There’s an old adage that says “if Mohammed refuses to go to the mountain, the mountain would come to Mohammed”
The question for most uneducated adults especially in third world countries like Africa has always been “how to learn without going to school”. Before the COVID-19 pandemic online meetings, classes and schools were present and functional.
However, the effect of the pandemic caused a tremendous increase in technological innovations for education and learning purposes.
Apps like zoom, google classroom and others experienced a massive boost in revenue and use because they solved a major problem affecting the world. Children were able to take classes and write exams from their homes due to the lockdown.
Even with all these, the school barrier was still not broken. The rigid composition of classes and their structural forms have made it difficult for people, especially working adults, to learn or get an education.
Few institutions have created flexible academic programs tailor-made for students who can’t afford to be in school every day.
Better still is the fact that you can learn and take lessons without registering in any academic institution and most times free of charge. Technology has totally improved the quality of life and broken certain barriers.
Apps for learning without school
If you ever wanted to learn any subject without having to go through any academic institution there’s so many apps and websites that can help you.
Below is a list of sites and apps you can use for learning without school:
- Coursera is one of the world’s best-known online learning resources, it has several thousand courses from leading educational providers. Those include universities such as Stanford and Princeton, as well as big-name businesses such as IBM and Google. Coursera offers several thousand free courses across a plethora of different subject areas.
- Khan Academy has as its mission “providing excellent free education for inquisitive minds worldwide.” They provide video tutorials of whatever course you’re looking at studying.
- edX partners with world class universities including Harvard. They offer up to 2500 courses. Their focus is majorly on natural science and humanities. And they prove to be a reliable source to broaden one’s knowledge in this area.
- Future learn: Is partly owned by Open University. They offer free short courses around different topics and interests. There are 14 subject areas in total, offering a variety of shorter and longer courses – depending on how deeply you want to go into the topic. As well as how easily or otherwise you’ll be able to fit it into your everyday schedule.
- Udemy which I consider the biggest in this sector. Offering a choice of more than 130,000 free video tutorials, Udemy is one of the most popular learning apps around. Here you can learn more about different topics. Whether it’s tech and business, creative writing, body language, or even yoga, Udemy’s specialist tutors will also be on hand to help you learn.
Others include; OpenLearn, CodeacAdemy, SoloLearn, Learnora etc.
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