As technology gets better and better, the process of teaching and learning is changing beyond recognition to reach new unimaginable levels. High-end information technology has enabled the ease of long distance learning thanks to latest video conferencing apps on digital platforms that enable long distance audio video communication with multiple participants. Today the online class is set to become an all pervading reality and there are several online courses taught quite effectively through digital audio video platforms using the internet. Let us discuss some of the best online teaching learning platforms available today.
This platform is best for learning creative skills on different practical vocations such as photography, hand painting, cooking, and marketing among others. The platforms offer 22000 plus courses. Students have to pay for membership to avail these courses. Instructors do not have to pay sign and publish a course. However in order to work as paid instructors teachers must qualify for Skillshare’s premium category. The courses have three components – video lessons, interactive discussion and a project.
WizIQ is an established brand in the eLearning sector and is backed by its excellent long distance learning tools such as desk top sharing, slide show and audio video tools. This platform is known for its live and on-demand webinars. WizIQ is popular among academic course instructors due to the effortless ease with which they can create and publish courses. It is popular with students too.
With 20000 online courses, three million students and 7500 registered teachers Teachable is one of the biggest names in online teaching sector. Teachable offers greater autonomy to its teachers, allows them to directly engage with students and even lets them have say in pricing matters. However instructors have to pay a monthly fee to access this platform.
Khan Academy was established as anon-profit venture in India in 2006 for the purpose of rendering education on a variety of subjects to all anywhere in the world. The platform offers YouTube lecturers, instructional videos, free online tutorials and practice assignments. There is also a personalized learning dashboard.
Established by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, eDX is a high quality e-learning platform that offers superior grade teaching content on disciplines such as programming languages, data science, computer science among others. It is a non-profit teaching platform for everyone.
Open Learning at Harvard
This part of Harvard Extension School and was created with the object of finding a means for motivated students to enroll in Harvard’s courses in an affordable manner. The platform offers several free courses and about 800 credit courses at a reasonable tuition rates. Courses range from Abstract Algebra to American Poetry.
NPTEL (www.nptel.ac.in) is an excellent Indian platform for accessing high quality courses mainly on science and engineering. NPTEL is an acronym for National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning which is an initiative by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for creating course contents in engineering and science. The courses are open for everyone and each course has a duration of 10 to 11 weeks.
LinkedIn Learning (previously known as Lynda.com is an American website offering online video courses in software, creative, and business management. The courses are taught by top industry experts. Linkedin Learning is a subsidiary of LinkedIn.
Based in Bangalore, BYJU’s is a leading eLearning company in India. This firm offers technology and online tutoring and boasts a K12 learning smartphone app that delivers smart, adaptive and highly engaging learning programs. These programs mainly cater to school students and also train them for different competitive exams such as IIT-JEE, CAT, GRE, Civil Service Examination among others.
Established in 1994, Educomp Solutions is based in Gurgaon, India. The company aims to replace the traditional way of learning with smart, IT enabled teaching systems. Ranked as one of the top eLearning platforms in the country Educomp has enrolled over 30 million students from 65,000 schools in the last two decades. The company’s four segments include School Learning Solutions (SLS), Higher Learning Solutions (HLS), Online Supplemental and Global business (OSG) and K-12 Schools.