Lesser‑known websites where you can take meaningful classes

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Digital Reporter

Technology—in the same way that it changed our means of communication—has already influenced the way we learn. In the past years, academic institutions in the world have witnessed a new milestone in the form of eLearning that incorporates technology into existing teaching methods.

From dusty chalk boards and thick books, the internet has allowed people to learn through computers, laptops, and even tablets and smartphones. It has paved the way for the introduction of massive online open courses (MOOC) that allow anyone to attain education just with the internet.

Here are some online platforms where you can take classes:


This platform is among the top sources of free MOOC in the world.

Established in 2012 by scientists from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more than 70 schools, corporations, and non‑profit organizations currently use the platform to offer wide array of courses.

At present, edX offers more than 1,500 courses in different fields, including architecture, communication, economics and finance, chemistry, computer science, data analytics, as well as business and management.

University of the Philippines‑Open University (UPOU)

In 2013, the country’s premiere state university opened its doors to people opting to utilize the digital space to learn through the University of the Philippines‑Open University (UPOU). It offered the first MOOC in the Philippines, which was an introductory course on mobile application development using Android platform.

At present, UPOU’s online courses include ASEAN studies, child rights protection and promotion, Philippine art and culture, and Filipino language, among others.

A new addition to UPOU’s offerings is the free MOOC on social entrepreneurship that was launched last June 22. The course will run from June 24 until July 22.

See UPOU’s online programs here: http://model.upou.edu.ph.

TESDA Online Program (TOP)

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the agency under the Department of Labor and Employment responsible for managing and supervising technical education and skills development in the country has also brought its services online.

Aside from the regular classes in its training centers nationwide, TESDA now also offers free courses online through the TESDA Online Program (TOP).

It offers programs in various fields such as information technology, game development, food and beverage servicing, electronics, and agriculture, among others.

Stanford IT Learning

The training division of CIM Technologies, Inc. has been providing quality computer‑aided design (CAD) trainings since 1989. Last May 30, Stanford launched its online program called Global eTraining (GeT) that will offer online CAD training program for students and professionals in the field of architecture, engineering and construction, as well as manufacturing.

The online platform has more than 40 training libraries and courses and boasts of having the widest collection of software training modules ranging from fundamentals and advanced courses of AutoCAD, Revit, and Civil 3D to building information modelling introduction and strategies.

Users can access GeT’s libraries and courses for a year. An examination is conducted after each chapter of the training modules.

GeT can be accessed through www.stanford-it-learning.com/global-etraining or www.cimtechnologies.com/store/training/online.html.