The internet has opened up a whole new world of possibilities, and perhaps one of its greatest achievements is its contribution to free learning. All you need is access to the internet, and you'll instantly be able to take advantage of endless educational materials online.

Whatever you want to study, you'll be able to find a reliable source on the internet to learn from. There's even a huge range of dedicated online learning platforms available, with courses put together by experts in specific fields. Whether you want to discover more about marketing to help your small business or you're curious about the basics of coding, we've listed some of the best online learning platforms below to give you a helping hand.

Skillshare

Whatever you want to learn, Skillshare is sure to have a class to suit. One of the biggest online learning platforms out there, users from all over the world can enrol on courses that are taught through a series of engaging video lectures.

From perfecting your creative writing skills and mastering the ins-and-outs of Instagram to learning the basics of Adobe Lightroom and HTML, Skillshare really does have it all. Lectures are taught by pros - many of which are regarded as the best in their field - and you'll even find a few celebrities on Skillshare too.

Lectures are often accompanied by additional resources, like workbooks and extra reading, so you can challenge yourself and tailor the course to suit your preferred learning style. You'll even have access to a community of other learners enrolled on the same course, giving you the chance to chat about each class, learn from one another and share interests along the way.

Skillshare has a massive library of free courses, as well as a premium subscription that can be trialled for free for 14 days.

Codecademy

With over 45 million students already, Codecademy is one of the best places to develop your technical skills. Catering to both complete novices and existing coders who want to master their craft, Codecademy offers free coding classes for 12 different programming languages, including as Python, Java, Go, JavaScript and Ruby, as well as HTML and CSS.

All of the courses covered by the Basic plan (and there's plenty) are absolutely free. You'll be able to choose from an array of tech-related subjects, including Web Development, Computer Science, Machine Learning, Web Design and Data Visualization.

Every course has a skill level assigned to it too, so you never need to worry about jumping into an intermediate course as a beginner. You'll be able to view a summary of each lesson in the course before starting as well - so it's super easy to see if it's the right choice for you.

If you don't know where to begin, Codecademy even has a handy online quiz that'll ask you about your aspirations and goals. Once answered, it'll point you in the right direction, sifting through its massive selection of courses to help you find something that's perfect for you.

Microsoft Learn

If you're looking to boost your skills when it comes to Microsoft-related products, then you need to try Microsoft Learn. A fantastic option for people already working in tech, this learning platform makes it easy to become proficient in technologies such as Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft 365 - no matter where you are in the world.

When you visit Microsoft Learn, you'll have the option to browse all available courses, or choose a specific path that's tailored to your current role. If you do select a path, Microsoft Learn will then suggest a number of recommended courses that you're likely to be interested in. If you opt to Browse all learning options instead, you can filter through every single course in the Microsoft Learn catalogue.

Choosing a path will never limit your learning either, you can start as many courses as you like. Completely free, there's an endless library to discover, and while registration isn't required, you can unlock even more functions and features if you do make an account.

While Microsoft Learn is only available via the web, both Codecademy and Skillshare have an apps available on Google Play and the App Store making it easy to learn on the go. And if you're looking for a handset upgrade to enhance your learning, don't forget to check out the latest Android and iPhone deals right here at Mobiles.co.uk.