About the Project

ALISON is transforming global online learning through its free interactive multimedia basic edition and workplace skills training courses with certification. ALISON is a for-profit social enterprise and one of the world’s most popular free learning websites providing over 750 courses to six million registered learners across every country worldwide.

Using open source infrastructure, ALISON focuses services on the marginalized and on “employability”. The majority of its learners are located in developing countries or the unemployed, young, elderly, or emigrants in developed countries. Users include thousands of businesses, schools and universities as well as individuals. 

All learning, assessment and certification is free, and offered at Certificate and Diploma level. ALISON provides an innovative test system where an employer or college can challenge an ALISON graduate at any time to sit a simple online test on the course they have studied and/or the knowledge or skill level the holder professes to hold. (The ALISON pass mark is 80 percent.) Traditional certifications and qualifications cannot be as easily challenged or instantly verified. Relevant and quality education is at ALISON’s core and courses are published in partnership with large organizations such as Microsoft and The British Council, as well as globally recognized individuals who are subject-matter experts in their field.


April 24, 2019 (last update 09-19-2019)