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14 Free Online Courses To Take Up During The Pandemic

Sheena Joseph | Jun 08 2020
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Staying home all day, all week may make you feel unproductive even if you are working from home. You have already used the extra hours to go through your TBR book stack and ‘must-watch’ movie list. You may also have decluttered and organised your home and digital space. What is next? Sulking is not an option as you need to be on top of your game to survive the impacts of the pandemic on your mental health. What if you can use this time to educate yourself? There are many platforms for providing free online courses. Coursera, HubSpot Academy, Udemy, and Skillshare are only some of them. 

If you don’t want to spend money on anything right now, you can find free course material for taking. If you want a certificate for doing the programme, you will have to make a small payment. Wait a moment before thinking that these certificates are useless, some of these courses are provided by ivy league institutes like Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, and Stanford University. Here are some of your best options.

1. YouTube Marketing Course: Successful Strategies to Grow and Optimize Your YouTube Channel

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If you have been harboring the dream of starting your own YouTube channel someday, this is the perfect opportunity for you. This free course by HubSpot Academy will teach you to build a brand and grow your audience. You will be learning from successful YouTubers and experts. By the end of mere a few hours, you will know how to get higher visibility and monetise your channel.

Enrol here.

Also read: 13 Women Booktubers That Every Bookworm Should Follow

2. Blogging Basics

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Becoming a professional blogger requires a lot more than just writing skills today. It has also become a highly engaging medium. This seven-part course will teach you everything from design, platforms, social media, and guidance for creating great content. This free online course will equip you to get the basics right so that you don’t feel like an amateur in the competitive world of blogs.

Enrol here.

Also read: Meet The 15 Top Women Bloggers In India

3. Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

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The course title may seem simple but you will be glad to know that the course is offered by Google by themselves. The course is accredited by Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe and The Open University. 26 modules created by Google trainers involve practical exercises too.

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4. Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious Content

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Every business organisation and activist needs digital marketing to maintain its presence among the public. This will not only make your campaigns successful and let the world know of your existence. This course is provided by the University of Pennsylvania by Coursera. You will be learning a lot more than basics in this course.

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5. The Strategy of Content Marketing

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Content is truly king in today’s world. Content marketing is one of the most-used forms of marketing. Everyone from social media influencers to offline campaigners depend on content marketing. This free online course is provided by the University of California on Coursera.

Enrol here.

6. Introduction to Personal Branding

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Personal branding is becoming a common theme across the digital world. The increasing number of influencers are not the only people benefitting from personal branding. Corporate leaders and artists and religious entities are also enjoying personal branding. This course is offered by the University of Virginia on Coursera.

Enrol here.

Also read: Seven Inspiring Ted Talks To Watch During The Lockdown

7. The Science of Well-Being

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This course is designed by Yale University to engage you in a series of challenges to build more productive habits. You are given basic lessons on the human psyche as well. In four weeks, you will be able to incorporate one or more well-being activity into your life.

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Also read: 10 Yoga Poses For Irregular Periods And PCOS

8. The Arts and Science of Relationships: Understanding Human Needs

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This course is provided by the University of Toronto on Coursera. You will receive a clear understanding of the basic concepts of The Strategies and Skills Learning and Development System (SSLD) and their relevance for everyday relationships. It is a six-week course.

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Also read: 10 Signs That You Are Dating A Narcissist

9. Write Your First Novel

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This virtual creative writing course is offered by Michigan State University and walks you through a step-by-step process of writing a 50,000-word book. You can participate in the programme whether you are a student or a full-time employee. As writing a novel is no small feat, this is one of the courses with the longest duration. You will be investing 26 weeks in the project.

Enrol here.

Also read: Seven Thrillers To Read This Monsoon

10. Memoir and Personal Essay: Write About Yourself Specialisation

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In this free online course provided by Wesleyan University, published memoirists and essayists will guide you through the process of converting your precious personal experiences into a book. You will receive tips, exercises, readings, and challenges.

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Also read: 10 Feminist Non-Fiction Books Worth Knowing

11. Music Production Specialization

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Have you always wanted to create music but never had the chance to learn the basics? This course provided by Berklee College of Music will evoke your creativity as a music producer and teach you the technology of creating professional music compositions. You will have to invest around five months in this course.

Enrol here.

12. Sustainable Fashion

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The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet and this course provided by Copenhagen Business School teaches you a  business model theory and discusses business models as essential tools in the transformation towards more sustainable businesses. It is an extremely simple course that takes up only six hours of your time.

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Also read: Top 13 Indian Fashion Influencers To Follow On Instagram

13. Figure Drawing From Life Using The Reilly Technique

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This course on Udemy is suitable for people who have no prior knowledge or experience of drawing. You will be learning everything from gesture/stick figure approach to figure drawing from life in 22 lectures. All you need is a piece of charcoal or carbon pencils.

Enrol here.

Also read: Eight Productive Activities To Try At Home

14. Code Your First Game

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With this Udemy course, designing the prototype of a video game will be easy for you. In about five hours, you will attend 12 lectures. The free tutorial will help you build a strong foundation on artificial intelligence. You will be learning JavaScript for a video game in three sections and come up with a complete game.

Enrol here.