50 Free Online Courses for 2020

50 Free Online Courses for 2020

Credit to The Army Leader for curating and originally publishing this list

Whether you are self-isolated at home due to a family infection, following government advice does not need to be wasted time.

Over the last decade, there has been a huge growth in MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses. If you have not come across a MOOC yet, then a world-wide pandemic is probably the right time to try one. MOOCs represent what we have always been told the future of learning would be like. They are delivered online by top universities, and on many, you can learn at your own pace.

 

Plenty of universities have offered part-time and online degrees. MOOCs are different in that they are shorter, require less work and are often free. Or, more likely, they are free to attend, but you must pay if you want a certificate at the end to prove your attendance.

So, if you find yourself stuck at home for a couple of weeks – or more – here are a few personal development courses available online and from some of the world’s leading universities. They span military-related studies, leadership and command, military reconstruction and war amongst the people, self-awareness and personal development, instructor skills, and a few oddities to spark your imagination.

 

Self-awareness and personal development

Know Thyself – The Value and Limits of Self-Knowledge: The Examined Life
University of Edinburgh

Leading the Life You Want
University of Pennsylvania

The Science of Well-Being
Yale University

Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science
University of Pennsylvania

Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills
University of Pennsylvania

Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions
University of Pennsylvania

Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods
University of Pennsylvania

Positive Psychology Specialization Project: Design Your Life for Well-being
University of Pennsylvania

Improving Communication Skills
University of Pennsylvania

Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking
Harvard University

 

Leadership and decision-making

Leadership and Followership
Open University

Management Fundamentals
University of Pennsylvania

Organizational Analysis
Stanford University

Building High-Performing Teams
University of Pennsylvania

Creating a Team Culture of Continuous Learning
University of Pennsylvania

Managing Social and Human Capital
University of Pennsylvania

Modelling Risk and Realities
University of Pennsylvania

Influence
University of Pennsylvania

Optimizing Diversity on Teams
University of Pennsylvania

The Power of Team Culture
University of Pennsylvania

Leaders of Learning
Harvard University

Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator
Yale University

Data Analysis Essentials
Imperial College London

 

Instructor Skills

Orchestrating Whole Classroom Discussion
University of Pennsylvania

Introduction to Online and Blended Teaching
University of Pennsylvania

The Science of Learning – What Every Teacher Should Know
Columbia University

Understanding Classroom Interaction
University of Pennsylvania

Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom
Columbia University

 

Things to spark your imagination

Gamification
University of Pennsylvania

Exposing Digital Photography
Harvard University

Justice
Harvard University

Moral Foundations of Politics 
Yale University

Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom
University of Pennsylvania

Introduction to Psychology 
Yale University

Networks, Crowds and Markets
Cornell University

Introduction to Operations Management
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

 

Reconstruction and war amongst the people

Social Norms, Social Change I
University of Pennsylvania

Social Norms, Social Change II
University of Pennsylvania

Network Dynamics of Social Behavior
University of Pennsylvania

Corruption
University of Pennsylvania

Making Government Work in Hard Places
Princeton University

Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice
Harvard University

Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings
Columbia University

Poverty & Population: How Demographics Shape Policy
Columbia University

Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster
Harvard University

 

Military studies

Paradoxes of War
Princeton University

Religion, Conflict and Peace
Harvard University

Global Trends for Business and Society
University of Pennsylvania

Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press
Harvard University

CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life
Harvard University

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