Better Yourself in 2015: 20 Educational Sites to Level Up Your Skills

By on May 2, 2016 in How To
Better Yourself in 2015: 20 Educational Sites to Level Up Your Skills

Happy 2015! This year, instead of bothering to make some New Year's resolution you won't keep, why not start things off with a new positive routine? Whether you're looking to completely change your career or simply keep up your skills to stay employable, online education offers the solution. Here are the top 20 sites with free or affordable courses on everything from programming to photography.

1. Khan Academy

Khan Academy is focused on a variety of basic subjects, from algebra to organic chemistry. Those who want to start out with their Computer 101 can learn web design, coding and HTML in hour chunks of time.

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2. Code Academy

Designed to bring Computer Science into the classroom, uses games to teach the basics of coding. Learn to code, to use JavaScript, to build apps and more in one hour chunks of time.

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3. CodeHS

Another coding website targeted towards students, CodeHS offers computer science courses like Java and web development. Personal tutors help students of all ages excel at their new computer skills.

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4. Code School

Want to get beyond the basics of HTML and Java? Code School includes courses on modern programming like iOS development, Git and Ruby, in order to catch you up to speed. Use screen casts and interactive exercises to code and receive badges.

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5. Treehouse

This paid program, which starts at $25 per month, helps users learn languages like HTML and Ruby on Rails. Another offering? Discover how to run your own business with the Treehouse career and branding courses.

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6. Coursera

Coursera pairs with worldwide institutions to provide courses on everything from digital marketing to data mining to global affairs.

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7. Train Simple

Used by brands like Nike and DreamWorks, Train Simple is an on demand educational series accessible from all of your devices. Learn Adobe, WordPress, Illustrator and more. Trying to pick up a new hobby? Try using Train Simple's photography and DSLR tutorial.

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8. uDemy

Want to learn something beyond computer skills? uDemy offers courses in guitar, makeup, yoga and almost anything your heart desires. The prices depend on the class, so hurry on over to start learning today.

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9. Learnable

Learnable varies from other online learning models by providing access to e-book on top of online courses. With video tutorials and live chats, this atmosphere is engaging for users who want to go beyond reading and trying programs on their own.

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10. Creative Live

Creative Live provides access to live video training across a variety of topics for entrepreneurs, marketers, designers and more. Classes include multiple videos with shots of real people to make learning feel like a classroom or forum series.

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11. Kelby One

Another forum focused on videos and online courses, Kelby One provides expert training in photography, Lightroom and Photoshop, with options suitable for beginners to professional photographers.

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12. Total Training

Total Training provides expert-led video training that also offers one-on-one training throughout the course. You'll be able to complete exercises while watching the courses, mimicking a classroom setting. This website focuses on over 240 courses in technology and music.

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Are you an Apple lover? focuses on iOS software to build your own programs for iPhone and iPad.

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14. DASH

Whether you want to build awesome websites with HTML, Java or CSS, DASH makes learning code a fun game.

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15. Code Academy

Code Academy focuses on the basics of coding so you can learn how to build your own website, interactive website or Rails application. Focusing on education, join the movement to make technology the forefront of learning.

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16. Lynda

Lynda is a monthly subscription service. You get unlimited access to courses and videos in anything from technology to going paperless to small business secrets.

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17. Skillshare

Skillshare is a membership website targeted towards creatives. You can join for free and learn with free classes, or upgrade your membership for offline viewing and supporting teachers on the website.

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18. Seanwes

Are you on the computer too much? Go back to the basics--we mean real basics--with Seanwes, learn offline hand lettering with this course.

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19. Laracasts

Learn technology in bite-size videos for PHP techniques with Laracasts.

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20. Skilledup

Find online courses that help you with business skills, including marketing, job searching and technology applications with Skilledup.

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Where Do You Go To Learn Online?

This list represents our favorite educational sites, now it's your turn. Where do you go to learn online? What sites have you found helpful recently?

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  1. A site that I've been using a lot lately is called - they have a decent amount of courses available for startups, web designers, devs and more.

  2. Awesome roundup! I enjoy also using Tuts+ and SkillCrush I hear is a great one.

  3. I love #Creative Live# They are awesome! Creative Live is my favorite!
    KelbyOne is also awesome. And is a great source for education too.

  4. I concur with @Shae W about Tuts+ ► Their tutorials are thorough and their range of topics is commendable! CreativeLive is another one of my favorites! But there's a few here I was not aware of … so THANK YOU for such a helpful post!

  5. I started with creativelive taking Photography classes and have learned so. much. in just two years! Skillshare has been a game changer though- if you haven't taken Seth Godin's classes you are missing out!

  6. From the above long list i am introduced with only 2 sites Lynda, skillshare. I read about these 2 sites from a blog post titled as "7 awesome secrets of lazy designers". Very good resources and you will be confused to chose among them.

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