Being stuck at home with nothing to do can be the pits. Boredom can set in pretty quickly when your mind is not actively engaged. Fortunately, there are free online courses you can enjoy, with only a short trip to your computer screen.
Personal Development Courses
One of Yale University’s most popular courses, an in-depth study on what makes us happy, is now available for free. The course, titled “The Science of Well-Being,” offers a series of activities and thought challenges designed to help you build more productive habits, practice gratitude and increase personal happiness.
Another Yale offering, “Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator,” promises to teach you to make principled arguments that will persuade others. The class offers interaction with other students, and you will have the opportunity to test out your new skills using real-life case studies.
Stanford University’s “Child Nutrition and Cooking,” is an eye-opening look into the culture of food and how it relates to the overall wellness of children. Participants will learn the ins and outs of child nutrition as well as some handy recipes that promote health and reduce the likelihood of obesity.
Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking, is another popular offering from Harvard University. This course will help students tighten up their writing, become more confident public speakers and engage in more productive civil discourse. This self-paced class can be completed in just 2-3 hours per week.
Your physical health doesn’t have to suffer just because you’re at home. Fitness instructors across the globe are offering their best workouts for free online. Simply tune in and get sweaty.
305 Fitness is offering twice daily workouts at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. live on YouTube. These workouts include easy to follow yoga, stretching and strength training routines. No special equipment is needed.
Planet Fitness is live-streaming daily “work-ins,” on its Facebook channel every day at 7 p.m. ET. These free, 20-minutes routines often feature celebrity guests and people across the globe have tuned in to get in shape.
LifeTime Fitness has introduced “Classes on Demand,” that are free for both members and non-members. These classes include kickboxing, barre and Pilates.
Scholastic, the leader in children’s literature sales and educational programming, has released a full suite of learning tools and curriculum for free on its site. Geared toward school-age children, this site has interactive games, read alouds and videos that make learning a breeze.
Popular learning platform, Skillshare, has made many of its courses free to high school and college students with .edu or .k12 email addresses. Courses like “Creative Digital Illustration: Learning to Use Adobe Fresco,” teaches students to create original artwork for the digital space. This is only one of thousands of classes on the site that offers everything from photography, productivity and business courses.
The Barbara Bush Foundation is offering up a free educational toolkit for parents of at-home learners. This online bookshelf offers links to reading materials, planning materials, tip sheets and family activities for children of all ages. All of the materials are available for free and the Foundation offers links to various websites for more information.
Skills and Professional Development Courses
Now is the time to dig into learning a new skill. From computer science to business writing and Adobe Photoshop, there are several platforms that are offering free technical skills courses.
“Computer Science for Business Professionals,” is a popular offering from Harvard University via edX. Crafted for project managers and decision makers, this course delivers the ins and outs of web programming, cloud computing and computational thinking.
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania offers its “Introduction to Operations Management,” course for free via Coursera. This course introduces mid-level manufacturing services managers to best practices in managing the supply chain, logistics, operations and processes. Students will also conduct a real-world business challenge at the end of the course.
“Marketing Analytics,” run by Columbia University through edX helps students to learn the buying motivations of target customers and how to best market to them. Students will learn how analytics and data will help businesses enjoy the best return on their investment (ROI). This 12-week course is the same one that is offered on the brick and mortar campus.
Popular professional networking site LinkedIn is offering free professional development courses on its website. Workers can take free online courses on productivity, remote work and remote team management. These free online courses are best for workers and managers who want to learn how to stay connected and motivated while working from home.
There are many resources and free online courses available to keep your mind and body sharp while you’re spending time at home. From public speaking to Pilates, art to animation, you can find whatever you want to learn, right from the comfort of home.