Best online learning platforms to get your global certificates in 2021

Batul Khozema
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India, North-East One of my students from Imphal, The capital of Indian state of Manipur had made good use of the protracted COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. In his sixth semester of the computer science engineering programme, he completed eleven courses offered online by foreign universities. Some, like the half-dozen courses he studied on data science, machine learning and cyber security, were linked to his degree programme. Others, like introductory Korean, were picked “out of interest”, he explained.

Five of the courses he studied were offered by the University of Michigan, including ‘Introduction to Data Science in Python’; ‘Applied Plotting, Charting, Data Representation in Python’; ‘Applied Machine Learning in Python,’ ‘Applied Text Mining in Python’ and ‘Applied Social Network Analysis in Python’. He studied two by the University of London – ‘Responsive Website Basics: HTML, CSS and JavaScript’ and ‘Responsive Web Design’. He studied a course on cyber security and internet of things offered by Kennesaw State University and another, ‘Image Processing in Python’ by the Coursera Project Network. These were linked to his undergraduate degree programme. But He also joined ‘First-Step Korean’ offered by Yonsei University and COVID-19 contact tracing, by Johns Hopkins University.

He plans to go abroad for further studies after completing his B.Tech but he got his first taste of a foreign education in India and free-of-cost. He has enrolled in two more courses, both on machine learning. One is by the Imperial College London and the other by Stanford University where the massive open online courses (MOOC) revolution that he has so benefitted from, began. The stack of certificates, he figures, may help him go abroad. But he is certain they will help him at the campus placement drive and even later, while looking for jobs.

E-learning has been steadily growing since the inception of web 2.0, with websites such as Coursera are growing steadily year after year since 2015. It’s a myth to say that online education will go in vain, as the job market is more based on our skills, rather than our degrees. What you know matters more than from where you have learnt. Nowadays, agencies hire students on the basis of their knowledge and ability to solve problems, keeping aside their grades or degrees. I am presenting a list of very well researched websites which not only provides you with world class contents but you can also get globally recognized certificates from these sites.

1. Coursera

Coursera is a private equity for-profit educational Technology Company that offers massive open online courses. It was founded by computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller of Stanford University. All the courses offered are accessible free of cost. Coursera holds Accreditation from various universities from around the world. The subject areas varies from Arts and humanities, Business, Computer science, Data science, IT, health, math and logic, personal development, physical science and engineering, social sciences, language learning

2. Edx

edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 30 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access. Fulfilling the demand for people to learn on their own terms, edX is reimagining the possibilities of education, providing the highest-quality, stackable learning experiences including the groundbreaking MicroMasters® programs. Supporting learners at every stage, whether entering the job market, changing fields, seeking a promotion or exploring new interests, edX delivers courses for curious minds on topics ranging from data and computer science to leadership and communications. edX is where you go to learn.

3. Khan Academy

Created by educator Salman Khan, Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization that aims to provide free, world-class education for anyone and anywhere. You can find short lectures via YouTube Videos. Apart from providing all the resources free of cost to anyone around the world, the videos are translated into 36 languages that also includes English as the main language. It created more than 5,000 courses in the year 2015. The founder of the Khan Academy was listed among the Time 100 Most Influential People in the year 2012. Recently, Khan Academy collaborated with NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to tender specialized content.

4. W3 Schools

Refsnes Data, a software development and consulting company in Norway are the founders of W3 Schools, which is one of the popular websites for learning technologies online. For the web programming field, you get a decent learning experience that offers structured tutorials and playgrounds. It is absolutely free developers resource. Subjects covered: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Bootstrap, SQL, PHP, ASP, XML.

5. Udemy

Udemy offers over 130,000 courses in almost anything, with more lectures being added each month — and often on sale. New learners have to pay a little amount for each class packages. Udemy offers a variety of fresh topics and courses that include web development, javascript, python, and many more. It will also find you the right instructor for you and that also as per your schedule.

6. TED-Ed

TED-Ed is an award-winning educational platform for millions of teachers and students all around the globe. This website contains animated educational videos created by experienced educators, screenwriters, and animators. The major aim of this website is to ‘spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world.’ It also provides a global platform for teachers to customise their own lessons and helps the students learn literacy skills and many more.

7. LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly offers a free one-month trial before charging $30 a month as part of a larger LinkedIn Premium subscription.

LinkedIn Learning provides thousands of programs covering topics such as marketing tactics, mobile app development and how to use Photoshop. The courses are generally self-paced, with a LinkedIn Learning certificate awarded on completion that you can display on your LinkedIn profile.

And, with LinkedIn Learning, the classes are taught by top leaders from diverse backgrounds: Guy Kawasaki, Ben Long and David Rivers are just some of the highlights.

The author R K Agniboishya is a Content writer who is associated with various National and International News and Web agencies. He’s also an educational counsellor assisting students in finding the most appropriate courses and universities worldwide.