The African adage which states that, “what a man does not know, is greater than him”, isn’t wrong. There are times in life when we must come face to face with some challenges, no matter how small, still seems big when we lack basic knowledge on how to get them solved.
We most times pay people for services that are freely available online, services that we can get on our own, if only we dedicate a little time to it and research more. Like last week, our article was based on freelance jobs and websites and also, how to work online; today, however, this article will be centred on websites that gives us the opportunity to bag basic knowledge, education or certificates for free, from any course or field of our choice. These certificates range from Degree (Bsc) programs and professional certifications or diploma.
As a Nigerian who is visiting or relocating to the US or Europe, you will discover that your degree from Nigeria, is not enough to get you a white-collar job or in most cases, it is not accepted for work. In such condition, what do you do? You upgrade yourself with professional certifications and diploma’s that are accepted in 1st world countries; Money may however, be a huge hindrance in most cases, and that is why I have taken time to bring us the best of the best Online Studies resources that are readily available online, education-wise. What I admire most about these websites, is that you can study at the comfort of your home or office, online, with your data bundle; you can study to get a degree, diploma, professional certificate or just for basic knowledge, in fact, I did my PMP (Project Management Professional) course online via Alison, because I wanted to know more and discover new things. Now, I can actually apply for a project management job, with the assurance that I know what project management entails.
University of the People (www.uopeople.edu)
University of the People (UoPeople) is a non-profit online institution of higher education headquartered in Pasadena, California, United States. It currently offers degree programs in business administration and computer science, and is the only OER (open educational resources) university in the world. The school is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.
Coursera a for-profit educational technology company that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs). Coursera works with universities to make some of their courses available online, and offers courses in physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, and other subjects. Coursera positions itself as learning without limits.
Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses for anyone to take, for free.
W3 Schools (www.w3schools.com)
The site derives its name from the abbreviation for the World Wide Web; W3 is a numeronym of WWW.
Code Academy (www.codeacademy.com)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University created edX in May 2012. edX is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including some courses at no charge. It also conducts research into learning based on how people use its platform. EdX differs from other MOOC providers, such as Coursera and Udacity, in that it is a nonprofit organization and runs on open-source software
I so much love this website, because of thr easy to use platform and the number of Nigerians running online courses on it. ALISON is an e-learning provider and academy founded in Galway, Ireland in 2007 by serial entrepreneur, Mike Feerick. Its stated objective is to enable people to gain basic education and workplace skills. Contrary to other MOOC providers with close links to American third level institutions such as MIT and Stanford University, the majority of ALISON’s learners are located in the developing world with the fastest growing number of users in India. ALISON registered its 5 millionth learner in February 2015, making the online education provider one of the biggest MOOCs outside of the US.
Andela unlike most schools listed, is a free school, in fact, you get to earn salary every month, while studying. It is a free school for those interested in going into programming and coding. It is a general believe amongst Andela fellows that, programmers are very few in our world today. You are invited upon registration and acceptance into the Andela boot-camp, where your knowledge of IT will be tested and if accepted, will proceed for a four year coding program, with full salary while studying at the Andela College. In fact, the cofounder of Facebook, was trained by Andela and he is an Andela fellow. Andela currently has coding academy in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya, apart from its Headquarters in the US.
What are we waiting for? Let us join the bandwagon today, because the informations online is for us all, as it is never late to learn something new. Parents can do their wards well, by introducing them to the numerous resources available online. The unemployed and youths alike, can add value to their lives as well, by embracing these resources and utilizing them, as no man is alien to knowledge.