I know for many of you there are not enough hours in the day. My youngest daughter is a high school teacher with two middle schoolers of her own. Between creating courses, teaching online, and facilitating the schooling of her two children, she doesn’t have a lot of free time. However, that’s not the case for me and many others. I’ve thought about free online courses for a long time. I’ve considered taking classes and maybe creating a leadership course. It wasn’t until COVID-19 that I seriously began looking at what was available. And what I found was amazing as well as largely free. Here are a few examples:
So, my work is two-fold and overlapping. I work for TKO Graphix, and I have a Leadership training business, Randy Cark Leadership.com. I manage content marketing for both, which is basically creating content and posting it on social media. So, for me, it was easy to look for classes that might enhance my work. I googled writing courses and then social media and content marketing.
I found Class Central 90 Free Online Courses to Improve Your Writing Skills and jumped down the rabbit hole. There are classes in basic writing, grammar, and style. Also, journalism, media writing, and creative writing. There was a lot, and that’s not the only site by a long shot. So, if you’re looking to add to your work knowledge, just google Free online _____________ training. I think you’ll be surprised at what you find.
Many, if not most of the top colleges in the world are offering free online courses. For example, Harvard. You can find business, programming, humanities, mathematics, and education courses at Harvard. There are social sciences, art and design, and music courses too. And not one or two courses but dozens. MIT Open Courses offers 2400 online courses! Stanford, Yale, and closer to home, Indiana University offer various courses. There are thousands of free online college courses available.
Here’s another site I found intriguing, EdX — Access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 Top Institutions. Be careful because this site is a huge rabbit hole. With courses from Berkeley, Penn, Michigan and so many more – 140 institutions to be exact, there’s almost too many to choose from. During my time exploring the site, I found most classes were free (but not all). Many offered free courses and then a small fee for certification. Every course shared the number of weeks, hours per week, and a course description. One of my favorites was a class on Medieval Norse sagas from the University of Iceland. I am not making this up, and yes, I am interested in the class.
So, what are your hobbies and interests? Because whatever they are, you can take them to the next level with online courses. One of the interests I googled was recording. I have a small studio in my home and would like to learn more about modern recording techniques. Here’s one I found that offers a free trial, Skillshare.com Recording. Whatever you’d like to learn is out there.
How about painting with acrylics? There are dozens of free videos from the Will Kemp art School Painting with Acrylic Paint. Or maybe learn to play an instrument, such as piano, Flow key piano tutorials. Or cooking? The Culinary Cook — The Science of Professional Cooking. Mashable shared this post, 10 hobbies you can learn to do online so your life is a little less boring with courses on embroidery, plant care, juggling, and my favorite – cocktail mixing.
What Course Will You Take?
Whatever interests you, simply google free online courses and the topic. You’ll discover more than you can vet. For example, when I googled free cooking courses, 206 million popped up!
If you have the time, energy, and interest, it may be a great way to while away the hours. Besides, when you stop learning, you stop growing. Let us know if you have any free online courses you recommend.