Geek is the new cool; but if you are just hearing this for the first, happy new year! While the coding wave is beginning to gain more attention as the days go by in Nigeria, it has been around for a while; but no doubt, the hype has never been this much. So this list of where to find free computer courses online is to get you started on your coding or programming or software development journey – whichever you choose to tag it.
Udacity – Udacity is the lead place for most people that just want to learn how to code and be really good at it. They describe themselves as an experiment out of Stanford (you bet it’s a successful experiment) and have the likes of Google Fellow Sebastian Thrun. Their free courses are carefully curated in a catalog according to development paths – Andriod, Machine Learning and even Virtual Reality. One interesting is that they are starting to add nano degrees and with someone as good as Steve Blank on their Board, you’ll definitely pick up some business skills as you go.
Code.org – This is arguably the melting for all things ‘learning to code’. They have this big belief that anybody can learn and every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science; so you can guess the resources here are FREE. Their courses cover even coding for young kids, third party tutorials and over 100 one hour computer science classes. If you like to teach and learn more, this might be the best place to start.
Coursera – This platform has arguably the largest database of courses from top universities FREE. More recently, they have designed specialisations which are a pack of 3 – 6 courses to help you properly master a particular knowledge area. Although these specialisations are paid for, they offer financial aid to students who demonstrate need. The only downside to free courses on here are that the assignments are not graded and you don’t earn a verified certificate but if you are all for the knowledge, this is a good bet.
Android Training – Google used to have this Google Code University which now sits on their developer portal and walks you through how to get the skills you need to build apps for the Android operating system. So if this is a path of interest to you then you should absolutely check them out. If you are in Nigeria, Google has also launched a learning community – Android Leaning Community (ALC) with Andela to make learning more fun, so you can join any of their meetups nationwide.
These are our top picks, but you could also find free content on Udemy and some interesting UC Berkeley classes recorded and published on edX. Best wishes on your learning journey!
GET FREE SCHOLARSHIP ALERTS