Top interactive learning sites you need to know about

top interactive learning sites you need to know about

Traditional learning in a classroom setting is great, we aren’t knocking it, but modern technology arrived a while back and decided that it wanted to disrupt thousand-year-old teaching methods with the aid of screens and the internet. Did it work? Of course! Hundreds of millions of people use the internet to learn on a daily basis.

Interactive learning and immersive platforms have opened up the world, helping us to educate one another and make information more accessible and applicable. On this page, you will find our latest directory of interactive learning sites that we feel you should be aware of. To help separate it, we’ve broken it down into several sections:

  • STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Creative, Design, and Development
  • General learning
  • Business
  • Language

STEM

Codecademy

Codeacademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, C++, and Sass, as well as HTML and CSS.

BetterExplained

It is a site dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of maths with the help of visual explanations. This site is one man’s mission to make maths more accessible to learners.

CognitiveClass

Cognitive Class aims to address the skills shortage in emerging technologies, including data science, AI, big data, cloud computing and blockchain. Their interactive learning courses don’t stop just at videos, they also have a virtual lab environment. This enables users to practice the skills that they’re developing.

Stanford Engineering Everywhere

SEE / Stanford Engineering Everywhere hosts free engineering classes for students and teachers, with supporting materials such as course syllabi, lecture videos, homework, and exams.

Code

Code is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools. Increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities is also  code’s mission. Start with a free one-hour coding tutorial and see how you get on. This site is child-friendly, but also includes technical tutorials on writing apps, robotics, and JavaScript.

HTML Dog

HTML Dog focuses on web development tutorials for HTML, CSS and JavaScript coding skills. Don’t let the super-simple site fool you, this is an epic learning platform for coders of all levels.

GCF Learn Free

Founded by the Goodwill Community Foundation and helps anyone looking to develop modern skills. It offers over 1,000 lessons and 125 tutorials covering technology, computer software, reading, mathematics, work, career, and more.

Stack Exchange

Ask a question about Stack Overflow and coding languages, and receive answers from professionals and enthusiast peers.

edX

edX offers free online course content from the world’s top universities, colleges and schools, including MIT and Harvard.

Canvas Network

Canvas Network is run by educators, for educators. Most of the courses are free and self-paced.

University of the People

University of the People offers tuition-free online courses, with just small exam and processing fees for certification. The courses are from American universities, but they are open to international students.

CodeHS

Learning platform dedicated to software coding lessons and more (by subscription). It is aimed at educators who want to introduce new classroom strategies for interactive learning in the IT field, but can also be used as a learning platform for individuals.

Creative, Design & Development

Hack Design

Hack Design is the collaborative result of dozens of global designers. It’s a 50-unit course that will make you pretty nifty at designing digital stuff. It has videos, blogs, books, games, and more. It’s also free.

HOW Design University

How U to its regulars, is a place for both free and paid lessons mainly focused on interactive and graphic design, creative business skills, and branding.

Skillcrush

Skillcrush offers professional web design and development courses made up of short, easy-to-consume modules. Start with a 3-minute quiz to see if the site can help you.

creativeLIVE

Digital workshops and webinars on a wide variety of creative and lifestyle topics, like art, design, photography, and entrepreneurship. They have both free and paid membership models.

Learnable

Learnable from Sitepoint stocks around 5,000 video lessons and hundreds of ebooks, quizzes, and course material related to software. You’ll need to pay for a subscription.

Pluralsight

Previously PeepCode,  Pluralsight is an epic paid resource for tech and creative training content. There are around 4,000 courses and over 100,000 video clips for individuals and businesses. Learn about IT admin, programming, web development, data visualization, game design, 3D animation and a whole lot more. Start with a 10-day free trial.

W3 Schools

W3 Schools is a free eLearning website for web design. Students can learn about HTML, PHP, SQL, Jquery, and more. For each concept, there are online tutorials, tests, and courses. Students can take a final test to prove their mastery, and even pay an extra fee to receive a certification.

General Interactive Learning Sites

Udemy

Perhaps the closest thing to a household name in the interactive learning world, Udemy offers mainly paid video courses that can teach you just about ANYTHING. Gardening, philosophy, photography, rare instruments… it’s all there.

Howcast

Database of video tutorials covering all sorts of general knowledge topics, such as cooking, music, entertainment, beauty, arts and crafts, health and wellness, and more.

Instructables

This site covers learning of practical and physical DIY skills, like arts & crafts, cooking, and home decor. The lessons feature text, images, and videos, and the only costs lay in the materials you use.

Do It Yourself

This home improvement-centric platform is full of how-to guides that will make you a more hands-on and practical person. It also features guides on vehicles, gardening, and electrical equipment.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy entered the online interactive learning world before it was popular. They have many courses designed to teach important educational skills for free to people of all ages around the world.

OpenCulture

OpenCulture lists thousands of free online courses from universities and partners around the world. Learn about anything from Ancient Rome, to the Economic Policies of the Soviet Union.

Alison

Alison has a bit of everything, and with 13 million users, you can see why it’s one of the most popular sites on this list. Free interactive learning courses covering language, business, technology, health, and so much more await (the writer of this article used to be a paid member, if that helps!).

iTunes U

For Apple users who want a simple app that can help them study ‘on the go’, iTunesU might just be what you’ve been looking for.

TED-Ed

TED-Ed is a great destination for general learning. There’s an abundance of education videos with great animation, all about 10 minutes long. There are plenty of free extra materials, such as quizzes. This is a great resource for teachers and students alike.

Business Interactive Learning Sites

Ed2go

With a focus on career training, and personal and professional development for adult learners. At Ed2go you can find paid interactive learning courses through more than 2,000 educational partners. These courses vary in price. They are mostly instructor-led, meaning an expert will be teaching you.

FutureLearn

‘Learn new skills, pursue your interests, advance your career’ is their tag line, and it pretty accurately sums up what you can do through their online learning courses. (Note: the writer of this article is a FutureLearn user and happily vouches for it).

Stratx

Our simulated environments mimic real-life business scenarios and provide users with real-world practical experiences. Based on solid mathematical models, students get the opportunity to take part in a competitive and immersive learning situations. Increased retention, engagement, and teamwork skills make users more employable at the end of our courses.

Grovo

Grovo is perhaps the best microlearning platform on the internet, offering single-concept, mixed media lessons related to their work.

Coursera

Coursera is a learning platform with courses from over 100 educational partners, including world’s top universities. Make yourself a better employment candidate by getting certified through some of these advanced learning opportunities.

NovoEd

NovoEd hosts a range of mostly free courses from world-expert thought leaders and distinguished professors. The courses taught are for the benefit of tomorrow’s professionals. Many of the courses teach relevant business and digital skills. There’s also a corporate training function to help develop businesses and their human resources.

Udacity

Udacity offers courses and nano degrees with a strong emphasis on skills desired by Silicon Valley tech companies.

Academic Earth

Academic Earth will help you get an online degree from universities around the world. It’s a well-presented platform with a wide variety of interesting courses.

Language Interactive E Learning

Memrise

Whilst Memrise is primarily a lesson-based learning platform for about 20 different languages, it also offers the opportunity to learn about other subjects as well. The lessons are gamified, which makes it appealing and fun for all ages, and helps users to remember what they’ve learned.

Duolingo

Duolingo is a platform that includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam. The app and the website are both free, and there is also a paid premium service.

We are keen to update this directory in future. If you have any interactive learning platforms that you’d like to recommend, please get in touch.