Here’s How You Can Get A Free Ivy League Education While You Socially Distance
Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the majority of our population to socially distance and work from home, Canadians have been left in peculiar circumstances. For the first time in a long time, people are grappling with an overwhelming amount of idle time and seemingly nothing to do. The silver lining out of all of this is that it has opened up an opportunity to learn new things or improve on existing skills. In response to this new normal, a handful of learning hubs, companies, and even Ivy League institutions have made online learning resources available at no charge (some even coming with certification.)
Whether you’re just looking for something to do or want to exercise your mind, the following resources are an opportunity to keep busy, learn, and improve your skills from some of the most respected academic institutions and companies in the world.
Class Central: Ivy League Online Courses
Of the eight most prestigious Ivy League schools in the world, 450 online courses have now been made available at absolutely no charge. Class Central has compiled the courses, and categorized them into 13 areas of study. This database is vast and covers everything from health and medicine to personal development.
Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators hosted by Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania: What better a time to discuss social impact than now? Learn how to launch and scale a business that will change the world.
The Age of Sustainable Development hosted by Columbia University: How can you build a modern, progressive business that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable? Take your first steps here.
English for Career Development hosted by Pennsylvania University: For non-native English speakers, this program is specially designed for individuals looking to advance their careers in a global marketplace.
The Yale School of Medicine has been diligent in releasing official reports and advisements regarding COVID-19. To further support their community of students and professionals in addition to the webinars and live Q&A’s with medical professionals, they’ve also made some of their most highly regarded courses available online.
The New Haven, Connecticut-based Ivy League school’s catalogue can pre-occupy you for weeks if not months alone. Here are a few we like:
Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator: Whether in the boardroom or as you navigate your social circles, good negotiation skills are a key asset to have within your skill set.
The Science of Well-Being: What does it mean to be happy? In one of Yale’s most popular courses, explore how to build more productive habits and increase your own happiness.
Harvard has dedicated it’s resources to transitioning class and office time to learning and working from home as easily as possible. In addition to this, the Ivy League university has made 55 free online courses available to anyone who wants to invest in knowledge.
The classes run for a maximum of 12 weeks allowing you to decide how long and how many you’d like to register for. The collection features everything from timely pandemic-focused courses to children’s rights theory. Here are a few interesting suggestions:
Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies: The ability to spot opportunities in new markets is a way to get ahead of the pack. Here, you’ll be able to learn how to spot these opportunities in economies that are growing quickly.
CS50’s Mobile App Development with React Native: Think you’ve got the next great app idea? Learn about mobile app development in this program, which finishes with a final project where you create your very own.
Known for its prestige in Social Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science learning, Columbia University’s free resources are a gold mind for business owners. Particularly in a time when everything moving has required to go digital, analyzing business to optimize productivity and profit is a necessary skill.
All of Columbia’s free learning recourses are available through Class Central and EdX.
Artificial Intelligence: As the world becomes more and more automated, it’s not a bad idea to have at least a baseline understanding of AI fundamentals.
Risk and Return: As a business owner, learn how to estimate the expected return of equity and debt, and how to estimate financial risks.
Virology 1: How Viruses Work: If there was ever a better time to get up to speed with viruses, it’s probably now.
Other Notable Learning Resources
Linkedin Learning: Working From Home
An onslaught of people are now faced with the task of reconfiguring their work flow to function within the walls of their home. For many this can be an awkward adjustment to work through, especially when optimization is needed now more than ever.
LinkedIn Learning has compiled a number of courses specific to navigating working from home. The best part of this catalogue of virtual learning pods have been made available at no cost and max out at an hour and a half. Easy to digest and implement into your day, these videos are essential to any missing the feel of their office.
There is no better time than the present to learn a new language. The app Duolingo offers free language learning tools that will teach you a new language in a way that is fun and interactive. A complete departure from the way language is typically taught, Duolingo utilizes gamification and daily lessons to help with language retention. In short, you’ll learn because you are having fun.
Brit + Co Online Classes
Dedicated to inspiring, educating, and entertaining women with a creative spirit, Brit + Co has made their full collection of online courses available for free. The classes are made to empower women to take charge of their life in every aspect from home to the office with classes like Investing 101 and photoshop.
For the month of March using the code ‘SELFCARE’ at checkout, they’ll wave fees for any class of interest.