Coursera Makes Courses & Certificates Free During Coronavirus Quarantine: Take Courses in Psychology, Music, Wellness, Professional Development & More Online

Over the past decade or two, devel­op­ments in the tech­nol­o­gy of the World Wide Web have made learn­ing at home pos­si­ble in a way it was­n’t before. Over the past month or two, learn­ing at home has gone from option to neces­si­ty, pre­vent­ed as many of us are from going out to a class­room by the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic. If you’ve tak­en cours­es on the inter­net before — and espe­cial­ly if you’ve picked them from our selec­tion of 1,500 you can take for free — you’ve no doubt heard of Cours­era, one of the major online learn­ing plat­forms. Now through May 31st, a peri­od dur­ing which the num­ber of poten­tial stu­dents will sure­ly remain high, Cours­era has made more of its class­es free for the tak­ing.

“To help our com­mu­ni­ty dur­ing this crit­i­cal time, we’re launch­ing new, free resources, as well as sur­fac­ing inter­est­ing course col­lec­tions, com­mu­ni­ty dis­cus­sions, and expert inter­views,” says the offi­cial Cours­era blog. “While many cours­es on Cours­era are already avail­able for free with­out a cer­tifi­cate, this pro­mo­tion enables you to not only access lec­tures and quizzes, but also to earn a free cer­tifi­cate for cours­es that offer them.” The blog high­lights these col­lec­tions of cours­es, describ­ing them as fol­lows:

The post also includes the fol­low­ing instruc­tions for how to redeem a free course:

  1. First, click the link to vis­it a pro­mo­tion page.
  2. From the pro­mo­tion page, click to vis­it a spe­cif­ic course and wait for the page to ful­ly load. Once loaded, you will see a pro­mo­tion ban­ner at the top of the page. If you don’t see the ban­ner, please refresh the page.
  3. Next, click the “Enroll for free” but­ton.
  4. Select “Pur­chase Course.” Note that with the pro­mo­tion applied, there will be a mes­sage in paren­the­ses that says “Your pro­mo­tion will auto­mat­i­cal­ly be applied at check­out.”
  5. At check­out, your pur­chase total will read “$0.”
  6. Com­plete check out and start learn­ing!

Among Cours­er­a’s cur­rent free offer­ings you’ll find a host of cours­es includ­ing “Get­ting Start­ed with Music The­o­ry” from Michi­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty, “Social Psy­chol­o­gy” from Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty, and “Cloud Com­put­ing Basics” from Learn­Quest. You’re as like­ly to come across sub­ject areas into which you’ve long been mean­ing to get deep­er as prac­ti­cal edu­ca­tion per­ti­nent to the times we now live in. Take “Sit Less, Get Active” from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh, or “Sci­ence Mat­ters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19” from Impe­r­i­al Col­lege Lon­don, a virus-relat­ed course of the kind we’ve pre­vi­ous­ly fea­tured here on Open Cul­ture. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San Diego’s “Con­vert­ing Chal­lenges into Oppor­tu­ni­ties” is also not with­out its rel­e­vance, to the future as well as the present. After all, the coro­n­avirus will hard­ly be the last chal­lenge in which we’ll need to find our own oppor­tu­ni­ties.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

Watch “Coro­n­avirus Out­break: What You Need to Know,” and the 24-Lec­ture Course “An Intro­duc­tion to Infec­tious Dis­eases,” Both Free from The Great Cours­es

Free Cours­es on the Coro­n­avirus: What You Need to Know About the Emerg­ing Pan­dem­ic

Dyson Cre­ates 44 Free Engi­neer­ing & Sci­ence Chal­lenges for Kids Quar­an­tined Dur­ing COVID-19

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Based in Seoul, Col­in Mar­shall writes and broad­casts on cities, lan­guage, and cul­ture. His projects include the book The State­less City: a Walk through 21st-Cen­tu­ry Los Ange­les and the video series The City in Cin­e­ma. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall, on Face­book, or on Insta­gram.

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  • K. Mallikarjun Reddy says:

    Would like to do dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing

  • Cheenee Morada says:

    Good day!

    I am inter­est­ed to enroll for the free online course on Social Psy­chol­o­gy. May I know what are the steps? Thank you.

  • Joan Kalil says:

    I would like to learn more med­ical I’ve done epi­demi­ol­o­gy, Covid 19 trac­ing, sci­ence mat­ters maybe phy­chol­o­gy or some­thing

  • Buttler says:

    Hospitality-technology-24–7 is an umbrel­la term, Cours­era Makes Cours­es & Cer­tifi­cates Free Dur­ing Coro­n­avirus Quar­an­tine: Take Cours­es in Psy­chol­o­gy, Music, Well­ness, Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment & More Online, in order to pro­mote their busi­ness and make a pos­i­tive impres­sion on cus­tomers. Essen­tial­ly, it is about mak­ing a hotel as appeal­ing as pos­si­ble, in order to attract as many guests as pos­si­ble.

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