Best Free Online Learning Platforms in Kenya


During the final year of my undergraduate studies at Kenyatta University, there was a popular phrase in mainstream media “Half-baked graduates“. I had a conversation with my lecturer Dr. Gachanja asking him to elaborate on what it meant. Mr. Gachanja did not mint his words. He emphasized the need for investing some time to learn a few skills that place you ahead of others. Today, there is no shortage of online learning platforms. You can hone your knowledge on a given subject or learn a completely new skill.

You can take advantage of these platforms to use your free time proactively. With a smartphone or a laptop, you have myriad of opportunities to improve your skills- for free. All you need is to choose a reliable internet provider for an easy time.

Sometimes, it becomes a challenge to figure out a platform that works for you. To help you navigate through the rapidly expanding world of online education;

List of the Top Online Learning Platforms

1. Udemy

Udemy is the leading global marketplace for learning and teaching, connecting millions of students to the skills they require to succeed. The range of courses available on this platform is vast. At least you are guaranteed of courses on technical skills, management, hobbies, academics, plus other subjects. At the time of writing this article, Udemy had at least 100,000 plus courses. The instructors have vast knowledge and experience.

Therefore, you only get the best. To ensure you make an informed decision, Udemy has a rating and a review system where students can write review comments and give a rating to the course. You can read through the comments plus ratings to choose the best online course for you. Want to be among the leading wedding photographers in Kenya? Udemy is the place to start.

There are some free courses and attract a fee. The courses are pocket friendly; hence you don’t have to break your bank. After completing any course, you are eligible to get a certificate.

2. Udacity

You can advance your career by enrolling for online courses in programming, data science, artificial intelligence, digital marketing, and more. It ensures you get employable skills that place you ahead in the interview room. Udacity is among the leading online learning platforms if not the leading.

Qualified experts deliver the courses and they guarantee you nothing but the best. Udacity has at least 200 courses that are completely free (but you don’t get any certificate). These courses are part of micro-credential that Udacity offers called Nano degree.

In recent years, the number of free courses launched on this platform has reduced drastically. The courses offered are quite expensive. This is because Udacity makes a profit by charging the courses. Courses offered by notable institutions are expensive compared to others. 

3. Coursera

This is an online learning platform that has partnered with leading world-class universities and companies to deliver courses on diverse subjects. You stream on-demand video lectures from top instructors in subjects like business, computer science, data science, language learning, plus many more.

Coursera gives you flexible and affordable options where you can choose free courses and university degrees at a breakthrough price. After taking any course, you can assess yourself with self-paced quizzes and hands-on projects. This platform gives you a certificate that you can share with your network. 45 plus million people are learning on Coursera. What are you waiting for?

4. Edureka

If you’re looking forward to building your career, online learning platforms is the way to go, and Edureka is one of the best options out there.  This eLearning platform gives you a perfect opportunity to acquire technical skills such as cloud computing, blockchain courses, Big Data, artificial intelligence, and more. 

Once you enroll in any course, you can go back to its materials, such as videos and documents, any time you want. The downside of this platform is that although courses are pretty affordable, some of them are too expensive.

5. Skillshare

Skillshare is a learning platform that offers online courses taught by the best world practitioners. You get numerous courses to choose from. Be among the 3 million students and thousands of teachers from 100 plus countries to learn skills through Skillshare. Quench your thirst and curiosity in building your career.

You can enroll for hundreds of free classes or unlock unlimited access to the full class catalog by upgrading to the premium for a low monthly rate. Skillshare does not give a certificate for courses taken.

6. Open-Edx

Open edX helps you access 2500+ online courses from 140 top institutions. The popular subjects offered in this platform include; Computer Science, Language, Data Science, Business and Management, Engineering, and Humanities.

Courses offered are free, but you can choose to have a verified certificate at a small fee. This verified certificate can be a proof to an employer, school, or any other institution that you have successfully completed an online course.

7. Khan Academy

In the year 2008, Salman Khan saw the need to help students by creating a set of online tools to educate students. Learning on Khan Academy is always free.

The platform focuses more on traditional academic subjects such as math, science, economics, humanities, and a bit of computer programming. Since it is free, you can build your skills here before you step into more advanced courses in your area of interest.

8. Codeacademy

If you are a coding enthusiast, then this platform is for you. This platform allows you to learn the technical skills you require for the job you want. The online coding instructions are easy to follow; you get immediate feedback and a tested curriculum. Worried you don’t have a computer or where to get the best? Contact one of the top computer sellers in Kenya.

The curriculum is made in such a way that you progress to a pro in coding. What are you waiting for? Join the 45 million people who have trusted the Codecademy to learn coding. Everything is free.

9. Lynda.Com

This is an online learning platform that allows you to learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. It is an excellent platform for those who are visual learners. There are over 80,000 subscription-based videos on a broad range of subjects.

10. Google  Digital Skills

Google is not only one of the top browsers. You can discover a range of free learning content designed to help you grow your career business through their learning platforms. Some courses such as fundamentals of digital marketing include certification while others do not have. The process of creating an account with Google’s digital platform is easy and straightforward. 

The sole purpose of these online courses is not to examine you but equip you with the necessary skills you should have. These skills help you thrive at your place. Do not be surprised when you earn a promotion once you acquire these skills. It is essential to use your free time to build yourself.

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