Satisfy your hunger for information in the era of online learning

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Free online certificates improve and grow personal skills and make your portfolio more appealing to employers in all sectors. (Photos: FreePick/Twitter)
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the mode of instruction to shift online, both academically and professionally. Whether a fan of the shift or not, one thing it offered was a new era for online learning, opening up a world of possibilities to gain skills both personally and professionally. اضافة اعلان

Locally and internationally, many are seeking to develop or grow their area of expertise, but due to many circumstances including financial hardship, the long-lasting impact of the pandemic, and other reasons, they are unable to travel to obtain their desired certification or classes.

With that in mind, the internet became a first choice for those looking to learn something new. And many institutions took note and began offering a range of educational courses online, some for free. Most of the courses offer the learner a certificate upon completion.

Free online certificates improve and grow personal skills and make your portfolio more appealing to employers in all sectors. 

 In this article, we will share the top websites that offer online courses.

Harvard University

Harvard University is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based private Ivy League research university founded in 1636 and named for its first patron, the Puritan clergyman John Harvard.

In the US, it is the oldest and most famous institution for higher education.

Harvard University offers a selection of free online courses to help you advance in your job or learn more about certain subjects, giving you an in to Ivy League education and a special edge to employers.

Harvard University’s online learning platform offers over 140 free online courses.

There are not limitations as to who can take the courses.

Topics range from Computer Science, Social Science, Data Science, Humanities, Business, Health and Medicine, Mathematics, Design, and others.


Coursera collaborates with over 200 premier universities and businesses to provide individuals and organizations globally with flexible, inexpensive, and job-relevant online courses.

From hands-on projects to job-ready credentials and degree programs, Coursera offers a multitude of learning possibilities.

Coursera is ideal for those wanting a college education without the overbearing cost of tuition, however, it is important to note that to get a certificate, payment is necessary.

This website features engaging courses in a variety of subjects, including professional development, psychology, history, and literature, all produced and taught by academics from major universities around the world.

Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and many other colleges are among them.

Coursera is ideal for those who enjoy learning to simply learn. While some classes are fully free, if you find one that you are interested in, you would be able to get the experience without the certificate for free.


edX is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider founded by Harvard and MIT in the US.

It offers free online university-level courses in a variety of fields to students globally. It also performs learning research depending on how users interact with its platform.

The free Open edX open-source software platform powers edX. 2U is the parent company, with edX serving as the company's global online learning platform and major product and service brand.

Anyone, anywhere can attend university classes in a variety of fields and earn a certificate with edX.

Harvard, Berkeley, Dartmouth, Georgetown, and the University of Chicago are just a few of their major collaborators.


The Queen Rania Foundation (QRF) has launched Edraak, a MOOC platform. QRF is committed to keeping the Arab world on the cutting edge of educational innovation.

As a result, QRF has leveraged regional Arab expertise to construct the first non-profit Arabic MOOC platform using technology developed by the Harvard-MIT cooperation, edX.

The new MOOC platform aims to provide the Arab world with a unique and critical opportunity to participate in a crucial education and learning revolution.

To begin, the platform will broadcast the top Arab academics to the region, as well as offer innovative Arabic courses created by QRF to further promote Arab education. The website will also provide Arab learners with access to courses taught and produced by top-tier schools such as Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley through its cooperation with edX.

Those taking the courses will not be charged.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn is a website and mobile app that focuses on business and job connections.

The website, which was launched on May 5, 2003, and allows job seekers to submit their CVs and companies to post opportunities. It is largely used for professional networking and career advancement.

LinkedIn Learning is an online educational platform that uses expert-led course videos to help you find and improve business, technological, and creative skills.

You may find, finish, and track courses related to your field and interests with over 5,000 courses and tailored suggestions offered on the site.

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