eLearning made easy: A complete overview

The pandemic changed the way we communicate with each other and the way we learn. When the world’s workforce moved towards a new, digital space, so did education. (Photo: Unsplash)
The pandemic changed the way we communicate with each other and the way we learn. When the world’s workforce moved towards a new, digital space, so did education. (Photo: Unsplash)
The pandemic changed the way we communicate with each other and the way we learn. When the world’s workforce moved towards a new, digital space, so did education. Throughout lockdowns and interim periods of relative freedom, most students of all age groups, from primary school to higher education, experienced remote learning—a concept that was unpopular just over a year ago. Although many institutions have had to adapt to virtual learning via video conference platforms and online curricula, there are many eLearning resources that have been available for years, helping facilitate this transition for students. This comprehensive guide will provide you with some of the best applications and websites to help you make the most of your online learning experience.اضافة اعلان

Quizlet is an online resource that provides you with digital flashcards in subjects ranging from the humanities to the sciences and maths and helps you memorize difficult topics. It uses an algorithm that promotes retrieval practice — a process of question repetition that allows you to remember words or terms more efficiently compared to re-reading notes. You can create your own sets of flashcards for a specific subject, or you can use one of the 150,000 million community-created sets that are already on the website.

Where to get it: Quizlet is available on the https://quizlet.com/ website, as well as the App Store and Google Play.

Price: Quizlet is free to use, but you can get a Quizlet Plus subscription for $47.88 a year for access to additional features such as offline access, unlimited step-by-step explanations of topics, explanations for thousands of textbooks, and insights into your progress.

Memrise is a language learning resource which has created courses in 24 languages, from beginners’ courses to intermediate and advanced levels. It also has the options of creating your own course or accessing user-created courses. You can keep track of your progress and compete with your friends using the leader board, create goals for the period of time you would like to study every day, and review words you already learned on the app or website.

Where to get it: Memrise is available on the https://www.memrise.com/ website, on the App Store, Google Play, and AppGallery for IOS, Android, and Huawei users.

Price: Memrise is free to use, but there are three plans that you can purchase to access Memrise Pro. A monthly membership costs $8.99, an annual membership costs $5.99 a month, and you can pay $139.99 for a lifetime subscription. Included in the Pro subscriptions are features such as offline access, reviewing difficult words, and videos.

Coursera is a digital platform that offers a selection of free and paid courses in partnership with more than 200 of the world’s leading universities and companies, such as Yale, Google, and Duke University. It has courses available in data science, computer science, business, health, social and physical sciences, information technology, arts and humanities, language learning, maths, logic, and personal development. By using Coursera, you can gain job skills, knowledge, professional certificates, credit towards a university degree, and even a bachelor’s or master’s degree from anywhere in the world.

Where to get it: Coursera is available on the https://www.coursera.org/ website, and on both the App Store and Google Play.

Price: Prices vary from $9.99 for short courses in job skills all the way to $9,000 for a degree. Coursera also offers 1,800 free courses.

Khan Academy:
Khan Academy was originally created to provide students struggling with mathematics with comprehensive video explanations of difficult topics. It now offers educational videos, practice exercises, and a personalised learning dashboard in subjects such as maths, science, computing, history, art history, economics as well as preparation for tests such as the SAT, LSAT, and Praxis.

Where to get it: Khan Academy is available on the https://www.khanacademy.org/ website, as well as on the App Store and Google Play.

Price: Khan Academy is completely free to use.

EdX is a non-profit organization that offers online courses in computer science, language, data science, business management, engineering, and the humanities, and is partnered with over 160 universities such as Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Oxford, and Cambridge. Each course has video lectures available, which are followed by short quizzes and interactive classes for courses such as programming and data science.

Where to get it: You can use the desktop version of edX on https://www.edx.org/, or you can download the app on the App Store or Google Play.

Price: Although the courses are free to take, some courses may charge you for an official certificate of completion.

MasterClass is a digital streaming platform partnered with the world’s best actors, chefs, authors, musicians, athletes, photographers, and industry experts and leaders that allows members to access hundreds of video lessons. You can learn tennis from Serena Williams, singing from Christina Aguilera, or fashion design from Marc Jacobs, among others. Each course includes around 20 10-minute video lessons along with an in-depth workbook, and courses can be assessed offline. MasterClass lessons are designed for beginners and more advanced students alike, and new classes are consistently added to the platform.

Where to get it: MasterClass is available on the https://www.masterclass.com/ website, as well as on the App Store, Google Play, the Amazon App Store, and the Roku Channel Store.

Price: a Masterclass subscription costs $15 a month or $180 a year.

Yousician is an app which allows people of any level to learn an instrument via lesson plans, interactive tutorials, and technology that listens to you playing your instrument to give you immediate feedback on your accuracy and timing. You can use the app to perfect your guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, or singing skills with over 9000 lessons developed by professional music teachers, and learn songs from every genre.

Where to get it: Yousician is available to download on the App Store, Google Play, or on your computer desktop via the https://yousician.com/ website.

Price: Yousician is free to use for up to one lesson a day. To have unlimited access to all lessons and new songs, you have to pay $19.99 a month, or $9.99/month billed annually.

LinkedIn Learning:
LinkedIn Learning is a website associated with the professional networking platform LinkedIn that offers courses to hone your professional skills in job searching, spreadsheets, branding, data analysis, career management, and entrepreneurship, among others. There are over 16,900 courses available, with dozens added each week, and you can add certificates of completion to your LinkedIn profile.

Where to get it: LinkedIn Learning is available via the https://www.linkedin.com/learning/ website.

Price: LinkedIn Learning offers a one-month free trial, after which you can choose an annual plan of $13.99 billed monthly, or a monthly plan at £20.99 a month.

Google Arts and Culture:
Google Arts and Culture is a non-profit initiative which works with cultural institutions and artists around the world to provide artistic and cultural material online and make it accessible to everyone. You can access high-resolution images and videos of artwork and cultural artefacts, audio guides and educational videos of artworks, art history timelines, teaching resources, and take virtual museum tours on the platform, which is partnered with over 500 global art institutions.

Where to get it: Google Arts and Culture has a website https://artsandculture.google.com/, and additional features are available on the app which can be found on the App Store and Google Play.

Price: Google Arts and Culture is free to use.

TEDEd is the educational version of TED talks, providing students globally with free short lessons in subjects such as economics, health, literature, mathematics, sciences, and engineering, created by expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world.  It has lessons for students of all ages, and below each video there is a discussion forum where students can ask and answer questions. The website also has a newsletter that you can subscribe to.

Where to get it: You can access the TedEd talks via the https://ed.ted.com/ website.

Price: TedED is free to use.

Codeacademy is a website created to teach people computer programming using an easy interactive interface, with courses aimed at beginners and more advanced coders alike. It offers languages such as JavaScript, HTML, PHP, and CSS, and the Pro version features additional languages and more practice content, while guiding you through the best way to learn how to code.

Where to get it: You can learn how to code through the Codeacademy website https://www.codecademy.com/, and Codeacademy Go, the app version of Codeacademy, is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Price: Codeacademy is free to use, but to use Pro features, you must subscribe for $30.99/month or $15.99/month billed annually.

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