30 Most Popular Online Courses of 2020

  • How to learn online from edX. “Learn essential strategies for successful online learning.”

  • Excel/VBA for Creative Problem Solving Part 1 from the University of Colorado Boulder. This course is designed “for learners who want to expand, expand, streamline, and make their Excel spreadsheet skills more efficient by leveraging the powerful programming, automation, and customization capabilities available with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA),” explains the course description.

  • Crash Course on Python by Google. “This course aims to give you the basics to write simple programs in Python using the most common structures.”

  • Finding Purpose and Purpose in Life: Living for What Matters Most from the University of Michigan. The course title pretty much says everything you need to know.

  • Everyday Excel, Part 1 University of Colorado Boulder. A simpler Excel class for “learners who want to learn Excel from scratch”.

  • Exercising Leadership: Core Principles from Harvard University. “Mobilizing people to tackle difficult problems and building the capacity to navigate the perils of change.”

  • Introduction to Business Studies from King’s College London. “Discover how you deal with people, money and information and gain self-confidence and insight into your own leadership style.”

  • Computer Programming for All from the University of Leeds. “Discover the art of computer programming and learn what code can do.”

  • Data Analysis for Decision Making: An Introduction to Using Excel Bond University. Another opportunity to become an Excel master. “It’s not enough to collect information; to stand out, you need to know how to use data to improve real-life decisions,” the course outline emphasizes.

  • AI for everyone: Master the fundamentals of IBM. “Learn what artificial intelligence (AI) is by understanding its applications and key concepts including machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks.”

  • Introduction to Facebook social media marketing. “This course lays the foundation for social media marketing.”

  • Introduction to IBM data science. “Learn the world of data science first-hand from real data scientists.”

  • Learn to code for the web from the University of Leeds. “Ever wonder what’s behind your favorite websites and apps? Learn the basics of coding in HTML, CSS, and Java Script.”

  • Understanding medical research: Your Facebook friend is wrong from Yale University. A timely one that answers an important question: “How can you tell if the bold headlines on social media really herald the next big thing, or if the article isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on?”

  • Write your first novel at Michigan State University. In case you want to unleash your inner author in 2021.

  • Project Management: Beyond the Basics The Open University. “Build on your existing project management knowledge and develop the skills to lead teams and deliver effective projects.”

  • Writing and Editing: Word Choice and Word Order from the University of Michigan. “In this course you will learn how to use your written words to become more persuasive.”

  • Creating a great user experience for mobile apps University of Leeds. “Discover the fundamentals of user experience and design and bring your product to life by creating your own mobile app.”

  • Resilience Skills in a Time of Uncertainty from the University of Pennsylvania. Another contemporary offering.

  • The Path to Happiness: What Chinese Philosophy Teaches Us About the Good Life by Harvard University. “Why should we care about Confucius? Explore ancient Chinese philosophy, ethics, and political theory to challenge your assumptions about what it means to be happy, to lead a meaningful life, and to transform the world.”

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Identify the Patterns Undermining Your Confidence, from University of Southern Queensland. “Explore what imposter syndrome is, what causes it, and what strategies you can use to overcome it.”

  • Foundations of Modern Finance I from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “A mathematically rigorous framework for understanding financial markets.”

  • Excel Fundamentals for Data Analysis from Macquarie University. “As data becomes the modern currency, the ability to quickly and accurately analyze the data is paramount,” the course description reads.

  • Entrepreneurship: From Business Idea to Action from King’s College London. “Improve your knowledge of entrepreneurship and discover how to plan, develop, nurture and build a successful business.”

  • Coping with Mental Health and Stress from Coventry University. This course is designed to help you “be successful at home during the coronavirus outbreak”.

  • Financial Decision Making by the University System of Maryland. “Learn how business leaders make effective decisions to maximize profitability and achieve strategic business goals.”

  • Introduction to Networking from New York University. Exactly what it says on the tin, at your own pace.

  • Foundations of Mindfulness from Rice University. “This course provides a broad overview of the fundamental concepts, principles, and practices of mindfulness.”

  • Facebook social media management. “This course equips you with critical skills for creating and managing content,” promises the course description.

  • Introduction to web development from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “Discover web development and learn how to create your own interactive websites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Powered by Google.”

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