This college is responding to an often-ignored population: Working adults - The Washington Post

This college is responding to an often-ignored population: Working adults - The Washington PostThis college is responding to an often-ignored population: Working adults - The Washington PostPosted: 23 Sep 2020 07:45 AM PDT On Wednesday, Paul Quinn will become the first historically Black college to partner with Guild Education, a Denver-based firm that works with companies such as Walmart and Lowe's to provide education benefits to employees. Paul Quinn is among dozens of colleges and universities, including Southern New Hampshire University and the University of Florida, offering credentials and degrees through Guild. Employees of the companies in the Guild network can access all of Paul Quinn's courses and four-year-degree programs. The college has short-term credential programs and accelerated degrees designed for working adults. "This is about unlocking the potential of America's workforce," Sorrell said. "It's about moving people forward using higher e…

8 websites offering free or paid online courses that can enhance your career - Economic Times

8 websites offering free or paid online courses that can enhance your career - Economic Times

8 websites offering free or paid online courses that can enhance your career - Economic Times

Posted: 23 Aug 2020 06:00 PM PDT

The lockdown is a good time to upskill or acquire knowledge in a new field. ET Wealth lists some websites offering free or paid courses that can help enhance your career.

Remember, however, that the certification may not land you a job unless you can prove your calibre.

  • Coursera (
Founded by two Stanford professors in 2012, it partners with more than 200 top global universities and industry educators, including Johns Hopkins University, Imperial College London, Stanford, Intel, Google, Insead, ISB and Caltech, among several others.

Is it free?
It offers both free and paid courses, with individual courses costing $30-100 (Rs 2,250-7,500), programs and specialisations $30-80 (Rs 2,250-6,000), and degrees starting at $15,000 (Rs 11.2 lakh).

It offers courses, specialisations, certificates and degree programs, including bachelor's and master's degrees, even an MBA degree.

Course categories
It offers over 4,300 courses, 320 projects, 440 specialisations, 30 certificates and 20 degrees. The subjects range from data science, IT, artificial intelligence and computer science to digital marketing, social sciences, arts and humanities, among many others.
  • EdX (
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), non-profit and open source platform, it was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012. It is affiliated with 140 top-ranked universities and institutions, ranging from Harvard, Oxford, MIT, Cornell and IBM, to Australian National University and Hong Kong Polytechnic.

Is it free?
It offers both free and fee-based courses. The fees for the verified track ranges from US $50-300 (Rs 3,750-22,500).

While it does not offer certificates for archived courses, verified certificates are available for a fee for specified courses.

Course categories
Courses and programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate and master's level, besides professional certification and executive education programs. It offers over 2,500 courses in data science, engineering, computer science, electronics architecture, arts, humanities, biology, business & management, architecture and economics, among several others.

  • Udemy (
Founded in 2010, this is an online learning and teaching forum for students and professionals. You can download courses to watch offline or listen to them in podcast style, in 65 languages, by choosing from 57,000 instructors across the world.

Is it free?
It is a paid platform with courses starting from Rs 360 onwards.

It does not offer accredited degrees or certificates, only a certificate of completion for your course.

Course categories
It offers 1.5 lakh courses in business, design, development, photography, music, marketing, IT & software, and personal development.

  • Codeacademy (
An online interactive platform founded in 2011 and based in New York, it offers coding classes in the form of articles and videos.

Is it free?
It has both free and paid versions. The free option is called Basic, and the paid plan is Pro, which costs Rs 1,199 a month, billed yearly.

It offers a certificate of completion on finishing a course

Course categories
It offers coding in 14 languages, including HTML & CSS, Python, JavaScript, Java, SQL, Bash/Shell, Ruby, C++, R, C#, PHP, Go, Swift, and Kotlin. It also teaches subjects including Web development, data science, computer science, developer tools, machine learning, code foundations, Web design, game development, mobile development, and data visualisation.

  • ApnaCourse (
This Indian MOOC started in 2013 and is an e-tutoring platform for professional courses and certificate programs. It offers training through instructors, videos and interactive sessions.

Is it free?
It does offer 27 free courses, but is essentially a paid platform (with free trial), and prices are mentioned for individual courses on the course page. It is also available (ApnaCourse Privilege) on monthly (Rs 150), half-yearly (Rs 800) and annual subscription (Rs 1,500).

It offers a course completion certificate in most courses, and is given jointly by the partner trainer or training institute.

Course categories
It offers over 139 courses in banking & finance, IT & security, project & ops management, law, sales & marketing, language, personal development, HR management, data and statistics analytics, business study and academics.

  • Alison (
Founded in Ireland in 2007, this free online platform offers courses in workplace-based skills. It offers courses from top universities in the world, including Stanford, MIT, Cambridge, Harvard, Lund and Yale, among others.

Is it free?
All courses are free of cost. It offers an upgradation to the Premium monthly package, which is an optional, paid-for subscription that allows one access to more features on the site.

For a fee, it offers certificates, diplomas, and learning path level programs.

Course categories
It offers 1,700 courses in nine fields, including technology, business, marketing, humanities, language, health, science, maths and lifestyle.

  • Stanford Online (
The US university started its online program in 1995, providing exposure to its own faculty and courses from its own schools, including the Stanford School of Engineering, Law, Medicine, Humanities & Sciences, etc. Some courses are also a part of platforms such as EdX and Coursera.

Is it free?
It offers free and paid courses. The tuition fee for master's degree and graduate certificate courses is $1,352 (Rs 1.01 lakh) per unit, with each course ranging from 3-5 units. The professional courses tuition fee varies by course, typically costing $495-$995 (Rs 37,000-75,000).

It offers graduate and professional certificates, master's degrees, as well as global and executive education programs.

Course categories
These include arts & humanities, AI, computer science, business & management, data science, education, engineering, environment & energy, health & medicine, innovation & entrepreneurship, natural & social sciences, and personal development.

  • LinkedIn Learning (
Formerly, LinkedIn Learning is an e-learning platform that offers online video courses by industry professionals, in five languages. You can access it both via the desktop and mobile phone, with an app that is available for iOS and Android users.

Is it free?
There is a one-month free trial, after which Rs 1,400 per month (or Rs 900 per month if you opt for annual subscription) will be charged

It offers certificates of completion.

Course categories
It offers 15,000 online courses in business, technology and creative fields. These are divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, providing courses for work and higher education.

NOTE: Information collected from websites. There are various other online e-learning platforms that offer both free and paid courses with certificates. Some of these offer more focused courses, such as Google Digital Garage (digital marketing), Microsoft Learn (Microsoft-related jobs), and Oxford Home Study (management), among others.

UC projects 8th straight year of record enrollment - WXIX

Posted: 24 Aug 2020 01:01 AM PDT

"Throughout the last few months, the national headlines have talked about how COVID was going to be so disruptive to fall enrollment," Miner said. "Across the country, colleges are expecting significant drops in enrollment, so the fact that we are growing is really a phenomenal place to be."

Music students adjust to new rules during the pandemic - Iowa State Daily

Posted: 20 Aug 2020 09:36 AM PDT

ISU Band pic

String and percussion players at Iowa State University are now required to wear facial masks while winds and brass players must practice social distancing.

Students in Iowa and all across the country who are earning their degrees in music and the arts are having trouble adapting to online classes.

Dancing in one's living room, playing musical instruments six feet apart and having to teach oneself has been incredibly hard on students in arts education programs.

Such constraints on music classes have some students taking a gap year or dropping out of their programs entirely. Professors and teachers alike are trying to stop this from happening as much as possible by making changes to their curriculum.

"Students are spaced out a minimum of eight feet from each other, and rehearsals last no longer than 30 minutes," said Michael Golemo, director of bands at Iowa State University. "So particles settle in the room before another ensemble or class uses our rehearsal room. We may be having some outdoor rehearsals as well this semester."

Students in all different fields of study know how difficult adapting to online learning has been so far. Depending on the perspective, online and remote learning can be either a difficult adaptation to make or an interesting new experience to have.

Iowa State's music program is experiencing even further changes. 

"All students bring their own music stands, and we are providing everyone with paper folders and disposable copies of the music," Golemo said. "This way, no music will need to be returned to us. No two players are allowed to share a stand."

Percussion and string instruments are required to wear masks during rehearsal. Wind and brass players cannot play their instruments while also wearing a mask, so they have to space themselves out according to social distancing guidelines.

The band is also using instrument covers to stop the spread of COVID-19. Putting a cover over the bells of instruments can help to keep particles from spreading.


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