Much of the physical world has ground to a halt, but the online world is having their moment. You can take a free online course and learn what it takes to become a Disney Imagineer, or take an online ballet class, or brush up on your Python programming skills. There has been an explosion in free online courses and we’ve assembled many of the more interesting ones for you.
Why should I take an online free class now?
It’s tempting to spend your quarantine binge watching the latest Amazon Prime Videos series (like the new season of Westworld!) or eat the time away. But, as we mention in 31 Things to Do When Stuck at Home, using this time to stay productive is absolutely critical.
- Occupy your time
- Stay productive
- Be prepared in case you find yourself out of work
Heck, if your kids can do the rest of their school year online you can probably take a free online course yourself, right? The only question is what!? We got you covered.
Who is Offering Free Online Courses?
As stated, the Internet is having it’s moment. In about two weeks the entire United States educational system shifted to online learning. Impressive. The good news for adult learners is there is a TON of great content available. We’ve assembled some of the more interesting free online courses we could find. Enjoy!
Disney’s Imagineering Class (Free)
Let’s get to the good stuff first. If you are looking for something interesting to do with your kiddos try this Disney Imagineering class which is totally free (right now).
According to the course description, “Imagineering in a Box is a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process. It combines 32 videos of actual Imagineers, real-world case studies, and lots of interactive activities to give you the opportunity to dream and design your very own theme park experience!“
Pluralsight is a technology skills platform used by companies around the world to either train employees, customers and more. It’s completely online, mostly technical in nature (e.g. you can learn C# programming or cyber security skills) and extremely easy to use.
Through the month of April they’ve made their entire library (like 7000 classes or something) totally free.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to use your digital camera Nikon is offering it’s digital photography classes totally free including their popular Fundamentals of Photography class.
Take an Online Ballet Class
This is pretty cool! The Chattanooga Ballet Company is offering free Ballet Classes. Yes, even you and your two left feet can learn to pirouette across the wood floors of your apartment despite the dirty looks your cat will give you.
Additional Free Online Courses
In addition to the list above there are many other popular online learning systems that are either 100% free or offer free classes, or free promotion periods. We’ve listed several of them below:
- YouTube has TONS of free content on how to do just about anything
- LinkedIn Learning
Happy learning, and please be safe!
Thanks and stay safe
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