Bored at home with nothing to do because of circuit breaker? Why not use this time to upgrade yourself and learn new things! Build your portfolio and discover new interest during this period. We got you covered with 10 free online courses/workshops you can take and *flex* your new skills on LinkedIn or social media.
1. Universities courses
Image adapted from: Harvard University
Many renowned universities have launched many free online courses for the public. Harvard University, for example, has a wide variety of subjects available for you to choose from. Simply filter out the free classes on their website and browse through the different options. Programming and humanities are one of the more popular courses offered by them.
Coursera offers over more than 100 free certificate online courses. Their courses also include universities such as Duke, Stanford, and Imperial College London. Some of their popular free courses are Machine Learning by Stanford University, Seeing through Photographs by The Museum of Modern Art and, COVID-19 Contact Tracing by Johns Hopkins University. Simply sign up and search for the free courses available on their website.
Similar to Coursera, FutureLearn offers a huge variety of free courses. While most of their short courses are free, you will have to pay a fee to receive your certificate. However, due to the Covid-19 situation, FutureLearn is now offering free upgrades to many of these courses so that you are still able to receive your certificates. Do take note that your chosen courses offer ‘Free digital upgrades’ in order to get a PDF Certificate of Achievement after you have completed it.
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edX offers 2000 free online courses from 140 leading institutions worldwide, including Harvard, Berkeley, and Boston. However, you would have to pay for your certificates in order to receive it after completing the course. The certificates range from $50 – $300 typically, but there is no harm to just pick up a new skill!
Udemy is also a platform that offers online courses, similar to the above 3 websites. In response to Covid-19, they are currently offering more than 650 free online courses, some of which include courses in Tech, Leadership, Business and more. Simply sign up with your email and search for free courses on their website search bar. Some of their highly rated courses are Natural Light Fashion / Beauty Photography, Java Tutorial for Complete Beginners, and How to Improve Your Video Quality: Official Udemy Course.
LinkedIn Learning is a subsidiary of LinkedIn that offers video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. Their video duration ranges from minutes if you need a sweet and short booster, to hours if you are interested in learning in depth. Just sign up for a LinkedIn account and you have access to over 16,000 free and paid courses!
7. Lynda via National Library Board
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Have free access to a wide variety of e-resources from Lynda by signing up with the National Library Board. Applicable for citizens with a Singpass account, all you have to do is create an mylibrary ID on the NLB website and browse for e-resources. Lynda will then be available for you to use!
8. NTUC Learning Hub
NTUC Learning Hub adjusted their delivery of training in support to the Circuit breaker measures by encouraging citizens to continue learning even when at home. In light of Covid-19, they are offering over more than 100 free online courses on GO1. As a leading e-learning platform, they have handpicked different courses like Data Analytics, Python Coding, Photohop, Photography and more to tide citizens through the circuit breaker period.
Even though most of the courses offered by Skillsfuture are not free, citizens aged 25 and above are entitled to a one time $500 Skillsfuture credit which allows them to be used on courses. Furthermore, they will also be receiving another $500 Skillsfuture credit top up, so Singaporeans will get a total of $1000 worth of credit. There are many relevant courses available based on industry and area of training, so why not take advantage of the credits and upskill yourself.
10. iPad for Learning
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Here is a specific workshop for those who have an iPad or are interested in getting an iPad! If you are not into committing to a full course, why not attend a free 2 hour workshop and learn how to proficiently use the different functions on your iPad and create amazing content with it. iPad for Learning is designed for teachers to gain lesson inspiration and share their own ideas and create a community among educators. However, the workshop is open for all who are interested and you can gain many valuable insights not found online!
Learning never stops! With the right tools and platform, you can continue to pick up new skills and hobbies even during a stagnant period. At the end of it, the person that benefits from the hard work is you.
Make The Change also offers a variety of workshops for people interested in becoming changemakers. Some of programmes include Digital Drawing, Social Media For Good, and E-Entrepreneurship. If you are passionate in making a difference in the community, these programmes are for you! MTC has worked with students from Hwa Chong, Anglo Chinese School and more, you can be next! For more information, you can enquire us or find out more about our programmes.