In the past few months, a number of companies have made a generous offer of providing their courses and programs for free to the public. It’s a strange and horrifying time, but let’s still try to make some good out of it.
COVID 19 has rendered many a whole-time homebody. Since visiting the beaches of Mexico (or any other glorious destination for that matter), isn’t on the recommended list in the near future, why not engage in a few free online courses and sharpen your senses?
1. Science Matters: Let’s talk about COVID-19
Roshni from The Wanderlust Within
Imperial College London is providing a free online course that covers the science behind the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). A great way to increase your understanding of the current situation rather than relying on the media.
Researchers from the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA) at Imperial College London have been at the forefront of the response to COVID-19 and are generating robust empirical evidence that worldwide governments are using to plan their responses.
The course aims to cover the scale of the outbreak and ways to track trends using reliable information. The material will also cover outbreak control methods and infectious disease modeling as well as the importance of community involvement and global cooperation to curb the spread.
Expect to answer questions like, how many people have been infected, how dangerous is the virus, when will a vaccine be available and how can the damages of the pandemic be mitigated.
The course is English, and lasts around 19 hours. The materials are created in real time and are updated as new information breaks.
2. Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking
Khushboo from Munni of all Trades
Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking is offered by Harvard University on edX. You can opt for the free version, where you will not be graded or for the paid options that will cost US 99 to receive a course certificate.
I found this course to be fascinating as it analyzes the works of prominent Americans like Martin Luther King Jr., John Kennedy, and others as you attempt to understand what makes their work compelling and persuasive. It gives you an opportunity to write and speak persuasively as you work to improve the structure and style of your arguments. I was particularly fascinated with the insights I learn through the discussion boards on Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches. It is self-paced and it is great to interact with learners across the world to understand their unique perspective.
3. Rosetta Stone
Clara from Petite Capsule
Rosetta Stone is offering 3 months free access for students in response to COVID-19. Rosetta Stone can help you learn up to 24 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, and Farsi.
One of the advantages of Rosetta Stone is you learn through immersion with no instruction in your native language. You learn through a mix of text, audio, and images. You get instant feedback on your pronunciation too. Units are categorized by topic including language basics, travel, shopping, tourism and recreation, and emergency situations.
Although units build on from each other, you can skip to a topic that interests you. However, within each unit, you have to sequentially complete the 4 lessons. You can also track your progress through data and printable reports. One of the cons of Rosetta Stone is exercises can get repetitive and a little boring. When learning a language, it is good to use a variety of resources. As it’s currently free for students, I recommend you try Rosetta Stone and see if it’s a good fit for your learning style!
4. SEO by YOAST
Clemens from Travellers Archive
Yoast is an all-in-one solution for search engine optimization . Currently, they are offering some free online courses. You will be able to get to know and implement all the functionalities of this plugin, from installation to basic settings to automated search engine optimization and networking with social media platforms.
In addition to numerous advantages, SEO by Yoast has an integrated traffic light system that shows the positions that can be improved with regard to search engine optimization. Aside from regularly updated and new content, search engines also love fast loading times. In the SEO course, you will, therefore, get to know important tools that are useful to attract more traffic for your website.
It’s the perfect course that will help you use time at home in an effective and productive way.
5. Ahref Blogging for Business Course
Lauren from Always Find Adventure
Ahrefs, an SEO & Keyword research tool, is offering their US 799 Blogging for Business course free for a limited time. If you struggle with keyword research like me, then this a great free online course to take advantage of. Also, if you’re thinking of starting a blog or already have one, this course has a lot of information to help you improve your content to make it get to the top of google searches. Tim Suolo, the narrator, explains things very simply and in easy to understand ways. He goes through the sections step-by-step. Topics include keyword research, backlinks, creating great content, and promoting your content. I can confirm that I’ve used some of these techniques in the past and they’ve worked for me, and I learned a bunch more by watching the course.
This course is normally US 799 but all you need is 5-6 hours to get through the content provided here. You can easily get through this stuff in a day or two.
6. Gold Gym Free Classes
Heather from Embracing Chaos with Love
During this time of quarantine and shelter in place orders, it can be difficult to find a piece of normal in our routine. Our routines are changing and we are doing our best to keep ourselves as well as our kids busy and active. With social distancing at an all-time high, some companies are generously providing FREE online courses in the meantime. Need a new way to keep up with your workout routine, or get the kids more active? Check out Gold’s Gym anywhere. They are currently providing over 600 audio and video classes on their app for free to keep you active, healthy, and safe. There is also access to on-demand and live video workouts. This offer is good through the end of May. The kids and I have been enjoying some of the easier classes and having fun trying new things. Staying active makes such a difference if you are starting to feel cooped up and anxious with all that is going on. Try out some classes today.
Daniel from Layer Culture
With thousands of schools and universities closing all over the world due to coronavirus, many well-known companies and brands have been very generous with their products and free online courses. Skillshare, for example, who offers online courses for a wide range of studies and disciplines has already begun to offer a long list of digital courses for free. The requirement is that you are over 16 years of age with a .edu or .k12 email address. Then, with your student email address, you’ll get instant access to thousands of online classes for free.
Who knows how long the quarantine period will last, but the duration of the free classes is two months. So, what are you waiting for? If you have the right credentials or know somebody that does, you can get access to classes on creativity, design, photography, and much more. Perfect if you want to hone in on improving any particular skills during these difficult times.