Whether you’re looking to perfect a skill or pick up a new one altogether, there are plenty of resources offering free education. From learning how to run a small business to taking the kiddos on virtual field trips or learning what it takes to be a Walt Disney Imagineer, you’re sure to find a topic that interests you. Here are five educational (and free) online classes you can take from the comfort of your couch.
5 Great Resources for Free Online Classes
The U.S. Small Business Association’s Learning Center
The U.S. Small Business Association offers free online classes for any type of small business owner. If you’re looking to start your own company, learn how to write a business plan, market your company and price your products or services. If you already own a business and simply want to learn how to better manage it, there are courses about how to grow globally, protocols for government contracts, or you can learn about SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protégé program. Courses typically last 30 minutes and include a worksheet and certificate of completion.
Free Online Classes Through Harvard University
Harvard University is one of eight Ivy League schools offering free online classes. If you’ve been meaning to pick up a new hobby or are looking to advance your career, now is your chance. Hosted by one of the university’s colleges, courses range from computer programming, art and design, business, humanities or pretty much any subject you can think of. Classes last anywhere from one week to 15 weeks and are offered at different levels, including introductory, intermediate and advanced.
iTunes U is a convenient way to take free courses from some of the nation’s top universities, and all you have to do is download an app. From there, you can begin learning a new language, hone your creative writing skills or take virtual field trips to museums and national parks. Whether you’re a visual or auditory learner, courses are available via video or podcast.
Google Digital Garage
Google Digital Garage is another resource offering free online courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Topics include data and technology, digital marketing, and career development, and individuals can select a single module or dig deeper by taking entire courses beginning to end. To start, simply enroll in a course and start tracking your progress and completing modules to pass exams and receive a certificate of completion.
Sure, Khan Academy teaches the basics of math, science and grammar, but did you know you can also learn what it takes to be a Walt Disney Imagineer? With free online classes in almost every subject imaginable, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest. Classes typically consist of a series of videos with interactive modules to apply the skills you’re learning. This is a perfect option if you’re looking for a way to keep your kids busy.
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