Always learning: Apps for education on the go

Last updated: May 16, 2019

Looking to build your marketing know-how or try your hand at animation? Been itching to learn Mandarin – or Python? With our favorite online learning platforms, you can do it all – where you want and when you want.
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Why we love this
  1. 1Take university and college courses from respected institutions, no admissions required
  2. 2Dig deep into a subject with “Specializations,” such as Wharton’s six-course Business Foundations
  3. 3Earn Specialization and course certificates... or even an accredited online master’s degree
There’s a lot to explore on Coursera, and you can usually do so for free — by “auditing” a class or viewing lectures without enrolling. However, free offerings can be a bit buried; much more prominent is the option to earn certificates through self-paced Specialization bundles with a range of monthly prices.

Udemy - Online Courses

185,707
10,000,000
Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Choose from over 80,000 courses – from digital marketing and investing to the freestyle rap class you never knew you needed
  2. 2Pay per course and enjoy lifetime access to any class you buy
  3. 3With frequent sales, you’ll always find affordable options – plus all courses include a 30-day money back guarantee
Anyone can teach on Udemy, which means you can find a range of courses on almost anything. It also means the homepage can feel overwhelming, and there’s no common standard for quality (which varies widely). However, free sample videos and numerous course reviews should point you in the right direction.
Why we love this
  1. 1Mimo makes coding truly accessible, with bite-size lessons designed for mobile and plain-English explanations
  2. 2Choose from practical learning tracks like “Make a Game,” “Developer Essentials,” “Ruby,” and “Cybersecurity”
  3. 3Frequent quizzes test your understanding of new concepts, so you’ll advance only when you’re ready
A delightfully colorful, simple interface sets the stage for the most approachable learn-to-code app we’ve found. Conversational text breaks down information to help you understand the concepts (not just memorize actions). While several courses are free, you’ll need to subscribe to unlock most of them, or build projects from scratch. Be aware: Some questions have multiple answers!

Skillshare - Online Learning

26,127
1,000,000
Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Creatives and freelancers will love Skillshare’s well-produced classes, taught by a wide range of professionals
  2. 2Interact with the teacher (and other students) in the discussion section
  3. 3View saved classes, your class history, and downloads (a Premium feature) in “My Classes”
Looking to start a new hobby, boost your business skills, or explore mindfulness? Dive into everything from machine learning to flower arranging and mind-mapping with a Skillshare subscription. Oddly, filtering options are only available for “most popular” lists, but it’s easy to discover courses by browsing skills – or following your favorite teachers.
Why we love this
  1. 1Expand or deepen your professional skill set through comprehensive tech, creative, and business courses
  2. 2Explore the entire library of courses with a free 30-day trial
  3. 3Get course recommendations informed by your interests and your LinkedIn profile, or even assigned by your manager
Learn at your convenience – including offline – with short videos and exercise files. Produced in-house, videos are consistently high quality, if sometimes dry. A monthly subscription includes access to all courses (the same content you’ll find on LinkedIn-owned Lynda.com), plus a LinkedIn Premium subscription.
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