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9/03/2013

Online Learning


1) Photography

To get started with the basics of photography, you should visit http://photographycourse.net. This is a site

without any distracting ads and with content neatly laid out by skill level.

At http://photo.net/learn, you'll find a handy collection of (regularly updated) articles and tutorials from photo

professionals. And when you need to brush up on your photography jargon, the ever-popular DP Review

has a comprehensive listing at www. dpreview.com/glossary.

On the app side, Photography Tutorials (by Anton Gregory) is a great free app for Android devices. This app

curates and organizes a large list of photography tutorials from around the web — practically any beginner

or advanced technique that you need to know about is here.

2) Computer programming

For javascript, jquery, PHP, Python and Ruby, head to www.codeacademy.com. The interactive website

offers step-by-step instructions to familiarize you with the language, shortcuts and other instructions.

You don't even need to sign-up, but do so if you want to keep track of your course and resume from where

you left off. A free iPad app called Treehouse can teach you Objective-C, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP,

Ruby, and SQL. There is also a dedicated section for iOS and Android app development if you are

interested in it.

You get access to various tutorial videos for learning, which are constantly updated with new updates. As

you move ahead in the course, you have to take a regular quiz and complete interactive challenges.

3) A new language

Depending on what you currently speak, some languages are easier to learn than others. For instance, if

you know English well, it'll be easier for you to pick up Spanish rather than Russian.

The courses hosted on www.openculture.com are a pretty good place to start. Duolingo is another great

place to learn Spanish, English, French, German, Portugese or Italian. Duolingo 'gamifies' the process with

rewards. They also have free apps for iOS and Android.

Other popular services include Live Mocha and Lang-8. While you learn, you also act as an editor for

someone learning your native language — this keeps everything free.

4) Cooking

Cooking is a fine art — any seasoned chef or homemaker will tell you that cooking is not just about

combining ingredients — it's also about applying hundreds of little tricks and techniques that usually take

years to master.

Luckily, you can find a lot of tips on basic cooking techniques at www.simplyrecipes.com (they also offer free

apps). Over at www.reluctantgourmet.com, the 'How to cook' tab will help you brush up on roasting,

poaching, grilling, frying, braising, baking and everything in between.

A handy cooking converter at the bottom of every page can help you convert quantities: tablespoons to

teaspoons, litres to pints and so on. For apps, two of our favourites are All Recipes and Epicurious (free, for

all platforms). They're easy to use, attractive and customised for each platform.

5) Artistic skills

It's possible to learn art at any stage as long as you have the motivation. To learn the basics (colours,

drawing techniques, perspective and so on), head to www. artyfactory.com.

Meanwhile, at http://thevirtualinstructor.com you can find a list of art lessons, tutorials, articles and videos

curated from around the web. When you want to do more, head to www. instructables.com — where you

can learn how to do stuff as diverse as watermelon carving, making jewellery, puppets, and costumes.

You're also welcome to share your ideas with the community. On the apps side, How to Draw by ArtelPlus

(for iOS and Android) is a good place to start. There's also a huge range of apps available in the 'How to

Draw' series — each app teaches something specific.

6) Self defence

You won't be able to learn advanced self defence techniques or master a competition, but you can easily pick up and

practice basic martial arts and self defence with some online help.

Lifehacker has a great, one-page guide to basic self defence that can get you out of a sticky situation. This includes

tips on vulnerable parts of the body, how to attack, leveraging your weight, basic kicks/punches and how to

administer/get out of basic holds. You can find the guide here — http://goo.gl/gsFUBn. For apps, you can try the Self

Defense Trainer by Bizapp Media.

7) Dancing

Unlike most others on this page, dancing needs you to 'do' more than read or look up. That's why tutorial videos on

various dance forms on YouTube are the first place you should look.

Next, head to www. dancetothis.com and you can start learning different dance moves and styles (hip hop, pop,

street, break dance, krumping, ballroom and so on). Beyond that, practice is what you need.

Free Courses from Top Universities

Prominent names like MIT ( Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Harvard, Berkeley, University of Texas and

University of Toronto offer free online courses that anyone can access.

You can either visit the individual websites of these institutions or head to www.edx.org. Edx accumulates all free

courses offered by institutions across the world across subjects.

Choose a subject of your choice, select the institution you want to learn from and join a course. There is no

prerequisite knowledge required for most courses and you get access to various videos, transcripts and notes. You

can even earn yourself a certificate of course completion from Edx if you do all the homework and pass the exam for

a particular course.

Also check out some of our other favourites

WikiHow (www.wikihow.com)

eHow (www.ehow.com)

Hack a Day (www.hackaday.com)

Make (www.makezine.com)

MakeUseOf (www.makeuseof.com)

Woopid (www.woopid.com)

Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org)

Howcast (www.howcast.com)

VideoJug (www.videojug.com)

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