allows you to construct code as classes and objects, and is especially useful in developing applications.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 15 hours long. You’ll learn by going through the interactive tutorials and exercises that’ll test your understanding of Kotlin through hands-on programming.

If you have Codecademy Pro, you’ll earn a certificate when you complete the course. Furthermore, you’ll also be given portfolio projects and quizzes that’ll strengthen your Kotlin programming skills.

Institution Codecademy
Instructors Galina Podstrechnaya and Alex DiStasi
Level Beginners
Workload 15 hours total
Certificate Paid

Fun Facts

  • Codecademy was co-founded by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, with the goal of giving  anyone in the world the ability to learn the skills they’d need to succeed in the 21st century.
  • They offer free courses in 12 different programming languages, the most popular ones being Python, Java, Ruby, C++, C#, and Swift.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

8. Kotlin Bootcamp for programmers (Google)

Kotlin Bootcamp for programmers teaches you the basics of Kotlin as you create various small programs in IntelliJ IDEA.

To take this course, you’ll need some programming experience in the object-oriented paradigm, preferably in Java or C#.

Note: This course is also available on Udacity if you prefer learning from videos.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course by setting up your programming environment like IntelliJ IDEA. Then, you’ll practice the basic programming concepts: data types, operators, variables, booleans, and conditions. You’ll get used to Kotlin’s way of creating nullable and non-nullable variables, arrays, lists, and loops.

Moving on, you’ll learn how to define functions, creating small programs as you learn about default values, compact functions, list filters, basic lambdas, and higher-order functions.

Classes, objects, and inheritance should be familiar to you as an OOP developer. You’ll engage in Kotlin’s style of OOP by implementing abstract and generic classes, an interface implemented in subclasses, by using interface delegation. You’ll also learn about collections, constants, and extension functions along the way.

In the final lessons, you’ll explore annotations and labeled breaks, as well as explore some of the features inspired by functional programming. You’ll wrap up the course by utilizing lambdas and higher-order functions and learn about some useful higher-order functions in the Kotlin Standard Library.

How You’ll Learn

This course is 1–2 hours long. You’ll learn by reading through the codelabs and completing the homework assignments.

Institution Google
Level Intermediate
Workload 1–2 hours total
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • Likewise with the 3rd course in this ranking, the predecessor of this course was hosted on Udacity, before being updated and moved over to the Android website.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

9. Kotlin Course – Tutorial for Beginners (freeCodeCamp)

Kotlin Course – Tutorial for Beginners aims to provide you with an understanding of Kotlin such that you can build complex applications across mobile, web and native code. You’ll move from basic topics like setting up your first project up to more advanced things like modeling data and working with higher order functions.

You don’t need any prior experience with programming to take this course.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course by developing your first Kotlin project in IntelliJ IDEA. You’ll learn how to work with variables and Kotlin’s type systems, before experimenting with the basic control flow statements. You’ll also learn how to set parameters when defining a function.

Arrays, lists, and maps are some common data structures you’ll encounter when programming. You’ll learn how to utilize them, including iterating with forEach, and their properties, like mutability.

Moving on, you’ll learn the basics of object-oriented programming (OOP). You’ll discover how classes and objects can model the real world.  You’ll learn about all different kinds of classes, like abstract, enums, sealed, and data.

Interfaces provide ‘code contracts’ for classes. You’ll learn how to inherit code from an interface before finishing the course with extension functions, higher-order functions, and exploring the Kotlin standard library.

How You’ll Learn

This course has 2–3 hours worth of material. You’ll learn by watching the lecture video and following along with the instructor as he codes.

Institution freeCodeCamp
Provider YouTube
Instructor Nate Ebel
Level Beginner
Workload 2–3 hours
Views 1.2M
Likes 22K
Certificate None

Fun Facts

  • The course has 12 bookmarks on Class Central.
  • If you like Nate’s style of teaching, check out more of his videos on his channel called goobar.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

10. Android Basics with Compose (Google) 

Android Basics with Compose is similar to the 3rd course in the listing in that you’ll learn the same fundamentals of Kotlin programming to build Android apps, but using JetPack Compose. Compose is a modern toolkit for building native UI but designed to simplify UI development in Android.

This free course is for both beginners and existing developers. If you are new to programming, start at the beginning of the course. Else, you can skip some of the materials to move at a quicker pace.

At the time of writing, only Units 1, 2, and 3 are out, with the rest of the units soon to be released.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll begin the course by setting up Android Studio on your computer and learning the basic Kotlin concepts. First, you’ll learn the introductory programming concepts in Kotlin, before learning about Compose. In Compose, you define your UI not using a separate language like most UI toolkits, but by writing pure Kotlin code! You’ll then develop a birthday card app and a business card app using Compose.

Next, you’ll learn more on the fundamentals of the Kotlin language, like conditionals, nullability, object-oriented programming concepts like classes and objects, and functional programming concepts like lambda expressions. Then, you’ll create interactive and responsive UI by building a tip calculator and an art space app.

You’ll further develop your existing knowledge of object-oriented and functional programming, before creating an affirmations app that’ll display a list of encouraging quotes. Finally, you’ll study Material Design, a design system that acts as a guideline for building modern, clean UIs. You’ll practice applying Material Design by building a superheroes app and a 30 days app.

How You’ll Learn

This course will take 3–6 weeks, depending on your proficiency level. It is organized into units, which are made up of a series of pathways. Each pathway consists of videos and codelabs, which you’ll primarily learn from. There are also practice problems to reinforce what you’ve learned.

At the end of each pathway, there is a quiz to assess what you’ve learned so far. Each completed quiz will earn you a badge that can be saved to your Google Developer Profile to showcase your skills.

Institution Google
Instructors Daniel Galpin, Kat Kuan, and Meghan Mehta, Murat Yener, and Angie Sasmita
Level Beginners
Workload 3–6 weeks
Certificate Free

Fun Facts

  • Android Basics with Compose and Android Basics in Kotlin courses both share similar course structures. In many cases, they share the same sample apps to help you compare and learn the differences between Views and Compose.

If you’re interested in this course, you can find more information about the course and how to enroll here.

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