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HughLauriesStubble Tue 06-Feb-18 15:35:07

I'm in the market for some upskilling! grin Or maybe even a new hobby. I've completed some of Google's free certification in digital marketing, which is fantastic and can be completed at your own pace. I've also done some futurelearn courses.

Which ones would you recommend?

mumpoints Tue 06-Feb-18 15:47:11

The Open University has 1000 free courses.

Loads of subjects!

falsepriest Tue 06-Feb-18 15:50:10

Coursera is great for diving into things to keep your mind occupied.

BabyDubsEverywhere Tue 06-Feb-18 15:53:16

I do loads of Moocs. Always have a few on the go. I use Future learn, Coursera, Edx, OU, Google, and Stanford. The National Archives often run free moocs if you are into history, reading old documents, etc.

BooTimesTwo Tue 06-Feb-18 15:55:57

The OU offers free courses online which are taster sessions or extractions of discontinued modules. Future Learn offers various courses from brick universities, if you want a certificate of completion its normally circa £59.

Els1e Tue 06-Feb-18 17:20:26

Future learn is good. They have free short courses designed by universities in all sorts of subjects.

EatSleepRantRepeat Tue 06-Feb-18 17:27:20

Depending on what it is, YouTube is also quite useful - especially for step by steps on certain software such as MS Excel, or even crafting, knitting etc! Udemy seems quite popular as well, but wait till they have big sales on eg black Friday- they often have bundles of courses on sale from £10

Stoptherideiwannagetoff Tue 06-Feb-18 19:54:03

Have a look at Alison courses

MatildaTheCat Tue 06-Feb-18 19:56:27

Another vote for Futurelearn. No need to buy the certificate unless you want to.

KingIrving Tue 06-Feb-18 20:04:16

I find Futur learn very superficial and short. Coursera and Edx go into far more details. Openyale is good as well.
On Edx and Openyale, some video lessons are 1h long and are actually a real class in Uni which is filmed and shared.

bridgetreilly Tue 06-Feb-18 20:09:56

Craftsy has great online craft courses.

bridgetreilly Tue 06-Feb-18 20:10:19

Oh, and if you time it right, they quite often have good discounts - 50% is common.

ThisTime81 Tue 06-Feb-18 20:11:06

Vote for the Alison courses too, again free but can get a certificate for a fee

HirplesWithHaggis Tue 06-Feb-18 20:16:23

There's this from MIT, haven't tried any but I might reboot my brain this spring...

HughLauriesStubble Wed 07-Feb-18 14:41:55

Thanks for all the suggestions, these will keep me going for a while grin The online world is my oyster!

Polarbearflavour Wed 07-Feb-18 14:51:39

Vision2Learn do free Level 2 courses with a certificate after you pass.

SandAndSea Wed 07-Feb-18 14:55:21 ?

chocolateworshipper Wed 07-Feb-18 17:58:38

Our local college do several free distance-learning courses from NCFE

Iprefercoffeetotea Wed 07-Feb-18 18:08:04

I have done quite a few courses on Futurelearn, the basic language courses are fun. I also did one on Coursera.

I'm interested in the Google digital marketing one the OP mentioned, am off to, well, google it now!

Great idea for a thread OP.

Any librarians reading - have a look at the Rudai 23 things course. Might be of interest to non-librarians too.

RocketPockets Wed 07-Feb-18 18:22:20

Shaw academy do a free trial where you get 30 days free which equates to one course. I’m starting the intro to photography course on monday!

ArkAtEee Wed 07-Feb-18 19:53:07

Pluralsight if you are at all interested in software development or web technologies. You can get a free 10 day trial.

Sillybilly1234 Wed 07-Feb-18 20:38:04

These look good. Thanks for the inspiration.

isseywithcats Wed 07-Feb-18 21:12:33

got me hooked ive just signed for the OU ones on openlearn didnt know they did free courses thank you Op

k2p2k2tog Wed 07-Feb-18 21:14:27

Also TED talks. Not quite the same as an online course, but lots of topics and interesting takes on things.

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