With the arrival of Massive Open Online Courses, the face of
education has changed substantially over the past few years. The use of
the Internet to impart courses is a game changer for the education
Online education, as we all know, is meant to teach courses over the
Net. This eliminates a major barrier for education: reach and access.
With its ability to get within easy access to almost everyone who has
access to the Net, online education offers immense potential for
Today, there are many organizations that offer online courses, making
this a truly disruptive development that is sure to benefit millions of
people across the globe. That said, which are the online learning
platforms that stand out and make a difference in every sense of the
term? What distinguishes some of these from the rest?
It is to find this out that we have made a selection of the top 20
online educational websites that learners from around the world can
access. We should, of course, mention that this is a list based on our
observation and understanding, and is not absolute. Like every other
such compilation, this list of top 20 online educational websites could
change over time.
So, here goes the list of top 20 online educational websites:
Coursera is an online platform that is known across the learning
community around the world for the huge number of its courses, and for
the credentials, it offers from well-known universities for its courses.
Given that it was founded by two Stanford professors, this may not come
as a surprise. One can take up Coursera courses in almost any area of
of an online platform for learning that is concerned not so much about
the market for courses as much as for taking education to the remotest
corners of the world and to everyone who wants to learn? This is the aim
with which Simpliv wants to function. Its range of courses is quite
broad; the experts teaching its courses are well known, and its courses
are certified and highly affordable.
deeply popular provider of online courses, Udemy blends and mashes a
variety of courses to suit anyone from a young student to a university
learner. It has risen from its tough beginnings, when at least 30
investors rejected funding to it, to being what it is today.
Khan Academy should be on any list of 20 top online educational
providing websites. Why? Because it has gone down very well with the
learning community for the highly attractive course content and quality
of its videos. Its courses are spread across almost all disciplines.
Alison: It is not
surprising that Alison should make it to this list of top 20 online
educational websites that offer courses. The reason is simple: it claims
that it adapted this business model of spreading online education long
before the name came into being. Alison also prides itself on the sheer
range and variety of its courses that have been designed in conjunction
with top universities.
started as a home tuition provider went on to become a global brand that
LinkedIn acquired for a total value of $ 1.5 billion. Named after its
Founder, this is the phenomenal story behind Lynda, whose humble
beginnings from being a course provider for animation and multimedia
classes became a sought-after company.
started as an offshoot of the world known platform for motivational
presentations, TED. Its courses are not only about motivation but cover a
variety of other formally structured courses that are of immense value
to learners across the globe, are on what it calls are “ideas worth
of the highpoints of the Udacity platform is that it calls the
“nanodegree”. This is a course aimed at fine-tuning the IT learning for
entry level professionals and make them industry-fit. Of late, Udacity
has been transforming its course collection to include the vocational
courses. This is quite an expansion, considering that its courses were
Deriving its name from the important discipline of computer operations,
coding, Codecademy is primarily a coding courses provider. Not that it
needed much guessing to know this, of course. Well, this being its
forte, you could say that Codecademy has anything and everything that
has to do with coding.
Code: Similar to
Codecademy, code.org is a specialist in coding lessons. It teaches
coding and app designing and writing. Its highlight is the easy and
simple way in which its courses are tailored to the needs of children,
keeping their learning needs and abilities in mind. Having said this, a
good number of its courses are suited for adults, as well.
Meant to rhyme with the word “memorize”; Memrise has a host of online
courses from not just the technical fields, but also the humanities such
as language. Its games-styled courses add a high degree of
interactivity and fun to the learning. No wonder, its courses have been
gaining huge popularity among young learners.
partnerships with more than 2000 colleges and universities, Ed2go brings
thousands of highly reasonably priced courses for learners of any topic
of their interest. This online educational platform has a good
collection of instructors that are readily available to help learners
with anything that they want to learn and clarify.
We should say that there is something really different about
TechChange. Rather than scamper for the gold rush of technical
trainings; the founders of TechChange have been focusing on the pressing
social issues of our times. They also offer online courses on social
engineering, social entrepreneurship, and social and public policy. So,
for anyone interested in any of these areas, TechChange is a great
platform to learn from. It helps, of course, that TechChange partners
with peace building missions and organizations of the UN and other
global bodies and think tanks.
Of course, no prizes for guessing the origins of this learning
platform. Yes, this is an MIT initiative. It has a stunning collection
of more than 10,000 lectures, presentations and talks that are spread
into all the subjects in which MIT stands head and shoulders above the
rest: business management, social sciences, administration, mathematics,
engineering, metallurgy, aerospace, marine engineering, biotechnology,
AI, machine learning, and well, you name it.
Quantum Physics Made Relatively Simple: Well,
specializations cannot get any narrower than this. This platform, whose
name says it all, consists of all of three lectures that are about
nothing other than Quantum Physics. These three presentations plus their
respective intros are all that the course curriculum consists of.
Taking the granularity of the course further; these are offered by one
theoretical physicist: the venerable Hans Bethe. For lovers of Quantum
Physics, this course platform is a divine offering.
Did you know that Google has a set of online coding courses that come
with the brand name Google Code? It has a solid collection of tutorials
for android app development. Wait, that is not all. Participating in its
annual competition-Google Code-In could take you places if you could
show Sundar Pichai that your coding skills match those of his company.
Eliademy is a free online learning platform in which educators and
learners collaborate for creating, sharing and managing online courses.
It makes its learning interactive and more organized with its novel
features such as real-time discussions and task management. Making its
courses available in over 30 languages; Eliademy caters to a learning
community of more than 50,000. With funding from Inventure and with a
few good awards to speak about; Eliademy is set to go places.
Do It Yourself:
This name is definitely thoroughly suggestive of what one can expect
from this platform for online learning. A complete source for how-to’s
on areas for which how-to’s are well suited; Do It Yourself is aimed at
helping people gain online learning on topics related to home
improvement. It also offers a lot of suggestions and discussions on the
related areas of art and craft, decoration, lifestyle and the like.
Does it surprise that the university whose courses are offered to the
world of learners through collaborations with online course providers
should have an online collection of its own? That is what Stanford
Online is. But with most of its courses being made available to learners
through its partners; Stanford Online is limited in its collection of
courses, offering only those that it does not through its
If one is looking for a collection of courses that can be termed as
nothing short of phenomenal. Pluralsight is the one that comes to mind.
Technical courses, creative courses, vocational courses, IT, software,
animation, gaming, web development- well, any of these and more,
Pluralsight has it all. Its collection of video clips is what is
mindboggling: it numbers 130,000!