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Many universities have teamed up with educational technology companies to broaden our horizons.

Which educational technology platform suits you best?

Technology is a blessing that is increasingly embraced by students, especially when they need help in researching for school projects and assignments.

Granted, the library will always be the best weapon in the world but easy access to the Internet makes students' lives easier.

Today, many schools include e-learning in their curriculum. Universities have also teamed up with educational technology companies to broaden our horizons. This gives students an opportunity to continue studying in a mobile environment.

Amidst these opportunities, have you ever wondered which educational technology platform suits you best? Read on to find out!

1. ALISON (Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online)

Featured in The New York Times and The Economist, ALISON is no doubt one of the most famous e-learning platforms in the world.

Based in Ireland, the award-winning social enterprise offers courses ranging from certificates to diplomas. It has extensive categories such as IT skills, languages, business and enterprise skills, amongst others.

PRO: A wide range of choices. For instance, you can learn Swedish and accounting at the same time. Most of the certificates are free, but students have to pay a nominal fee for diplomas. Most of the courses' material consist of powerpoint slides. Even if you are not techno-savvy, the easy-to-use platform is going to be a breeze.

CON: The courses are non-accredited. However, do not let this fool you as these certificates are gaining the trust of more employers across the globe.

IN A NUTSHELL: If you value learning over accreditation, go for it!

2. Khan Academy
There is something for everyone at Khan Academy with its impressive range of courses.

Humanities buffs should check out world and art history. Love Apollo 13? Why, you should head over to the cosmology section.

Khan Academy also rewards users with badges for making progress, which is a praiseworthy practice in motivating students in continuing their chosen course(s).

PRO: Test prep includes SAT Maths, GMAT and the likes. Handy.

CON: Limits users from creating custom learning goals for some courses.

IN A NUTSHELL: Impressive learning platform, with an easy-to-use site.

3. Coursera
Coursera is, hands down, a hot favourite. The statistics (this learning platform has over 4 million Couserians) clearly speaks for itself.

Coursera offers a wide range of subjects for professionals and non-professionals. Do you want to learn about The Beatles? Are you concerned about our earth? Or maybe you would like to learn about dinosaurs? Coursera has got it all.

They also offer courses with Signature Tracks, allowing you to earn a certificate as you learn. If you are not keen on paying, you can just stick to the normal (free) courses. Prices for the former start from USD$49 (SGD$62).

Surprisingly, the forums and virtual classroom are filled with helpful mates too. It is unlikely that the tutor might personally answer your questions, but do not let this minor fallback fool you.

PRO: There is more than just a little something for everyone, so have a fantastic time exploring!

CON: Some employers might not have heard of Coursera. Judging by the talented team Coursera has, who knows, in a few months or years, things will change!

IN A NUTSHELL: You should probably pop by Coursera. Like, now.

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