Aga Khan Economic Planning Board
Skills Workshops - Online Learning Resources
Last updated 13th April 2020 with items in [NEW]

During this time in lock-down, we have the perfect opportunity to sharpen our skills and pick up new ones.

Whether it’s a new skill you’ve been wanting to learn, would like to gain employability skills or develop your career profile, there is a wealth of knowledge online that you can access at your fingertips. 

The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board has added 26 new resources to a growing list of excellent (mostly free) online courses, covering coding and technology skills, digital and business skills and career and language courses, as well as a range of art and culture websites for you to enjoy - for profit or pleasure.

To get started, search by keyword or category by hitting CTRL + F (Windows) or ⌘ CMD + F (Mac) on your keyboard. We've got something for everyone.


Coursera is an online education provider that offers online courses, Massive Open Online Courses, from top universities around the world. Currently it has over 200 partners from 48 countries. These partners include Universities & companies like IBM, Google, and PwC — these companies are also launching courses on Coursera. Active catalog of 3,800+ online courses. As well as these individual courses and 16 online degrees, Coursera offers 400 groups of courses known as Specializations, MasterTracks, and Professional Certificates.
Free & Pay  (certification)

Udemy is an online learning platform aimed at professional adults and students. Courses in over 65 languages. Udemy also has over 5,000 enterprise customers and 80% of Fortune 100 companies use Udemy for employee upskilling. Students take courses largely as a means of improving job-related skills. Some courses generate credit toward technical certification. As of 2020, there are more than 150,000 courses on the website
Free & Pay

Vodafone / Udemy
Vodafone is making a new range of online educational and training support available to customers and employees for free, including online e-learning courses from Udemy and extended access to Perlego’s online library of academic text books and publications
Free with Vodafone

Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

Alison is a large global online learning platform for education and skills training dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free online, at any subject level. Members of the Jamat can sign up for programmes free of charge and, through a partnership with AKEB, gain certificates on completion of the programme. You can complete courses in a range of courses, from certificate in Digital literacy or Leadership skills in Business, Diploma in Health studies or Human Nutrition and many others. This is a unique opportunity to continue your learning journey by gaining new skills and enhancing your CV.

Register via AKEB in IIUK

NESCOT college offers distance learning for a range of NVQ level (National Vocational Qualification) recognised courses. Register via AKEB at IIUK

Future Learn
Jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. 100 + partners worldwide. These include many of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, such as the British Council, the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Film and Television School. Work with a range of internationally renowned organisations - from professional bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), to businesses like the BBC and Marks & Spencer, to the UK Government
Free & Pay (certification)

Open Learn
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Free & Pay

Class Central
Free online courses from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. - article to online course sites
Free & Pay (certification)

Access 2000 free online courses from 140 leading institutions worldwide.
Free & Pay (Certification)

LinkedIn Learning
Professional skills - business, creative and technology
Free & Pay

Open Culture
Free educational media. Find thousands of free online courses, audio books, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, movies and more. Free
Course Buffet Find free college/degree equivalent online courses (MOOC) from top free course 

Ted Ed
Engaging educational videos

Skillshare offers video-based courses in areas like animation, design, illustration, lifestyle, photography, film, business and writing. Free & Pay


Online courses in programming, data science, artificial intelligence, digital marketing, and more.
Free & Pay  (certification & courses)

Free Code Camp
Learn to code with free online courses, programming projects, and interview preparation for developer jobs.

Skill Crush
Online classes in web design, coding, and other marketable digital skills
Free & Pay

Code Academy
Coding/programming lessons
Free & Pay (pro)

Learn Code the Hard Way
Learn Code The Hard Way courses are the most effective system for learning the basics of computer programming, designed specifically for complete beginners

Scrimba is the next-generation platform for learning how to code. Our screencasts enable you to interact with the code directly in the player. This way, you'll have more fun and learn faster

Digital Skills

Simplilearn is one of the world's leading providers of online training for Digital Marketing, Cloud Computing, Project Management, Data Science, IT, Software Development, and many other emerging technologies.
Free & Pay (some courses & certification)

Plural Sight
FREE access to 7000+ Pluralsight courses during the month of April. THE technology skills platform with expert-led, online courses for technology, software development etc
Pay (Free in April)

Typing Club
Learn how to touch type

[NEW] Wordstream
PPC University is a totally free online learning resource created by WordStream, to help build your PPC and digital marketing skills. 

[NEW] ConstantContact
The Social Media Quickstarter offers the step-by-step instructions you need to start building your social media presence across all of the top social networks.

[NEW] QuickSprout University
Quick Sprout has everything you need to become a world-class digital marketer

[NEW] Chatbot University
Evolve customer communication with automated private messaging in the most popular chat applications today. Learn chat marketing for Facebook Messenger, SMS and native web chat in Chatbot University, MobileMonkey’s free chatbot tutorial.

[NEW] Search Engine Journal
How to Dominate Social Media: A Complete Strategy Guide

[NEW] Adobe Photoshop
Learn the basics, or refine your skills with tutorials designed to inspire

[NEW] Behance
Behance is a platform with videos, tutorials and allows many people with web design careers to showcase their portfolios of visual work such as graphic design, fashion, illustration, photography, and more. 

[NEW] Business Skills

[NEW] Accountancy Coach was launched in 2003 to help people throughout the world learn, refresh, and deepen their understanding of introductory accounting and bookkeeping at no cost. The free website (option #1) contains explanations, quizzes, Q&A, and more for 30 major topics.
Free & Paid (tests)

[NEW] Open Learn
Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

A variety of courses from the ACCA. Courses can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee
Free & Paid (cert)

The ACCA-X courses are aimed at a range of people: * School leavers * College/university students * Graduates * Career changers * Parents returning to work * Entrepreneurs * ACCA students and members
Free & Paid

[NEW] Toastmasters International
Do you want to practice public speaking, improve your communication and build leadership skills? With Toastmasters, you can break barriers, not your budget.

[NEW] Six Minutes
A wealth of free information and insight into speech writing, delivery techniques, effective PowerPoints and speaking habits, both good and bad

[NEW] Saylor Academy
This in-depth course is a good choice for those who want to develop better speaking skills with an understanding of the theories and principles behind effective verbal communications.

[NEW] Corporate Finance Institute
CFI has compiled a broad range of financial modelling resources to help you learn important skills and techniques for building financial models in Excel and performing world-class financial analysis. These resources include examples and step-by-step instructions on how to build models from scratch, how to perform each calculation that’s required, and how to perform additional types of analysis like scenarios and sensitivity analysis.

[NEW] Financial Training Associates
We make small extracts from our finance course training available online free of charge.

[NEW] Wall Street Mojo
Financial Modeling training is all around the web and there has been lot written about learning Financial Modeling, however, most of the financial modeling pieces of training are exactly the same. This goes beyond the usual gibberish and explores practical Financial Modeling as used by Investment Bankers and Research Analysts.

[NEW] Hubspot
The Inbound Sales Certification covers the basics of an inbound approach to sales. This course is for individual sales reps who are looking for actionable tips to use in their next call or meeting. 

[NEW] Sales Engine
The Art of Sales: Mastering the Selling Process Specialization. The purpose of this 4-part specialization is to make you as efficient and effective in selling as possible. What you’ll gain  are several critical skills and disciplines that will accelerate your success with your small company, your large company, and your life. 

[NEW] SalesScripter
Our SMART (Sales Messaging and Response Tactics) Sales System is a sales training program that focuses on helping you to improve your sales and prospecting efforts by helping you to always know what is best to say and ask when talking with prospects.

[NEW] MindTools
Essential Skills for an Excellent Career. 24,000,000 people each year use this site to learn the management, leadership and personal excellence skills they need for a happy, successful career.

[NEW] MasterClassManagement is dedicated in providing the most practical and informative information to become a great manager and confident leader by combining real world practical management with business management theory.  Free & Paid (cert)

[NEW] Session Lab
"SessionLab is the dynamic way to design your workshop and collaborate with your co-facilitators. Activities, Icebreakers and Ideas
" Free

[NEW] Business Balls
BusinessBalls are free resources for soft skills & all things leadership, management, emotional intelligence and personal effectiveness. All resources are developed by experts and designed to make you more effective as a person. Courses and 10,000 quiz questions and interactive quizzes. Free


Young Women's Trust
Coaching, Guidance & CV/Job support - Young Women's Trust is a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women. 

50 Career Resources for Women

National Career Service
Career search, advice and guidance

99U is a resource and event series to help creatives build incredible careers, supercharge their work, and make their ideas happen. Productivity & Leadershhip

[NEW] Toggle
100 Soft Skills Assessment and Interview Questions

[NEW] Disaster Ready
Over 1,000 Free Online Learning Resources for Humanitarian Aid and Development Professionals

Language Learning

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Learn a language with thousands of video clips of real native speakers, fun and effective games to practice your skills

Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone prepares you for real-world conversations in your new language
Pay (3 Day free trail)

BBC languages
Learn languages for free online.

Live Mocha
Learn languages for free online.

Join the global language learning community, take language courses to practice reading, writing, listening and speaking and learn a new language
Free & Pay

Learn over 50 languages with 7,500+ teachers on the most advanced language learning platform in the world
Pay (Free Trial)

Academic & Research

Academic Earth
Find free online courses, lectures, and videos from the best colleges in the country. Take online classes from schools like Yale, MIT and Stanford.

Minute Physics
Physic videos

Anthropology/social sciences - Google Doc
Courses, article access, documentaries

Maths classes
Free & Pay (pro)

Project Euler
Maths classes

Zooniverse gives people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to participate in real research with over 50 active online citizen science projects.

Cosmo Learning
A free educational website for students and teachers

Study smarter with access to millions of step-by-step textbook solutions, a searchable digital database of homework solutions, and subject matter experts on standby 24/7 to provide homework help when you need it

Art & Culture

Project Gutenburg
Library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online.

Many Books
Free 50,000 E-books in all genres 


Virtual Museums
Virtual museums across the world

Poem Hunter
Poems from different poets all around the world.
Photography classes

Top Documentary Films
Free documentaries

Documentary Heaven
Free documentaries

Films for Action
100 free documentaries that change the world

National Theatre
Free shows of theatre online

Sadlers Wells
Free Dance performances and workshops

Free Audible audiobooks

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - watch films online

Free online art classes/courses

Chatter Pack
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