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Microsoft Office and Google Docs

Excel 2016 - Yes, Excel can be huge for analyzing data efficiently. Learn how to take advantage of this popular tool in one five-hour crash course.
Length: 82 lectures/ 5 hours

Fundamentals of Google Docs - Before you shake your head and tell me you already know how to use Google Docs, maybe get a quick review on spreadsheets, docs, forms, and presentations—it can’t hurt. Length: about 1 hour

Mastering Microsoft PowerPoint Made Easy Training Tutorial - Take your proficiency in PowerPoint to the next level in one day with this class, and you’ll have the best interview presentation out of all the candidates. Length: 71 lectures/ 3-6 hours

Duolingo - Whatever language you learned in high school and swear you still remember, you can brush up on it on Duolingo, a fun and colorful language site that’ll help you set achievable goals. Length: 5-20 minutes a day

Languages on ALISON - No matter what level you’re at, there’s a class for you, whether it’s to (finally) master grammar, understand literature, or be able to casually converse.

Babbel - This simple, interactive website will walk you through just about any major language—just choose if you’re a beginner or more advanced and you’ll be on your way!



Adobe

Adobe Photoshop Course - We live in a visual world, and Photoshop is a key ingredient to becoming a master of web design. In less than five hours, you’ll be a bit more confident to check this box off your application. Length: 2-3 hours

Adobe Illustrator: Mastering the Fundamentals - Even you can become a professional-level designer with this tutorial—taught by a creative director and 3D expert. Length: 30 lectures/ 2 hours

Adobe InDesign Made Easy—A Beginners Guide to InDesign - Prove to employers you can design a pristine page layout or document by taking a course on this other key Adobe program. Length: 105 lectures/ 11 hours



Data and Analytics

A Crash Course in Data Science - Whether you will work alongside a data scientist, manage one, or might want to explore the field, this basic course will give you all you need to know and “be as convenient [for you] as possible without sacrificing any of the essentials.” Length: 9 lectures

Learn to Code for Data Analytics - This class is a two in one package—you’ll be taught how to use Python, a coding language, and learn how to analyze data from it, and write about it. Perfect for those starting from zero when it comes to programming. Length: 4 weeks/ 5 hours per week

Google Analytics Training Course for Beginners 2016 - Google Analytics is a free tool, so why not use it to gain some important insights (and impress a hiring manager)? This course will teach you how to set it up, how to monitor traffic, and how to analyze data and set goals for growth.
Length: 10 lectures/ 1 hour


Social Media

Marketing on LinkedIn - Grow your LinkedIn presence—and your potential employers’—in less than an hour with this basic online course. Length: 9 lectures/ 43 minutes

Using Twitter - As one of the top platforms in social media, you’ll want to not just know how to write a clever tweet, but how to use Twitter to spot trends, network, and market a brand. Length: 1-2 hours

SEO Training - Don’t just come up with great ideas for driving traffic, prove you know how to do it effectively with this search engine optimization crash-course. Length: 42 lectures/ 2-7 hours



Programming
Intro to HTML and CSS - These two languages are the “building blocks” of the web, so this intro course is a great place to start if you want to become a front-end developer, or just show your versatility in your application.  Length: 3 weeks/ 6 hours a week

Learn JavaScript - Get some hands-on experience coding with this step-by-step tutorial of JavaScript—which you can complete on your own time! Length: 8 projects/ 6 quizzes

Learn Python for Beginners - And finally, if Python is the language you need to know, this comprehensive course will have everything you need, from building to solving problems to automating your tasks. Length: 43 lectures/ 5 hours





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Data and Tech


Introduction to Computer Science - Harvard University

http://online-learning.harvard.edu/course/cs50-introduction-computer-science?sort_by=date_added&cost[]=free
For all those who never got a chance to learn programming by an elite professor, now’s your chance to catch all the basics. This entry-level course will cover C, PHP, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, and HTML, and discuss the context of algorithms and coding in finance, gaming, forensics, and more.

Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models - University of Pennsylvania - Because none of us really know how to use Excel or Google Sheets, here’s the perfect class. With this strategy, you’ll learn how to properly organize your data and analyze it to predict solutions and success, whether you’re a small business or large corporation.

Statistical Thinking for Data Science and Analytics - Columbia University - Not sure what data science is but want to get into it? You should probably take this course to learn how to collect, analyze, and identify data.



Environmental Studies


Introduction to Environmental Studies - Dartmouth College - Before considering a career in sustainability, this basic class will help give you a sense of the problems around us, past and present, how our natural system works, and how we can begin to give back to our Earth.

New Directions EcoPlanning Lecture Series - Harvard University

http://online-learning.harvard.edu/course/new-directions-ecoplanning-lecture-series?sort_by=date_added&offset=24&cost[]=free

You’ve probably never thought about the environment in terms of how you develop and produce things, right? Well, now’s your chance to learn—this class will cover all you need to know about incorporating biodiversity and sustainability into, well, urban environments.

Introduction to Sustainable Development - Columbia University - This course will talk about how to create a sustainable world while still being economically inclusive to all—in a local and global context.



Business and Finance


Analyzing Global Trends for Business and Society - University of Pennsylvania - We live in a global society and economy, so if you want to improve your business, it’s useful to learn more about worldwide trends and how you can benefit from them.

Networks, Crowds, and Markets - Cornell University - All of our worlds are connected—the tech world, our social circles, our economy. So this class will help you begin to see the ties between them and understand them to your advantage.

Introduction to Global Hospitality - Cornell University - If you’re interested in going into hotel management, this course will give you all the details, from what career opportunities there are to expert tips to business tactics.

CopyrightX - Harvard University

http://online-learning.harvard.edu/course/copyrightx?sort_by=date_added&offset=60&cost[]=free - This cool (and very relevant) class talks about the current laws of copyright—how it encourages or limits creativity, debates behind the law, and whether it should be reformed.

Introduction to Corporate Finance - University of Pennsylvania - Before considering breaking into the finance world, take this class. Key big terms include: risk-return tradeoff, cost of capital, interest rates, retirement savings, mortgage financing, and more fun concepts!

Introduction to Negotiation - Yale University - I bet everyone could use a bit of a tutorial on how to negotiate with others. This class uses case studies to help you uncover people’s interests and persuade others with fair and valid arguments.

Introduction to Financial Accounting - University of Pennsylvannia - In this course, you’ll learn the basics of accounting and use the three most common financial statements: the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.



Health


United States Health Policy - Harvard University

http://online-learning.harvard.edu/course/united-states-health-policy?sort_by=date_added&offset=72&cost[]=free
If you’re one of those people who nods your head absentmindedly when talking about government policy, you should probably check this one out. It‘ll teach you everything you need to know about the current health care policies at local, state, and federal levels.

Innovating in Healthcare - Harvard University

http://online-learning.harvard.edu/course/innovating-health-care?sort_by=date_added&offset=72&cost[]=free
And, if you’re looking to get involved with healthcare, whether through consulting, managing, volunteering, or technology, this course is a great way to know the ins and outs of health innovation.



Entrepreneurship


Social Entrepreneurship - University of Pennsylvania - Learn from truly experienced entrepreneurs how to create social change, allocate your resources, and test and scale your own enterprise.

Entrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging Economies - Harvard University - This class will mesh together two surprisingly valuable topics—public health policy and entrepreneurship—and how to use both to improve health systems around the globe.


Law and Ethics


Moralities of Everyday Life - Yale University - To understand others as well as ourselves, sometimes it’s best to look into how society, evolution, culture, and religion have influenced our kindness and cruelty. In this class, you’ll delve into the exciting questions of moral action and how it has changed over time—and maybe understand your cranky co-worker better.

Justice - Harvard University - This course is an introduction into political philosophy, giving you a broad context of criminal and social justice in our modern system. As advertised, you might just learn how to ask better questions.

A Law Student’s Tool Kit - Yale University - If you’re looking to eventually go to law school or want to explore the option, this lecture’s a great way to get started. It will cover all the basic terminology, concepts, and resources of lawyers—so you’ll already be ahead of the game when you’re ready to start.


Economics


Microeconomics: The Power of Markets - University of Pennsylvania - If you’re curious as to how prices fluctuate, or how our economy functions at a basic level, or how we even make buying decisions, this class is a good start into learning about microeconomics. After this, you’ll become a critical thinker and influencer in your own economy.

Game Theory - Yale University - This introduction to game theory will help you put into context finance, trading, politics, and how certain behaviors develop and interact.



Marketing


Introduction to Marketing - University of Pennsylvania - It’s OK if you’re a beginner looking to switch into marketing—this course will talk about all the elements, such as customer loyalty, branding, and go-to-market strategies.

Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious Content - University of Pennsylvania - Ever wonder how something can trend so quickly? Well, this course will explain how viral marketing works and how you can better sell your brand, product, or ideas on social media and the web.





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