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10 Free Courses for Professionals You Can Take Online

10 Free Courses for Professionals You Can Take Online

A number of leading universities offer free courses for professionals to hone their skills. Universities offer a wide variety of courses in different disciplines such as business management, mathematics, life sciences, humanities and more. You can learn a new skill that will complement your profession for no cost. Many of these courses have video lessons with self-assessment quizzes. Here is a list of the 10 most useful free online courses for working professionals.

1. University of Toronto’s  “Learn to Program: The Fundamentals”

This free course provides an introduction into the fundamentals of computer programming. You will learn how to program in Python language. It is suitable for anyone with no prior programming knowledge. The course comprises of 1 to 2 hours of lecture each week. Video lessons are provided with integrated quiz which makes learning interesting. Candidates who successfully complete the course will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor.

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    2. The University of Edinburgh’s “The Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People”

    The course covers the basic principles of clinical psychology for children and young people. You will be able to understand the developmental process and the mental health difficulties of children and young people. The course also provides a perspective to understand the cultural and societal context of mental health. The duration of the course is 5 weeks. You will be eligible for a statement of accomplishment on successful completion of this course. If you are looking to hone your psychological skills in dealing with children and young people then, don’t miss this course.

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      3. Wharton University of Pennsylvania’s “An Introduction to Marketing”

      You will understand the fundamentals of marketing with focus on three modules namely: customer centricity, branding strategies and new market entry. The go-to-market strategies discussed in this course will help candidates understand the various factors that influence customers. The knowledge of these factors will help strategists plan product launches effectively.  The duration of the course is 9 weeks with 5-6 hours of work per week. The course also has Chinese subtitles. You will be eligible for a statement of accomplishment at the end of the course.

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      4. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s “Exploratory Data Analysis”

      You will learn several fundamental exploratory techniques used for summarizing data. Exploratory techniques are very useful in arriving at a potential hypothesis after preliminary analysis of the data. On completion of the course, you will be able to make visual representation of data using lattice and plotting systems with the program R. This course is a 4 week program that consists of video lectures, peer assignments and quizzes. As a prerequisite to this course, you will need to have latest version of R and RStudio installed to carry out statistical analysis.

       

      5. Wharton University of Pennsylvania’s “Social Entrepreneurship”

      Social Entrepreneurship is required to solve many of world’s current problems. Social entrepreneurs are making a positive impact in resolving social issues by mobilizing human resources and funds. On completion of this course, you will be able to launch successful social entrepreneurship projects. There are two tracks to the program. You can either choose the open track where you will submit assignments on real social problems or opt for the signature track where you can bring your own project to the program. Candidates who complete the signature track at a high level will be eligible for full scholarship at Penn Social Impact House. The duration of the course is 6 weeks.

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      6. Case Western Reserve University’s “Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence”

      Competencies of emotional intelligence are crucial aspects of effective leadership. The emotional intelligence of a leader helps the leader to build strong resonant relationships with others. By employing the latest developments in the field of organizational and psychological research, neuroscience and behavioral psychology, this course will help candidates develop resonant relationships and experience mindfulness, compassion and hope. The course consists of 9 classes over 8 weeks. Each class consists of two to four modules. Each module has reflective exercises that accelerate learning.

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        7. University of Lausanne’s “Unethical Decision Making in Organizations”

        In an age where dark forces are lurking in the society, this course will provide an insight into understanding the risks of unethical behavior within an organization. It provides a perspective on how strong organizational contexts force even good people to make unethical decisions. The course content is drawn from various disciplines such as psychology, sociology and philosophy. The course consists of video lectures and discusses popular organizational scandals in the recent past. It is a 7 week program that requires 5-7 hours of an individual’s time per week.

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        8. University of Washington’s “Information Security and Risk Management in Context”

        This course will help you understand the internal and external threats to business information. At the end of the course, you will be able to proactively avert information attacks in your organization. The duration of the course is 10 weeks with 4-6 hours of work per week. You will gain hands-on experience by solving real-world issues during the course. Latest techniques in the field of information security will be taught including protection of cloud computing information.

        9. Stanford University’s “Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis”

        The course teaches you how to model social and economic networks that impact human behavior. Social network plays a pivotal role in understanding the interactions among different actors in the society. The course will give you a strong background in understanding various network models, strategic network formation, diffusion, learning and games on networks. Candidates who enroll for this course need to have basic understanding of mathematics and statistics. Along with video lectures, you will be given assignments to resolve standalone problems.

        10. The University of Chicago’s “Global Warming: The Science of Climate Change”

        This course is an 8 week study program with 2-5 hours of work every week that teaches principles governing the earth’s temperature and the science of global warming. Theories of physics, chemistry, earth, atmospheric science and biology are put together to understand the impact of human’s activity on earth’s climate. The course also provides an insight into the carbon cycle of earth and how humans can minimize the risk of global warming. You will also learn to analyze climate data.

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        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

        Joe’s Goals

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          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

          Daytum

            Daytum

            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

            Excel or Numbers

              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

              Evernote

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                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                Access or Bento

                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                  Conclusion

                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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