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  • Best for:
    Professionals, K-12, General Interest
    Subjects:
    Arts, Career Development, Computer Science, Economics, Humanities, Languages, Mathematics, Music, Psychology, Science, Software, Test Prep
    Type of learning:
    Academic, skill-based, school curriculum
    Course type:
    Free Self-paced Courses
    Languages:
    Mostly English
    Certification:
    Yes
    Learning pathways:
    Diploma Courses
    Mobile Apps:
    No
    Ireland-based Alison is one of the world's largest free online learning websites and offers courses geared at enabling people to gain basic education and workplace skills with a strong learner base located in the developing world. Over 750 free courses are offered at Diploma or Certificate level with subjects ranging from touch typing, to English grammar to Diplomas in Business and Finance. The course format includes PowerPoint type slides & some videos, quizzes & tests. Some courses have assessments throughout; most have just one at the end. Alison is funded through advertising.

    Tools & Features
    • 800+ free courses
    • 10 million+ users
    • “How to use Alison” video
    • Diploma & Certificate level courses
    • School curriculum courses
    • Free Study Groups
    • Flash Testing service for employers & teachers
    • User profiles
    • Discussion forums
    • Free downloadable Learner Record PDF
    N.B. The site features advertising

    Certification
    Certificate of Completion (paid): Awarded on some courses on completion of all sections of the course and a score of at least 80% in each assessment. Users can pay a nominal fee to automatically download certificates, or purchase paper parchments and framed certificates that are shipped via mail. (A limited selection of courses offer a free PDF certificate).
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Recent Reviews

  1. Carolyn
    3/5,
    "Good resource for professional development & K-12"
    Number of courses:
    5/5,
    Partner Institutions:
    3/5,
    Course format:
    3/5,
    Materials:
    3/5,
    Instruction:
    3/5,
    Assessment:
    3/5,
    Accreditation:
    3/5,
    Social tools & features:
    3/5,
    Interface usability:
    2/5,
    Pros - Large number of courses
    Wide choice of subjects including several languages
    School curriculum courses
    Managed Group Learning option (paid)
    Cons - Some navigation & bug issues
    Easy assignments
    Basic Course materials
    Alison offers an impressive number of topics with a huge variety of free courses for personal and professional development, as well as for school aged students.

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