7 free online training platforms that you should already know

After several weeks of confinement, many of us have already opted for training as a way to use our time. And, how many times have you thought of something that we would love to learn but we don’t have time? Now is the time!

We share with you our 7 favorite platforms for free online courses so that you can choose the ones you like the most and get to work.

Coursera

Coursera is the most popular free course website of all, and actually one of the most relevant. You can find courses from large universities and study centers, with certificate and totally online.

NOTE: The courses are free, however, if you want to obtain the certificate, you will have to pay the corresponding fees.

Learngratis.es

Aprender Gratis is a Spanish page with more than 2000 free online courses on various topics. Most of the courses published belong to universities, companies and other resources of the Administration.

Edx

It is a platform very similar to Coursera, born at the University of Masachussets and which aims to offer free online courses at the university level.

Get active

It is Google’s free learning platform in digital skills. They are free courses, upon completion the student obtains a certificate of completion.

Among the different courses that you can take we find the following:

Online marketing course.

Online course of digital skills for professionals.

Online course of Electronic Commerce.

Online course on Digital Transformation for employment.

Cloud Computing online course.

Online Course on App Development.

Web Development online course (I).

Online Web Development course (II).

Online course on Personal Productivity.

Increase productivity at work.

Introduction to Machine Learning.

Improve the security of your online company.

Get your next job.

Introduction to the code.

MiriádaX

It is a Spanish platform in 2013 from the hand of Banco Santander and Telefónica through the Universia Network and Telefónica Digital Education to promote online training.

In Miríada X we find free courses to take online for any user, the well-known MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Universities from various countries such as Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador participate in the platform, with more than 1,000 professors.

UniMOOC

UniMOOC is a platform for  free online courses for entrepreneurs . All the courses on this website are free, online and in Spanish.

UNED

The UNED (National University of Distance Education) also offers free courses that you can take from anywhere in the world.

These courses are free access and you can start and finish them whenever you want, they do not have any set date. The free courses at UNED do not offer any credit or any type of degree.

Free e-learning platforms

If you decided to start in the world of training, tutoring or online classes; or you have to attend your students in the classroom virtually. Surely you are asking how to do my teaching work through the internet? How to start taking your course on the web?

In online teaching we have software or programs known as e-learning platforms. These learning content management systems are a virtual space in which you can carry out administrative management, impart your content, maintain communication with students and evaluate them. Basically, they help you make a virtual campus for online training, support for face-to-face and / or semi-face-to-face classes .

Searching the web for an e-learning platform can be an exhausting activity since there are a large number of systems that offer a virtual classroom. Therefore, you could choose software lightly or simply falter at the task. For this reason, I would like to introduce you to five e-learning platforms  that, in addition to being free, surely meet your needs as a teacher.

Moodle e-learning platform

It is one of the most popular free software. It arises as a result of the collaborative effort of a team of developers who wrote this open source software. Moodle is an extremely flexible platform in which, thanks to extensions, modules and themes, you can create an environment to suit you.

Below you will see a video with the analysis of this Moodle platform, you will know advantages, disadvantages, functionalities and much more:

The Moodle platform will also help you to support your classroom, in the following video I explain how to do it using a Moodle training platform:

7 platforms that help develop eLearning and distance education systems

Massive online courses or MOOCs have been valuable alternatives for years that complement the training of millions of people and allow access to exceptional resources, but what about conventional educational cycles? Are there solutions that allow a distance education to be carried out that allows an alternative to face-to-face education in schools, institutes or universities?

Indeed there are, although current platforms are considered more as complements to face-to-face systems and not as complete substitutes. There are a lot of options when it comes to talking about the so-called LMS (Learning Management Systems), and we want to review some of the most relevant.

Hundreds of platforms to choose from

There are hundreds of LMS platforms on the market and it is very difficult to single out the most relevant ones. In fact, there are some multidisciplinary but others are oriented to certain environments such as academic, corporate or commercial .

In aggregators like the one offered by Capterra, it is possible to find a good repository of many of them , as well as a ranking of the 20 best (regardless of their scope) based on the verified ratings of its users.

In this short review we wanted to focus on those dedicated to the academic and educational field . In all cases, these platforms usually have a set of common characteristics, which are usually the following:

Communication and collaboration : messaging solutions, forums or collaborative work platforms are provided so that teacher and students can easily interact at all times.

Grades : the works that students submit to the platform can be easily evaluated by teachers, who can also provide notes and comments on those works for a better understanding of the possible failures and errors in those works.

Types of content : teachers can generate different types of content for students: text documents, quizzes, exams, homework, and even the integration of lessons in podcast or video format. These resources are available in a content manager that allows you to upload, download or share them.

Course management : being able to manage milestones, calendars, lessons and subject divisions is another area that these platforms usually allow to organize easily.

Modularity : these platforms, in some cases Open Source, allow teachers and developers to contribute their own modular extensions to provide new features that adapt to their needs. In Moodle, for example, the number of modules ( plugins ) available is staggering.

Moodle

Probably the best known of all these platforms , Moodle is present in a good number of Spanish and foreign universities. The Moodle community is also especially active, something that can be seen in some very participative user forums.

A huge number of teachers around the world offer their courses in Moodle, and to this are added options such as questionnaires (quizzes) or wikis integrated into the platform. With a clearly collaborative and participatory approach, highly oriented to the fact that both students and teachers are essential parts of this learning system.

Thorough explanation of cloud-based LMS-Features

Thorough explanation of cloud-based LMS-Features, advantages, disadvantages, precautions when introducing-

The cloud type is the mainstream of recent LMS. We also provide a cloud-based LMS “Knowledge C @ fe”, but we may receive the following comments from customers who are considering introducing it.

In this article, we will introduce the features, advantages and disadvantages of cloud-based LMS, and introduce three points that should be kept in mind when introducing it.

What is cloud type in LMS?

When deploying an LMS, you need to consider not only what features your company needs, but also the format of the deployment .

Specifically, there are the following two.

On-premise: How to install LMS software on a server owned by your company

Cloud type: A method in which a company that sells LMS software manages a server and uses LMS software.

In recent years, the number of cases where software is introduced in the cloud is increasing . As a typical cloud-based software used in business,

salesforce

Google Docs

Dropbox

And so on. So what are the benefits of deploying software in the cloud?

(Reference) “Complete explanation of LMS-now and future of learning management system”

Five benefits of introducing a cloud-based LMS

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The benefits of introducing an LMS in the cloud can be broadly classified into five categories.

Benefits of deploying an LMS in the cloud

Low introduction cost

You can start using it immediately

You can quit at any time

No need to manage the server in-house

Always the latest version available

I will explain the details one by one.

Advantages of cloud-based LMS (1) Low introduction cost

The biggest feature of the cloud type is that the introduction cost is low. The cost is basically only the monthly usage fee . (* Initial installation cost may be incurred.)

Since the usage fee is basically the cost per license , you have to pay the cost for the number of people who use it, so there is no waste.

In the case of the on-premise type, work costs such as preparing the server in-house, setup / initial setting, and LMS installation are required.

Reducing the introduction cost is a great advantage for continuous use .

Advantages of cloud-based LMS (2) You can start using it immediately

The cloud-based LMS will be available as soon as the initial settings on the vendor side are completed after contracting the service .

As I mentioned a little earlier, the cloud type uses software on the vendor’s server via the Internet. Therefore, there is no need to prepare a server or set up software.

As soon as the vendor creates a place for new use, it can be used immediately .

In the case of on-premise type, server setting, setup work, etc. are required, and it is often difficult to start using it immediately.

The approximate period until introduction is as follows.

Cloud type: Available from the next day to 2 weeks

On-premise type: Available in 1 to 2 months

Advantages of cloud-based LMS (3) You can stop at any time

You can easily stop using the cloud type when you no longer need it .

Strictly speaking, you can stop the on-premise type at any time, but considering the introduction cost, it is difficult to stop the on-premise type.

There is a monthly installation cost for the cloud. Because you only have to pay the amount you used, such as monthly expenses

Stop because it is not as effective as expected

There is a part that is functionally different in recognition and it does not suit the company

I want to switch because another good system has come out

When that happens, you can move faster.

One of the merits of cloud-based LMS is that it is easy to decide whether to stop using it or switch to another LMS depending on the situation .

Advantages of cloud-based LMS (4) You do not have to manage the server yourself

Cloud-based LMS does not require in-house server management . On the other hand, the on-premise type has its own server, so management work is also required.

In order to operate the server stably 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,

Server monitoring

LMS operation monitoring

It is necessary to monitor and guarantee that the LMS is operating stably.

In order to perform the above monitoring in-house, it requires manpower and can be outsourced, but it costs money.

Not having to manage the server in-house is a huge advantage.

Advantages of cloud-based LMS (5) You can always use the latest version

With cloud-based LMS, you can use the upgraded functions as soon as the LMS is upgraded .

Not limited to LMS, many software are being upgraded in order to improve their functions and resolve problems.

In most cases, small version upgrades occur on a monthly basis, and large version upgrades occur every 6 months to 1 year.

In many cases, it will be efficient and convenient to take advantage of the new functions provided by the version upgrade.

In the case of cloud-based LMS, you can rest assured that the version upgrade will be applied automatically .

In the case of the on-premise type, it is necessary to manually upgrade and apply it in-house.

As a flow,

Media for version upgrade will be sent (or downloaded from the site)

Version upgrade work when people are not using it

Operation check after version upgrade

Work is required.

Since work is required when people are not using it, it is also necessary to adjust the version upgrade schedule.

wo disadvantages of cloud-based LMS

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Cloud-based LMS also has its disadvantages.

Disadvantages of cloud-based LMS

Cannot be customized for each company

Service continuity is not guaranteed

Disadvantages of cloud-based LMS (1) Detailed customization for each company is not possible

Cloud-based LMS is installed by creating a place (partition) in the system for each company that introduces it.

Since the authority and settings may differ depending on the introducing company, we will perform the work called “customization” that suits that company.

However, there is a limit to customization, and it may not be possible to customize changes that change the basis of the system or functions that are only introduced by the company.

However, cloud-based LMSs have the features and settings used by many companies from the beginning.

(Example)

Data viewing / updating authority management

Training history management

User registration / update / deletion

Therefore, as far as LMS is concerned, there may be few disadvantages even with the cloud type.

Disadvantages of cloud-based LMS (2) Service continuity is not guaranteed

The second disadvantage is that service continuity is not guaranteed.

If a company that provides a cloud-based LMS stops providing the service, it will not be possible to continue using it .

In order to continue using it as much as possible, it may be better to select a company that has a lot of installation records .

Many introduction records = large impact when quitting

Therefore, it is unlikely that we will stop providing services.

Three checkpoints when introducing a cloud-based LMS

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Next, I will introduce the check points when actually introducing a cloud-based LMS.

The following three points should be kept in mind.

Fee structure and application unit

Available time

Security measures

I will introduce them one by one.

Point (1) Fee system and application unit

The following costs are basically required to introduce a cloud-based LMS.

Initial installation cost

Monthly usage fee

Some services require an initial installation cost and some do not, so confirmation is required when considering.

In the case of cloud-based LMS, the monthly usage fee is often calculated based on the number of users (number of usage IDs) .

When using it in a company, the number of users may increase or decrease.

It is also a good idea to check whether the timing of increase / decrease is monthly, quarterly, or yearly .

In addition, some companies have a minimum number of contract IDs, such as a minimum of 10 IDs required to contract.