In the past few years, there has been a sharp uptick in the use of online education platforms. With many schools and organizations offering up education services in the form of Massive Open Online Courses, more people than ever are able to gain access to a great education regardless of their location.

Whether you’re currently a professional working in the Information Technology field or someone looking to make a career change into the ever growing IT market, the resources are out there to help you gain the education you need in order to succeed in this exciting field.

Courses are available in every facet of the IT market; from courses in IT Security, to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

To help you sift through the countless options available to you, and make the most of your time, we’ve brought together some of the best online resources available to you. Continue reading to learn more!

1) Udemy

Compared to a traditional education track from an online college, Udemy is relatively informal in its approach to education. The quality of courses can vary as anyone can sign up and create their own course.

In order to sift through the hundreds of courses on IT, you should make sure to check rankings and reviews of the different courses available in your chosen field in order to make the best choice. Many of these courses are offered free of charge but some do charge a fee so it’s best to do your research before deciding.

Courses on Information Security, Networking, Computer Science, Data Science, and any other field within Information Technology you can likely think of available. Udemy is a great choice for one looking to gain the necessary knowledge in order to have a successful career in the Information Technology field!

2) Coursera

Coursera is another great online platform for those seeking an education in Information Technology. Coursera offers classes from 147 different universities, colleges, and organizations including the University of Florida, Georgia Tech, École Polytechnique, The University of Virginia, and Stanford University, to name a few. Similar to Udemy, many of Coursera’s courses are offered free of charge, though some do charge a nominal fee.

Coursera offers courses in all areas of Information Technology, with whole sections of the website centered around Data Science and Computer Science courses. A great example is the Crash Course in Data Science course offered by Johns Hopkins University

3) MIT OpenCourseWare

Many major universities have been pushing out free content and courses to the web, with MIT being a leader in the OpenCourseWare movement. MIT offers a whole host of IT classes, free of charge, on their website.

Just one example of the great free offerings available on the MIT website is their Introduction to Computer Science and Programming course. This course was designed for the beginner in the computer science that likely hasn’t done much programming in the past and teaches the basics required in order to program simple applications in the Python programming language.

4) EdX

EdX is another stand out example of an online platform that offers many amazing free courses from some of the world’s top leading universities in the technology and science fields. Some of these universities include Harvard, MIT, Caltech, The University of California Berkeley, and the University of Michigan.

Most of the courses available on EdX are offered to you free of charge, though some do require a small fee if you would like a credential or certification stating you completed the courses.

5) OEDb

The Open Education Database is a little different than the previously mentioned online learning platforms as it is more a resource to find free online courses than an online course offering.

It finds and collects free online closers available throughout the web and makes it easy for you to find free offerings in whatever field you’re interested in; Whether you’re looking to gain an education in Computer Science, Network Security, Data Science, or Information Technology, The Open Education Database will have what you’re looking for! With over 10,000 free courses listed so far, you’ll be able to find a suitable course for you!

6) Codecademy

Over the past several years, many online programming boot camps have become available purporting to teach students the skills they need in order to begin a successful career in development, in a fraction of the time required to gain a traditional college education. Where these boot camps typically charge a hefty sum, Codecademy offers their courses to you free of charge!

Most of the offerings on Codecademy are centered around web development though gaining some coding chops can go a long way in gaining a successful career in the Information Technology field.

7) Microsoft Virtual Academy

If you’re looking to gain the skills necessary to launch a successful career in Information Technology, what better resource is there than Microsoft? The Microsoft Virtual Academy offers a variety of free courses online for those looking to gain entry to a variety of fields in Computer and Information Science.

Courses centered around Information Technology, Networking, Cloud, Web Development, Database Administration, and many others are all available on Microsoft’s online learning platform.

Courses available range from introductory to very niche and specific. Some great examples include courses on Microsoft Azure and Virtual Machines. Some of the skills attainable through these courses including learning how to configure networks, how to format virtual machine disks, and how to attach them to virtual machines.

If you’re looking to update your skills, gain entry to a new career path, or just satisfy an interest in Information Technology, the resources are out there. Obtaining an education in Information Technology doesn’t have to cost a fortune, or require that you move across the country.

These days, you are just as capable of learning the required skills to succeed in Information Technology from the comfort of your own home. This is far from an exhaustive list, and there are many other great online resources available for those looking to get an education in Information Technology. You can’t go wrong with any of these options, so don’t wait and start learning today!

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Human Resources Today