Tech Matters: How to Choose an Online Learning Platform for 2022 | News, Sports, Jobs
It’s that time of year when the future looks like a blank slate full of possibilities. As we reflect on the past year, many of us are making New Year’s resolutions to make sure 2022 will be better. And while so many factors around us seem beyond our control, we can control what we do in our spare time. Giving priority to personal time to acquire a new skill can open up our horizons: advancing our careers, developing a secondary activity or finding a balance in life.
If you are feeling stuck, you are not alone. According to an October study by software company Oracle and human resources research firm Workplace Intelligence, three-quarters of people around the world feel stuck personally and professionally. We are seeing a record number of employees leaving their jobs in search of more money, better benefits or more flexibility. Preparation is key and this is where online learning can help.
There is a dizzying array of online courses hosted by many platforms such as LinkedIn Learning, Codecademy, Udemy, and Skillshare. Before you jump in to select the best platform for you, answer these two questions:
What am I trying to achieve? If this is a skill you want to add to your resume, it may be worth spending the time and money on a certification recognized by your industry.
I recently interviewed Tim Killen, executive vice president of international logistics company deugro group about choosing the most effective e-learning program. âIdentify training that covers key professional topics that are either relevant to the current job or job description or to an ambitious role within the industry,â Killen said. “At the end of the day, it must provide appropriate career development opportunities and experience that would bring value.”
Talk to your manager or mentor to identify the ideal business skills for the next step in your career. For people changing careers, find someone in their new chosen field for similar advice. If this is an entirely new skill, whether it is a side activity or personal growth, consult experts online for their advice on how to get started in the field and take notes to develop your own realistic plan.
How long do I have to pursue this goal? âAs professionals working on a path of continuous professional development, you have to juggle not only with daily work and personal life, but also with professional training,â said Killen. âTime management is essential to ensure that all three are managed effectively. “
The advantage of online courses is that you can take them at your own pace and at any time that suits your schedule. The downside is that no one calls, so the temptation to postpone a lesson can be strong.
For career certifications, consider LinkedIn Learning, Codecademy, Udemy, and Udacity, which offer online courses, programs, and bootcamps, including in-demand topics like computer programming. Prices vary, and you can usually get a substantial discount by paying annually rather than monthly. A LinkedIn Learning subscription costs $ 26.99 per month, paid annually, or $ 39.99 on a monthly basis. The most popular courses focus on Excel, but the platform offers a wide variety of both material and general business skills.
For those looking for coding lessons and other high-tech skills, Codecademy offers a suite of free courses, as well as Pro memberships for $ 19.99 per month billed annually or $ 39.99 if you pay monthly. The course catalog is well organized with tags that indicate a career path course, like Learn Python 3 and Data Scientist.
Udemy offers a combination of commercial and programming courses, which are available for purchase per course, or you can subscribe to a personal plan for $ 29.99 / month for unlimited access. Similar to Udemy’s pricing, Udacity stands out with its nanodegrades available on a wide variety of topics, including Blockchain Developer, Artificial Intelligence for Trading, and Business Analytics. NanodegrÃ©s last four to five months, may require other courses as prerequisites, and start at $ 399 per month or $ 1,356 if paid in one installment.
For creatives, CreativeLive and Skillshare are two of the most popular platforms. CreativeLive courses are offered Ã la carte starting at $ 12 during the sale. You can buy an annual subscription for $ 149, pay monthly for $ 39, or choose a hybrid option where you pay $ 15 for a one-year contract. Popular courses include Adobe Photoshop CC: The Complete Guide, Workflow, Time Management and Productivity for Creatives, and Wired for Story: How to Become a History Genius. Skillshare offers a similar course listing and costs $ 15 per month if paid annually and $ 32 per month on the monthly plan.
If you want to take a celebrity-taught class (Cooking by Gordon Ramsay or Chess by Gary Kasparov, MasterClass is worth a try. Yearly subscriptions cost $ 30 per month, paid annually, to $ 46 per month (paid annually). and include up to six users and downloading lessons.
Leslie Meredith has been writing about technology for over a decade. As a mother of four, online value, utility and safety come first. Have a question? Email Leslie at [email protected]