“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
– Anthony J. D’Angelo
It is beneficial to anyone to constantly keep learning new skills, because in the end they might lead to our greatest success. However in today’s society properly learning a skill isn’t always easy, and learning from a professional isn’t exactly cheap. Because of this, the creators of edX and Coursera teamed up with several well-known colleges and universities around the world to help you learn new skills for free.
Essentially these two are websites that offer free online learning classes that are taught by professors from schools such as MIT, Harvard, Berkley, University of London, Stanford and even more. Sounds too good to be true, right? But all of this is 100% real.
So how does it work? You create a profile on the website and choose a course you are interested in learning, now the knowledge is free but there is a fee if you want to get a certificate out of this. Typically the cost for this lies around $50-$100. Certificates are great for building up or adding to an existing resume which is crucial in job searches. But even without choosing the option of a certificate you are still learning a new skill that will benefit you in life. And it doesn’t even take long! Most courses are around 4-6 weeks and then some will have a secondary course that will be a continuation of the first course (i.e Photography). There are group discussions and even assignments, but those can only be submitted to the professor if you choose a certificate at the end of your course.
Some example courses are:
- Microsoft Office Fundamentals (edX)
- Marketing Analytics (edX)
- Foreign Language Learning (Coursera)
- Stanford Introduction to Food & Health (Coursera)
- Child Nutrition and Cooking (Coursera)
- Photography Basics (Coursera)
- Dynamic Public Speaking
It is never too late to learn something new in life but it will always be beneficial. What classes are you looking forward to?
*This is not an ad, these are merely my findings that I was excited to share.