When I was small, people subscribed to magazines like Reader Digest to learn English and gain general knowledge. Now, there are so many free resources on the internet that can help us learn any language, knowledge or skill. We can browse through Wikipedia for topics that we interested. Moreover, many teachers assign their students to watch videos from TED as part of the learning.
These made me realized the power of internet affecting our learning process. The methods and processes to obtain knowledge and skills have been so different from the past.
There are some entrepreneurs that observed this trend and started their profitable e-learning platforms. In this article, I am going to share you some notable examples.
Blinkist is a phone app for cram-read. It has a rich library with tons of book titles, and each non-fiction book is summarized into digestible summary that takes you less than 15 minutes to read or listen.
The app offers a free pre-selected reading each day for you. Of course, you can choose any books in the library based on your preference when you are using the paid version. In the paid version, you can even send your selected books to your Kindle or sync the app with your Evernote.
Using Blinkist to keep yourself reading, at least 15 minutes per day, is a very good way to absorb new knowledge and develop a consistent reading habit. However, if you are doing serious research about a specific topic, you can’t rely on the summarized books in Blinkist. They can help you to see a big picture about the topic quickly, but you still need to verify all the facts from more trustable sources.
Blinkist is a great learning tool for those who always holding a smartphone. The reading materials fit perfectly into small screens like my iPhone SE’s, the font size is adjustable, and night version is available too! When your eyes are really too tired to read, you can also listen to the audiobook instead.
I also love the idea that each day Blinkist will surprise me with a new topic. I don’t need to waste time searching for topics to read, and I can still ‘Look Up’ any phrase that I’m interested with and extended my reading on Wikipedia or other free sources on the web.
You might be familiar with this name, but do you know exactly how Coursera works?
Modified from the idea of MOOCs, Coursera is currently the most popular online courses provider in the market. It aggregates more than 2000 professional courses in all fields that are taught by top instructors from world’s best universities and educational institutions including Yale University, The Pennsylvania State University, Caltech, IBM, and more!
When you join a course on Coursera, you will receive recorded video lectures and assignments on a weekly basis. After you finished all the lectures, there will be a Final Exam. The whole process is very flexible because you can arrange your own time and use your own pace to digest all the materials, even the Final Exam is given a range of days for you to complete. Each course also has a forum where all the students can discuss the topics.
With an inexpensive price ranging from $29 to $99, you will receive an electronic Course Certificate once you passed a course. The certificate is sharable, which means that you can show it off on your LinkedIn profile. Since these certificates are verified by great universities and institutions, you can consider owning some to enhance your CV.
If you just want to gain some new knowledge, you can join as many courses as you like without any financial commitment. You still can enjoy all the learning materials and the forum assessment, but you will not get any certification. I think this sounds fair.
There are many other similar platforms like Udemy, Lynda.com, etc. What is the unique of Coursera? While most other platforms offer courses that conducted by individuals, Coursera is a place that you can experience learning from professors from great universities.
Nowadays, we very much rely on internet and mobile gadgets. Every entrepreneur that want to start a new business knows that it is crucial to conquering the web and tech first.
However, how are you going to do everything if you barely know about programming? You may not have sufficient fund to hire a well-experienced developer to create everything for you. You can attend professional programming courses to pick up the skills, but these courses aren’t personalized, they can’t foresee what kind of bugs will you face and help you to debug. Therefore, Codementor offers a marketplace for anyone who has coding problems to meet expert developers.
On Codementor, you can share the problems you have while developing a software or mobile app. Then, you hire an expert developer to guide you by utilizing screen sharing, video and text chat features on the platform. The experience is like having a private mentor by your side to review your code and help you to debug. Moreover, Codementor is also a good place for those who want to learn or sharpen a specific programming language because you can customize your learning goals with your mentor.
How frequent that you attended tuition classes during schooling time? Or how many days in a week you send your children to tuition centre? I understand group tuition classes are helpful for many people, but for students who already able to pick up things in school, going to tuition classes is nothing but a waste of time.
However, students might face some difficulties occasionally while self-studying. Every student has their weak points where he or she will need someone to assist.
Snapask is a platform for students to seek for instant academic support when they in need. The student just needs to snap a photo of the question or text that he/she couldn’t solve or understand, then an online tutor will reach out and guide the student through photos, text or audio messages using the built-in messaging features.
It is an inexpensive and convenient option for students to get instant help during self-study. Students can subscribe to the platform starting from RM55 per month or simply buy a prepaid value starting from RM3 to ask questions and get their problems solved.
What do you think about learning online? Do you have experience using any e-learning platform? Share it with us in the comment box below!