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When COVID-19 hit, we knew that women everywhere would see this time as an opportunity to build their tech toolkit. So we put the call out to our army of Boss Babes and they rose to the challenge!

The request was simple... give us their top online resources for questions, courses, and forums. The responses are in and the result is Code Like a Girl’s list of the top self-lead learning resources available online.

The following list will help beginners write their first string of code and help the more experienced coder try their hand at new tricks. Most can be completed at your own pace, some are completely free (woot!), and all of them can be done with just a computer and an internet connection.

So what are you waiting for? Dive on in!


General Assembly’s Dash Who’s it for? Anyone wanting to learn the basics of web development. Tell me more! Dash is a fun and free online course from General Assembly designed to teach you how to program. You’ll get the chance to learn the basics of web development through projects you can do in your browser. Cost: Free

Crytozombies Who’s it for? Anyone interested in blockchain or gaming. Tell me more! A free,-open source, interactive code school that will teach you how to build games on Ethereum. In-browser step-by-step lessons take you from the very basics of Solidity to creating your own fully-functional blockchain-based game. Cost: Free

Front End Masters - Web Development Bootcamp Who’s it for? Anyone wanting to learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript for web development. Tell me more! Front End Masters is offering a front end development bootcamp. You can create a free account, and gain access to everything you need to learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Cost: Free* *Paid courses also available.

CodeCademy Who’s it for? Anyone wanting to complete courses in a range of coding languages including Python, Ruby, Java, C# and more! Tell me more! CodeCademy is a hands on platform that works in your web browser, allowing for instant feedback and real world projects to test your knowledge. Cost: Free* *Pro courses require a monthly subscription.

freeCodeCamp Who’s it for? Anyone keen to be part of hands-on tutorials and coding projects. Tell me more! They offer self-guided certification courses that do not involve any video content and go through what you need to do step by step, including the JavaScript data structures and algorithm design. There have been a few success stories about people successfully changing careers by using this tool. Cost: Free* *Donations accepted.

eDX Who’s it for? Anyone interested in self-paced courses covering a large range of topics from international universities and organisations. Tell me more! These courses are put together by universities and organisations including Microsoft, W3C and IBM. The materials are free to access and study (you just need to pay for the certificate). Once enrolled, you can also use the edX app to access course videos. Cost: Free* *Additional cost for certificates.

W3 Schools Who’s it for? Anyone interested in learning web development. Tell me more! W3Schools is optimised for learning, testing, and training. Examples might be simplified to improve reading and basic understanding. Cost: Free* *Additional cost for certificates.

The Odin Project Who’s it for? Anyone interested in full-stack development. Tell me more! The Odin project is an open-source community with a curriculum of curated online tutorials, blogs and courses. As part of the tutorials you will build portfolio-worthy projects. You can learn and get help from their friendly community of beginner and experienced developers. Cost: Free


RMIT Future Skills Who’s it for? Anyone looking for accredited courses delivered completely online, supplemented by relevant mentoring. Tell me more! RMIT offers world-class education that delivers work-ready skills and knowledge to transform your career. After completing an RMIT Future Skills course, you’ll earn an RMIT certificate and credential which can be validated, recognised and shared on social media platforms. Cost: varies per course

Udacity Who’s it for? Anyone at any level. Udacity offers courses that include mentoring, flexible learning and career coaching services. Tell me more! Udacty partners with leading technology companies to teach the critical tech skills that they are looking for. They have individual units and NanoDegrees covering a wide variety of tech and non-tech focused topics including AI, business, data science, programming and cloud computing. Cost: dependent on course Monthly subscriptions for their NanoDegree programs start at $299/month.

Pluralsight Who’s it for? Anyone who’s already kickstarted their career in tech looking to up skill/ cross skill. Tell me more! Pluralsight is committed to driving significant, lasting social impact by providing equal access to technology skills by offering assessments, learning paths and courses authored by industry experts. Cost: monthly subscription – USD$29 per month / annual subscription – USD$299

Udemy Who’s it for? Anyone at any experience level looking for self-paced learning. Tell me more! Udemy has over 100,000 online video courses covering a variety topics. Each course purchased provides lifetime access, making it ideal for self-paced learners. Cost: varies per course

**Straight talk from the team at Code Like a Girl: This content is not paid for, or in promotion of any organisations, websites or course providers listed above. All recommendations listed have been pulled together by our network of boss babes around Australia and do not represent the official views or opinions of Code Like a Girl. Any product names referred to within this blog post are the property of the organisations, websites, or course providers listed.

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