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Increase Your Earning Potential With Free Online Courses

The Borrowell Team

Apr 28, 2020 8 min read

With physical distancing orders in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19, you might find yourself wondering what to do with all the time indoors. If you’re looking for ways to make money from home, you can check our list of 39 websites here.

However, educational institutions are offering a wide range of free options to help you explore new opportunities from the comfort and safety of your home. Whether you’re looking to find a new job, pivot or advance in your current career, upskilling helps you gain a competitive advantage with marketable or niche skills. 

Our team has put together a list of free options you can search based on your area  of interest. We’ll keep adding, so make sure you bookmark this page!

Business, Finance, and Economics

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Where: Harvard University

When: April 21, 2020 until October 23, 2020

Length: 6 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: An understanding of concepts to evaluate opportunities, an awareness for entrepreneurship opportunities in fast-growing markets, and an appreciation for the types of problems that need entrepreneurial solutions

Stock Trading Tutorial: Learn Market Investing for Beginners

Where: Udemy

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 15 lessons

Credit or Certification Available: No

What You’ll Learn: How to interpret the complexities of the stock market, gain confidence in investing virtual money, and how to talk about the stock market

Behavioral Finance

Where: Duke University

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 3 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: Economic models of consumer behaviour, theories on how consumers make errors in financial decisions, biases in predictability, and how to avoid errors and mitigate biases for better outcomes

Supply Chain Analytics

Where: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

When: Begins April 15, 2020, with no set end date

Length: 15 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes, $281 extra

What You’ll Learn: How to apply basic probability models in supply chain management, statistics, basic analytical methods, and formulating and solving optimization models

Marketing

Marketing Fundamentals: Who Is Your Customer?

Where: BabsonX

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 4 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes, $281 extra

What You’ll Learn: How to acquire customers with segmentation, targeting, and positioning methods, how to use the marketing mix, and how to leverage market data for growth

Learn What Content Marketing Is and How to Do It

Where: Hubspot Academy

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 12 lessons

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: How to produce effective content on a consistent basis using content marketing frameworks, how to create and repurpose content that appeal to customers and search engines, and how to be a more strategic content marketer

Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious Content

Where: The Wharton School

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 4 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: How products and ideas become popular, the concepts behind viral marketing, and how to make ideas stick

Email Marketing

Where: Hubspot Academy

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 9 lessons

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: How to create contact management strategies and understanding what makes high-performing emails

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Where: University of California, Davis

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 5 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: How to create influencer relationships and optimize website content for the best search engine ranking, how to complete competitive analyses of SEO recommendations, and how to align SEO with business strategies

Technology

CS50: Introduction to Computer Science

Where: Harvard University

When: Now until December 31, 2020

Length: 11 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes, but for $127 extra

What You’ll Learn: How to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently, a broad understanding of computer science and programming, familiarity in languages like PHP, C, Javascript, SQL, HTML, and CSS, and concepts like abstraction, data structures, security, software engineering, and web development

CS50's Introduction to Game Development

Where: Harvard University

When: Now until December 31, 2020

Length: 12 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: Principles of 2D and 3D graphics, basics of game design and development,  animation, sound, and collision detection, Unity, LÖVE 2D, C#, and Lua

Plural Sight Rock Your Azure Role

Where: Pluralsight and Microsoft

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: Varied

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: 200+ courses, 40+ Skill IQs and 8 Role IQs, focus time on understanding strengths and skill gaps and learn Azure. Each Azure Role IQ contains courses that cover all the skills you need to be prepared for Azure role-based certifications

AI For Everyone

Where: deeplearning.ai

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 4 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: Common AI terminologies, what AI can and cannot do, how to apply AI in your organization, how to build an AI strategy and work with an AI team in your company, and how to navigate the ethical discussions surrounding AI

CS50's Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python

Where: Harvard University

When: Now until December 31, 2021

Length: 14 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: Graph search algorithms, reinforcement and machine learning, artificial intelligence principles, how to use AI in Python programs, and how to design intelligent systems

Using Python for Research

Where: Harvard University

When: Now until June 30, 2020

Length: 5 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: How to apply Python research tools (e.g., NumPy and SciPy) in practical settings and reviewing Python 3 programming basics

Data Science: Visualization

Where: Harvard University

When: Now until June 30, 2020

Length: 8 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: How to communicate data-driven findings, ggplot2, data visualization basics, and why you should avoid weak plots

Data Science: R Basics

Where: Harvard University

When: Now until June 30, 2020

Length: 8 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: How to perform operations in R (sorting, making plots, data wrangling), foundational R programming concepts, and basic R syntax

Data Science: Machine Learning

Where: Harvard University

When: Now until June 30, 2020

Length: 8 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: Popular machine learning algorithms, how to build recommendation systems, regularization, and how to perform cross-validation to avoid overtraining

Design and Art

Modern Art & Ideas

Where: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 5 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: How artists represent place, environment, and identity, and how cultural, social, and political issues of the time affected art

Intro to UX Design

Where: General Assembly

When: No set date, you will be emailed with the platform the day of the event

Length: 1 livestream workshop

Credit or Certification Available: No

What You’ll Learn: Why User Experience (UX) design matters, how to create clickable prototypes using InVision, what tools professional designers are using, and how to continue learning about UX

Intro to Visual Design

Where: General Assembly

When: No set date, you will be emailed with the platform the day of the event

Length: 1 livestream workshop

Credit or Certification Available: No

What You’ll Learn: Understanding what makes a successful design, what skills matter most for an effective design, and what tools or resources you can use to get started

Soft Skills

The Arts and Science of Relationships: Understanding Human Needs

Where: University of Toronto

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 6 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: Core competencies in relationship management application, the Strategies and Skills Learning and Development (SSLD) framework, the relevance for everyday relationships, problem translation, and Needs, Circumstances, Characteristics, and Capacity (N3C)

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

Where: University of Michigan

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 4 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: How to create negotiation strategies and key tactics for successful negotiation

Conflict Resolution Skills

Where: University of California, Irvine

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 3 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: Active learning skills to deal with conflict, appropriate communication tactics, and plans for managing conflict

Health

Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health

Where: University of Sydney

When: Now, with no set end date

Length: 5 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: Evidence-based treatments in the form of exercise, stress recovery, identifying strengths, attachment theory, social connections, common conditions such as anxiety, depression, and addictions, and interventions for recovery

Stanford Introduction to Food and Health

Where: Stanford University

When: Begins April 6, 2020, with no set end date

Length: 5 weeks

Credit or Certification Available: Yes

What You’ll Learn: How social and cultural shifts have changed how we associate food with our health, how to support our health with different food choices, food processing and trends, and future directions with food


Please note that the information provided in this article might have changed since the time of posting. Refer to the institution's website for relevant updates on courses, prices and availability.

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