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:
Click on the class you'd like to take and there should be a blue promo banner at the top of the page.
Click the 'Enroll for free' button.
Select 'Purchase Course,' If the promo has applied, it should say "Your promotion will automatically be applied at checkout."
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.
Below are 100 Coursera courses that will be free to enroll in until May 31:
COVID-19: What You Need to Know (CME Eligible)
Science Matters: Let's Talk About COVID-19
Psychological First Aid
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
Disease Screening in Public Health Epidemics
Communicating During Global Emergencies
Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes
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
Getting Started with Music Theory
Big History: Connecting Knowledge
Guitar for Beginners
The Language of Design: Form and Meaning
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