Learnable is a new initiative aiming to share a broad range of courses online for anyone who is interested in studying them. This means there’s technical courses, self-help courses and general interest courses such as musical courses. It’s still expanding, but eventually Learnable aims to have a little bit of everything there for you to learn whenever it suits you.
Online Learning Is Convenient
Online learning is very convenient for both the learner and the teacher. When it comes to teaching online, teachers can prepare lesson notes and lectures when it suits them, make the course available and then learners can sign up whenever they’re ready to learn the material.
Learning Through Learnable
The variety of courses available through Learnable is already impressive, despite being a new venture. Take a look at the, , or to get a feel for the different things you can learn. Some courses will be free, however there’s no way to browse through just the free courses. You’ll need to browse whatever you’re interested in and then see if the price is appropriate for you. Most courses are offered at a low price for a reasonable-sized course.
Some examples of great courses you could try include:
Courses are paid for using Paypal or WorldPay. If you don’t like the course, you’re advised to first approach the instructor to see if they can elaborate or improve on the course. If need be, you can get a refund for the course within 30 days of signing up.
Once you’ve signed up for a course, you’ll have access to your course for a year from your sign-up date. If you need help during your course, the Learnable Q&A system is where you’ll be able to ask and receive help from the tutor and other classmates.
Teach Online Through Learnable
From the other side of the fence, Learnable can be used to teach the world what you know. Courses are easy to set up with a comprehensive course structure guide available for teachers to work through. All courses are reviewed by Learnable staff before going live to ensure they meet minimum quality standards, but they won’t edit your work in any way.
Learnable course teachers can nominate a price for their courses and the fee is shared with Learnable. Most courses can be set up to involve minimal teacher interaction during the course, so it won’t matter if students sign up when you’re mostly busy with other things.
Improvements Learnable Could Make
At the moment, there’s not a lot of incentive for teachers to offer free courses. If free courses were publicised within Learnable, new teachers could use it as a means to attract new students to their paid courses. Meanwhile, students could see if they liked the instructor’s style before moving on to their paid courses.
Hand in hand with the notion of a free course directory is the idea that instructors should have a profile page, detailing all of the courses they have to offer. Currently, if you like a particular course instructor there is no way to see what else they have created.
More Online Learning
There are many places like Learnable where you can take up online learning – some free and others paid. Some offer certificates, while others do not. Some only offer a brief guide, while others attempt to offer a deeper understanding of the material. With all these choices, it can be difficult to choose. Just keep in mind your end goals: What do you want to learn and will this course teach you that?
Have you tried any online courses? How did they suit your learning style? Would you recommend them to other people? Let us know in the comments!
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