I came across Edx recently. Edx is a Massive open online course (MOOC) platform lists hundreds of free courses across different disciplines. I was surprised I was just discovering this website and would love to share it with others.
Ongoing courses have two payment options:
- A free, auditing option which allows you to go through the course materials for free. This option is for those who want to develop their knowledge of a subject for personal reasons such as self development or to gain a deeper insight.
- A paid, certified option which presents a certificate on successful completion. This option is for you if you want to learn new skills to widen your job prospects and need a certificate to highlight your new knowledge.
The schools and training partners are some of the world’s leading institutions including Harvard, Brown, Berkeley, Microsoft Learning. And subjects are wide-ranging.
The sheer quantity of offerings can be overwhelming so I put together a list of courses I believe are essential to do your work better, live a better life or learn about new cultures. I will update this list regularly.
Microsoft Office Fundamentals: Outlook, Word, and Excel (Microsoft)
This is an introductory course that teaches basic Word, Excel, and Outlook skills. You will learn how to create and manage Word documents, organize information in tables, perform calculations on data, create graphs and charts, organize your email Inbox, and manage email automatically. Click here to view this course
Introduction to Design Thinking (Microsoft)
This course is a creative process that combines thoughtful user research with rapid iteration. In this course, you will see why design thinking is a worldwide industry standard. Click here to view this course
Understanding Technology (Harvard University)
This is an introductory course to technology for students who need to familiarize themselves with the basics of technology. Click Here to view this course
An overview of AI to learn how Machine Learning provides the foundation for AI, and how you can make use of cognitive services in your apps. Click Here to view this course
PERSONAL & BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
This course will give you an insight into what matters to employers and how you can develop the skills and qualities they value. Also you will learn how to unlock your personal and professional development and market your skills to potential employers to maximise your career success. Click Here to view this course
Becoming an Entrepreneur (MIT)
Learn the business skills and startup mindset needed to start your entrepreneurship journey. This course is targeted at people of all ages and backgrounds who need to understand the process of founding a company. Click Here to view this course
Communicate effectively and build professional relationships through face-to-face, written, and non-verbal communication. In this course, you will unlock the secrets to business success by understanding workplace culture. Click Here to view this course
In order for a manager to effectively perform their role they must have an understanding of accounting information. Learn how to read and interpret financial statements and communicate with the financers, bankers, suppliers and even tax authorities. Click Here to view this course
The entrepreneurial process isn’t only for start-ups, it’s a comprehensive mindset that will teach you to identify, assess, shape, and act on opportunities in a variety of contexts, settings and organizations. Click Here to view this course
Prepare for the IELTS, the world’s most popular English language test in this comprehensive, self-paced course covering listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course will prepare you to take the IELTS Academic tests with confidence with access to over 80 hours of interactive practice materials covering each of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Click Here to view this course
Academic and Business Writing (Berkeley)
This is an introduction to academic and business writing, focusing on grammar, vocabulary, structure, editing, and publication. You will learn to cater to different styles of writing, and improve grammatical correctness, vocabulary development, revision and editing skills. Click Here to view this course
Improve your language skills and expand your knowledge of contemporary Italian culture. This course provides students with an interactive learning experience that combines the highest academic standards with the goal of language proficiency. Click Here to view this course
Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature (Harvard)
This literature course examines how civilizations and cultures of the ancient world defined themselves through literature and how that literature has continued to contribute to our understanding of those civilizations and cultures today. Click Here to view this course
Modern Masterpieces of World Literature (Harvard)
Examine how great modern writers capture the intricacies of our globalized world and how their works circulate within that world to find their audiences. These masterpieces of modern world literature take part in a tradition of weaving small stories into ambitious projects—one that reaches back to medieval tales and extends forward to contemporary novels. Click Here to view this course
Learn to use anthropological ideas to see the world from a range of perspectives and points of view. You will learn about the way in which anthropology as a discipline can shed new perspectives on current world issues, from indigeneity to migration and material culture. Click Here to view this course
Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, sparking a riot. According to Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring was intended to portray “the surge of spring, the magnificent upsurge of nature reborn.” Click Here to view this course
Whether you are trying to lose weight yourself, or are supporting others, this food and nutrition course will dispel common myths about weight loss and teach you the science behind healthy eating for a healthy weight. Note that this course is not a diet plan. Click Here to view this course
Learn the fundamentals of nutrition and its impact on human health. This course addresses the relationship between nutrition and human health, with a focus on health problems related to overnutrition. Click Here to view this course
Explore current concepts in health, exercise, and wellness and learn how to shape your own personal health. From stress management and sleep to overall wellbeing, you will explore personal health, health related attitudes and beliefs, and individual health behaviours. Click Here to view this course