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