Free Online Courses to Improve Tech Skills


Universities and colleges are providing education to those who need the basic knowledge and background of any IT area. But sometimes these educational institutions cannot provide the most current knowledge because the tech world is changing so quickly. In the time between your first and last years at college, technologies can be updated or used in totally new ways.

Thanks to the Internet, a deeper understanding of any topic can be gained after completing an open learning course. We’ve checked some free online courses that can help you get up to date with the last tech trends.

Introduction to Linux

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How many times have you thought about learning the basics of Linux? The Linux Foundation has partnered with edX to offer a free course ‘Introduction to Linux’ that covers many of the basics needed to work with Linux like graphic interface, command line, and major Linux distributions. The course gives an overview of the daily tasks of a Linux programmer and system administrator. It’s designed to give students a good working knowledge of Linux over a time period of 40 to 60 hours of course work.

Students can either audit the course, which means they will have access to all the course materials or they can take the course for a certificate of completion that is offered for fee.

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Building Mobile Experiences

IT professionals who want to get a basic experience in mobile application development may check-out the Building Mobile Experiences course. This course is offered by MIT through the edX platform and is based on a popular MIT class that has been taught since 2006. Building Mobile Experiences explores the primary behavior of a mobile user and the implementation of this knowledge into the development process. This course considers the mobile app step-by-step development process through research, design, usability, and implementation. The duration of the course is 12 weeks and requires almost 10-12 hours per week of your time. This course is a great opportunity for those who want to build a mobile app for their company.

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Microsoft Virtual Academy

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Microsoft Virtual Academy is completely free and focuses on Microsoft products. To attend a course you need to have a Microsoft Live ID and create an MVA profile. MVA covers topics in a wide range of Microsoft technologies from game to cloud to app development and many others. The courses are organized into multiple modules with a self-assessment exam at the end of each module. Microsoft is continually adding and updating the content of the MVA courses. MVA coursework is hosted on Windows Azure and video access requires Microsoft Silverlight.

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Udacity

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Udacity is a project that was born at Stanford University with the goal of education for everyone. In the first half of 2014, it boasted more than 1.6 million users. Udacity has different tech offerings like HTML, Python, Intro to Data Science, and many more.

All courses are free, have a description and teaser, and are divided into several lessons. Each lesson includes 10-15 instructor videos on the selected topic. After every video, the platform will let you know how close you are to the end of the course. A great thing is that you don’t need to have an Internet connection all of the time. Just download some lessons and use it anytime you have some time free.
Google has a partnership with Udacity for offering Android development courses.

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Alison

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Alison is a free online education institution that offers lectures, videos, and class materials in numerous topics, such as building a startup, C programming, Adobe training, and so on. The most popular course is ‘ABC IT – Computer Training Suite’. Alison has more 3 million users who have attended more than 600 courses. Alison has roughly 106 technology courses.

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Design and Development of Educational Technology

MIT offers a course titled Design and Development of Educational Technology via edX. The course runs 6 weeks and covers the evolution of educational technologies and how they are used among people. This course checks educational technologies, outlines the theories that influenced their development, and examines their use.

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