Upskilling for Free
Employer won’t fund education? Don’t worry! Search tells you how to boost your skillset for FREE
If you’re keen to increase your skills and knowledge, one of the things that may be playing on your mind is how you’ll source the funds to pay for a pricey college course or workshop. However, there are plenty of ways in which you can top up your existing skills and learn something new without having to fork out your hard earned cash! In this article, Search explains how…
Massive Online Open Courses
Many universities across the globe are now offering massive online open courses, or MOOCs, which are open to anyone with a computer or laptop and internet access. Essentially, MOOCs are university modules which are delivered online to large numbers of people worldwide by video tutorials, usually free of charge. MOOCs are great if you’re keen to receive high quality, university-level training from a prestigious educational institute, and they also have the advantage of being very interactive. Most providers offer the facility to get involved in online forums, peer-to-peer discussion and online quizzes and assessments, and although MOOCs don’t result in any formal qualifications, they can be a good introduction to a particular topic you have an interest in, or can be used to top existing knowledge gained in previous education or via employment.
A good starting point to find out more about MOOCs is to visit www.futurelearn.com, which has partnered with over 20 universities and educational institutes throughout the UK to offer a range of MOOCs and online courses.
Other ways to learn online for free
The BBC offers a range of online courses which are free and can be undertaken by anyone. Subjects range from gardening, health and history to languages, maths and science.
YouTube can be a great source of short, informative videos on almost every topic imaginable. ‘How to’ tutorials focussing on the creative industries, such as photography, dance, make-up application and web design, are particularly popular. If you have an interest in a creative discipline be sure to check YouTube to see what you can learn!
If you have a smartphone or tablet device, there are loads of apps dedicated to learning that can help you to gain a new skill in bite size chunks whilst on the move. One of the most popular is Duolingo, a language learning app which allows you set goals for the language you wish to learn regardless of whether you’re a beginner or advanced speaker. Languages on offer include Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish and Swedish. As well as being completely free, the fun nature of the app makes it an easy way to learn a language which can often be seen as a daunting task by many.
Other apps available free or at little cost include apps allowing you to brush up your skills on maths and literacy, practice for your driving theory test, and learn about our solar system. The possibilities really are endless, and the great thing about upskilling on a tablet or smartphone is that you can learn anywhere.