Where to find the best online classes during the Coronavirus pandemic

Everyone’s situation during the Coronavirus is different, but most are stuck at home practicing social distancing in an attempt to flatten the curve. While working remotely, it’s incredibly important to stick to your routine as much as possible, which means continuing your normal sleep routine, continuing to eat on your normal schedule, and continuing to exercise.

While online exercise classes are great for keeping you moving, you should also use this time to check out the other plethora of online classes that are available. Most people have extra time in their schedules given the current circumstances, so use it productively by learning new skills, or brushing up on that topic you have been meaning to for years.

Online classes from colleges and universities

Duke University

Duke offers free online classes through Coursera. You can audit the classes for free, which means you can access content, but won’t be able to submit assignments for a grade or earn a certificate. The university has thousands of courses across 11 topics:

  1. Arts & Humanities
  2. Business
  3. Computer Science
  4. Data Science
  5. Information Technology
  6. Health
  7. Math and Logic
  8. Personal Development
  9. Physical Science and Engineering
  10. Social Sciences
  11. Language Learning

Harvard University
Harvard University offers free online classes on edX. Anyone can audit the classes for free, or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a fee. The courses are self-paced, but each course provides information on how much time is required, difficultly level, and information on the instructors.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosts its online courses on OpenCourseWare (OCW). According to the program’s website, OCW makes the materials used in the teaching of MIT’s subjects available on the Web. The courses are categorized by topic, department, and course number. Each course contains lecture notes, readings, and assignments and does not require any registration.

Stanford University
Stanford University has 12 online classes that are currently available for enrollment. The classes come from Stanford School of Engineering, Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford Continuing Studies, and Stanford School of Medicine.

University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley hosts its online classes on edX. The Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE) was formed as a “resource hub and an operational catalyst for all internal campus-wide and external resources to advise, coordinate, and facilitate the University’s online education initiatives, ranging from credit and non-credit courses to online degree programs and MOOC projects, including the MOOCLab initiative.” The university has 49 courses that range from “How to Write an Essay” to “Introduction to Statistics.”

Yale University
According to the university’s website, “Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.” All of the lectures offered were recorded in Yale College classroom and can be accessed in the video, audio, and text transcript formats. There is no registration required, and completing the classes does not provide you with course credit or certificates.

Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University has an Open Learning Initiative, which offers low-cost courses to the public. The university also has an “Open and Free” section that allows anyone to access course material at no cost. The program offers courses in the following subjects:

  1. Arts & Humanities
  2. Business
  3. Computer Science & Programming
  4. Data Science and Casual Reasoning
  5. Language and Speech
  6. Life Sciences
  7. Mathematics and Logic
  8. Physical Sciences & Engineering
  9. Social Sciences
  10. Technology & Design

11 online classes to learn about personal finance

  1. Personal Finance 101: Everything You Need to Know on Udemy
  2. The Core Four of Personal Finance including Recession Basics on Udemy
  3. Investing In Stocks The Complete Course! (11 Hour) on Udemy
  4. Financial Planning for Young Adults on Coursera
  5. Personal & Family Financial Planning on Coursera
  6. Finance for Non-Finance Professionals on Coursera
  7. Finance for Everyone: Smart Tools for Decision-Making on edX
  8. How to Save Money: Making Smart Financial Decisions on edX
  9. Financial Literacy on Alison
  10. Introduction to Simple and Compound Interest on Alison
  11. Introduction to Managing Your Personal Finance Debts on Alison

Online classes to learn about emotional intelligence

Six Seconds, a non-profit organization dedicated to the awareness of emotional intelligence, has introduced new online classes that explain how to use emotional intelligence to thrive during this time of social distancing. Ranging from leadership, to parenting, to individual wellness, the classes touch on a topic we have all been wondering: how do we control our emotions to stay sand and healthy during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

The new series, titled Growing-U, is held online daily via Zoom.

Examples of classes specific to the Coronavirus situation include the following:

  1. EQ Learning for Families at Home [Parenting]
  2. What Should We Do Now? Finding Purpose in Times of Challenge [Leadership]
  3. Guided Meditation for Self-Compassion & Sharing [Wellbeing]
  4. Zoom Magic: Facilitating Better Meetings Online [Leadership]
  5. The Gift of Adversity [Wellbeing]