Community Resources: Online Learning

This is the third post in a 4-part series around a variety of community resources available. Check back for more information on education, life and online resources, or check out our full list of Community Resources.

Paying for education can be costly. Here are some online resources to assist you in finding affordable education where you can learn at your own pace. These sites offer courses in math, science, programming, coding, and more. The material varies from K-12 resources all the way to free online college courses offered from universities all over the country. Online learning is becoming more prevalent and popular every day. Many people use YouTube as a resource for learning how to master basic skills for anything imaginable. The resources listed below allow you to set your own schedule and learn at your own pace. This can be ideal for people who have full time jobs, kids or other timely responsibilities and commitments. Many of the resources offer various courses and subjects, and they may cover more topics than the categories they are sorted under in the list below.

Professional Development

The course library contains over 200 courses to support the most common job families in the sector: Fundraising, Leadership, Accounting and Finance, Operations, Marketing and Communications, Volunteer Engagement, and Program Management.

Computer Resources
For more than a decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

Codeacademy is an interactive online coding resource. The practice problems update in real time so you can see the effects of your code as you type and create it. The tutorials are easy to follow and comprehend. This is a great resource for beginners who want to learn to code.

Math and Science Resources

With Math I Can
Withmathican pledges to stop saying “I’m not good at math” and approach math with a growth mindset. With their tools, you can grow your math understanding, attitude, and outlook.

IXL Learning is passionate about creating and supporting the best educational technology possible. They develop first-of-their-kind products used by millions of learners, from children to adults. IXL strives to make learning as effective as it can be, and we are deeply committed to solving the real-world challenges faced by students and teachers around the planet.

School Yourself provides online education in the style of 1-on-1 learning. They have authored hundreds of interactive, personalized math lessons, using a custom analytics platform to continuously improve them. The result has been a collaboration between teacher and student providing an unprecedented learning experience.

KHAN Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. 

Health, business, technology, the whatever you want to learn resources

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If you are a self starter this could be the option for you. Lynda is not a free resource, but the topics are covered professionally and extensively. There are courses from business to design, both creative and technical. 

New skills and knowledge makes you a more valuable employee, whether working for yourself, for an employer, or future employer. With today’s workplace changing faster than ever, it is essential everyone keeps learning new and updating old skills to remain or become competitive in the workplace. ALISON is for anyone taking their first step to a new or better job. 

Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing, Edx has the course for you!

Sophia’s mission is to help students achieve college success with Sophia PathwaysTM, our affordable, flexible, competency-based online courses. These self-paced courses cost a fraction of traditional college courses, and are accessible anytime, from any device. As part of Sophia’s ongoing commitment to learning, they also provide free college readiness resources for students, including test prep and refresher courses, as well as professional development resources for teachers.