Widening your skill set is always a smart decision.
The new normal gives many of us extra time on our hands, mostly at home, and what better way to make use of this opportunity than to pick up a new skill or hobby. For yourself, for your child, or just for anyone looking for a fresh forte to foster, these websites may be your first step to your new passion.
A learning website focused on STEM modules that teaches its concepts in visual interactive experiences. Their courses range from Logic, Computer Science Fundamentals, Neural Networks, and Mathematics broken down into easily understandable puzzles that create an engaging educational experience for children and adults alike. They have also contributed puzzles for publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian.
If you’re looking for more esteemed and accredited forms of learning, Coursera offers certificate and degree courses online from leading institutions such as Stanford and Yale as well as companies like IBM, Google, and Amazon. Their thousands of courses cover engineering, data science, mathematics, business, digital marketing, and medicine, just to name a few.
Coursera offers free courses as well as university degrees and certificates at varying prices. Visit their website for more information on specific courses.
With over 2,000 free video courses on creative design, lifestyle, and technology; add to that over 27,000 video classes on their premium courses, Skillshare focuses on more creative categories on their video learning platform. Many video courses on the website are taught by industry leaders such as Guy Kawasaki on entrepreneurship and Yuko Shimizu on drawing and inking.
Skillshare offers free video courses as well as premium classes that can be bought monthly or annually. Visit their website for more information.
Less of an educational site and more of a streaming platform for everything non-fiction. Curiosity Stream hosts thousands of documentary films and series, many of which are produced in-house. Their documentaries have been acclaimed with awards such as an Emmy in News & Documentary and the Science Media Awards.
Curiosity Stream offers monthly and annual rates for unlimited access to their content. Visit their website for more information.
The most renowned site in this list. MasterClass hosts lectures by highly respected names in a multitude of industries. It has everything from Annie Leibovitz on photography, Helen Mirren on acting, Gordon Ramsay on cooking, Martin Scorsese on film making, and even Tony Hawk on skateboarding. Their extensive catalog of prominent instructors share their expertise on their craft as well as insight into the industry they inhabit.
MasterClass is available for subscription $15/month. See the full list of masterclasses on their website.