Top websites for online courses

Top websites for online courses
July 18, 2023 Comments Off on Top websites for online courses Blogs, Education, Information Technology, Technology Sarthi Lam

As of my last update in March 2023, there are several top websites that offer a wide range of online courses on various subjects. Please note that the popularity of these websites may vary over time, and new platforms may emerge. However, as of 2023, some of the most popular online course platforms are:

  1. Coursera ( Offers courses from top universities and institutions worldwide. They cover a broad range of topics, from technical subjects to arts and humanities.
  2. Udemy ( Provides a vast library of courses taught by experts in different fields. It covers both academic and practical skills.
  3. edX ( Offers courses from leading universities and institutions. It focuses on providing high-quality education in various disciplines.
  4. LinkedIn Learning ( Formerly known as, it provides a vast array of business, technology, and creative courses.
  5. Skillshare ( Focuses on creative skills such as design, photography, writing, and more. It also offers courses on entrepreneurship and productivity.
  6. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative ( ) is an online platform of Carnegie Mellon University that provides various university courses. Users have access to vast research resources and quality experimentation to improve their learning experience.
  7. Drawspace offers full courses and individual lessons to help you master different drawing techniques. The platform provides a mix of free and paid content. You can learn the basics of drawing and painting all the way through advanced elements, drawing people, and using special techniques to create art with tea bags or make your own colors.
  8. MIT OpenCourseWare ( is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to grant free access to the institute’s academic resources. There are over 2,000 materials on the website for interested users to access freely. 
  9. program is an educational tool from the Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) Global initiative. GCFGlobal has offered classes for nearly 20 years and primarily focuses on essential business skills to help people find work. You’ll also discover life skills around finances, freelance work, internet and computer skills, and creative hobbies.
  10. Udacity ( Specializes in technical courses, particularly in technology-related fields like programming, data science, and artificial intelligence.
  11. Pluralsight ( Concentrates on IT and software development courses, including programming languages, cloud computing, and cybersecurity.
  12. Codecademy ( Primarily focused on programming and coding courses, catering to learners of all levels.
  13. Hack Design is a program designed to help you create a career in design and continue to grow. Its main offering is a weekly design lesson delivered via email. Most content is free, and the site provides a curated list of fundamental courses in its Lessons 101 offering.
  14. General Assembly ( ) provides online coding and in-demand skills bootcamp. While some courses in General Assembly are expensive, there are free workshops on courses like software engineering, digital marketing, and design. 
  15. Khan Academy ( Provides free educational content covering various subjects, primarily geared towards K-12 education.
  16. Open Culture collects online education materials and supports lifelong learning with free classes, audio, and video. The nonprofit looks across the internet to find free learning resources and gathers them so they’re easy to browse, sort, and use. Open Culture currently lists more than 1,700 free courses, predominantly from universities.
  17. HTML Dog: The site offers free tutorials, techniques, and examples of web content in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. HTML Dog focuses on helping you get a website up and running, so much of the content is step-by-step guides and references to perform a specific task.
  18. FutureLearn ( Offers courses from universities and institutions worldwide, with a focus on social learning and community engagement.
  19. Thinkful is a more intensive option for those wanting to learn quickly. Instead of short courses or lectures, this highly structured program runs for 50 to 60 hours over five months for full-time students. With tuition starting around $8,500, the platform doesn’t come cheap. However, you can defer payment until you get hired, and it includes a money-back guarantee if you don’t get a job.
  20. Alison ( ): Alison is an online learning centre with a wide range of extensive classes in specific fields. These fields include technology, finance, science, and entrepreneurship fields.
  21. Memrise ( offers various language courses to interested subscribers all over the world. It adds authenticity and richness to the languages by providing videos and audio of natives speaking the languages in their native accents and intonations.
  22. Harvard University ( )offers free and paid courses across different subjects and fields. There are premium classes that relate to business, design, computer science, social science, and art.
  23. Skillcrush is a coding-focused learning company offering free and paid classes in areas like design, user experience, digital marketing, and HTML coding. The company offers an ongoing free coding bootcamp to help people learn the basics and charges for more in-depth classes with hands-on support. 
  24. BetterExplained offers interesting classes, articles, and lessons. Individual lessons and online course texts are generally free. You can purchase “complete” courses that include PDF versions of textbooks, video lessons, quizzes, and invitations to webinars.
  25. Stanford Online ( ) is the online annex of Stanford University, where online users have access to Stanford’s teaching and research materials. You can take some courses for free on the online website, while you may take others after paying a fixed fee.
  26. Academic Earth ( )solely provides educational materials and coursework to college students online. The courses are free, and they cover the main college categories, arts, science, accounting, humanities, and technology.
  27. Canvas Network provides educators access to professional development courses and programs, and some of its courses are open to the public. You can sign up with an email and access a wide range of content and lessons. Content is also available under an open license, so those wanting to create content and lesson plans can use what Canvas makes available in some cases.
  28. Instructables insists hands-on learning is fun. This website is designed to showcase projects where people build physical items, including food. You’ll learn fundamental engineering and even advanced electronics.
  29. MasterClass subscription gives users access to over 180 on-demand individual courses. Each option contains video lectures and bonus content, such as class guides. You can watch classes online or download the MasterClass App to access course materials on the go. Prices start at $10 per month for a single account and device, and family plans are also available.
  30. Yale Courses ( offers interested users free access to the educational materials and courses that renowned scholars teach at Yale University. This online learning website exclusively provides quality education without a certificate, degree, or course credit.
  31. Iversity has partnered with European and international universities to offer academic courses for free. The company has certificates and verification of course completion for most of its classes, allowing students to verify course participation and learning with an official document. Costs vary, and there are a few free options.
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Remember that these platforms may have different pricing models, course formats, and subject offerings. It’s a good idea to explore them individually to find the one that best suits your learning needs and preferences. Also, keep in mind that new platforms may have emerged or gained popularity after my last update, so it’s always beneficial to research and read reviews before enrolling in any online course.

About The Author
Sarthi Lam Sarthi Lam is an author of LoogleBiz for both adults and teens, including The Kill Club and her upcoming YA debut, She’s Too Pretty to Burn. She was born in Tamilnadu, India and has lived most of her life in Los Angeles.