As mentioned in Episode 4, learning to code isn’t about preparing for a career change. It’s about preparing for the future, or even the now, to open your eyes to how the software inside the black box in our pocket and desk operate.
Every day, we use so much tech and many of us have no idea how it actually works, and therefore, how to fix it, or how it could be innovated on.
Learning to code is simply about improving your knowledge base. You’d be surprised about how a little coding knowledge, may change your life.
Simple exposure will reduce your fear once and for all and give you confidence to dive into digital more generally.
Here’s our top 5 online coding courses. Most of which, are totally free.
Price: From Free +
Coursera boasts an applied learning method, where you can master skills with in-depth learning. Apply what you learn with self-paced quizzes and hands-on projects AND get feedback from a global community of likeminded learners.
- Web design for Everybody: Basics of Web Development & Coding
02. Code Academy
Price: Basic Version = $0
Code Academy claim to have invented “the best system for learning to code” and with seven years and 45million learners under their belt, we’ll allow them to make such a huge claim.
Many people we know have used Code Academy to learn the basics and most have very good things to say.
With Code Academy, you choose what you want to learn, and you learn by doing, you get instant feedback.
Some of the languages you’ll be able to learn at Code Academy include:
With free courses offered by the worlds leading institutions, you’re sure to get some serious value out of edX. Learn from MIT, Harvard University, UC Berkley, The Hong Kong Polytechnic… to name a few.
You’ll find the coding courses under the ‘Computer Science’ category, and for the most part, you’ll be participating in lecture-type classes. So if you just want to watch and learn. This is the course style for you.
On edX, you’ll find tutorials that teach you coding languages and specializations such as:
- HTML and CSS
- Mobile app development
This is an interesting one. Codewars teaches you your desired programming language via a series of challenges. This one is a little tricker. If you’ve already honed your skills with any of our top 3 picks, this is a great one to move on to but if you don’t have your fundamentals down, do not attempt this yet. Seriously.
On Codewars you can learn All the coding languages, except HTML.
05. One Month
(Billed monthly until you cancel)
This one is a curveball we’ve thrown in, because it’s not a free resource. In fact, it’s quite expensive. But by all accounts, it’s one of the best programs out there. If you’re serious about learning to code, this is a great program with lots of accountability built in.
Each course lasts 30 days. Each week, you will be assigned a project to build, and you’ll learn all the stuff required to be able to build that project.
If you want to learn to code but don’t know where to start, we recommend Programming for Non-Programmers. In this course, you’ll get a broad overview of the most popular coding languages, as well as the people, process, and strategy of coding.
Other stuff you can learn:
- HTML & CSS
- Ruby on Rails
Alright Rebounders, that’s the list. We hope you’ve found this useful.