The recent global Coronavirus pandemic is changing business, work and life, as we know it. Everyone stands to tell a very personal story of how they’ve been affected, whether it be mental health, family, socially or career-related. The pandemic has provisionally put a pause on many aspects of our busy lives.
We don’t want to tell you how to feel or react! Please act in the best way for your life. However, if you are choosing to use this time as an opportunity to expand your knowledge from the comfort of your home by taking on an online course, please read on.
We’ve compiled a list of 6 online learning platforms you can explore while social distancing.
P.S. All of these classes are free or offer a complimentary free with trial.
Yale University is offering free access to one of their most popular courses, The Science of Well-Being, that teaches you how to be happier. It covers misconceptions about happiness; our expectations of happiness; overcoming our biases; what really makes us happy and putting strategies into practice. There’s no required reading and no grade penalty for a missed assignment deadline, which means that you can work at your own pace.
This series of step-by-step videos will teach you Photoshop terms and definitions and get you started with using basic tools and techniques. You’ll start off by resizing and resampling images and then move on to correcting the colours of an image and removing unwanted information. You’d be surprised by how much you can learn in 90 minutes with this online course. In this collection of lessons, The Pluralsight website also gives you an introductory look at image editing with Photoshop by teaching you terms and definitions as well as basic tools and techniques. Software required: Photoshop CS5 and up.
Concept sketching takes a number of different forms – from logos and layouts to characters and environment design. In this online course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of each of these forms using Adobe Photoshop. These step-by-step videos move at an easy-to-follow pace to make sure that you understand the basic tools and techniques.
Taught by the University of California, Irvine, this online course gives you the chance to strengthen your personal and professional relationships by addressing conflicts between individuals within organisations. More specifically, you’ll develop skills aimed at managing intercultural conflicts in today’s global society and explore how factors like competing interests and power imbalances affect management strategies. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: Explain the dimensions of intercultural interactions that add to conflict, analyse the dynamics of intercultural interactions and plan strategies for success in intercultural interactions.
In this online course, you will learn how to give professional and confident business presentations and improve your business communication skills. This course is not only designed to give you the knowledge and skills to make really professional presentations but to do so with confidence.
Search Engine Optimisation has been the buzzword for a while. Learning about SEO is a valuable personal and professional investment as you can use the skill for your online ventures. In the online course, you will learn about keyword research, on-page optimisation and off-page optimisation. You’ll also learn how to reach the top of the search results and how to generate free traffic.
Now that you’re ready to brush up on your skills or get your CV ready for post-pandemic hiring, don’t forget to share with us which online courses you’ll be taking. Happy learning or happy living, whichever route you take.
Words by Wandi Jama