Level Up In Life With 8 Of The Best Free Online Courses To Try

By Jessica Best
17th Apr 2020

We love free things and so do you, so brace yourself for all the awesome free courses worth getting around right now.

These aren’t your run-of-the-mill classes either because we’ve rounded art classes brought to you by MOMA, workshops from actual Ivy League schools and then a bunch of courses spanning how to nail public speaking and even how to master the art of calling bullshit. Thank us later.

Here are the best free online courses to get into right now.

MoMA Art Courses

MoMA is now hosting a series of eight free online courses. In the list of courses is "Fashion as Design", "Post-War Abstract Painting", "Seeing Through Photographs" and "Modern Art and Ideas". And there's one titled "What is Contemporary Art", where you'll investigate more than 70 works of art made between 1980 and the present, with direct commentary from artists, architects, and designers from around the globe. The courses range from 16-27 hours to complete, and will be angled at beginners. You'll also be given corresponding reading and exercises to complete too. 

Ivy League Courses

Make like Rihanna and get into an Ivy League school sans actually getting into an Ivy League school. There are a tonne of free online courses available (around 450, just casually) from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Some of these require as little as an hour-commitment each week (over a number of weeks) and span subjects including “The Science Of Wellbeing”, The Civil War, accounting, philosophy, “Fundamentals Of Neuroscience” and even gamification. You can get cracking on these freebies here.

Master The Art Of Calling Bullshit Course

Now more than ever before, we find ourselves constantly bombarded with "news" from all angles, all claiming to be the ultimate source of truth. But the reality is, the world is awash with tabloid headlines and misinformation. Whether it’s from politicians, higher education, start-up culture, advertisers or even scientists, 'Calling Bullshit' aims to teach you how to think critically about data and models to constitute as evidence in social and natural sciences. Sounds like something you’d like to master? You'll be surprised at how handy a "no-bullshit" approach to data reasoning in a digital world really is. For the free version of this one, head over and binge through this course’s YouTube videos.

Overcome And Develop Any Habit Course

Whether you’re a habitual procrastinator or can’t seem to break into kickstarting a daily run (or one push-up, for god’s sake) we think we’ve found the perfect course for you. This workshop is all about schooling you on how to eliminate poor habits from your life and develop healthy ones so you can achieve any goals you set and you know, just live your best damn life. On top of this, you’ll actually get the easy know-how on how to maintain these habits (win) so you can start being productive, learn a new skill or language or just improve your wellbeing in general. 

Photoshop Courses

The possibilities are quite literally endless when it comes to the number of free classes you could be doing to master all things Photoshop. Maybe you want to fill your free time with a spot of creativity or maybe you’re keen to level up your existing skills — there’s everything from learning about photoshop filters and basic editing to learning how to design for UI/UX development and everything you need to know about layers.

Public Speaking Course

There’s no better time than the now to work on your public speaking skills (whether that’s on zoom or not). This course is all about getting over any anxiety you might have talking in front of a crowd while giving you tips on what to do before and during a speech. And the best part is — the techniques used are really damn simple and will make you go from a mediocre speaker to an absolutely awesome one in a short amount of time. 

How To Build A Start-Up Course

This little guy will give you the complete lowdown on the basic and key steps needed to build a successful start-up. The main idea in this course is learning how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer feedback, with the entire course spanning around one month (which means you’ll be start-up savvy in no time).

Tafe NSW Courses

In conjunction with the NSW Government, TAFE NSW is making a number (21 to be exact) of fee-free short-courses available. These courses can be completed in just a couple of days or weeks and span a wide range of business skills. If you're someone who's been considering starting a business—this could be a great way to skill up and get going.  

Courses cover administration skills (level up on word processing or bookkeeping), digital impact (where you’ll most likely become the master of Excel spreadsheets), leadership performance (your dedicated course on nailing the art of facilitating meetings and negotiating meeting arrangements) and finally — general businesses skills (which will span data, web searching, software and managing workplace documents including letters, reports, flyers, budgets, basic formulas and charts). And yes, you can complete these courses no matter where you are.

If you're looking for out-of-the-box courses to get into, head right over here.

Image credit: Annie Spratt

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