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Given the frequency technologies and software are developed, it can be overwhelming keeping up. That’s where self-paced online learning comes in. From social media marketing to content and blogging to graphic and website design, there’s a wealth of free online courses you can take to beef up your skill set. Here are online resources to check out:


Alison offers free online classes in various professional skills users can take at their own pace.

Canva Learn

Canva helps people make images for web design, and Canva Learn offers design courses that are valuable for any kind of storyteller. The Creativity course explores the challenges of constant creation and innovation and how to do it well.


Codeacademy offers free, interactive coding classes that take you from lesson one to building a fully-functioning website. Codeacademy classes feature lectures and a workspace in the same browser window so you can see the effect of your work live, as it’s created.


Coursera offers MOOCs (massive online open courses) created and taught online by universities such as Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California system. These courses start at various times throughout the year.


edX is another MOOC provider that features online courses offered by top-tier universities, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University. Like Coursera, classes start at specific times throughout the year.

Facebook Blueprint

Facebook Blueprint offers self-paced and live e-learning courses for marketers seeking to grow their organizations using Facebook and Instagram.

Hootsuite Academy

Hootsuite is a social media management platform that offers free training (plus a paid certification course) to help marketers strengthen their social media skill set. Hootsuite Academy offers courses at varying skill levels and features video lessons and step-by-step breakdowns of how to use different software.

HubSpot Academy

HubSpot Academy offers certification and training courses to teach people how inbound marketing and HubSpot software work. Classes are often taught by marketers at HubSpot and are made up of video lessons, quizzes and tests. Most HubSpot Academy classes are free, and if you pass, you get a certificate and badge to share on your social media profiles.


Udemy is another online learning platform that focuses on courses related to skill building for working professionals.

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