Currently, different employers have different opinions about the value of online courses. Some dismiss them as equal to a paid course where everyone who pays the course fee will get a certificate, no matter how well or how badly they perform in the course. Others recognize the knowledge gained.
Rather than simply displaying a bunch of certificates on their resume, many learners emphasize the knowledge and skills gained in online courses. As well as expertise in the topic, online learners demonstrate self-motivation, time management skills, and the ability to set and meet goals.
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As things stand now, you cannot earn official credit or an online degree for free. You will need to enroll and pay through a university. If you already have a relevant degree, you can use online courses to develop your expertise in a particular field of interest.
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