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The Top Online Learning Platforms and Apps You Can Access For Free

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This article is sponsored by StudyAdelaide

There has never been a better time to take advantage of free online learning resources. Online educational courses are easily accessible, enable you to learn more about your current field of study, or even expand your knowledge with new skills. They could even give you the tools necessary to help you find a job in the future.

Here are the ten best online learning platforms and apps that offer courses for free.


Coursera collaborates with universities and organisations worldwide to bring an expansive variety of topics to their database. It’s one of the most powerful tools for free online education today. Check out Coursera if you want to study a mix of topics like business, health or social sciences, and get exposure to a variety of lessons from different schools and groups.

App: download via the App Store or on Google Play.


Udemy does extraordinary things in the world of eLearning, with 295 million course enrolments on the platform. Explore a multitude of easy-to-follow video tutorials on Udemy – safe to say there’s something for everyone. From technology and business lessons to personal development courses like writing – jump in and explore subjects at your own pace.  

App: learn on the go with the Udemy app for iOS and Android.


Do you have an interest in website building, coding and data analysis? If so, Codecademy is the platform for you. If you’re unsure of where to begin, their sorting quiz provides an insight into programming language and points you in the right direction. Sign up for their free plan and learn with interactive lessons and daily practice. You’ll be coding like a pro in no time! 

App: code from your phone on iOS and Android.


YouTube has a dedicated learning platform that offers high-quality content to spark curiosity in subject areas from filmmaking to physics. Browse their playlists on digital skills and coding, digital marketing, or find a new hobby from the Learn Something New section (such as sewing, tree planting or soap making). Can’t find what you’re looking for in the learning hub? Type what you want to learn into YouTube’s search bar, and you’ll find an abundance of tutorials to broaden your knowledge.

App: YouTube from anywhere with iOS and Android.


edX was brought to life by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and partners with other well-respected universities around the globe. Areas of study include arts and humanities, data sciences, and engineering, to name a few. While most of their courses are free, if you wish to receive feedback on assignments or gain a certification, you will have to pay a fee. 

App: get it on iOS and Android.


Discover new ways to learn and explore your creativity with Skillshare. Expand your imagination with fascinating courses on animation, illustration and design. Real creators teach the classes who are all experts in their field. If you want to build connections with others who have similar interests, join the many groups on Skillshare that span creative, technology, business and lifestyle. 

App: get the Skillshare app and get creative on the go.


Join 15 million learners and start a free online course on Alison. There’s a comprehensive list of classes across nine categories where you can enjoy interactive learning experiences in IT, marketing, math and more. With no time limit to complete the courses, you can work through the classes at your own pace and enjoy the flexibility of online learning.

App: grab it on Android here.


Have you always wanted to learn a language? You’re in luck with Duolingo and its fun and easy to follow language lessons. Whether you fancy mastering Spanish, Italian, German or French, Duolingo has you covered! Test your progress with listening exercises and multiple-choice questions on words, phrases and sentences. The app also has a community feature, so you can make friends and meet others who are learning the same language as you. Bravo!

App: download it on iOS and Android.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is the new kid on the block in terms of online learning. Geared towards professional use in areas like business, technology and creative – they have excellent resources for those who want to become skilled for the workforce. Grow your network and career simultaneously with LinkedIn Learning.

App: learn via iOS and Android


Get inspired and dive into TED Talks. With a motto of “Ideas worth spreading”, TED features the best and brightest thinkers and influential people who’ve made a significant contribution to the world. Whether you have an interest in art, design, philosophy, philanthropy, politics or economics – TED opens up a world of possibility.

App: feed your imagination on iOS or Android.