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Free Time? Try Out a Free Class On Coursera

During the Covid-19 pandemic millions of people are unemployed and abiding by the government stay at home orders. I did not want to waste my free time during this isolation, so I researched some on-line certification classes. Coursera had exactly what I was looking for; a seamless layout, a multitude of classes from many colleges and universities, and an inexpensive way to enhance my education. I am not the type that loved school or studying by any means. Signing up allowed me to choose a course that I was passionate about and fit my learning schedule. Some key reasons why Coursera was perfect:

1. The variety of classes are endless, with an easy search tool

2. Geography is not an issue, avoid the commute to school

3. Convenience and flexibility

4. Less expensive than tuition

5. The online classroom is good preparation for a possible changing workforce

Coursera provides hundreds of free e-learning classes. I chose to spend $45.00 on Strategy of Content Marketing because this allowed me to obtain a certificate of completion (below).

First, it takes about 5 minutes to create a login and profile on the site. Then begin researching the courses that interest you by using keywords. Make sure you read the prerequisites and the student ratings. If you like what you see enroll in the course and start learning. Coursera also has an easy to navigate app for great on-the-go learning.

The course I completed, taught by Sonia Simone, provided video lectures, audio interviews, as well as readings for each section. It was broken down into 5 weeks of lessons which I completed in 3.5 weeks. After completing video lectures a quiz was administered on the topics that you had been taught. Also to assess learning there were 2 peer-graded assignments and discussion forums on the topics at hand. This was the only part I disliked, as I wanted a true professional opinion of my work.

On-line learning is now easier than ever; allowing students the opportunity to plan study time around their day, instead of the other way around. The courses below are free until May 31, 2020, or until enrollment fills up.

How to enroll in Coursera courses for free:

  1. Click on the class you'd like to take and there should be a blue promo banner at the top of the page.

  2. Click the 'Enroll for free' button.

  3. Select 'Purchase Course,' If the promo has applied, it should say "Your promotion will automatically be applied at checkout."

  4. At checkout, the course should be free, $0.

With easy access to top quality lecturers online I am in search for my next learning adventure. Coursera's online education is affordable and flexible. Take advantage of your time and find a class that enhances your learning.


  • COVID-19: What You Need to Know (CME Eligible)

  • Science Matters: Let's Talk About COVID-19

  • Psychological First Aid

  • Social Psychology

  • A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

  • Introductory Human Physiology

  • Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health

  • Essentials of Global Health

  • Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation

  • Epidemics, Pandemics and Outbreaks

  • Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview

  • Disaster Preparedness

  • Disease Screening in Public Health Epidemics

  • Communicating During Global Emergencies

  • Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes

  • Disease Clusters

  • The Challenges of Global Health


  • Dog Emotion and Cognition

  • Science of Exercise

  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare

  • The Truth About Cats and Dogs

  • Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

  • Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions

Arts & Humanities

  • Introduction to Philosophy

  • Fashion as Design

  • Making Architecture

  • Getting Started with Music Theory

  • Big History: Connecting Knowledge

  • Guitar for Beginners

  • The Language of Design: Form and Meaning


  • Marketing Analytics

  • The Strategy of Content Marketing

  • Personal & Family Financial Planning

  • Managing the Company of the Future

  • Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation

  • Communication Strategies in the Virtual Age

  • Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

  • The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know

  • Teamwork Skills: Communicating Effectively in Groups

  • New Models of Business in Society

Data science

  • Probability and Statistics: To p or not to p?

Computer science

  • Introduction to Programming with MATLAB

  • C++ For C Programmers, Part A

  • Computer Vision Basics

  • Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming

  • Build Your First Android App (Project-Centered Course)

  • Algorithms, Part I

  • Algorithms, Part II

  • Analysis of Algorithms

  • Computer Science: Algorithms, Theory, and Machines

  • Computer Science: Programming with a Purpose

  • Industrial IoT on Google Cloud Platform

  • Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals for AWS Professionals

  • Introduction to TCP/IP

Cloud & Tech

  • Machine Learning for Business Professionals

  • Building Conversational Experiences with Dialogflow

  • Industrial IoT on Google Cloud Platform

  • Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals for AWS Professionals

  • Introduction to TCP/IP

  • AWS Computer Vision: Getting Started with GluonCV

  • Introduction to Cloud Identity

  • Cloud Computing Basics (Cloud 101)

  • Developing AI Applications on Azure

  • Getting Started with AWS Machine Learning


  • First Step Korean

  • Chinese for Beginners

  • Tricky American English Pronunciation

  • Writing English at University

Math & Logic

  • Introduction to Calculus

  • Data Science Math Skills

  • Calculus: Single Variable Part 1 - Functions

  • Calculus: Single Variable Part 2 - Differentiation

  • Calculus: Single Variable Part 3 - Integration

Personal Development

  • De-Mystifying Mindfulness

  • Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments

  • The Arts and Science of Relationships: Understanding Human Needs

  • Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

  • Healing with the Arts

  • Introduction to Personal Branding

  • Creative Problem Solving

  • Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success

  • Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success

  • Sit Less, Get Active

  • How to Write a Resume (Project-Centered Course)

  • Successful Career Development

  • Converting Challenges into Opportunities

  • How to Get Skilled: Introduction to Individual Skills Management (Project-Centered Course)

  • Applying to U.S. Universities

  • How to Apply to College

Physical Science

  • Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Review

  • Introduction to Sustainability

  • Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space

  • Introduction to Chemistry: Reactions and Ratios

  • Mountains 101

  • Introduction to Chemistry: Structures and Solutions

  • Mechanics of Materials I: Fundamentals of Stress & Strain and Axial Loading

  • The Science of the Solar System

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Architecture

Physics & Astronomy

  • How Things Work: An Introduction to Physics

Social Science

  • How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper (Project-Centered Course)

  • U101: Understanding College and College Life

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