01 April 2020

    Biddi Rorke

    Keep on learning

    Lockdown offers an excellent opportunity to master a new skill. We take a look at some of the best online learning platforms.

    Data has never been more crucial. While spending more time at home, why don’t you upgrade your skills - and expand your mind by exploring the multitude of online courses available? Whether you want to brush up your coding abilities, discover how to shoot a video or learn a new language, there’s bound to be a course with your name on it. Plus, the real bonus is that some of them are free! MOOC is an abbreviation for Massive Open Online Course, in other words, a study course available on the Internet for anyone with access to the world wide web. Here’s our pick of the best out there…


    EdX is an online education provider that offers more than 2650 courses from top universities and other institutions around the world. Pre-recorded video lectures mean you can watch at a time that’s convenient for you, while the student discussion forums keep you in contact with fellow learners. Generally speaking, edX courses are free, but if you want unlimited access and earn a Course Certificate, you will need to pay. As a global non-profit organisation, EdX has something for everyone – whether you’re a just entering the job market, wanting to change careers or simply exploring new interests.


    Alison offers over 1000 high-quality courses, from certificate courses that take less than three hours to complete, to diploma courses that take up to 10 hours and ‘learning paths’ that suggest an average completion time of 19 hours.  One of the most popular courses is the free online diploma in that will help you understand how you can trick your brain into thinking you slept well to why feeling ignored causes the same psychological effects as an injury. Many Alison courses offer the perfect springboard to a great new career.


    Udemy boasts the world’s largest selection of courses. Here you can choose from over 100,000 online video courses – and new additions are published every month. Top categories include marketing, business, personal development, IT and software and photography. For example, The Complete 2020 Web Development Bootcamp enables you to become a full-stack web developer with just one course, covering HTML, CSS, Javascript, Node, React, MongoDB and more. If you’re looking for something related to personal development, perhaps Body Language for Entrepreneurs is for you. This course shows you how to use nonverbal communication to increase your income and influence as a business owner.

    Google’s Digital Skills for Africa

    Google's Digital Skills for Africa is also committed to closing the equality gap when it comes to acquiring digital skills. Categories range from Data and Tech to Digital Marketing and Career Development. The range of course length (from under 2 hours to over 20 hours) means you can discover a range of free learning content designed to help grow your business or jumpstart your career – and decide how committed you want to be. Either select individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end. There are 126 courses to choose from (20 of them are free) – and the site is exceptionally easy to navigate. Each course indicates the number of contained modules, the estimated amount of time it takes to complete a course, and whether you will receive official accreditation.

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT 

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT is a free, publicly accessible, openly-licensed digital collection of high-quality teaching and learning materials, presented in an easily accessible format. Browse through, download and use materials from more than 2,450 MIT on-campus courses.

    The good news is that whatever your interest – and whatever your level of commitment – you’re sure to find a few courses to engage your mind over these next few weeks.

    Regent Business School

    Regent Business School was designed to provide individuals and organisations with the management competencies and critical skills necessary to build and sustain competitive advantages in a rapidly changing and complex business environment. Regent Business School offers a number of digitally-aided Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Short Learning Programmes for adults.  

    Check out Vodacom’s internet plans

    Vodacom offers a variety of home internet solutions, including fibre-to-the-home and LTE plans. Click here to check if there is Vodacom fibre coverage in your area. Visit the Vodacom LTE site to see our LTE internet products.


    Biddi Rorke