Quick Guide: 5 Websites Where You Can Learn Something New in 2017

Happy Monday, ya’ll! Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a husband, father, minister, and activist who used his words and non-violent protests to inspire and move people to take action during the Civil Rights Movement. 

While I love countless MLK quotes, one of my favorite ones is:

“Intelligence plus character: that is the goal of a true education.” 

With that in mind, today I’m going to share a quick guide with you that lists 5 different websites where you can learn something new this year! The lifelong learner in me is skipping up and down – I just love learning new things (although finding the time to do it is a challenge in itself, I know). Whether you’d like to learn digital photography, computer programming, brush up on your Spanish-speaking skills, or any other personal development skills that you can think of – these websites are great resources to help you learn what you want to this new year. 

Skillshare

I’m starting with my favorite website – Skillshare offers online classes in a great variety of categories, from photography, crafts, writing, cooking, business, and more. Anyone can become a Skillshare teacher to share their own expertise (I published a class on de-cluttering and taking back your closet!). Many free classes exist, but there are more in-depth classes if you sign up for the premium version, which right now is 99 CENTS for 3 months. I tried the premium version and loved it. You can get the 3 months for 99 cent deal here


Udemy

Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online. Right now, approximately 42,000 courses are available from this site, ranging from health and fitness, lifestyle, marketing, design, office productivity, business, development, music, test prep, and more. Many of the classes offered are $15. 


Coursera

Coursera offers classes from top-rated universities. Each course is like an interactive textbook, featuring pre-recorded videos, quizzes, and projects. Classes are online and open to everyone, they last anywhere from 4-6 weeks, the price on average per class is about $29-99, and you receive a shareable electronic Course Certificate once you complete the course. 

Coursera offers hundreds of Specializations and courses in business, computer science, data science, engineering, arts and humanities, and more. 


Duolingo

Duolingo offers totally FREE online language learning and does it in a fun, gamified learning way. No hidden fees or premium content exist, just free resources. The folks at Duolingo believe that true equality is when spending more can’t buy you a better education (I love their manifesto). I’ve used it to take some Spanish lessons, and love how they’ve gamified learning.


Codecademy

Codecademy offers interactive courses on how to program for free, no strings attached. With over 25 million students, Codecademy wants to build the education that the world deserves by bringing the classroom online (and for free!). 

While the idea of learning to code was daunting to me, I took a class called, “Make a Website,” and it was so easy to follow along! It’s just like learning a new language, you eventually memorize, internalize, and get fluent with it. 

And that’s my quick guide of 5 websites to check out if you’d like to learn something new this year! Right now, I’m all about branding and cultivating an online audience for my blog, so that’s where my head is at with online courses at the moment. I also want to learn how to crochet, too, although I have no idea when I’d have the time to actually sit down and do it. #thestruggleisreal

What about you? What would you like to learn in 2017? Share with us in the comments below!

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