Educational Resources: 2 free platforms not to overlook

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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If “knowledge is power” and “the best things in life are free,” then what happens when you can get free knowledge? That’s right…infinite power.

Seriously though, with school tuition on the rise, there’s never been a better time to utilize free educational resources. I’m constantly blown away by the amount of people publishing free tutorials and sharing their knowledge. Today, I’m sharing my go-to platforms for online learning.

YOUTUBE

Although it’s easy to get sucked into a black hole here, there are a ton of great channels to learn from on this platform, and all of them are available for free.

When wanting to learn something new about motion graphics, Mt. Mograph is my go-to. Matt Jylkka, the publisher behind Mt. Mograph, puts out easy-to-follow tutorials, and creates After Effects plug-ins that are incredibly affordable.

Another helpful channel, and arguably one of the most popular filmmaking channels, is Film Riot. The publishers explain the behind-the-scenes magic of filmmaking and special effects, and do it in a pretty entertaining way.

For the designers out there, one channel I’m particularly drawn to is Matt Borchert’s. He publishes lessons on graphic design and illustration, so be sure to check him out.

VIMEO

Although this is a little more specific to video production, Vimeo is an excellent resource for both inspiration and learning. Spend some time watching videos, and if you find something you particularly like, go to that person’s profile. Chances are, you’ll like the rest of their work! If that’s the case, be sure to follow them. Once you follow enough artists who are creating great work, you will always have a ton of new content on your homepage to be inspired by.

If you’re looking to sharpen up your skills in video production, be sure to check out Vimeo’s Video School. They have excellent tutorials for everyone, whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned pro.

Outside of YouTube and Vimeo, there are countless online educational resources for just about anything you can imagine. Want to learn about HTML and CSS? Check out codecademy. Looking to add Cinema 4D to your resume? Go over to Greyscalegorilla.

The point here isn’t to learn about everything I’m interested in (although I’d be okay with that), but rather to go out and find your own resources. I’d bet with a little digging, you’d be amazed by what you can learn without having to spend a penny.

Where do you go when you're looking to learn something new? Let us know on Twitter via @IntrinzicSays.