The Four Best Online Education Tools For Business Pros

by Tom Pick June 30, 2016
June 30, 2016

Ongoing education has always been essential to staying current on the knowledge and latest practices across professional fields. But never has the pace of change been as rapid as today.


four best online education sites for professionalsFortunately, the range and speed of continuing education tools and resources is greater than ever as well. In addition to traditional avenues like university extension courses, trade publications, conferences and forums, and professional coaching and mentoring, business professionals now have instant access to the latest research and practices in their fields through focused news sites, blogs, ebooks, and distance learning.


There are also helpful online sites and tools beyond Lynda.com for continuing professional education and development. Here are four of the most interesting and popular options for keeping up with professional practices or learning new skills.


1) Udemy
Google Review Count: 287,000


Udemy is an online academy offering 40,000 courses across an incredibly wide range of subjects, and has served more than 11 million students. Classes are self-paced and accessible on any device.


Sample review: “These top learning tools will help you grow your startup in 2016. Udemy (is best) for mastering a particular subject before hiring someone else to do it.” — Marketing Insider Group


Pricing: varies by subject; most courses range in cost from free to $ 35


Showcase reviews: Marketing Insider Group


2) Coursera
Google Review Count: 102,000


Coursera provides free, universal access to some of the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online. Courses are available across a wide range of topics including the arts, business, computer/life/social science, math, languages, and engineering. Most incorporate pre-recorded vidoes, tests, and projects.


Pricing: free


Showcase reviews: Marketing Insider Group


3) edX
Google Review Count: 51,000


Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and massive open online course (MOOC) provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to students and professionals.


Pricing: most courses are free to audit but have fees for the verified certificates enrollment and for professional education courses


Showcase reviews: Marketing Insider Group


4) Clarity
Google Review Count: 13,200


Clarity connects entrepreneurs with experts who provide guidance across a range of business topics and functions. Search for an select an expert, set up a call, connect, talk, and pay.


Pricing: per minute, varies by expert


Showcase reviews: Marketing Insider Group

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