Some years back, the adoption of online learning was not so popular among Africans who preferred to work and at the same time learn without going to any institutions of learning.
According to an expert, some of the reasons why online learning was not totally embraced in this part of the continent is simply because there are no available locally curated content that teaches something related to African topics such as courses on bead making, tye and dye, gele tying et al and the unavailability of cheap internet service that will aid online learning.
However, as a result of technology penetration in the African market, the use of smartphones and affordable internet service has made it easier for people to enrol for an online course and learn at the comfort of their home or office.Moreso, it should be noted that the adoption of online learning was further made interesting with the advent of both paid and free learning platform.
Here, we decided to highlight both top free and paid online learning platform where users can learn for a limited or unlimited period of time.
These online learning sites, also known as MOOC offers learners free courses while others demand payment from users before they can have access to the paid courses.
There are other platforms that also facilitate learning by allowing different people who wish to teach others to create courses for users to learn without payment.
1. Khan Academy: khanacademy.org is a free educational platform developed by Salman Khan. The learning platform is located in Mountain View, California. It offers users free lecture on popular courses such as mathematics, computer science and programming, history, art and many more. What makes Khan academy unique is that it targets different categories of learners and also enables free tools for parent and teachers for proper monitoring of their learners.
2. Youtube: This is a video sharing platform where users are allowed to upload videos. Tutors utilized this platform to upload educational videos on different topics. In order to reach more learners, other educational platform such as edx, Coursera, Udemy, Khan Academy etc., make use of YouTube because of its large audience.
3. Drawspace: is an online learning platform for potential artist who wants to learn the art of drawing. This is a free art education platform with popular artists and educators who offer free drawing lessons. However, it should be noted that not all lessons offered on this platform are free.
5. Hack Design: A design platform where users learn from instructional designers for free. Hack design send weekly design lessons in form of articles, tutorials to the email address provided by registered users on the platform.
6. Coursera: This is a paid online learning platform founded by two Stanford University located at Mountain View, California. Coursera partners with top Universities to offer paid online courses and learners can also choose to pay for verified certificate from the partner organization.
To be continued…….