The Microsoft Virtual Academy, available at Microsoft Virtual Academy, offers free online training courses in Microsoft products. The educational platform, whose goal is to help technologists learn more and advance their careers, contains hundreds of courses, free downloadable books and training material delivered by experts. Courses are available in nearly 15 languages, as of March 2015.
Some of the topics the Microsoft Virtual Academy covers are HTML5, application development, game development, mobile application development, private cloud, hybrid cloud, identity and access management, and management and security. Not all of the courses are for advanced users of Microsoft products; there are also courses for beginners to learn about Office 365 and other products.
Coursera has partnered with various universities and organizations to offer hundreds of online courses, available at the Coursera website, for free to members. Peer assessments are given so learners can learn from one another. To enhance learner engagement, the site also offers interactive quizzes, video lectures and a social networking component in which learners can engage with other learners as well as the instructors themselves. Upon completion, a verified certificate is issued as confirmation.
Amazon offers a free course that covers what it calls the baseline general knowledge of big data. That includes the importance of big data and its characteristics.