One of the best things about the web is the pure volume of quality opportunities a digital savant can find. If you are self-motivated and want to learn how to do just about anything, you take to the web and start learning from your peers who have forged the way. Free and low-cost online learning options make it literally as easy as watching a video to learn new skills, the history of everything and more information than you or I can process about anything you could possibly want to know.

To narrow it down, if you’re looking for some learning opportunities online, here are a few of my favorites.

The best sites for continuing education online:

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AdWords Certification

If you touch PPC campaigns at all, Google does a pretty good job of giving you the resources you need to get trained in the AdWords and Doubleclick platforms. It’s a good place to learn if you’re not familiar with SEM.

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Aquent Gymnasium

Aquent Gymnasium has one class available online right now — Coding for Designers — and two scheduled, upcoming classes — Responsive Web Design and jQuery Techniques — on the roster. I’m enrolled in their first class and plugging away — so far, it’s been really valuable — if you’re a designer who wants to design better for web, this is a must.



Coursera connects students online to free courses provided by some of the top universities worldwide. A couple of courses to check out and enroll for now:

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General Assembly

General Assembly wants to turn thinkers into creators and their online course offerings are growing considerably fast. If you’re in Los Angeles, you can take courses in person, but for the majority of people, their online offerings have really valuable perspective.

A couple of online courses to check out — (available with membership):

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Hubspot Academy

If you’re not 100% up-to-speed on the latest in content marketing, Hubspot Academy is the place to learn. You can get certified as an inbound marketing professional through the process as well (for free).


You’ve probably already heard of, but just in case you haven’t, for $25/month, you can access more than 2,000 classes online where you can learn how to improve your skills in a ton of areas — from design and web to video and photography.

A couple of gems for you to check out and consider:

More great sites for online learning:

If I’ve missed any of your favorites, shoot me a note or leave a comment.