The epidemic situation has not yet ameliorated, and the dine-out option is still not possible at night, most of the entertainment places are remaining closed. Perhaps you had thought “why don’t I take this opportunity to complete some continuing education courses?”. As technology is gradually becoming advanced, there are plenty of online courses available for everyone to enroll. Same as working from home or conducting online classes at home, all you need is a computer and take the courses without leaving your home.
Coursera — Top choice for conducting online university courses
There are multiple options on Coursera, everyone could apply to any course it has listed: electronic technology, business management, language, and philosophy. The most appealing part is that many Coursera courses are complementary. The courses are provided by major well-known prestigious universities such as Imperial College London and Stanford University. Each course has an initial date and accompanied by articles and class notes as if studying in colleges in real life. After the enrollment, you need to watch the course videos before the specific date on your mobile phone or computer, and submit your coursework on the platform. Then, viola! A certificate of completion will be given to you once you finish the whole course. The best part is that everyone can also apply for a master’s degree. If you want to complete a master’s degree granted by an overseas university without leaving your work, Coursera would be your top choice.
Udemy — Skill enhancement courses with diverse content
Is Coursera a bit too academic? Then Udemy is another great option. This platform offers courses of multiple practical skills, such as Photoshop, programming, copywriting, and photography, etc., which are more career-oriented and practical. A bit different from Coursera, Udemy’s courses are designed by any individual, and the course content, videos, and course support is provided by the course coordinator. Therefore, before making your final decision, you should check the course’s popularity, user reviews, course introduction, and course content to see if it is the most suitable one. Although Udemy has a small number of free courses, most of them are fee-based but don’t worry. Normally, courses charge starting from US$9.99, which is around HK$77, and are permanently valid.
Codecademy — Essential for programming
Babbel — Extraordinary learning tool for foreign languages
Want to learn any foreign languages? But have no time for attending lessons? Is Duolingo way too simple for you? Then, Babbel could be your top consideration. Compared to Duolingo, the teaching method of Babbel will be more similar to an in-person usual language class. The teaching approach includes four aspects: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The courses are designed by native teachers as well, and the content can be used in daily life or travel. Babbel teaches you the usual words that will appear in life—applying your knowledge in real life! For course fees, Babbel charges every 3, 6, and 12 months.