10 Online Learning Platforms for Teenagers and Young People
In times of crisis, there are always opportunities to be found. The current situation has forced many teenagers and young people to stay at home due to school and office closures. However, it’s important to remember that in every crisis, there lies an opportunity. UNICEF recognizes this and wants to invite teenagers and young people to make good use of their free time by taking online courses to develop their skills.
Fortunately, there are numerous online learning platforms available that offer a wide range of courses for free. These platforms cover various subjects such as computer and professional skills, online business, application development, languages, and more. To help you get started, UNICEF has prepared a list of 10 online learning platforms that teenagers and young people can explore today.
- Thai MOOC
Thai MOOC is an online learning platform that collaborates with leading universities abroad to provide an extensive range of courses. With over 276 courses available, users can choose from a diverse selection of subjects. The platform supports various devices, allowing users to study anytime and anywhere at their convenience. Some examples of courses offered include:
- Web Developer: Basic website creation with HTML and CSS
- Foundation of Motion Graphics
- 3D Animation Foundations
- Computer-based Graphics Design
- Building mobile applications without coding: with MIT APP Inventor
SkillLane is another online learning platform that offers a wide range of subjects to choose from. This platform provides both free and paid courses, all taught through video lessons, making it easy for users to learn and develop their skills at their own pace. Whether you’re interested in programming, data science, design thinking, or digital business, SkillLane has courses that cater to these modern skills.
- Online courses offered by Chulalongkorn University
Chulalongkorn University offers online courses recommended for high school students, university students, and the public who are interested in expanding their knowledge. Although the course schedule may vary, upon completion and meeting the criteria, users will receive a Certificate of Completion. Some interesting courses available include:
- Radio and Television Communication
- English for Job Hunters
- How to export your products?
- How to create infographics?
- Marketing in the 21st century
- CMU MOOC
CMU MOOC is an online learning platform offered by Chiang Mai University. While the number of courses may be limited, the courses provided are unique and cover various subjects. For example, you can learn about coffee cultivation and processing, growing crops for extra income, or even how to create your own spa business. These courses are taught by professors from CMU and are free to access, although there may be a certain period of study and expiration date.
Skooldio offers online classes and live workshops that focus on developing modern skills in high demand. Whether it’s programming, data science, design thinking, or digital business, Skooldio emphasizes “learning by doing.” Students are encouraged to participate in exercises, projects, and group activities to enhance their learning experience. Skooldio provides both free and paid courses, catering to different levels of expertise. Some examples of free courses to kickstart your online career are:
- How to design a chatbot to automatically respond to customers in the Thai language without coding
- Know your customers from social media insights
- S Learning
S Learning is a platform that offers numerous free and paid courses in various categories, including business, finance, investment, computer programming, languages, and self-development. Whether you want to learn about website development using WordPress or how to make your post go viral using Facebook advertisements, S Learning has courses to help you develop your skills in the online world.
- Department of Skill Development
The Department of Skill Development has launched free online learning courses in 15 different professions and careers. From motorcycle mechanics to welders, notebook and computer repair to Thai cooking, forklift driving to air-conditioning technicians, and even courses teaching Japanese, Korean, and English, there is a wide range of options available. These courses provide valuable skills for those interested in pursuing these professions.
Space is a project by Chula Business School under Chulalongkorn University, focusing on business-related courses with an emphasis on marketing, accounting, and startup businesses. The courses offered through Space are free of charge, allowing users to gain valuable knowledge and skills in these areas.
- Digital Skill
Digital Skill is a project operated by the Digital Economy Promotion Agency in collaboration with the Thai Programmer Association. The courses offered aim to educate users on digital knowledge and skills. These courses are free of charge, and upon completion, users will receive a certificate. Some interesting courses available include:
- Website development: c# ASP.NET MVC HTML / CSS – foundations
- Software Development
- English Learning Platform
Lastly, for those looking to improve their English skills, there are dedicated learning platforms available for free. These platforms offer courses suitable for all ages, from elementary students to college students. Specialized courses for professionals are also available. Users can test their skills through video summaries of the classes and practice accordingly.
Learning online provides a valuable opportunity to develop new skills and expand knowledge. With these 10 online learning platforms, teenagers and young people can make the most of their free time and invest in their personal growth. Remember, in every crisis, lies an opportunity.