With the growth of online courses and Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) over the past few years, there are thousands of courses available. But how do you pick the right ones?
Listed below are some of the most popular options for online courses. What’s right for one person isn’t right for everyone though, so be sure to check out our sections on online courses and MOOCs to learn about all of the available options!
Popular Online Courses
Learn the art of programming and computer science through “Introduction to Computer Science” via EdX. You know you’ll be getting the best of this best, as this course is offered through Harvard University. It is a free course, unless you would like to purchase a Verified Certificate of completion for a small fee.
The introductory course consists of nine problem sets (10 to 20 hours each) and one final project.
Coursera has a very popular free Introduction to Finance course through the University of Michigan. The course will introduce you to frameworks and tools to measure value for corporate and personal assets while helping you make decisions in both of those capacities.
The class will consist of videos with their lengths varying based on the topic. Almost every video segment will have opportunities for you to assess your knowledge. There will also be standalone assignments every week that are not part of videos, and a final exam. It runs for 15 weeks and you should expect to dedicate 6-8 hours a week on it.
The class does not require pre-requisites, as the professor will start all lessons with the fundamentals, but exposure to economics, accounting, algebra and statistics will help.
Want to learn how to develop meaning from numbers? Then an Introduction to Statistics course from Udacity is a good choice for you! Over 170,000 students are already taking this course, and you can join them! The free two-month course will take about 6 hours out of your week.
You do not need any prior knowledge of statistics to take this course, however, basic familiarity with algebra such as knowing how to compute the mean, median and mode of a set of numbers will be helpful.
The course is video based and you can skip around as much or as little as you see fit depending on what you want to get out of the course. Work at your own pace to complete all seven lesson plans, including a final examination. Collaborate with your fellow classmates if you get stuck and need some assistance!
Learn how to be your own boss with Coursera’s sequence of courses in “Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business.” For a small fee per course, you can earn a Specialization Certificate in Entrepreneurship. There are three classes and a capstone project in this sequence and they are:
Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship
Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace
New Venture Finance: Start-up Funding for Entrepreneurs
- Entrepreneurship Capstone
Each of the first three courses run for four weeks, with an average of 3-5 hours of workload a week. The capstone project is a six-week long venture with a slightly higher amount of work. By the end of the Capstone, you will have created an entire business plan that you can be proud of and present to future employers. Either expand upon an existing business idea you have or create and entirely fresh one throughout the courses. The course is offered from the University of Maryland.