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Learn a new skill online, on your own time. 5,833 courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.

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Free courses: Yes

Premium options:

  • Certificate of Completion

    • Cost: FREE for Ridgewood Library Cardholders


“We envision a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life by accessing the world’s best learning experience. Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums.”

Free courses: Yes

Premium options:

  • Certificate of Completion

    • Cost $29 - $99

  • Specializations: Specializations take the learning experience beyond one course, offering multi-course series in cutting-edge fields from top institutions in the world, allowing students to develop mastery in a specific subject.

    • Cost $39 - $79 per month

  • Online Masters Degrees:

    • Cost $15,000 - $25,000

Institutions: Rutgers, Princeton, Brown, Yale, Penn State, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Columbia, MoMA, Duke, Johns Hopkins, IBM, National Geographic, and more.


“Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. We were founded by and continue to be governed by colleges and universities. We are the only leading MOOC provider that is both nonprofit and open source.”

Free courses: Yes

Premium options:

  • Verified Certificate

    • Cost < $100

  • X-Series Certificates: Created by world-renowned experts and top universities, XSeries are designed to provide a deep understanding of key subjects through a series of courses. Complete the series to earn a valuable XSeries Certificate that illustrates your achievement.

    • Cost < $100 per course. Multiple courses per X-series.

  • Professional Certificates: Designed by industry leaders and top universities to enhance professional skills, Professional Certificates develop the proficiency and expertise that employers are looking for with specialized training and professional education.

    • Cost $1,500 - $2,400 per professional track

  • MicroMasters Certificates: A series of Master’s-level courses to advance your career, created by top universities and recognized by companies. MicroMasters Programs are credit-eligible, provide in-demand knowledge and may be applied to accelerate a Master's Degree.

    • Cost $750 - $2,000

Institutions: MIT, Harvard, New York Institute of Finance, Georgetown, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, IEEE, University of Notre Dame, University of Oxford, Amnesty International, UC Berkeley, Microsoft, and more.


“We are building an online university ‘by Silicon Valley,’ that teaches skills industry employees need today, delivers credentials endorsed by employers, educates at a fraction of the cost of traditional schools. With industry giants—Google, AT&T, Facebook, Salesforce, Cloudera, etc.—we offer Nanodegree programs and credentials, designed so professionals become Web Developers, Data Analysts, Mobile Developers, etc. Our students acquire real skills through online courses and hands-on projects.

Free courses: Yes

Premium Options:

  • Nanodegree: Master in-demand skills. Build and design amazing projects. Earn a valued credential. Launch your career in Data Science, Machine Learning, Android, iOS, and more. Be in demand.

    • Cost: $600 - $2400 for straight fee programs. Programs that are based on a monthly fee are around $200 per month.

  • Nanodegree Plus: Job guaranteed or your money back!

    • Cost: $300 per month

Institutions: Google, Facebook, Georgia Tech, Mercedes-Benz, AT&T, Lyft, Amazon, and more.


24 courses in highly technical programming languages

Premium Options:

  • Pro: Access quizzes and assessments within all lessons

    • Cost: $20 per month

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