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Top 5 Online Course Platforms To Learn Online (2021)


 Learning never stops. First, you learn, then you earn. Hence, learning is important.

Internet users have increased. Many people are now learning many things online. Almost all things can now be learned online.

YouTube is one of the top social media platforms used by millions of users. There are many videos that help you to learn coding or any other skills.

Online courses are booming now. They provide valuable content, certificate of completion which is helpful on your resume. Many people are now enrolling in online courses.

Top 5 Online Course Platforms

As of now, there are 100s of websites or platforms that provide online courses with certificate. It seems difficult to choose a single platform for any course.

Hence, here are the top 5 online course platforms where you can enroll & learn purely online. Some of them are free & some are paid. Let’s get to them.

1. Udemy

Udemy is the best platform for online courses. It has a vast number of courses in all categories. With over 1,50,000 courses, you can learn anything on Udemy.

The normal price of a course is around ₹700-₹800 (~$10). While this price is usual, it may go down to around ₹400 for some days or special events. The courses are quite affordable.

You will get to see courses of all the categories such as programming languages, finance, designing, lifestyle, photography, health & fitness, teaching, music, and others.

It also has some free courses which are quite good. The downside of free courses is you don’t get a certificate of completion while paid courses offer the same.

2. Coursera

One of the top online platform to enroll in specialized courses offered by top universities & companies across the world. It has over 5000 courses to enroll in.

Some of the courses are free on Coursera. You need to pay for some courses & certificates of completion. For now, it is providing almost all the courses for free to college students.

Coursera has courses for programming, marketing, IT, engineering & other fields. Some of the popular courses include AI, Data Science, Machine Learning, Python, etc.

Certificates provided by Coursera are from top universities and can be of much help you. It can be considered for a job & you can add them to your resume too.

3. Udacity

Udacity offers numerous programs (courses) to enroll. There are over 200 programs available as of now which offers experienced educators. It offers both paid & free programs.

Udacity is quite expensive but also has some free courses (around 180 courses). The average price of paid programs is around ₹22,800/month (~$400). You can pre-pay for 3-4 months to reduce the cost.

Some of the top programs include AI, Deep Learning, Android & Web Development, Digital Marketing, etc. Most of the programs are tech-related. You can enroll in one of them & get started.

Udacity offers a lot of services with its programs such as real-world projects, mentor support, personal career coaching, interview preparation, etc. I think that’s why they are quite expensive.

4. SkillShare

SkillShare is another great platform to learn new things at an affordable cost. It offers over 25,000 courses (classes) taught by experienced teachers. It also has some good free courses.

The pricing is quite affordable as the courses are great. You have to pay $8.73 (~₹650)/month to get access to all the courses. You will also get a discount if you buy the yearly plan.

SkillShare has many courses related to animation, writing, designing, web development, marketing, lifestyle, freelancing, photography, etc. You get access to all these courses.

The downside of SkillShare is that you don’t get a certificate for completing a course. You can share your class project to show that you have completed the class.

5. edX

edX is one of the top online courses platforms that provides over 2000 courses. These courses are offered by top universities such as MIT, Harvard University, etc.

While most of the courses are free, some programs are paid & you have to pay to enroll in them & get a certificate. Programs have some modules (courses) in which you can enroll for free but for the whole program, you have to pay.

You can find numerous courses & programs in categories like computer science, business, electronics, design, health, language, law, music, architecture, etc.

The downside is that you can learn courses for free but have to pay to get a certificate. If you are enrolling in a program, you will get a certificate for free.


That’s it! These were the top online course platforms for you to learn online. I recommend Udemy as it covers all the industries that too at an affordable cost.

It is best to enroll in online courses as you can learn anytime, anywhere according to your convenience. All you require is a mobile/laptop & internet connection.

Good Luck!

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