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The Coronavirus pandemic has forced us to stay home. Staying at home during the lock-down can be boring. Let’s turn this into an opportunity to learn new skills. Beat the blues with the top 8 online course platforms curated especially for you!

These online course platforms are rated as per the following parameters, for you to decide the best one for you as per your need.

Parameters: Mobile App (Y/N) | Certification availability (Y/N) | Hands-on (Y/N) | Free: (Y/N) | Popularity (On a scale of 10, 10 being the highest)

While I was going through google to find out about the popular online platforms to learn IT skills, these platforms were auto-populated.

Here’s a brief about some of them to help you choose as per your need.

  • TCS iON Digital Learning Hub: It is an Online Learning platform offering Courses, Assessments, Communities and Events. It is an ideal platform for an individual who wishes to pursue education on a self-learning pace. It caters to learners across various segments right from K 12 to working professionals. It enables educators and trainers to deliver self-paced and blended learning which enables an individual to learn at any place and any time.
    1. Mobile App: No
    2. Certification availability: Yes
    3. Hands-on: Yes
    4. Free: Some courses are free while others range from Rs. 1888 to Rs. 17,700
    5. Popularity: 8.5/10

 

  • Udemy: Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online. Master new skills and achieve goals on Udemy and discover stories of Udemy students and instructors, career opportunities, and company news and events. I’m sure you must have heard of it and could be doing online courses too.
    1. Mobile App: Yes
    2. Certification availability: Yes
    3. Hands-on: Yes
    4. Free: Prices as low as ₹455 per course
    5. Popularity: 8.5/10

 

  • Coursera: Coursera is an American online learning platform founded in 2012 by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller that offers massive open online courses, specializations, and degrees. Students can browse the list of available topics or simply answer the question 'What would you like to learn about?', then when they answer that question they are led to a list of available courses on that topic.
    1. Mobile App: Yes
    2. Certification availability: Yes (but paid)
    3. Hands-on: Yes
    4. Free: Coursera courses are free to audit but if you want to access graded assignments or earn a Course Certificate, you will need to pay
    5. Popularity: 9/10

 

  • HackerRank: HackerRank is a technology hiring platform that is the standard for assessing developer skills for over 2,000+ companies around the world. I’m sure this is a very popular platform esp. among IT/CS grads primarily used to practically solve competitive programming questions, applying skills into use in terms of technologies like C, Python, Functional programming, databases, data structures, Ruby, AI, Java.
    1. Mobile App: No
    2. Certification availability: No
    3. Hands-on: Yes
    4. Free: Yes
    5. Popularity: 8.5/10

 

  • Udacity: California-based online education company Udacity offers courses, which last six months on average, in subjects tied to growing technology occupations such as robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, programming, data science, and self-driving cars. This is especially rated high among programmers. It offers applied techniques with high profile projects – real datasets with industry partners. It offers something called as a ‘Nanodregree’.
    1. Mobile App: No
    2. Certification availability: Yes (but paid)
    3. Hands-on: Yes
    4. Free: Udacity has around 200 courses that are completely free (but do not offer a certificate). Udacity's Nanodegrees (micro-credentials exclusive to Udacity) are completely paid. These Nanodegrees currently cost $399 per month, or you can pay for several months upfront for a reduced amount
    5. Popularity: 6.5/10

 

  • Codecademy: Founded by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, Coacademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages. It had over 24 million users who had completed over 100 million exercises in the year 2014. It launched their 1st iOS app called ‘Hour of Code’ that solely focuses on the basics of programming including similar content of the website. In 2015, Codecademy received the Skillies Technology Award.
    1. Mobile App: Yes
    2. Certification availability: As part of completing Codecademy’s Pro Intensive, you’ll earn a Codecademy Credential, a digital letter of completion that acknowledges your earned progress throughout the program.
    3. Hands-on: Yes
    4. Free: Basic - $0, Pro - $15.99/month
    5. Popularity: 6/10

 

  • PluralSight: With assessments, learning paths and courses authored by industry experts, our platform helps businesses and individuals benchmark expertise across roles, speed up release cycles and build reliable, secure products. They have a huge library of courses which are updated regularly based on the latest trends in the tech industry.
    1. Mobile App: Yes
    2. Certification availability: Yes
    3. Hands-on: Yes
    4. Free: Free trial followed with $19/month
    5. Popularity: 7.5/10

 

  • Lynda.com: Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform (in partnership with Linkedin) that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.
    1. Mobile App: Yes
    2. Certification availability: Yes
    3. Hands-on: No
    4. Free: 1-month free trial then ₹1,400.00/month
    5. Popularity: 8/10

Other popular learning platforms:

  • YouTube channels: The Coding Train, Telusko, Edureka
  • Competitive programming platforms: HackerEarth, CodeChef, LeetCode, TopCoder
  • Company led platforms: Oracle Academy, SAP Training, AWS Amazon training

Social isolation impacts on everyone’s well-being and mental health. This is particularly true for engineering students and young developers who were previously used to spending a substantial part of their day in the company of others. Virtual interactions are no replacement for spending time in the company of others face to face, however they can help to maintain some balance and keep up one’s spirits. Hope this blog helps you find interesting online courses which keeps you occupied not only till the lock-down ends, but throughout your learning journey.