Nearly two years ago I wrote about some free courses which are available on the world-wide web.
I think it’s fair to say that an that an update is overdue, so this week I’ll be mentioning course providers who offer courses relevant to business people (SMEs) and individuals.
I am starting with a provider with a great range of course to suit all learners.
‘Join over 1733635 people learning with FutureLearn. Enjoy free online courses from top universities and cultural institutions. Find the course for you.’
They also have another path to free learning called Open Learn.
Open Learn is: ‘The home of free learning from The Open University’
The resources used by FutureLearn and Open Learn are no different from the main Open University courses, in that they all have well- designed course material. I have taken courses with both and find them to be informative and interesting. The only negative I can find is that there are so many courses you may have trouble deciding which ones you want to study!
FutureLearn courses have specified start dates and can run for two/three weeks through to eight weeks. You can interact with other learners via threads of comments. Open Learn, offers more flexibility as you start and finish when you want. At the end of the course, FutureLearn gives you the option of purchasing a certificate, while Open Learn offers you a statement of participation.
I studied for my degree with The Open University (and while it’s not free), I loved the fact that my fellow students came from all walks of life, all ages and nationalities. According to The Open University‘s Former Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean:
‘The Open University’s mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.’
They have always been proud of their great resources, which is evident in their factual programmes made with the BBC; such as Hospital, where The Open University‘s academics have been advisors on the co-produced programme.
Now onto a completely different organisation called Alison.
Alison describes themselves as ‘the original MOOC’ (massive open online course), and is:
‘a five-million-strong, global online learning community, filled with free, high-quality resources to help you develop essential, certified workplace skills.’
To be honest I have started a few courses with Alison but did not know that much about them. Wikipedia has some background information and says that ALISON stands for Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online. So, you can’t say that you have not learnt anything today.
From the information given on their website, and a promotional video, Alison started in Galway, Ireland and offers courses that are flexible and can be studied at your own pace wherever you are. They have over 750 courses on offer including diploma courses, free courses, languages, digital courses and courses for personal development. Students are assessed throughout the course and have the option of purchasing a certificate.
Lastly, a name that you associate more with recruitment than courses is Reed. While Reed, do not offer the courses themselves, they are a platform directing you to the sources of the courses. Rhyming was purely coincidental!
Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog knows that I am always encouraging reading and research. I love learning new things, so I’ll be checking out the new courses from FutureLearn.
I believe that whether you are a business owner or a regular individual, you should always be looking for ways to develop yourself and your business.
I hope that you enjoyed the blog, and it’s made you want to learn something new.
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