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Online Courses - A Great Way To Learn

Updated on August 23, 2017
Image uploaded to Creative Commons by Daniel Hartmann, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Image uploaded to Creative Commons by Daniel Hartmann, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

A Selection of the Best Free Online Courses

If you want to learn something new, you could follow the traditional route and sign up for a 101 course at a college. But, now, you don't need to leave home to learn something new because the internet is so full of information. The problems are: where do I start? and which websites can I trust?

HubPages is a great place to start, with hundreds of 101 online courses written by online experts. In other words, by you! In this page, I explore your 101 pages on subjects including business, crafts, sports and food and drink. Of course, some pages are more useful than others. I have made a little 101 study of what is available. Now, I'd like you to help me work out which pages are the top free online courses.

The photo of a chemistry practical class is by Dennis Kwaria, and is in the public domain.
The photo of a chemistry practical class is by Dennis Kwaria, and is in the public domain.

What does one-oh-one mean?

The name 101 is often given to introductory courses in a college or university. It comes from the American university course numbering system, which is designed to make it easier to transfer between universities.

Course numbers usually start with four letters, identifying the subject, followed by three numbers. The first number indicates the academic level, where the higher numbers mark the difficulty of the course. The other numbers identify the specific subject area. So CHEM 101 would be the first introduction to chemistry, and would probably be followed by CHEM 102.

A little light reading on business - to improve your skills

If you are interested in improving your business skills, try an online course, and have a look at these useful and interesting books.

Start Your Own Business, Fifth Edition: The Only Start-Up Book You'll Ever Need
Start Your Own Business, Fifth Edition: The Only Start-Up Book You'll Ever Need

Excellent reference book covering all aspects of starting a business from the initial idea, to planning, funding, and actually running your own business.


Learning to Cook

In my day, this was a skill anyone could learn as a youngster, either at school or in the kitchen at home. Sadly, that has long since ceased to be the case.

However, the proliferation of cookery programmes on TV and recipe websites suggest that this is something that humans still care about.

Beginning a New Sport

There may be many reasons why you want to take up a sport: improved fitness, weight control, making new friends, or expanding horizons are just a few.

Cats 101

A great DVD from the Animal Planet Network. Lots of info on the American Shorthair, Savannah, Scottish Fold, Persian, Ragdoll, and Sphynx, such as which one is covered in peach fuzz, not fur? Which is the most popular purebred cat? Which cat is part wild? What type of cat travelled on the Mayflower?

Learning a New Language

Being able to communicate with people in their own language is great for travel, for integrating into a new culture and making friends.

Broaden your Mind

We've all heard the phrase "travel broadens the mind". How? By introducing us to new places, new cultures, new languages and new experiences - go for it!

101 courses... What do you think?

Are 101 courses useful?

If you were to write a "101", what would it be about?

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    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      I love learning - and there is such a wealth of information available online.

    • intermarks profile image


      6 years ago

      Squidoo 101. Childcare 101, it can be anything that I have in my mind.

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      6 years ago

      Frugal Living

    • davenjilli lm profile image

      davenjilli lm 

      6 years ago

      love it!

    • GramaBarb profile image


      6 years ago from Vancouver

      Thank you for featuring my Wildlife 101's! When I do my research for them I always look for some quick fact that is a little unusual so the readers will be happy they they learned something new.

    • debnet profile image


      6 years ago from England

      Hhhhmmmm... 101 excuses? ~Blessed ~


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