Free Online Courses for Self-guided Study
Free online courses that you can do to upskill or simply learn something new.
We’re never too old or too busy to learn something new, especially when there are so many online courses that now allow you to learn anytime, anywhere. Best of all, many from reputable institutions are offered for free, so it’s easier than ever to take your career, cooking or creative skills to the next level. Here is our edit of the free online courses that are available now.
Free Online Courses: Creative
This delightfully engaging free online course explores the six principles behind music’s influence on our health and wellbeing. Across fitness, relationships and academic achievement, you’ll learn how music can be used to enact positive change via our bodies and brains. The course provides video, audio and journal resources that you can access anytime as you progress through the four-week syllabus.
Online education platform Skillshare generally operates on a subscription basis, but they also offer a range of short courses you can access free of charge. Some of the fun, creative workshops available include watercolour painting, fine art photography, fashion drawing and cinematography 101 – all broken down into bite-sized chapters you can digest on a coffee break.
Free Online Courses: Food and Cooking
Keep hearing about the gut microbiome but not quite sure what the fuss is about? Make food your superpower with this illuminating free online course that’ll teach you how to optimise your mental health through nutrition. The course first helps you understand the biological mechanisms connecting our stomachs and our brains before providing practical examples, skill development and strategies to keep your diet (and mood) tip top.
Steer clear of kitchen nightmares with Gordon Ramsey’s free cookery classes on Youtube. The Michelin-starred celeb chef (who we last saw guest judging on Masterchef Australia) takes you through, step-by-step, the preparation of delicious meals that please a crowd. The themes of this free online course include slow cooking, street food, using spices, better baking and cooking on a budget will have you levelling up your cheffing chops in no time.
The grand dame of Australian cooking, Maggie Beer, is now imparting her cooking wisdom not with a book or TV show, but via Instagram. Shot on the phone from her beautiful Barossa Valley home, Cooking with Maggie decodes classic, rustic dishes so that even a kitchen newbie can succeed. Driven by audience requests, the themes are simple, familiar and evergreen – think warm apple crumble, pumpkin-speckled goats cheese tarts and comforting chicken barley soup.
Free Online Courses: Languages
Plunge into that language you’ve always wanted to learn with Duolingo, this free online course is a fun app that takes a game-like approach to learning. Quick, bite-sized lessons will help you practise speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while building your vocabulary. The app makes it easy to track progress and is great if you’re keen on learning less common languages (Scottish Gaelic, anyone?)
Free Online Courses: Career
This free online short course delivered by Deakin University will empower you with the resilience skills that are essential for thriving in stressful situations at work (and in life in general). In weekly classes, the university’s pro vice-chancellor of teaching will guide you through building resilient capabilities, values and self-care practices to use in everyday life.
Who better to learn the fundamentals of digital marketing from than the behemoth itself. Whether you’re looking to grow your business or further your career, this extensive, 26-module course will help you gain your footing in the world of SEM and SEO, search campaigns, social media, email marketing, analytics, e-commerce and more. The Interactive Advertising Bureau-accredited course is packed with practical and real-world examples to help you turn knowledge into action. That is one hell of a free online course.
Chronic procrastinator? Struggling to focus while working from home? We feel you. Supercharge your productivity with this four-week course on how to work smarter, not harder. Developed by the University of California Irvine, free online classes will teach you tools and techniques to use in goal setting, prioritisation, scheduling, delegation and the art of saying ‘no’, so you can manage your time effectively avoid crises in the making.
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