As you wait out the MCO, give these virtual classrooms a try!Published on 1 April 2020
For most of us who are accustomed to going to the office or school for at least five days a week, entering the third week of the Movement Control Order (MCO) can be challenging. The first week might have seemed like a fun social experiment, but the question of how to keep busy inevitably comes up.
What else is there to do besides brewing a cup of Dalgona coffee and filming TikTok videos? The good news is that many companies are fighting education disruption by offering free online content and services.
Being Malaysians, we obviously love free stuff. Perhaps it’s time to get the most out of this and start investing in yourself! To get started, check out this list of free online classes to step up your game while working from home.
1. HubSpot Academy
HubSpot Academy is offering quick, practical online courses and comprehensive certifications on cutting-edge business topics that are highly rated in the professional world — for free. Yes, you read that right!
Their classes range from singular topic courses to bite-sized lessons for professionals looking to grow their careers and businesses. Our personal favourite? How to Build an Advanced Twitter Strategy that will take you less than three hours to complete.
Now is the perfect time for you to add some pizazz to your LinkedIn profile by obtaining that certification here.
2. Stanford Online
Stanford University launched Stanford Online as an initiative to provide learners with a single point of access to their extended education and lifelong learning opportunities around the globe.
They offer a diverse range of topics including economics, entrepreneurship, blockchain, nutrition and mathematics.
There was a time when knowing how to program was for the geekiest of geeks. That’s not the case anymore. If you’ve been thinking of learning programming, Codeacademy is your go-to online classroom.
Codeacademy offers online courses that cover a variety of coding languages. While you won’t receive academic credit, it is the perfect introductory learning platform for prospective computer programmers.
With a global community of over 3 million students and thousands of teachers, Skillshare is an online learning community created by professionals for individuals who want to learn real-world skills.
Classes available include business, design, entrepreneurship, film, photography, technology and writing. The focus of the learning programme is to engage students through interactive sessions. Students advance to the next level by completing projects.
5. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is an educational website that, as its tagline puts it, aims to let anyone “learn almost anything — for free.” It offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalised learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
The site’s founder Salman Khan can be seen on video discussing principles of mathematics, science, computer programming, economics and more.
Think of TED-Ed along the lines of Netflix but for educational videos. With a global network of 250,000 educators, the platform is famous for its original animated videos. The talks include many scientific, technology, cultural, political and academic topics.
The site does a great job of presenting complex information with engaging visuals. It is highly recommended for those who are curious and want to immerse themselves in an interactive, virtual learning experience.
Business and employment-oriented service LinkedIn is holding 16 online learning courses for free, in response to the evolving pandemic.
Courses offered includes tips on how to stay productive, build relationships online, use virtual meeting tools, balance family and work dynamics, and so on.
Coursera is an online learning platform that collaborates with universities and other organisations to offer online courses, qualifications and degrees in a variety of specialisations.
To help the community during this critical time, Coursera is offering a selection of courses completely free to the public until 31 May. To get started, check out this list of free courses.
There’s a plethora of home workout tutorials on the internet. But let’s be honest, are you going to stay consistently motivated when you’re surrounded by distractions?
Realising that their members would be missing out on staying active, DailyMuscle gym is determined to spread the fitness magic via a series of live-streamed group exercise classes. You can’t get distracted or give up if you’re livestreaming your workout to the rest of the group!
Want to flaunt that toned body after the MCO ends? Sign up for their next class here.
10. Science of Pandemic
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less” — Marie Curie
COVID-19 has generated a cloud of confusion surrounding the science behind the control efforts.
For all you science geeks out there hungry for answers, John Hopkins University is offering a free beginner-level epidemiology course designed for those who seek a better understanding of how epidemiologists identify and measure infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19.
The world is battling an unprecedented crisis, but it is also hurtling towards a digital future, a process that social distancing accelerates. Connectivity solutions mean that access to quality online educational content has never been easier. Aren’t we blessed to have technology? Can’t imagine life any other way. Phew!
For those of you who may be feeling antsy and are eager to get out and snack on some good ol’ pisang goreng made by Makcik Kiah, do keep in mind that at the end of the day, the MCO is in place for the protection of everybody. We’re all in this together, so let’s make the best of it. Stay home, stay educated, stay safe and stay healthy.
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