Learning something new online is the new way to be a student forever. It appeals to everyone, from the person looking for a new hobby, to those of us trying to avoid a bill from a handyman. It’s easy, is accessible and it’s usually free.
It can also greatly affect your career. Maybe you need a qualification to gain a promotion, are looking for a career change or you just want to get better at a certain element of your role. There is a course out there for everyone. Read on for details of the best online learning resources or digital learning solutions available for you to give your career that boost it needs.
Skillshare is a subscription-based website that offers every creative niche you can think of. Learn how to edit, write, animate, write music, but also how to market your creations and build your online brand.
Lessons feature some recognizable names like YouTube, TikTok and Instagram influencers and even Jonathan Van Ness of Queer Eye teaching self-care. You and your staff can also join Skillshare for Teams and take a course as one.
But Skillshare isn’t just for the creative types. Learn hard skills like business analytics and entrepreneurship on a platform that personalises classes to the individual while tracking overall team progress.
For those of you who like to keep moving, there is a range of qualifications available at Study Active. The site is the UK’s leading provider of gym instructor and personal trainer qualifications.
You can gain an Ofqual regulated personal trainer or gym instructor certification with AfN certified nutrition content embedded in the course or take it separately as its own course. Once you have your qualification, you can take advantage of the careers support to find opportunities in the fitness sector. Work with companies like Sports Direct, Be Military Fit with Bear Grylls and Your Personal Training.
Look into the ELCAS learning credits scheme that can cover the costs if you qualify, meaning that money is no object.
One of the most popular forms of online learning is the use of a cloud-based learning management system (LMS). This platform provides a centralized location for learners to access course materials, communicate with instructors and peers, and track their progress over time. Cloud-based LMSs also offer the added benefit of being accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, making it easy for learners to engage with the content and complete coursework at their own pace. With features such as automated grading and reporting, discussion forums, and multimedia support, cloud-based LMSs are a powerful tool for online learning that can be used in a variety of settings, from schools and universities to corporate training programs.
The business networking app LinkedIn does all it can think of you progress your career, and it proves itself with the LinkedIn Learning site. Over 17,000 courses cover subjects in business, technology, and creative learning. Choose from smaller subjects like “personal effectiveness”, “spreadsheets” and “motion graphics” or choose a learning path to follow to reach a goal like “Become an agile software developer”.
You will earn certificates that you can add to your LinkedIn profile for your peers to see or study with your team as a way to improve productivity in the office. Study at your own pace on a subscription basis from expert instructors.
The Open University
The Open University is the most respected university dedicated to distance learning. They offer a credit-based system that will allow you to progress from modules, to courses, to qualifications.
Learn everything from mental health science to law, English literature to cyber security. Take a couple of modules to brush up on something you need or keep going and gain a new qualification. Leave at the end of a year, or as many years as you need, with a masters degree, a postgraduate diploma, a postgraduate certificate, a certificate of higher education, diploma of higher education or honours degree. Build credits to gain your degree. Single modules can cost 15, 30, 60, or 120 credits. Gain 180 credits to get your masters degree and 360 for your honours degree. Most courses offer part-time study so that you can study around work or home life and can be covered by student grants.