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17 Free Online Learning Sites that Provide High Quality Opportunities

17 Free Online Learning Sites that Provide High Quality Opportunities

One thing that you should never stop doing is learning, even if you are no longer in school. With the Internet, our opportunities to learn have never been so great, and there is no excuse for you to not be learning at least one new thing every day. Check out these 17 awesome free online learning sites.

1. ALISON

Alison

    This site is partnered with some of the top publishers to provide courses on just about anything you can think of. From HR practices to nursing, there is bound to be something that you are interested in learning. This site makes the best learning materials available to everyone.

    2. EdX

    edx

      If you want to take university classes online, this is the place to do it. You can enjoy classes from the top universities, including Harvard and UC Berkley, and you can search for courses by school, subject, or topic. You will be amazed at the amount of great courses that are available on this site, and they are all free to take.

      3. Microsoft Virtual Academy

      microsoft

        This is a great way to learn all about IT, cloud computing, and everything else that people do every day on the Internet. There are even live events such as tutorials, and there are courses for students of every level.

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        4. E-Learning for Kids

        elearning kids

          This is a great site for kids that is loaded with elementary courses. Kids ages 5-12 can take courses in math, science, health, language, and more, and they will end up with much better grades in school.

          5. MIT OpenCourseware

          MIT

            When you want coursework from MIT that is very concentrated, this is the site to check out. You will find most of the most popular MIT courses here, including animal behavior, statistics and probability, and a whole lot more.

            6. Udemy

            udemy

              This site offers more paid video tutorials than anything, but there are some freebies, and the paid ones are also worth looking into. Topics include personal development, marketing, lifestyle, photography, and more.

              7. CodeAcademy

              codeacademy

                This is for anyone who wants to learn about software programming and data science. Most of the courses are web-related, and there are courses for all age groups. There is even an in-browser coding console for some courses. This marketable, money-making skill is easy to learn with this useful online resource.

                8. Ed2Go

                ed2go

                  These courses aren’t free, but they are affordable, and there are courses from more than 2,100 colleges and universities. The training is virtual, but led by instructors, and there are loads of categories.You get the opportunity to interact with your classmates which allows you to make connections and get further course recommendations from them for the future.

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                  9. Open Culture

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                    This site is great because it divides free online courses into various disciplines and connects you to resources relating to those topics. If you like history, this site connects you to hundreds of history resources relating to your interests.

                    10. HubSpot Academy

                    Hubspot

                      This site offers courses and e-books about content marketing, and you can even get certifications. This is going to make you stand out when you are on the hunt for a new job in marketing. Most people add their earned certifications to their resumes!

                      11. iTunesU

                      iTunesU

                        Not everything here is free, but there are enough free courses that you can load onto your phone or computer at no charge that it is worth checking out. You can even learn on your daily commute to work!

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                        12. NovoEd

                        Novoed

                          Most of the courses here are free, and come from professors from some of the top universities in the world. This social learning platform connects you with other learners.

                          13. Stanford Engineering Everywhere

                          stanford

                            Engineering courses are free to both students and educators, including all of the materials you need to complete each course, from syllabi to videos to exams and more.

                            14. Coursera

                            Coursera

                              There are more than 1000 courses here from the top learning institutions, including Stanford and Duke. You should have no problem finding loads of great courses that you will want to take for free. Coursera is great because you can take quick classes to learn about programs like Excel, Photoshop, and more.

                              15. Moz

                              moz

                                Here is a site that offers loads of resources about everything to do with search engine and content marketing. You will find guides to link building, social media, SEO, and a whole lot more.

                                16. Scratch-Imagine, Program, Share

                                scratch

                                  This is a program from MIT that allows children to learn about science. They will learn about the solar system, music synths, the science behind paper planes, and a whole lot more.

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                                  17. HippoCampus

                                  hippo

                                    Find loads of free video collections for 13 subjects for students in middle school all the way to college. Teachers can get free accounts, and courses are from such schools as Khan Academy, NM State Learn Games Lab, and STEMbite.

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                                    Last Updated on September 18, 2019

                                    15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                                    15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                                    You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

                                    Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

                                    A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

                                    Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

                                    So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

                                    1. Purge Your Office

                                    De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

                                    Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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                                    Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

                                    2. Gather and Redistribute

                                    Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

                                    3. Establish Work “Zones”

                                    Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

                                    Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

                                    4. Close Proximity

                                    Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

                                    5. Get a Good Labeler

                                    Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

                                    6. Revise Your Filing System

                                    As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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                                    What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

                                    Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

                                    • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
                                    • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
                                    • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
                                    • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
                                    • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
                                    • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
                                    • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

                                    Learn more tips on organizing your files here: How to Organize Your Files for Better Productivity

                                    7. Clear off Your Desk

                                    Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

                                    If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

                                    8. Organize your Desktop

                                    Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

                                    Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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                                    Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

                                    9. Organize Your Drawers

                                    Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

                                    Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

                                    10. Separate Inboxes

                                    If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

                                    11. Clear Your Piles

                                    Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

                                    Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

                                    12. Sort Mails

                                    Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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                                    13. Assign Discard Dates

                                    You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

                                    Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

                                    14. Filter Your Emails

                                    Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

                                    When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

                                    Take a look at these tips to achieve inbox zero: The Ultimate Way to get to Inbox Zero

                                    15. Straighten Your Desk

                                    At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

                                    Bottom Line

                                    Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

                                    Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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