Last updated: September 23, 2018
Udemy is a place where you can find a wide range of online course based on the field you are interested in, while educators can use it to sell their skills. It’s a popular online learning platform, but not the only one. If you can’t find the course that suits you, there are several alternative you can visit.
Or probably, you are an educator who are looking for a place to share your knowledge without any boundary of space? Then read on. This article will show the best Udemy-like sites where you can share your knowledge with the world.
Whether you are a learner or educator, following are the online course service platforms like Udemy where you can either taking a course or sharing knowledge.
1. Khan Academy
On the first list we have Khan Academy. This platform is an ideal choice for learners who want to learn something new for free. Khan Academy is non-profit project founded by an American educator Salman Khan. The goal of the project is to create a set of online tools that help educate students. This platform tends to ideal for students, although there is no prohibition for adults to use it. Some subjects you can find on this online course provider are computing, science and engineering, arts and humanity, economics and so on.
Coursera is an online course platform founded by two Stanford professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. No wonder that the vast majority of courses available on this platform are science-related, like computer science and data science although you can also find courses in other subjects like business. If you want to enroll a certain course that provides certificate then Coursera is the place you are looking for. All courses offered by Coursera are handled by capable instructors. Coursera is teaming up with popular colleges like Stanford, Duke University and University of Michigan to provide quality courses.
Udacity is a good place if you have a high interest in computer science, more specifically Artificial Intelligence. All courses offered by this platform are related to computer science. You will find courses in a more specific fields like AI, VR, robotic, digital marketing, mobile web and so on. Udacity is founded by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig — two instructors from Standford University — who elected to offer their “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” course online to anyone.
edX is an online course platform founded by Harvard University and MIT. The project was founded in 2002 with the purpose of offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. There are a wide range of subjects offered by edX. From business and management, computer science, data analysis, language, architecture and so on. edX itself is a non-profit project. All course available on this platform are free, but you need to pay certain amount of dollars if wish for the certificate.
Lynda is an an online learning platform owned by the giant software company Microsoft. LinkedIn (which is now owned by Microsoft) bought Lynda in 2015. Lynda is probably the best alternative to Udemy from the instructors viewpoint since they can apply for becoming instructor. In Lynda, you can find nearly all subjects. Some courses at Lynda offer materials you can access offline. You can access the courses you have enrolled to from anywhere thanks to mobile apps or Android and iPhone.
Alison is also a good alternative to Udemy for those wanting to learn something new online. It’s an online course platform founded by Mike Feerick, an Irish social entrepreneur. There are 9 major subjects offered by Alison: technology, language, science, health, humanities, business, math, marketing and lifestyle. Alison also provides certificate if you need it. The courses available on Alison themselves are free, but you will have to deal with ads when accessing certain course, which is very annoying. To be able to learn without annoyed by ads, you need make a purchase.
OpenLearn is an online learning platform by The Open University. All materials available on the platform are free to access. You can find hundreds or even thousands free course from this platform, which are spread into several categories like psychology, history, health, languages, technology, law, politics, society and so on. In addition to courses, you can also access educational materials in other forms such as TV shows as well as radio programs.
8. Envato Tuts+
Envato Tuts+ is an online learning platform by Envato. Envato itself is the company behind two popular products: ThemeForest and CodeCanyon. The platform is not specifically offers courses but also how-to articles. All are free to access. Envato Tuts+ itself is specifically an ideal learning platform if you have a high interest in web development and design. The courses available on this platform spread into categories like design & illustration, code, web design, photo & video, business and music & audio.
FutureLearn has one thing in common with OpenLearn. It is also owned by The Open University. All of the courses available on this platform are also free to access. FutureLearn was launched with 12 UK based university partners including University of Birmingham, Cardiff University and University of Leeds. The courses available on FutureLearn fall into categories like management, history, law, literature, health, psychology, coding, maths and so on. You can enroll certain course on the subject you are interested in. FutureLean also provides certificate, but you need to upgrade your free account to get one.