There are many e-learning platforms, and the fields they study are varied, and the majority of them focus on content that can be easily learned remotely, such as programming, design, languages, video production, and others. The number of pioneers of these platforms has increased in recent years for several factors, the most important of which is the conditions imposed by the spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19), and learners’ acceptance of the idea of paying for learning, which increased the prosperity of this type of education away from traditional education such as universities and institutes, Which in turn also had to switch to the distance education system due to the pandemic.
The most famous e-learning platforms are:
Coursera has been one of the most popular platforms for online learning for nearly a decade, offering thousands of online courses that anyone can enroll in free of charge. It also offers 17 online degrees and nearly two dozen programs leading to certificates in various fields.
Last year the company added a new subscription-based platform for universities called Coursera for Campus that allows member institutions to incorporate Coursera courses into their own degree programs.
Coursera was established in 2012 by two Stanford University professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller.
Options for online learning on this platform include:
Courses: Individual courses are provided by universities and generally take four to six weeks to complete. They feature video lectures, self-graded and peer-graded assignments, and online discussion communities. Courses generally are not for university credit, but those who complete courses can receive a shareable electronic certificate for a small fee.
Specializations: Specializations are series of related courses designed by universities or corporations to help students master a specific subject. Depending on the number of courses in it, a specialization can take anywhere from several months to a year to complete. Students pay tuition (financial aid is available) and receive a certificate from the sponsoring university or business.
Udemy offer more than 32,000+ courses for personal development. Udemy is a platform for online learning where anyone can build a course. The company describes itself as a marketplace bringing together people with expertise in a topic and people who want to learn about that topic.
Classes on Udemy are mainly practical and job-related rather than academic, though students can find courses that expand their knowledge of an academic subject.
As a virtual classroom that allows anyone to teach, the quality of the courses cannot always compete with those provided by universities on platforms like edX and Coursera. On the plus side, many Udemy course creators are in fact professors, graduate students or professionals who are experts in their field.
Edx offer more than 3000 courses University courses, personal development. EdX is a nonprofit organization founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012. It offers more than 3,000 online courses in dozens of subjects that are provided by more than 140 universities and corporations. Students can view most edX courses free by enrolling as an auditor, but if they want access to graded assignments and to obtain a verified course-completion certificate, they’ll have to pay a fee.
Besides individual courses, Edx offers complete online degrees and modules that are parts of degrees, which students can take for academic credit. It also offers professional skills courses that lead to a certificate. All of these options have tuition costs.
LinkedIn Learning, formerly Lynda.com, provides online courses on job-related software, technology, creative, artistic and self-developmental skills rather than academic topics. The courses are high-quality and are provided by big companies and expert instructors. The main critique of the platform is that most of the courses are at beginner level, and users have to be premium LinkedIn subscribers.