The Best Online Platforms To Learn A New Skill

There's no better time to upskill

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Visual artist Shantell Martin teaches on Skillshare.
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For most of us, staying home has becoming the new normal, and it may seem like a lengthy amount of time inside with little to do. But instead of aimlessly browsing the internet, why not take this time to learn a new skill with these online platforms in the comfort of your own home?

For in-depth learning: Coursera

Coursera was founded in 2012 by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. With courses such as data science, engineering, business analytics, medicine and social sciences developed by leading universities and companies (think: Stanford University, Imperial College London, Google and IBM)—you know you’re in for some serious learning.

Choose from various options including free courses and university degrees, and apply what you learn with self-paced quizzes and hands-on projects, all at your own pace.

Psst: For some arty inspiration, check out MoMA’s free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera. Hear from artists and designers, and look closely at works of art from MoMA’s extensive collections and exhibitions.

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For creative exploration: Skillshare

Skillshare is an open, online learning community for creatives. Offering a wide plethora of coursesincluding graphic design, marketing and creative writing—taught by well-known contemporaries in their respective fields, the platform is geared towards lifelong learning and career enhancement.

Classes come in the form of short lessons culminating in a hands-on project; you can even share your work with your class to collaborate with and get feedback from peers.

For a local take on creative exploration: LASALLE Online Courses

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In this special series, trainees from LASALLE’s MA Art Therapy (MAAT) embark on a community art initiative brought about by the current #covid2019 global crisis. By observing the social and psychological impacts, MAAT students present their art responses to reflect their personal and professional explorations of the epidemic and its consequences on personal and community mental health. We hope that you will be inspired to make meaning of your own feelings and experiences through their art responses. “<Uncertainty and Fragmentation> was created in response to the daily life disruptions caused by the current global health crisis, and it reflects society’s unconscious processes to irrationalise an imminent threat. The small dots symbolize the spread of the virus, while the fragmented pieces represent the segregation caused by this threat, subsequently creating discrimination within the community. I used this directive as a way to give a visual form to my feelings, to contain my emotions and to help me process the ongoing events, which for an art therapist in training is a very important self-care tool.” – @culturecraves #ArtsOrNothing

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LASALLE‘s Continuing Education Programme has introduced new Online Short Courses⁠ in the fields of art and design, including acting, print design, and art installation⁠.

All classesclaimable under SkillsFuture creditwill be delivered via Zoom by trainers comprising faculty staff, alumni and industry experts, with the same number of hours as in-class courses.

For learning from global industry leaders: Masterclass

Masterclass boasts instructors who are global leaders in their field—notable names include celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, photographer Anne Leibovitz, and actress Natalie Portman—offering useful, practical insights that promise a wonderful learning experience. 

Each class has video lessons ranging from 2-5 hours long, exercises, workbooks, and interview sessions with the instructor.

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For learning a new language: Babbel

Always wanted to learn a new language? Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced learner, Babbel has got you covered. Choose from 14 languages such as Spanish, French and Swedish and start learning the basics, or zoom in on real-life topics like travel, culture, or business. \

What’s more, you get to practice, review and improve your pronunciation with speech recognition technology; get immediate feedback to hone your speaking skills.

For honing your digital skills: General Assembly

General Assembly offers both online and in-person courses in web development, user experience design, data science, Javascript, digital marketing and more. 

Choose between immersive bootcamp-style experiences, part-time courses, and on-demand courses to suit your learning style and availability.

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